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New Year, Same Me, Different Strategy


New Year, Same Me, Different Strategy

The new year is our gift, a brand new chance to say goodbye to our last year’s bad habits & lost resolutions. It’s an opportunity to become the best versions of ourselves once again, so that we can do the same things much differently than we did 9 months ago.

Oh Yes! it’s that time of year again where we get use hearing...

“It’s a new year & this year, is going to be my year!”

Don’t believe in new year’s resolutions? Great! I’m writing this post just for you as revolutionary statement against redundant resolutions. Believe in making yearly resolutions? Well then this one's for you too.

You can call it whatever you want; personal resolutions, life goals or career aspirations. End of the day we all just want to be in the right mindset to own the the start of a new year.

Now we can all start with the right mindset but the challenge comes in keeping that mindset consistent throughout the year, with all the suffocating noise from the realities around us. Every year can easily become another roller coaster ride of ups & downs.

So I’m writing this post to share 3 new strategies that I’ll be using to get me through another year of our crazy lives.

First of all let’s clear the air on this New Year, New Me, BS.

I’ll be human and admit that it is not easy keep the same mindset for the whole entire year. We’ve all jumped on that starting hype at some point (including me), where everyone embraces the momentum for change in the initial first few months of the year. Then somewhere along those first few months, life hits us in the face again & we are back at where we started the year before.

You give up on your daily workout because you had a longer day at work or you have that cigarette on break because, shit.. life is just stressing the hell out of you right now!

BOOM! Old habits can hit you just like that. Then the next thing you know, you end up waiting for another new year to start back on those broken promises to yourself.

Like anything in our life, if we want to see change, we just need to keep working at it. It’s not easy to keep the right mindset throughout the year but it is easy to accept failure by giving up on what we started.

My strategy here is to have a reset button. Don’t just reset at the start of the year, reset every single time you fail so you can stop failing in long run. It’s only called New Year, New Me BS because we give up on working towards our new self before the year even ends.

Whenever shit hits the fan for us this year, let’s hit the reset button & work at it again no matter how long it takes us!

Urban Dictionary definition of badass: Ultra-cool M*****F****R

Urban Dictionary definition of badass: Ultra-cool M*****F****R

Secondly Let’s talk about the importance of a Vision.

If you want to own the year, then you need to have a badass vision for how you’re going to step our game up from the year before. If you haven’t spent the end of your last year reflecting on your highs & lows, then spend the start of your new year making sense of what you we able to accomplish.

Within the last 6 years, I’ve spent my new year’s eve in 6 different countries, waking up to life in a total different reality every single year.
I had a different set of eyes to look at the world with but & I could also see that the new year’s hangover from each new country pretty much felt the same.

Only by looking back on my previous years could I have had the vision to not drink my way into yet another new year. Yes! bringing in the new year sober can be Badassery indeed!

So this is where you to bust out the pen & paper or the digital note option to look back at your past year. Hell, you can go back even further if you like. Try to summarize that year in a sentence or a catch phrase that makes sense to you. Now ask yourself what will the title of this year be for you, based on those chapters of your previous years?

For example after looking back & reflecting on my past year, I’ve proclaimed that 2016 is the year I make my work
World Class.”

Once you’ve developed your new year proclamation or power phrase, take the first two weeks to really map out & massage in the tangible goals that are attached to you living for our new year stance.

The strategy here is that whenever we get lost in direction somewhere along the year, we can look back at our vision like it’s a guiding compass.

A vision doesn’t mean nothing, if you can’t back it up. So don’t forget to create those goals so we can measure how badass we really are.

Lastly let’s talk about living an extraordinary year.

You know that quote that goes something like “if your dreams don’t scare you, then you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”

Well for us perpetual dreamers, there are times that we’ve dreamed big enough to accomplish what we thought unimaginable and now we are left asking “how on earth am I possibly going to top this?”

