Posts tagged with "mentor"

Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Dealing with Unseen Demons

By Adam Jablin

Transformational Life Coach and Recovery Mentor

Gambling addiction is real. Allow me to say that again– gambling addiction is a real thing. It’s not a lack of willpower. It’s an illness.

The medical community has four classifications to consider an illness a disease: it must be progressive, chronic, primary, and fatal. Gambling addiction fulfills all of the requirements. 

You see, it’s an uncontrollable urge—a phenomenon of cravings that one gets from a “high”. It’s as normal and necessary as needing air for you and I. 

Like a drug addict goes for a fix, or an alcoholic would thirst for that drink… the gambler chases the rush. That “rush” of dopamine is the same as a narcotic. Its an obsession of the mind that destroys families. 

Those addicted are constantly increasing the amounts for the thrill. They lie and scam to get more money, jeopardizing their most important and sacred relationships. They’re always trying to win the money back, stop all together, or resort to low measures like stealing and other fraudulent behaviors to continue their addiction. When the feel restless, irritable and discontent, they use gambling as an escape from reality. 

They may take it so far that it effects their physical health. Here is an excerpt from my book Lotsaholic: From A Sick To Sober Superman:

He lifted up his shirt and revealed a huge scar, from his upper belly across his chest and up into his armpit. “Three heart attacks. That’s how bad. I’m gonna die, kid, if I keep this up. That’s why I’ve been in here so long. I feel safe here.

I don’t trust myself out there, and I’m not ready to die.” As Tony reeled in his line, I noticed that he wasn’t wearing his fancy Rolex. Today he was wearing a simple Timex that carried the Caesars Palace logo.

“What’s with the new watch?”

He fiddled with his lure. “Tonight they take me outside for a Gamblers Anonymous meeting. Every time I go, I wear this watch. This is the most expensive watch I own. It cost me 1.5 million dollars. I gave Caesars my cash; they gave me a suite, champagne, and this beautiful watch. It’s my personal souvenir to remind me of how bad I get. It and the scar.” He bobbed his fishing rod up and down. “Say, you want to come with me tonight? I always go alone, but I sure would love the company.”

“Sure!” Where else will I get to experience a Gamblers Anonymous meeting with a former gangster?

The room was compact and dim. There was a small podium with a GA banner and about seventy old, wooden folding chairs. And the room was full. I enjoyed hearing Tony and the others share their stories. I realized how strong the high from winning is. On the wall opposite me was a giant banner listing the twelve steps of Gamblers Anonymous, which were almost identical to those of Alcoholics Anonymous, with just the slightest differences in wording.

Step 1: Admitted we were powerless over gambling—that our lives had become unmanageable. Next to the banner was a bulletin board that displayed meeting times for a list of various twelve-step programs, including Sexaholics Anonymous (SA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Co-Dependents Anonymous (coda), Heroin Anonymous (HA), and Al-Anon/Alateen, a group for friends and families of alcoholics. The list went on. It occurred to me that anybody in the world can use the basic approach of a twelve-step program to achieve freedom from addiction and greater connection to a higher power. I’d discovered a new world.

But there is help out there. Now, many treatment centers, like The Hanley Center and Future’s focus on gambling and treat it like any other addiction or mental illness. Gamblers Anonymous—the famous twelve-step community has had amazing results. The solution for these illnesses is truly spiritual. These obsessions lay in the mind. Once the spiritual malady is solved, the mind and body follow quickly. So, never lose hope. 

There is a way out! 

Big Sean × McDonald’s Partner to Surprise a Young Rapper with Mentorship

McDonald’s has partnered with award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Big Sean to serve as the second mentor in the newly-launched McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors program. This virtual content series is a continuation of the company’s increased focus on serving up bright futures by providing opportunities for education and skills in the communities it serves. Starting today, people can tune in to @wearegolden on IGTV to watch Big Sean share tips and wisdom with Michigan-native Nyla Lewis during an exclusive mentoring session.

Mentorship is near and dear to Detroit-native Big Sean who partnered with McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden movement through his Sean Anderson Foundation. His foundation is dedicated to the education, health, safety and well-being of youth in underserved communities across the country, which aligns with McDonald’s commitment to feeding and fostering community.

