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By: Kevin L. Nichols – The Social Engineer™
[October 19, 2015] EL CERRITO. Last weekend, I was in New York celebrating the 25th Anniversary of an organization that I was apart of in high school called Summer Search, Inc. The program inherently took underrepresented minorities, recent immigrants, low income students, etc., to experience a life changing excursion during either the summer of their sophomore or junior year (or both). These excursions could include backpacking and camping in a foreign country or state, attending a competitive boarding school far away, or learning a foreign language abroad, to name a few, all for free.
To celebrate the triumph of this organization, we had an alumni summit where over 200 alumni came together to learn about where the organization is now, how they can get more involved, and walk away with some useful professional development to assist them in their careers. One distinguished alum, Robert Reffkin, a former White House Fellow, Chief of Staff of the President & CEO of Goldman Sachs, and now Founder & CEO of a real estate start-up call Compass, talked about in addition to all of his accomplishments, how he’s run a marathon in every state of the Union. I was amazed and astonished to hear about this feat and wondered what kind of discipline, dedication, and determination must have gone into it. I recalled completing my first HALF marathon a few years ago and realized what that meant to me personally. After the pain and exhaustion surpassed, it was just me, the finish-line, and my will.
Lately, I have been traveling a lot and have been a slacker on exercising. For some reason, I felt determined that I would start running my 5ks on Monday’s and Friday’s again after hearing Robert’s analogies about running marathons and life in general. He said:
- Training IS the marathon (the preparation is where the hard work is);
- Run Slow to Run Fast (many people start out too fast and don’t know how to pace themselves); and
- Nobody succeeds alone (having people in the crowd supporting you makes all of the difference).
Today, I ran my first 5k in weeks. I was very sluggish and tired. Many times I wanted to quit along the way. It was about 68 degrees, a mild breeze, a clear sky and a beautiful day. As I ran with my Nike app tracking my distance and I listened to some old school hip hop and R&B on my headphones, I made some connections in my mind. I thought about, how often do we quit even though we know when then end is near? I knew how far 5k was but almost gave up. I decided to push myself until the end and reached my goal. I’m not saying that it wasn’t hard, but I realized that far too often we set goals, know what, when, and how to make them happen, but give up n them because of fear, lack of preparation, discipline, or just not knowing how to pace ourselves endurance wise. My message to you, my friends, is don’t give up. You know where you are going and how to get there. Just get there.
Kevin L. Nichols is an entrepreneur, a legal technology, diversity, social media, and political consultant who resides in the Bay Area. He is a passionate community organizer and activist. Kevin is affectionately known as The Social Politician™ and The Social Engineer™ who is engineering a better life for the next generation, socially. For more information, please visit www.kevinlnichols.com.
By: Kevin L. Nichols – The Social Engineer™
[May 20, 2015] EL CERRITO. Today, I wanted to take the time to write down my thoughts about a couple of revelations that I had. Most people do not know that I listen to Our Daily Bread each morning before I start my day. The message was about discipleship, congregations following pastors and leaders of the church versus the person who those leaders follow, Jesus Christ. I thought about the rituals that I do on a daily basis, why I do them, and who should get the glory. I couldn’t help but wonder if people attribute the actions that I choose to me as a human being or do they properly attribute them to our Lord and Savior. If there is ambiguity, I wanted to make this point abundantly clear.
I wake up each morning with the hope of improving the lives of others. Although it may seem complicated, I share my runs and work outs via social media not because I want to brag about what I am doing, but to motivate and inspire others to go out and do the same. I cannot tell you how many inbox messages I get from people stating that my check-ins, my hikes, or running has made the difference in them getting physically fit and/or taking their health more seriously. Sometimes, I just want to rest, sleep, and relax. Similarly, I share motivational quotes, tips on relationships, and humor to uplift their souls. Could people think that this is about me building my brand? What am I doing to lead people to Christ?
Checking in at church on Sundays is not enough. Thus, although I enjoy what I do each day, I do not do it for my own personal gain. I do it because it is what I am called to do. I am in the process of engineering a new generation built on the foundation of love, leadership, activism, and altruism. The Social Engineering Project is coming soon and hope that you all are ready for a much needed revolution of rebuilding our communities so that they are stronger than ever. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a slice of heaven or paradise on Earth while we are still here? I hope that you will join me in this plight.
Kevin L. Nichols is an entrepreneur, a legal technology, diversity, social media, and political consultant who resides in the Bay Area. He is a passionate community organizer and activist. Kevin is affectionately known as The Social Politician™ and The Social Engineer™ who is engineering a better life for the next generation, socially. For more information, please visitwww.kevinlnichols.com.