Since starting this world tour, I’ve trained Mixed Martial Arts in 4 different countries last year. Now I’m not necessarily training to become an Ultimate Fighting Championship contender but I do really enjoy being able to have a sport or adventure based activity that make my life a memorable one.

However the question still remains, how do I take this to the next level?

Well the answer has been quite simple if we are willing to accept the challenge to do more. In my case I look at what’s the next gradual step to what I’m currently doing or I ask myself what’s the next craziest thing I could add to my life that works with my new year vision & goals?

For example leveling up could mean I compete in an exhibition fight, or the next craziest thing I could add on to my life that works with my vision for physical fitness and endurance could possibly be training for the Ironman race perhaps.

The real fun in living legendary comes in finding new things that can make your goals or resolutions even more interesting to take on. So be ambitious in your dreams as there is nothing more beautiful than dreaming about the possibilities of achieving your own greatness.

The takeaway strategy here is for us to do the things that give us life profit by making us realize how every new year is another year to get back to chasing those dreams from where we left off the year before.

Go ahead I dare you to make your year legendary!

Yes it’s a new year, but it’s the same me & I’m just in a different country, coming at you with a different strategy.

Every new year is chance to kickstart that fire inside you again incase it was starting fade out in your past 12 months. Not all years start off the same way, some start off great and some start off rough. We can’t control what life will hand us but we can control how we choose to live regardless of what year it is.

Wishing all you dreamers & hard knock leaders the very best for a badass year ahead!

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Lessons of a Hard Knock Leader on the Road to 30


Lessons of a Hard Knock Leader on the Road to 30

They say your 30’s will be the true coming of age. It’s a time where you learn to command your life much differently because your lived experiences has made you more in tune with who you are.

 In my 20’s I lived so recklessly that I accepted the idea of living fast & dying young. I was surrounded by a destructive world where I lost friends to the streets, substance abuse, mental illness & dangerous lifestyles. 

I started to silence my emotions and numb my feelings until I fell down the rabbit hole too. I couldn’t imagine making it to 30 with the way I was living so instead I just lived like today was my last. 

I remember reading a piece by Nic Haralambous called advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me & it made me think about the conversation I would want to have with myself. When a my brother in hustle Hamza Khan wrote & quoted me in his coming of age piece 27 things I learned at 27, I was reminded how life lessons can transcend from one person to another. 

A year ago when I turned 29 & I wrote a post on my birthday to share the lessons that I’ve learned from my journey. Without a doubt it was only in my late 20’s after switching my game up, that my understanding of living life to its fullest had actually changed for the better. 

Today I turn 30 and I’ll be flying back overseas to continue chasing my vision of becoming an international visual artist & change maker. So it was only fitting that I share some hard knock reflections & lessons from my twenties.


Life is short, make every moment count!

I know it sounds cliché but I lived like life was short, so I told myself that I had to make every moment count while I was here. In my early 20’s this usually felt more like selfishly living for today instead of appreciating the beauty of having a tomorrow. 

It was only in my very late 20’s that I finally started making sense of the different circles of thinking I gained from my life experiences around the world. I learned to no longer carry the weight of my past as something that was negative. Instead I accepted it as something that revealed whom I was destined to be.  

I started appreciating how my struggle allowed me to live and think differently from others. Making it through hard times gave me more reason to celebrate & appreciate the life I was given. 

I aspired to live better by chasing experiences instead of money & the celebrations… well.. while it usually involved more drunken nights than I would like to count but it made me realize that I was still learning how to deal with the demons that I picked up along the way. 

As I end my 20’s I’m finding ways to retire from that rockstar life that I’ve know so well by seeking more mental clarity versus the drowning of past pains. 

Despite the care free attitude, what has made my life count the most was constantly re-defining what this life meant to me. I’ve learned to develop more healthier habits that have given me more peace over the years & I’ve accepted my past as reason for who I am today. 