“Mentorship can be key to success,” said Big Sean, who attributes mentorship as having a role in his success. “I definitely benefitted from guidance as a young adult and aspiring artist, so it’s an honor to partner with McDonald’s to pay it forward as a Black & Positively Golden mentor who is helping another artist navigate her music career.”

During Big Sean and 19-year-old Nyla’s mentoring session, the two discuss their commonalities as Michigan natives, their musical inspirations, and the Grammy-nominated rapper shares advice on navigating the music industry. During the session, Nyla was also surprised with a computer decked out with professional music editing software, and gifted another mentor session with Roc Nation digital, marketing and artist management representatives, courtesy of Big Sean, McDonald’s and its franchisees.

“Big Sean is a huge inspiration, and I appreciate him taking the time to mentor me,” said Nyla. “I began my music career in elementary school and always dreamed of connecting with a major artist like him. This is the surprise and gift of a lifetime that has put me closer to living my dream. I appreciate McDonald’s for making it happen.”

McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors is an extension of the company’s focus on elevating the next generation of leaders. Over the summer, McDonald’s and its franchisees announced a $500,000 scholarship fund for HBCU students in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Since then, 34 HBCU students have received $15,000 scholarships, and two students have received $10,000 each in seed capital to help fund their businesses through the McDonald’s and Essence Girls United “Making Moves Now” Virtual pitch competition.

“Understanding that mentorship can lead to leadership, McDonald’s and our franchisees are proud to give young people access to industry resources and insights through the Black & Positively Golden Mentors program,” said Margaret “Marty” Gillis, a New Jersey McDonald’s franchisee and national diversity marketing committee lead. “We are excited to connect these talented changemakers to people they admire and, in the process, create masterclasses from which others can benefit.”

The McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Mentors program will continue in 2021. Gospel music vocalist and entrepreneur Kierra Sheard, journalist and activist Jamilah Lemieux, and professional race car driver Bubba Wallace are among the mentors who will be featured next year.

Visit www.blackandpositivelygolden.com to learn more, and follow @wearegolden on Instagram to watch mentor sessions and receive program updates.

About McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden

Launched in 2019, McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden movement is designed to uplift communities and shine a brilliant light on Black excellence through empowerment, education and entrepreneurship. It highlights all things positive and focuses on stories of truth, power and pride. The campaign movement is a natural extension of the brand’s longstanding commitment to the African American consumer.

About McDonald’s USA

McDonald’s serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, http://www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Instagram at @WeAreGolden and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. To learn more about the Black & Positively Golden initiative, visit www.mcdonalds.com.

Alya Alghamdi photo credits to Casey Withers used by 360 Magazine

Alya Alghamdi’s Sprint To Her Dreams

By Alya Alghamdi

Every fire begins with a single flame — mine was ignited with the thought of freedom. Growing up, I always knew there was something more for me. My sisters and I would talk often about what we wanted to be when we matured. They would mention their dreams to have a family and own a house, and I would simply reply, “I want to be on top of the world!”

Despite having a privileged childhood in Saudi Arabia, I longed for a life far beyond what material goods could provide because my fulfillment came from a deeper place — a place of purpose. As I grew, the flame burning inside spread like wildfire, consuming me. I knew my purpose was to burn bright, but the world in which I existed sought to extinguish that. It became clear that my journey to live as my true self would not be an easy one. Still, I decided at an early age that instead of letting my circumstances hold me back, I would redefine them to reflect the reality I wanted to live in.

At that time, I had no idea I would one day pursue athletics professionally. My potential as an athlete went untapped for many years due to the fact that Saudi Arabia did not allow women to go to the gym or join sports teams. It was simply unacceptable for a female to participate in any kind of physical activity. Still, this couldn’t and wouldn’t stop me from dreaming, hoping and impatiently waiting.

Foregoing the arranged marriage that is expected of Saudi Arabian women, I made the unfortunate discovery that my best chance at gaining freedom would come at the expense of leaving my family and my home. Still, I was determined to keep my fire burning, so I left for Europe. I chose my destiny to be a free human being, and that came with a lot of losses, but my gains far outweigh those costs.

