My name is Goldie DeWitt and I provide leadership. I lead people to improve their quality of life. I try to mentor & inspire people everyday. I truly believe that God has made me the chosen 1. I feel I’ve been good to a few, so God has put me in a position to be good to many.
Over the next few days, I will be celebrating 16 years of 1DOWN success. Most people define success with money, but thats not so. The true definition of Success is making a difference in other peoples lives and understanding that Money is a By-product of doing something well.
I’ve learned in life being good at what I do not only shows success in making a difference in my life, but the most rewarding is seeing my success make a difference in someone else’s life.
I know many of you are feeling the pain & the struggle of trying to survive & make ends meet now a days. Times have gotten so hard that some have just thrown in the towel and quit. I know this might be hard for some to believe, but living in the United States in the greatest County in the World, the land of opportunity! Let me say it again, The Land of Opportunity! We live in a Country where you are only limited by your own reach. No matter what you got from today, tomorrow is simply limited to how far you are willing to reach out. We have freedom, we have excess, we have opportunity!
Did you know that CUBA is a Communist run country and monopolizes communications and citizens are forbidden to access the internet! There is virtually NO broadband internet access in Cuba at all. You will goto jail if you use the internet! There ain’t no Mc Donald’s, No Starbucks, No Louis Vuitton, No Dominoes pizza, just straight up generic stuff. No Coca Cola, no Subway, just a generic place that will make you a sandwich and wrap it in a clear plastic Saran Wrap! Their Country favorite past time is eating Ice Cream. I share this with you because I want you to know that this is 2012 and there are people who are living in places & situations where they DON’T have the opportunities we have.
Looks as if Americans have really become complacent with whats in front of them and not motivated to reach for more. This is the United States of America, the land where you can wake up tomorrow and be anything you want to be! Anything!
I bring all this up to you because I find myself embarking on another business venture and I look at this being possible because I live in the United States and it allows me to capitalize on opportunity! The reason I am able to do this is because I don’t allow myself to get complacent, I am not lazy and I don’t procrastinate. I must say there is nothing worse than seeing someone who has opportunity and they have failed to capitalize on it due to being lazy. The corner stone of poverty is laziness. The opposite is motivation is lazy!
As a Black man, we get this stigma that we have gotten comfortable with mediocrity. We got a 47% national Black african american male graduation rate from high school. That means 53% of black males are not graduating from high school! Did you know that the #1 cause of death for young black males is Homicide! Hear me say this, that 83% of young black males with die from homicide! Violence on Violence! But I do want you to know that those are choices! The reason behind each one of these deaths is & will always be over bullshit. Unfortunately Black folks are not paying attention to understand that the Laws are stacked against them.
Here is something else a lot of people don’t understand or know is a true active Constitution of The United States. The Constitution 13th Amendment says basically: Slavery is abolished, only with the exception of slavery existing if one has committed a crime and is punished and incarcerated. Thats where Slavery exist. So did you just learn that there is a active loop hole to Slavery still making it active today!? So basically if you are in Jail, you are a Slave. So this is how Jail inmates make License plates, make Screws for metal shops, and work for 8¢ a hour and this is legal for the government to get away with it. Did you know there are 2 million people in jail in the United States and it’s growing and they building more Penal Jail Institutions and we falling for the okie doke cause we don’t know what the competition is. We got offense, but no defense. Did you know there are more people locked up in the United States than China & Russia combined! The biggest business right now is the Prison Industrial Complex. They are privatizing prisons and major companies are buying Stock in Prisons because Prisons have become Privatized.
Right now the Prison system is about 65-70% Hispanic and the rest are Black. It’s a generation that ain’t getting no better. The only thing than can combat and defeat that is Information & Knowledge.
For those of you lucky enough to have read this much, you will see first hand why 1DOWN is successful and like I said, success is being able to make a difference in other peoples live.
I do big thangs in my life and I ain’t never scared to get down and spare in the trenches, and because of this, I get people who may feel that I am doing too much. And this I contribute to that Slave mind mentality. People too scared to go above average. Well, as for me, I’m like Harriet Tubman, and I’m gonna hold this pistol to yo head saying you gonna follow me across these Northern States cause thats where the freedom is at, cause they don’t know they Slaves. Because Black folks don’t have enough education & representation and as a result, this is what we have. Mis-leaded black people in 2012.
I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT THESE ARE THE TYPE OF EDUCATING CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE MISSING AND AIN’T TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH. THERE IS NO PLAY BOOK TO LIFE…. AND IT BRINGS ME BACK TO WHAT JOHN SINGLETON SAID IN ‘BOYS IN THE HOOD- “EITHER THEY DON’T KNOW, DON’T SHOW, OR DON’T CARE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HOOD”.
Here is a African saying that I want to share with you:
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Love you all,