Yes life does feel short when you have been living it a certain way and yes it can get hard & quite sad at times. However you start to learn how to appreciate the people around that have taught you lessons both good and bad. There is value in the struggle & I’ve learned to move away from being a victim in order to start being a game-changer. 

I’ll share this quote from someone I knew who was a recovered alcoholic. 

There are no such thing as bad days, there are only bad moments in a day. Don’t let the bad moments make your entire day go bad. 

What truly makes the our time count are the moments we strived to do better than before. 


I challenge you to define what life truly means to you & spend the next decade of my time here in this world, making that life happen. This is something I’ve committed to myself for my 30’s


Whatever you want to do, just start now! 

How many times have you told yourself, that you wish you could do something like travel? Or how many times have you waited for new year’s to make a resolution about something that affects your life now like quitting smoking or getting physically fit? 

Why do we wait for later if we can just start now?

I’ve taken a page from Robin Sharma piece on the 2 greatest words. This notion of chasing your dreams by acting on the idea of “just starting” really resonated with me. It’s a lesson I’ve been always believed in but only started practicing since leaving my full time career last year, in order to focus on the things I’ve always wanted to do.

Nothing happens unless you move

For me movement is life. In my 20’s I started fighting complacency by constantly challenging myself to do the things that added value to the world. Traveling the world at a young age and seeing the good, bad & ugly realities only pushed me in wanting to be part of the change that was needed. I dreamed about it for years. 

Realize that you can only spend so much time dreaming and wishing for before those thoughts gets lost in the noise and chaos of reality. The longer you wait to take something on, the longer it will take you to get there. 

In my 20’s I made a transition from a damaging life, living and breathing the streets to a professional career where I was helping others find their way. If I did not take this dive to make changes in my life at that point, then I never would have.

It was not an easy transition at all & I struggled with those two changing identities for years but as I continued to start working towards my future, I started to accomplish my life’s worth. 

Even during my current reinvention where I’m starting to work towards my dreams of doing international development & humanitarian work, I first had to fight complacency to not give up on that dream in exchange for settling with the stability & security that could have been offered at home. 

It’s not that I wasn’t content with what I had, It’s that I knew that after making it off the streets that I was destined for more.

Today I’m traveling the world as a change maker and visual artist because it’s what I’ve started dreaming about doing in life & it’s what I’ve decided to just start working towards. Remember I’m not saying it’s easy because if it was, then everyone would be doing it & hard knock leaders are not everybody.  

Our lives change forever when we aspire to live our dreams. When we change our lives, we change our world forever. When we change our world forever, we inevitably change the world of others too. 


I challenge you to start on the life goals you’ve been dreaming about right now. My 30’s will already be changed since committing myself to start living my dreams every single day. 


Don’t let the music die in you!

Without a doubt, my life has changed dramatically since deciding that I was destined to accomplish more. It would always mean living outside my comfort zone in some way, such as entering into neighbourhoods that I once saw as territorial divides to living on the road for the upcoming years instead of settling down with the norm of what everyone else was doing around me. 

It’s not that there is anything wrong in looking for a steady career & financial security. It’s when you choose to settle with something & let the music die in you, that’s when there is a problem. I’ve seen too many people who are willing to be unhappy with their jobs and do nothing about it by letting that work kill them softly.

Now if you have a job be thankful, because there is a million others who would be willing to take it. Just realize that the music dies in us when the job we do takes us away from our reasons to be great & do amazing things. 

When we are at the top of our game, we are like maestro’s commanding the symphony of our life. However when we choose to be average, we give away our talents. When we give up on the talents we’ve earned, the music starts to die in us. 

This may sound harsh but at the age of 30 I’m no longer okay with being average. If I wanted an average life, I would’ve settled as street dealer chasing paper till my death or as a cubicle monkey pushing paper for someone else’s resume.

