SELF MADE: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker
Updated: Mar 22
"Damn, Sarah! How big do you want to be?" "BIG...as Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller put together."
MADAM C.J. WALKER! I learned a little more about her after watching this Netflix Series. This woman was a boss in her own right. She was the definition of a go getter and not selling yourself short. She faced many adversities, but she overcame them all. Many doors were slammed in her face, but she kept her stride and confidence and believed in herself. It all started with a dream and a vision; and she had big dreams and aspirations, baby. She didn't allow anything to deter her, either. I'm the type of person who believes there are lessons in everything. Indeed, there are several messages and lessons in this movie. I'm not going to speak on all of them because your takeaway may not be mine and vice versa. In my personal opinion, I do believe that every entrepreneur and/or aspiring entrepreneur need to watch this; especially new and aspiring authors. This movie has blessed me more than I could ever explain. It has its highs and lows, but it teaches that you have to have some thick skin to make it in this business or whatever industry you're seeking. I rate this movie 5 Stars, and encourage everyone to watch it!
Just in case you haven't seen this movie yet, I'm not going to give away any spoilers. There were a few takeaways, rather blessings for me, that I gained from watching this series. I want to encourage you with a few of them that I feel may bless you in more ways than one. Takeaway 1: Weak men hate strong women, but a strong man will love and respect her. He won't feel intimidated by her in any way, shape, form or fashion. He will motivate her, support her, and won't feel less than a man in doing so. These are issues that you will not experience when a man is sure of himself and confident in who he is and his position with you. There was a scene where she stood up to one of the most prominent men in the world; therefore, gaining the respect of others. Some kind of woman, wasn't she? During an era where woman were taught and made to know their place and be quiet, be seen and not heard, Madam C.J. Walker refused to be silence or silent. When you learn better, you do better.
Takeaway 2: You can't compete with determination and consistency. My publisher drill in our heads often that consistency is the key. Some of us have yet to latch on. People will come to down you, break you, discourage you and make you feel like crap. It's not what people say about you. It's what God says about you. It's not how people feel you. It's about how you feel about yourself. So a man thinks, so is he. You don't need other people's approval or validation. All you need is God! In this lifetime, we all must learn to encourage ourselves. Other than God, if you are not for you, who will be?
Takeaway 3: Every seller/entrepreneur has a story. You just have to find your niche and your pitch. SELL YOURSELF, but not in a sexual way. Every buyer, endorser, investor want to know the person behind the product. They want to know the real you and feel like they know you before they buy into you product. Most times, they want to know if you are what you preach. People are just looking for someone honest and trustworthy. If you're promoting realness, don't be fake. If you're promoting freedom, don't keep people or yourself in bondage. I'm still learning that your personality will sell before your product. People will buy into it just because of who you are.
Takeaway 4: You have to be okay and content with knowing that true success doesn't happen overnight. It takes hard work and dedication, and requires you to never give up. You may feel like saying, "To hell with all of this shit," but you have to keep on pushing. It pays off in the end. You'll never know what the end will be or look like if you stop running.
Takeaway 5: You must learn balance. What's the purpose of being successful and you can't enjoy it? What's the purpose of being successful without anyone to share it with. If you have a family, a husband/wife, and/or children, you have to learn how to balance them with your business. If you're so hell bent on being a go getter or securing a bag and don't take care of your family, you could push them away and lose them in the process.
Takeaway 6: Everybody needs somebody. You can't do everything by yourself. If it wasn't for God and people's support, where would you be? That's why you must never forget where you came from, what it took to get where you are now, and the people who helped and supported you along the way.
Takeaway 7: LEARN TO LIVE! Don't be so caught up in success that you forget to live. You can't work so much that it kills you. Take time out to smell the flowers. Ride a bike. Go to the movies. Read a good book. It's okay to leave a legacy, but wouldn't you want to enjoy it too?
Madam C.J. Walker show us how to go hard or go home. Going home is what she refused to do. Since she had dreams to be bigger than Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller put together, let me leave you with quotes from each of them.
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER
* "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
* "I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty."
* "If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."
* "I don't think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."
* "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
* "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."
* "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
* "People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents."
* "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it."
* "Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community."
Now, that I've written and re-read them, I noticed that every quote applies to the movie in some kind of way, lol! Again, add this to your list of movies to watch. You will enjoy it. Remember to love and take care of yourself. If you won't, who will? Something to think about, huh?
Until next time,