Difference Maker

Can You Be A Global Leader?

At the United Nations Global Summit, professionals from different parts of the world came together to discuss ways to tackle critical issues affecting our world.


I got to share some of my thoughts on what it means to be a global leader and how the youth can make a global impact today. 
The people in attendance included university students, young professionals, and globally significant leaders.


As you start your week, I wanted to share the following video with you. Hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires you to act! 

Have a glorious week! Love you all!

Pre-order my upcoming book, Use Your Difference To Make A Difference.

Become an Effective Cross-Cultural Communicator & Connector

Walls vs. Bridges

I reached out to connect. 

But I was met with no interest. 

My bridge came crashing into your wall. 

I wondered what caused this stall. 

Will it ever fall?

So I sat and observed

as you continued to layer your walls 

with bricks of sameness, fear, hate and a false sense of security. 

This is how you found your happy. 

To you, I’ve never been an option 

I seem to be as dark and unknown as what’s hidden in the depths of the ocean. 

Instead of getting to know me, 

you’ve weaponized your friends and family to be afraid of me. 

These stories you tell of me 

They are exaggerated and limited. 

These walls you built to protect yourself from me. 

 They are enclosed spaces with the same ole faces. 

Here’s what you’ve missed while living in your bubble.

your barriers have become outliers. 

your limited scope has inspired hope.

I will not just be tolerated. I will be appreciated

As your walls continue to crack, and you continue to attack,

my revolution will be televised and I will no longer be generalized.

I reached out to connect. 

But I was met with no interest.

My bridge came crashing into your wall and caused it to fall.

I looked behind me and I saw I wasn't alone.

Together, we built a bridge and knocked down the walls.

Become an Effective Cross-Cultural Communicator & Connector

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.

Become an Effective Cross-Cultural Communicator & Connector

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!

Become an Effective Cross-Cultural Communicator & Connector