No disrespect to anyone who is putting in work for survival but take a moment and ask yourself if you are you currently happy OR if are you currently being the best version of yourself? If the answer is NO to both of these questions then you’re probably fallen into the box of mediocrity where the world is constantly being programmed to deliver the message that average is acceptable.

You can spend your 20’s trying to learn from the great’s in order to master your craft. By your 30’s it’s time to focus on to being the greatest by becoming the the master. Not there yet? Well just start because all masters had to be beginners at some point. 

Whatever you decide to do & whenever you decide to do it, make sure it world class. The reality is that there are more sad stories in the world then there are happy ones. People will die at the age of 30 and only get buried 60, don’t let the graveyard be where your dreams finally go to rest. 


I challenge you to make your life a happy one regardless of the difficulties you’ve faced & the ones you will continue to face. In my 30’s the struggle will only fuel my growth as hard knock leader. 


This journey is the one you’re suppose to be on. 

Can there be a guarantee that work we commit to right now will lead us to where we want to be in the future? Are we ever sure the dream we are chasing is even right for us? 

If we had all the answers then there would be no journey. There is no guarantee for success, there is only the will to never give up on it. Those who do journey, know that if that if they don’t take this road, it would only lead to regrets. 

Most give it up on that journey because of uncertainty. Most give up from the fear of failure. 

On every journey someone will hit their lowest low. What reveals our strength is our ability to bounce back from that failure. To bounce back we must accept the journey we are suppose to be on & remove doubt & fear.

I’ll share the words of a brother & mentor who has guided me in the arts, when he was asked about his own journey in life

I’ve come to the realization that life is made up of a billion deep breaths & that’s why I always say to be happy, smile & breath deeply because this is the journey that you’re suppose to be on.

As you grow older you learn to trust yourself more to keep heading down on that journey because you know it was meant for you. You slowly start to learn how to be at peace with who you’ve become & leave behind the person that others expect you to be. You breathe more accepting that YES this is the journey that I’m suppose to be on. 

When we find peace with the journey that we are on, the road ahead becomes a beautiful part of growth in the life we have. We start to take control destiny and show up stronger for our final curtain call. 

At times our identity may feel conflicted from the environments we grew up around, to the different hardships & struggles we have endured. However life is dealt to us, it should never stop us from making the extraordinary happen. 


I challenge you to keep believing in yourself & the journey that you are on, no matter how hard it gets. I hope to look back in my 40’s someday & acknowledge that this is what set my life apart from everything else I was doing. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this personal reflection. Feel free to share your comments or recommend to others if you see value in these words.  
1love the kid  

Note from the author:

I’m going to be disconnecting by getting off the grid for the next bit of my journey as I make a move overseas to Australia & focus on creating new works. 

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As I head back on the overseas for 2016 I want to thank everyone who has been following my journey and supporting me along the way. Stay Inspired Always.


What I have learned on the road to twenty nine

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What I have learned on the road to twenty nine

I grow older with time, but I stay young with the memories that I have made.   A feeling captured perfectly in this shot by a brother, mentor and photographer Jalani Morgan |  |

I grow older with time, but I stay young with the memories that I have made.

A feeling captured perfectly in this shot by a brother, mentor and photographer Jalani Morgan | |

As we get older we often reflect more on the life that we have lived thus far. We think more about the time that has escaped us and moments that have made us. These are a few things that I've learned on my journey to the age of twenty nine.

Be the biggest kid in your crew. The nickname that I've earned growing up may not feel right accompanying me into the latter part of my life but all the memories that I've made as the kid will always be reminisced. No matter how old you are, being young, wild and free is simply a state of mind that will make you feel alive. 

Wake up every morning to accomplish your life dreams & goals. I woke up one day and told myself that everyday not spent towards fulfilling my life dreams is a waste of my life. Chase your dreams sooner by knowing when it is your time to do more and then spend the rest of that lifetime to make it your reality. There is nothing more powerful than a person with actualized purpose. 

