I can't ever recall being raised to have professional confidence. Or work confidence. But
I've always been raised to BE CONFIDENT. To be one step ahead. Hold my head high, stay true and work hard. But never once did I hear "work smart" until 2-3 years ago after my first year at my first job out of college.
It's been really strange being a black professional because you look back on an amazingly successful day and ask "how the hell did I get here?" The answer for me is hard work and mentorship. For others, those were automatic skill sets they just had. (In my opinion THIS advantage is regardless of race)
I don't blame my immigrant-ness for my lack of professional self-awareness. I don't even blame my parents at all. Because they did above and beyond the best they can to make sure I had the right mental tools and social tools to be professional. (Their monetary contributions are to never be ignored but its the non-fiscal/undocumented offerings that really lead the way.) The day I became a professional is when a mentor told me "A major key to being successful is to work smart"
It was like a bell went off....
And I got it.
To many people, that's just a given. But I'm not going to shy away from naivete or the ignorance I had because it empowered me and still does today. It is the driving force for me seeking mentorship. I didn't ask for mentors, but I just simply asked questions of people that I admired; was just curious about or that I simply knew would know the answer. And really that's all it takes folks!
Reading one of my favorite advertising blogs (AdFreak) it was been brought my attention that sex sells. 2 ridiculously funny advertising/marketing concepts:
1) Mexican beer company decides to create a beer targeting gay people. I know... I don't have to say it--- HOW IGNORANT? But really folks that's advertising sometimes... Exploding the ignorance of your consumer or of society..
I how many people have used wikipedia? I mean for anything... I had a nerd moment and decided to Google Adam Clayton Powell because of his affiliation with Colgate (my alma mater) and then decided to see what wikipedia said about the university. I'm just going to copy and paste caause I know people are lazy... Note, the article is edited by Colgate themselves, but I did find the following facts interesting:
100 best campuses for LGBT students
in 06 was ranked as the second most fit college in America by Men's Fitness (probably because like 2/3 of the population were or are student athletes.)
AND ranked third by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education for its success in integrating African-American students (I'm going to find this article... INTERESTING)
Read on... ENJOY!
Colgate University is a private liberal arts college in Hamilton, New York, USA. The school was founded in 1819 as a Baptist seminary and later became non-denominational. It is named for the Colgate family who greatly contributed to the university's endowment in the 19th century.
Colgate has 51 undergraduate concentrations that culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree. The student body comes from 49 states and 34 countries. In its 2009 edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked Colgate as the 19th best liberal arts college in the country. Colgate ranked 29th in the 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" from Forbes.com. It is also listed as one of thirty Hidden Ivies and as one of Newsweek's "New Ivies".
Colgate is located on a rural 515 acre (2.08 km²) campus in Central New York which was listed as the most beautiful in the country in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review. Despite an undergraduate population of only 2,750, Colgate is a member of the Patriot League conference of the NCAA Division I.
THE INFO: History
In 1817, the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York was founded by thirteen men (six clergymen and seven laymen). Two years later, in 1819, the state granted the school's charter, and the school opened a year later, in 1820. The first classes were held in a building in the town of Hamilton. Three years later, in 1823, the Baptist Theological Seminary at New York City incorporated with the Baptist Education Society and subsequently changed its name to the Hamilton Literary & Theological Institution. Among the trustees was William Colgate, founder of a soap company.
In 1826, the school's trustees bought farmland that later became the focal point of the campus, known as 'the Hill'. One year later, the current students and faculty of the school built West Hall, using stone taken from a quarry found on the land. Originally called West Edifice before being renamed to West Hall, it is the oldest structure on campus. In 1846, the school changed its name to Madison University. In 1850, the Baptist Education Society planned to move the university to Rochester, but was halted by legal action. Dissenting trustees, faculty, and students founded the University of Rochester.
In 1890, Madison University changed its name to Colgate University in recognition of the family and its gifts to the school. James B. Colgate, one of William Colgate's sons, established a $1,000,000 endowment called the Dodge Memorial Fund. The theological side of Colgate merged with the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1928 to become the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, leaving Colgate to become non-denominational. Colgate became coeducational in 1970.
Colgate University is located in the rural village of Hamilton, New York. The campus itself is situated on 515 acres (2.08 km2) of land. The university owns an additional 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of undeveloped forested lands.
Colgate's first building, West Hall, was built by students and faculty from stones from Colgate's own rock quarry. Nearly all the buildings on campus are built of stone, and newer buildings are built with materials that fit the style. Probably the most distinctive building on campus is the Chapel (Colgate Memorial Chapel), which was built in 1918 and is used for lectures, performances, concerts, and religious services. Old Biology Hall was built in 1884 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The university's campus was ranked as the most beautiful by The Princeton Review in their 2010 edition. In July 2008, Colgate was named fifth on Forbes' list of Top Colleges for Getting Rich, the only non-Ivy League college in the top 5. Colgate is listed as one of America's 25 "new Ivies" by Newsweek magazine. It is also on the list of "100 best campuses for LGBT students." In October 2006, Colgate was ranked as the second most fit college in America by Men's Fitness. Colgate has been ranked third by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education for its success in integrating African-American students.
Most of the campus's heat is generated from a wood boiler which burns wood chips, a renewable resource. Since the heating facility is fueled by biomass, it produces zero net carbon emissions. Almost all of Colgate's electricity comes from a hydroelectric dam at Niagara Falls; the rest comes from nuclear sources. The campus also has a Green Bikes program with over two dozen bikes that are loaned out in an effort to encourage students to rely less on cars. Colgate Dining Services currently provides organic rice, beans, and other dry foods, and is working to offer more local foods options. Dining Services take-out containers are also made from natural materials, and are compostable. On the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, Colgate earned a C, which was a great improvement from the previous year, when the school earned a D+. In 2010 Colgate improved to a B, and the administration continues to promote sustainability. 
Colgate founded the Upstate Institute in 2003. The Institute was created to connect the Colgate community to its surrounding region, as well as to give back and help economically and socially sustain the area. Currently, they do research on counties in the area, as well as support outreach and volunteer organizations.
Colgate was an initial sponsor of Partnership for Community Development, a local nonprofit organization which seeks to support the community through revitalization of buildings and small business development.
Academics and administration
Case Library seen from the Hill
Colgate offers 51 undergraduate concentrations leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, all of which are registered officially with the New York State Department of Education. The university also has a small graduate (Master of Arts) program for Education, which graduates 3-7 students each year.
In addition to regular campus courses, the university offers 22 semester-long off-campus study groups each year, including programs in Australia, China, Japan, India, several Western European countries, Washington, DC, and the National Institutes of Health. Approximately two-thirds of Colgate undergraduates study abroad, which is a high proportion considering other colleges and universities in the United States. About 95% of seniors graduate and most alumni proceed to graduate schools in law, administration, engineering, medicine, the arts and the sciences, as well as to financial, administrative or scientific occupations. There is hardly a walk of life where alumni of Colgate University are not represented. However, a significant clustering occurs in business, the media, and the life and earth sciences.
I've been reading a lot of blogs, articles, website, EVERYTHING. And stumbles upon adfreak blog. (heaven sent at the work desk) I learn about campaigns all of the world and random, cool concepts. This one right HERE was just pure hilarity! Its a call for entries for the Association of Independent Commercial Producers awards... and its message and methodology is perfectly reflective of what its calling for. AAAAND its just straight amusement!
Enjoy. This one is dedicated to my roommate... MejaLook- this could be you one day! :0)
EXPERIENCE GAINED: All grand things, have a purpose and calls for results....