In Europe, I was able to discover my true passion — running. I spent the majority of my time exploring new physical activities like long distance running, surfing, hiking and competing in marathons. The simple freedom of putting on your shoes in the morning and doing whatever you wanted to do was a completely new concept to me and I promised myself I would never take it for granted.

Staying true to my childhood pipe dreams and capitalizing on my new found freedom, I set my sights on making it to the top of the world – Mount Everest. This was one of the most difficult but rewarding things I have ever done, and it was just as treacherous, unwelcoming, and life-changing as one would imagine. By definition, the environment was inhospitable. Temperatures were below freezing, there was no running water and any water packed for the trip was frozen still. When you are placed in such a life-threatening position, suddenly, all you can think about is how much you want to live. That trip really opened my eyes to what was truly important in life — love and passion. For some people, they find those things in raising a child, but for me, I found it in my sport.

It was not long after my return from Mount Everest that Saudi Arabia’s Olympic Committee extended an invitation for me to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Physically I had reached the top of the world, but professionally, the Olympics became my new Mount Everest. Working with Olympic royalty Michael Johnson, I dedicated my entire life to training, thinking, dreaming and speaking only of the Olympics. Then, three weeks out from the games, my offer to compete was rescinded by Saudi Arabia due to a culturally based decision that had nothing to do with my ability as an athlete. This was earth-shattering for me. I had dedicated everything to training for this opportunity, to represent my country and make them proud, and in a flash, it was gone! I spiraled into a depression and my soul felt hollow where my fire used to burn.

My coach saw the internal anguish and he told me I was left with only two choices — go home or try again. With my options laid bare, the outcome became increasingly clear. I knew this was not the end of my Olympic journey and my fire once again started to burn. Picking up right where I left off, I trained vigorously for the 2020 Olympics, breaking the record for the 60-meter dash. I am also working toward breaking the 100 and 200-meter, which I am confident I can achieve with my abilities, as well as coach’s confidence in me. But my dreams becoming a reality were once again postponed, this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I now have my sights set on carrying my country’s flag at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

However, to be clear, the Olympics are not my endgame. Once the games are in my rearview, I plan on starting a mentorship program and non-profit foundation for young Saudi Arabian female athletes to provide them with the support and resources I did not have during my training journey. Ultimately, I’m not here to break a record, I’m here to show women they can accomplish anything, even with just a single flame.

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Usher – Bad Habits

Global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher today releases a brand new single and video “Bad Habits” to be featured on his forthcoming studio album via RCA Records.

The video was directed by Chris Robinson and features Usher’s classic dance moves and dramatic stylings.

Listen/Watch “Bad Habits”

Co-written by Usher, “Bad Habits” is the follow-up to his latest chart-topping single “Don’t Waste My Time,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart, as well as “I Cry,” a powerful and emotional song about the social and racial injustices of our time. Usher is currently in the studio recording his ninth studio album.

In addition to the release of his new single, ticket sales to the public opens today at 10 am Pacific for Usher’s headlining Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which begins Friday, July 16, 2021. Fan presale tickets went on sale earlier this week. All tickets and packages can be purchased online or in-person at The Colosseum box office. Usher announced his residency during his Good Morning America Summer Concert last week- Watch it HERE. He will also be appearing tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The multi-talented showman will give his fans an extraordinary immersive experience that only Usher can deliver. The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular will be performed in The Colosseum, an intimate 4,300-seat world-class performance venue, allowing Usher’s fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him up close and personal. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the show will be packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning Usher’s 20-year career, including his early records and more recent songs, as well as new music.

Additionally, Usher, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to Usher’s Las Vegas residency to Usher’s New Look, Inc. (UNL). Founded in 1999 by Usher as a young man barely out of his teens, UNL is on a mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through a comprehensive program that develops passion-driven, global leaders. UNL’s peer-to-peer program model and curriculum provides Access, Awareness and Empowerment to youth in underserved communities, in order to guide them on a pathway to leadership and help them make educational and career choices that match their passions. Over the course of 21 years, the organization has reached more than 50,000 young people.