Never let money be an obstacle. Cash may rule everything around me but it will not stop me from living my life. I've traveled part of the world to see poverty on different levels. Know that mental poverty can weigh you down as much as physical poverty does. When all we do is chase the paper, we become animalistic. So make money but don't let the money make you.   

Hustle with more heart than hunger. When it comes to my drive, I will spend the rest of my days chasing a vision and fighting for what I believe in.  At the end of my time, my life will only be measured by what I have given back to this world and not by what I have taken for myself. Make a hustle out of giving because it will feed you that much more.

Use the negative energy to create positive. I've used my frustrations and negative energy to launch me forward time and time again. I look for outlets that will let me release the negative and express it positively.  All energy vibrates this world and you control your own beat. If you are not satisfied about where you are in life, know that your the only captain that can change the direction.  

Let movement free your soul. This life of mine would not be what it is today if it was not for the places I have traveled to and the people I have met along the way. For this reason I have committed myself to taking the path less traveled by moving through this world as much as I can. Make time to see the world outside your comforts as pushing yourself to experience more outside the confides of your comfort is what will contribute to your strongest growth.  

Open your heart to love. A lesson I'm still learning as a man who puts a heavy guard around his personal emotions. It is human nature to love but we have often been conditioned to do otherwise and the fear the emotions we cannot control. I've loved and been loved, fallen in out of like, been hurt and hurt others. I've learnt to see that is all part of the journey and being vulnerable is not a weakness. Take more chances to fall in love with life and the people in it. You will see beauty in the everyday when you learn to fall in love with those people over and over again. 

In my  twenties I've learn to treat every new year of life as a new chapter. Whether we make it a chance for change, a time for celebration or a moment for reflection; it is what we have learned along the way that makes the journey so important.  So when the years dawns upon you, be happy with the journey walked, the lessons learned and the life where you simply lived. 

Dedicated to struggles and triumphs that define our story,  the people who have played a part of my life both big or small. Thank you for making this journey one worth living. 

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Year One of Hard Knock Leadership & the 2015 Vision

No matter what the season, we grind daily - @hardknockleader

No matter what the season, we grind daily - @hardknockleader

This month marks one year since the soft launch of the Hard Knock Leadership initiative. What began as a platform for me to share the different types of community based work I have been taking on has shifted to creating a vision to support change makers around the world.

A Year In Review

In review, the past year has been an eventful one since the HKL kickoff in 2013. The brand has carried me through the different aspects of programming I've decided to take on and learn about. I ended last year with a visit to Panama to connect with Alley Cat Fitness Foundation, a non profit MMA camp & gym that has been engaging youth from the barrios and also helped produced one of the first Panamanian UFC fighters who has come from those humbled barrio beginnings. I started 2014 with my first international photography exhibit "Suenos de la Calle" in the Dominican Republic, where I facilitated a workshop with a local youth organization on how photography can be used as a tool to empower. 

This year as I ended my seven year campus community life term with post secondary education, I delivered a a full day community building workshop to close off the Live 2 Lead program which I activated to support racialized students. Amongst the many other talks & workshops I've facilitated this year; the opportunity to sit on Art Reach Toronto's jury as a guest artist for the 2014 youth pitch contest, I've seen myself make a transition into arts education by apprenticing in a photography program and and co-curating an outdoor exhibit of community portraits in my home of Scarborough, where I was raised.  

I look back at the year one of HKL and realize it has been some of the most moving and valuable experience that I have taken on to build dialogue on creating change in the places that need it the most.

The Reason 

We may all live through moments that will define us, make us or break us. They are the raw life experiences that make our story, one of hard knock leadership. 

I grew up in the east end of Scarborough not seeing the type of programming that kept me and the people I came up with off the streets. It's been fifteen years to when I first immigrated into Canada with my family, only to find the acceptance and assimilation of young people in under resourced neighborhoods is task still commonly taken on by gang culture. There was a lack of safe spaces where young people could express themselves without being targeted and my life purpose is driven go build those spaces.

