As an entrepreneur, there are many things that you have to do that you may not want to do.It is not always easy to take action now and get things done. But so what, suck it up and go.
As an entrepreneur, one of your most important tasksis to suck it up and take action now even when you don’t feel like it.
People who are not entrepreneurs often think owning a business is all roses and chocolate drops. From the outside, it seems that you can always do what you want when you want. Those who are not entrepreneurs see business ownership as a way to avoid all unpleasant tasks. This could not be further from the truth.
Entrepreneurs, must do many tasks they find hard, do not like or would rather avoid. These tasks include:
keeping accounting records
cleaning the workplace
keeping the workplace adequately supplied
No matter how much an entrepreneur would like to avoid these tasks, they must be done. The entrepreneur has no choice but to suck it up, take action now, and get things done.
Thank you to Honda for providing this article about the great things going on at my daughter's alma mater, the illustrious Spelman College.
TORRANCE, Calif., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In front of a packed studio audience consisting of top HBCU students, school presidents, HCASC alumni and Honda associates, Spelman College took home the championship title and a $75,000 institutional grant at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. Hosted on the Honda campus in Torrance, California, HCASC is the only program of its kind and provides a national stage for high-achieving HBCU students to advance their dreams. Each year, Honda awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs in addition to providing travel, meals, and accommodations for the 48 teams.
In a two game sweep against Florida A&M University, the Spelman team demonstrated superior academic prowess, gameplay, and teamwork by accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Spelman bested teams from 47 HBCUs and qualified for the National Championship Tournament after winning a series of regional competitions throughout the academic year.
The winning team was coached by Daniel Bascelli and includes Jessika Agyepong, Maati McKinney, Naomi Steplight, and team captain, Ariana Benson.
“Winning itself isn’t the only reward. It’s about bringing these students together and watching them represent their school in the best possible way,” said Daniel Bascelli, coach, Spelman College. “The spirit at Spelman is really strong. If you talk to the students, the feeling for Spelman, the feeling for HCBCUs and the support that Honda gives them is all a part of the pride that they feel.”
Runner-up Florida A&M University was awarded a $30,000 grant, while the third and fourth place finishers – Jackson State University and Morehouse College – received $20,000 each.
This year’s HCASC theme was “30 Years of Advancing Dreams.” In 1989, Honda established Honda Campus All-Star Challenge to recognize and celebrate the academic talents of HBCU students as well as to provide personal development and experiential learning opportunities. Participants gain life-changing experiences through travel, community involvement, networking opportunities with business leaders and making friends for life.
“Honda is proud to commemorate the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and continue shining a spotlight on HBCU students’ academic talents,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “Through HCASC, students are given an opportunity to demonstrate the value of their HBCU experience, represent their schools on a national stage, and connect with like-minded peers. We look forward to celebrating the HCASC legacy and the friendships we’ve made over the past 30 years.”
Every year, dedicated volunteers, coaches, and alumni help to make the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge a success. Honda recognized outstanding individuals who have made an impact during this year’s competition, naming Daniel Bascelli, 17-year HCASC coach of Spelman College, Coach of the Year. Fellow HCASC competitors selected Ariana Benson of Spelman College to receive this year’s Ernest C. Jones Sportsperson Award. Named for one of HCASC’s early volunteers who mentored students, the award recognizes a student who epitomizes team spirit, camaraderie, good sportsmanship, and academic focus during the National Championship Tournament.
HBCU Power of Dreams Award In addition to celebrating the HCASC scholars, Honda also honored an individual who has dedicated his or her life to service in the community with the fifth-annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. This year’s recipient is Chuck Hobbs of Tallahassee, Florida. Hobbs is a Honda Campus All-Star Challenge alumnus and volunteer. He has mentored thousands of young people over the past three decades, including students at Florida A&M University (FAMU), FAMU Developmental Research School and Morehouse College. He is active on social media, promoting HBCUs and the unique role they play in the African American community. A video about Hobbs’ positive impact can be seen at https://honda.us/HBCUAward2019.
“Chuck embodies the Power of Dreams and encourages young people to realize the power of their own dreams, so it’s very fitting that we honor him with this award,” said Morikawa.
Honda presented Hobbs with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the HBCU community.
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: Facts and Figures
More than 150,000 scholars have participated in HCASC since 1989. Building a legacy of greatness, HCASC alumni have gone on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors, and professors.
Across 21 states, there are 87 HCASC-eligible HBCUs in the U.S.
To prepare for the competition, students spend hundreds of hours studying science, history, art, current events, math, African American history, geography, literature, sports, and pop culture.
Since HCASC was established, Honda has awarded more than $9 million in grants to participating HBCUs, which have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.
More than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents, and institutional representatives participated in and attended the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles.
125 volunteers, including Honda associates, helped produce the 2019 National Championship Tournament, hosting the students, conducting registration and serving as game officials.
For photos, videos and additional information about the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit HCASC.com. Connect with HCASC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow the conversation using #HCASC.
About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 30 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage. Both HCASC and HBOB enable HBCUs to earn grants and receive positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 170,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.
Being confident in life is a three-part procedure that starts before you get out of bed in the morning. First, you put on your big girl panties and decide you are a confident person. Second, you put on your fake it until you make it (with work) dress by behaving as if you are confident. Third, put on your accessories, which are the clichés that will get you pumped up and keep you going when things get hard or go wrong.
The All Important Step Two: Put on Your Fake It Until You Make It (With Work) Dress
The second essential step in mentally preparing for confidence is to put on your fake it until you make it (with work) dress. Notice that I called the dress “fake it until you make it (with work)” dress. This is because you cannot simply fake it until you make it. You must put in some work or you will never make it. When you put on your fake it until you make it (with work) dress, you behave as if what you want to happen has happened already. This is similar to the idea women in business were told years ago – dress for the position you want, not the position you have.
Perhaps a story will make the point easier to understand. To illustrate this point, I will use the story of “The Little Engine that Could.” Most people have heard the story of the little engine. To make the long story short, there was a little train engine that had a big journey ahead of him. He was afraid to take such a long and arduous journey. The little engine started telling himself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” He kept repeating those words as he rolled down the train tracks on his journey. The little engine encountered several obstacles and problems along the way. However, he never stopped going forward on the train tracks.
That little engine never stopped. No matter how hard life got, he kept moving. He kept moving forward. He kept acting as if he could complete his journey. Eventually, he came to the end of the journey and was able to say to himself, “I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could.” In other words, the little engine put on his fake it until he made it suit and was able to get the job done. He worked as if he could get his train down the tracks.
The fake it until you make it (with work) dress is a dress you see in your mind, it is similar to a suit of armor in that it is something you put on to protect yourself and get ready you for battle. It is the perfect accompaniment to your big girl panties. I advise people to fake it until they make it (with work) because experience has shown me that people can do whatever it is they want to do if they just picture themselves having accomplished the task. These people can do the thing they are afraid of, they just don’t realize it. If instead of being hesitant and afraid to move, these people would just start doing the thing they are afraid of, their confidence would be rewarded. The reward is the confidence they seek and it is found at the end of the road.
The next time you encounter something that is hard and scary, just start behaving as if you can do it. In the end, you will find that you are actually doing the thing you are afraid to do. The fake it (with work) until you make it has turned into confidence and accomplishment.