KEVIN HARRINGTON

PITCH INVESTORS LIVE, a blockchain platform developed by 2UP Technology, Inc., welcomed Businessman, entrepreneur and former Shark Tank investor Kevin Harrington as celebrity advisor. Harrington joins the team of 30+ that launched the Pitch token sale on Feb. 28th.

“I am very excited to join the Pitch Investors Live team and have a part in revolutionizing the way that entrepreneurs and startups bootstrap their innovative ideas. Pitch Investors Live is on the way to changing the landscape of funding for entrepreneurs & startups from around the world. We are in the early stages of what blockchain will contribute to changing the entrepreneurial landscape. Pitch Investors Live is at the forefront of the possibilities in this new space. One of my favorite parts of Pitch Investors Live is that I can take pitches from anywhere in the world, at any given time, from a variety of startups, directly from my cell phone. Pitch Investors Live is the most substantial platform to have come out to help entrepreneurs that would have never been able to go through traditional funding route.”

PITCH INVESTORS LIVE is the only blockchain platform that allows entrepreneurs and startups to literally pitch investors live. The revolutionary app combines the crowd funding style of “Kickstarter” with the entertainment and educational style of the popular show “Shark Tank,” granting users a unique opportunity in bringing their innovative business ideas to life. But unlike Kickstarter, PITCH INVESTORS LIVE has its own currency called the PITCH token which is specifically used on the platform where entrepreneurs can create their own tokens and acquire funding for their projects and services. Exclusive features also include creating business proposals and commenting on live pitch videos allowing businesses to gain recognition, mentorship and capital at scale.

About PITCH INVESTORS LIVE:

Developed by 2UP Technology, Inc., PITCH INVESTORS LIVE connects entrepreneurs with investors using live video. It provides a practical, yet virtual environment, for entrepreneurs to better understand investors questions, critiques and interests and for investors to learn about new companies by participating in the live pitch sessions. For more information, visit www.pitch.ventures/.

Kevin Harrington Bio:

An original “shark” on the hit TV show Shark Tank, the creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen on TV brand, and co-founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization—Kevin Harrington has pushed past all the questions and excuses to repeatedly enjoy 100X success.

His legendary work behind-the-scenes of business ventures has produced well over $5 billion in global sales, the launch of more than 500 products, and the making dozens of millionaires. Twenty of his companies have each topped $100 million in revenue.

Turner & Perry, LLC.

Turner & Perry, LLC is a consulting firm that specializes in capturing the overflow of work from Training departments sinking in Learning and Development (L&D) projects, and we capture the work from companies who do not have Training departments but need materials designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated.

 

Angella Turner 

Angella Turner is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Turner & Perry, LLC and holds a Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. As a skilled Learning and Development professional, she is proficient and experienced through a plethora of initiatives in both corporate and non-traditional environments; including practitioner experience in the areas of Automotive, Customer Service, Education (K-12), Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations. Angella’s Project Management expertise comes from connection of people, resources and projects to ensure coordination of business and project goals, timelines, and instructional outcomes using a variety of communication methods and technology tools.  

As an advocate of community engagement, she serves through various initiatives as an event planner, facilitator, keynote speaker, mentor, volunteer chaplain and youth advocate.

 

Sherica Perry 

Sherica Perry is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Turner & Perry, LLC and holds a Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She is an accomplished Learning and Development professional with demonstrated expertise in cross-cultural, global, and virtual environments across automotive, telecommunications, technical, insurance, healthcare, accounting and government sectors. Sherica is highly skilled in analyzing organizational needs, identifying viable solutions, and aligning learning and development initiatives with operational objectives and well-versed in designing blended-learning solutions to support all adult learners (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials) including, fish bowls, job aids, peripherals, and self-paced tools.

As a respected business partner and strategic consultant who has managed training projects for a variety of Fortune 100 companies; she employs expertise in advanced instructional design processes, organization development, leadership, learning management systems, evaluation (scored assessments), coaching, facilitation, project management, and program design and development to position global and domestic organizations for competitive advantage.

 

 

Matthew Craven 

Matthew Craven, is a mixed white/black 24 year old male from Southfield, Michigan. He currently is a Private Investigator, but also writes music and photography. Craven occasionally volunteers at food kitchens, and helps mentor the youth about life. He aspires to be a successful musician and remain a professional icon.