Before I immigrated to the boroughs, I was raised living through the gulf war in the Arabian Gulf. My parents would take me to supermarkets where I remember the store shelves empty and almost cleared out from the tin cans of food that was being rationed. Boxes and bins that would contain reduced price items on sale over here, were filled with gas masks for purchase. I look back at those moments that my parents raised both me and my sister who was born during the war and I realize that I must be here for a reason.

Some times it will take you years before you reflect and actualize what you have lived through. Today Hard Knock Leadership stands as a reminder that the path we take is one that we are suppose to be on. It's a path that is not paved and one that only you will be able to map out for yourself, before being able to show others the way. 

2015 Vision. 

Looking back at the past year of HKL and my own path to community building, I've decided to dedicated my life's work towards creating the needed change in underserved communities and through Hard Knock Leadership I hope to engage the disengaged. 

The next five years will focus on the building of Hard Knock Leadership both as an agency and administrative platform for change makers to create and serve their visions to the world.  

HKL will be focusing on the following change maker platforms to build a stronger collective identity 

1) Storytelling

2) Community Organizing

3) Arts Education

4) Global Advocacy

The building of a collective around storytelling with be one of our major priorities for the upcoming year. While community organizing, arts education & global advocacy projects will continue to be taken on throughout the year; it's the storytellers platform that I will be focusing on creating, to invest in the growth of other hard knock leaders on their personal journey. is transitioning to a new template that will start to curate the work of the collective. As an artist my photography work will be moved to its own portal ( & HKL will serve more to highlight the collaborative projects that connect art to community building. I will still continue to be sharing my experiences and personal journeys on this blog but will also invite others from the collective to share their own thoughts & perspectives as change makers. 

For everyone that's supported me on this journey to more, I thank you as I look forward to building the next generation of leadership. 

Photographer, Community Organizer & Founder of HKL - Siddhartha (Sid) Naidu 






The End of an Era...

This has got to be one of the most challenging posts I've had to reflect on and write, as one of my good friend & colleague called it out "This is the end of an era" 


It truly has been a beautiful seven year long journey working in post secondary education, ten if you include how long I've been at Ryerson University for. I was once a student who founded an urban cultural movement on campus and was someone who quickly grew to into roles of civic leadership to facilitate, support & create a number of grass roots initiatives aimed at building a stronger and more engaged community. It was only after a couple of victory laps and my graduation in 2010 that I actually reflected on my work in student life. Through this reflection I decided to dedicate my purpose and will power to foster a better world for future generations. So I graduated from the Faculty of Arts with an honorary major in student life (In fact student life is what probably kept me away from dropping out.)  

I was a first generation student who was entering university, I wasn't an academic and didn't anticipate becoming involved or taking on what was considered to be strong leadership roles. In fact at that time I was someone who was extremely disengaged with educational institutions since immigrating to Canada in 1999.  Growing up around neighbourhoods that have been labeled as prioritized made me feel that I wasn't someone who necessarily belonged in university. I had a guidance councilor who even told me that university wasn't best choice for me and maybe he was right at that moment with my history of average grades mixed with my rebellious attitude. Thankfully it was that same attitude that probably told me I had to prove the haters wrong somehow. 

From disengaged to the most engaged 

Disengaged with the educational system and more intrigued in the life outside the classroom I found my first opportunity to do something different with the idea supporting campus life. I ended up taking on the role to found the first hip-hop cultured group on campus  (The Urban Hip Hop Union) in 2005 where there wasn't any education around the misunderstood representation of hip hop. I centered around a cause that attracted like-minded individuals who saw hip hop as more than a lifestyle. It was a cause that allowed us to express ourselves through culture. As the movement grew, like a snowball effect I quickly found myself taking on more responsibility to support the community through arts & culture initiatives. Being a self taught street photographer became my first calling to do something positive in life. Photography being my first passion had helped me express where I came from and so I incorporated the art as a tool for storytelling to provide others with a different lens that can be used in life.

