The DBCs of Making A Global Impact In Today's World by Tayo Rockson

“Traveling the world is one of the greatest things you can ever do for yourself. It will shatter all illusions, stereotypes, and notions you have of the world and the people in it. You will unlearn, learn, and relearn things you will never discover through a book, a classroom, or a degree. It will humble you, shake you, wake you up. It will seep into your pores and find its way to your heart, and it will find it fast. The veil over your vision will come off and you will experience things that fringe over magic. And you will never ever be the same again in the best way possible. So do yourself a favor, and just buy that d**n plane ticket.” ~ Satori

By the age of 17, I had lived in five different countries and four different continents. Several words even though they sound the same mean two different things and invoke two different emotions. You know them?

Chips...

Football...

My point is I’m a minority everywhere I go even in my passport country but when faced with the option of celebrating my difference or conforming to what was considered the norm, I chose to celebrate my difference and I haven't looked back since.

You see growing up everywhere the way I did, I initially had an identity crisis. You know. Who am I?

Why am I not like them?

Why is my accent different?

But I came to realize that there is true beauty in our world. I also came to realize that even though the world is full of differences, many of us use these differences to drive people apart. With this realization, all of a sudden I had a sense of purpose. I saw my identity crisis as a gift. I saw my difference as an opportunity to show the world that there is beauty in having the mindset of a nomad. Not only in the way it opens our minds but also in the perspectives it gives us.

Many of today’s world’s problems today are caused because of people’s unwillingness to accept change whether it’s race, religion or ethnic background. Why can’t we use OUR DIFFERENCES to make a DIFFERENCE."

I believe there are 3 ways we can do this. It’s what I like to call the DBC. Read more here.

Finding Opportunity in An Obstacle

I was recently asked by the guys at Up Global if there's a perfect time to launch a startup and it made me reminisce on when I was let go from a job I had last year and the journey I've had since then. So many times life puts obstacles in your way but it's how you respond in these moments that can define and shape the course of your lives. Like I always say: use your difference to make a difference! I hope you all enjoy the read. Here you go: Is There A Perfect Time To Start Up?

The Importance of Finding Common Ground In Different Cultures

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Nathaniel Boyle of The Daily Travel Podcast and we talked about different ways to navigate different cultures by finding common ground and how it open's one's mind so I just wanted to share with you all! Hope you are keeping warm if you're experiencing this harsh winter that North America and Europe is experiencing and I hope you are enjoying the warm weather if you're in the warmer regions. Here is the interview. Hope you enjoy it!

Stuart Scott- As Cool As The Other Side Of The Pillow

I woke up today and as I normally do I picked up my phone to scroll through my alerts on my phone and amongst the sea of alerts I saw the alert from ESPN that Stuart Scott had died from cancer and I completely lost it. Many of us knew this was coming especially after watching him speak at last year's ESPY's but it still hit me so hard that I completely broke down and rushed to the TV to see what others were saying about him on ESPN.

This is so hard to write right now because I don't want to diminish him in any way but I want to pay him some sort of tribute. 

I remember when I first started watching him as 10 year old before and after school and hearing him say things like "BOO-YA!", "As Cool As The Other Side Of the Pillow" and so many phrases that only he could say.

I remember his willingness to always be himself on the air. The way he smiled when he talked about his daughters and just his overall for his family.

As hard as this is for me to write now. I am reminded by  who he was, how many lives he touched and the way he lived his life to the fullest despite his having cancer three times. 

I leave you with this quote from Stuart Scott. You beat cancer by HOW you live, WHY you live and in the manner in which you live.

Thank you Stuart for encouraging me to use my difference to make a difference. Rest In Peace. You were as cool as the other side of the pillow and BOO-YA! Heaven just got a great one!