This was my tipping point and it has been a constant renewal and search for“why” since then. Eventually that hunger led me to being elected to serve on student council and the university Board of Governors, with a reason to serve in ensuring that there was stronger representation of under represented identities within institutional politics. Through those roles I felt I was able to do more as someone who started from the bottom and I took every opportunity to be involved in the process. I can hardly count or remember the number of roles I've taken on. From coordinating university wide campus events, initiatives & referendums that had made monumental change such as the Athletic Referendum, which lead to the building of Mattamy Athletic Centre, I realized change can come full circle. I had transitioned into a community builder with mission to engage the disengaged, all while reflecting from my own experience of how the disengaged could become some of the most engaged. So this became a chapter out of my personal journey as a hard knock leader. 

Mix of my photography work & community building mind state for the Athletic Referendum Campaign 

Passing the Torch 

Now upon graduation in 2010 instead of heading overseas bound to take on the world, I decided to continue learning and serving others in a full time capacity and for three years I took on the role of a mentoring officer working with first generation students. Within my last year I expanded beyond student affairs to build my own understanding around the advancement of the university as an Alumni Relations Officer. I was now someone who could work within the educational system to provide resources that I did not see as a young person growing up.

With that being said I also realized I had accomplished a fair bit in my time at Ryerson University:

Founded the first urban cultured campus group "Urban Hip Hop Union" (2005)

Being the only opposition slated executive elected to the students union in the last eight years (2007)

Taking a lead role on the Ryerson University Athletic Referendum Campaign (2009)

Getting the highest voter turn out for Ryerson University, Student Board of Governor elections (2009) 

Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award (2009) 

Hosted & gave a talk at TEDxRyersonU (2012)

Seeing my mom complete school at Ryerson University as a first generation student. (2014)

The last was the most important for me and I still know that the journey does not end here for the long-term change I hope to see within educational institutions, however this institution is definitely not the same place that I once enrolled in as a student. It has changed for the better, with more resources and opportunities for students than ever before. With the work of many people, the torch will be passed to the right hands. Your hands to be more precise ( hands of people with dreams to do more). Today you the young change makers must lead the future of our institutions 

Knowing that we have come so far and accomplished so much, I've realized that this is the best time for me to take on newer roles and continue serve the undeserved and disengaged, where resources are less available.   

Time to change the game

Have you ever read The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo? It’s the story of a young boy who leaves the comforts of everything he knows to chase his personal legend. It’s a beautiful story that will inspire  you to chase whatever you have always wanted to accomplish.

I've decided to take a page out of this story as I've reflected over the past two years and in these next two weeks I will be wrapping up my work at Ryerson University to focus on my own long  term goals, dreams & aspirations. One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you've always wanted to do, so my advice is do it now.

Knowing that there is now a stronger community for students has supported what I originally set out to accomplish. I have decided for now to wrap up my work as a higher ed specialist to focus on the next chapter of my life and become a stronger contributor in the world. 

I wouldn't have made it this far if it wasn't for all the mentors, peers, students, staff and faculty that I have had the opportunity to work with through the past years. From the many people in my life I've learned how to be a better person for my future . I hope that your own journey will also push you to challenge the world we live in to be the best that it could be. We should wake up every day chasing our dreams & I've realized it's time for me to start waking up and change the game again by chasing mine .    

So what’s next for me? Well if i told you all the details, there wouldn't be anything interesting to write about the next time. What I will tell you is that I will continue to passionately follow what I've always wanted to do, to make this world a better place and of course you can always drop me a line to find out more.

One of my boys called it out as the "End of an Era" & I said "Nah Bro it's actually just the beginning of one." 

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Dedicated to everyone I worked with through the higher ed hustle.

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