For many historically underserved young men in New York City, access to leadership training and mentorship is not guaranteed. In 2012, NYC Urban Ambassadors (UA) was founded to provide young men with purpose, leadership, and distinction. On Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, the young men graduating from the NYC Urban Ambassadors program were treated to complimentary grooming services by the good people at Classic Man Barber Lounge, in New York City’s famous East Village neighborhood.Read More
The following words might sound cheesy, but they capture what could be the answer to your dilemma: you can’t spell “let’s go” without “let go.” In other words, just as there are desires, spaces, and people calling you to evolve toward your goals, there are also fears, obstacles and insecurities telling you to remain safely where you are. It’s time to identify those roadblocks, and start letting them go.Read More
Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is JD Weatherspoon, some of you may know me from Mastermind Connect’s blog section, various CC’s on emails, and comments from Instagram and Facebook. That's because I live in the DMV area, though everyone who talks to me for more than five minutes knows I'm a Floridian living my best life here.Read More
For those traveling outside the states, please be mindful, there is such a thing as American privilege. Having the ability to go to other countries, as most people do not, is a privilege, which may lead to some citizens believing either you're rich, or at least better off than they are.Read More
There is something to be said about the importance of community book stores. There are the obvious details such as being a space for literary works and idea sharing. Dig a bit deeper below the surface however, and you’ll find hidden gems in the form of the people inside it.Read More
It dawned on me and I realized that we as individuals Win quite often actually, and don’t take the time to celebrate our Wins. We’re often so consumed with the emotions of losing, being insulted, attacked or whatever some poor soul is trying to distribute that we skip over iRead More
Watching David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”—a series of riveting interviews with various champions, industry leaders, and generally awesome people—kicked off its premier episode with none other than former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama. I’m sure you’ve heard of him once or twice, so I’ll spare attempting to encapsulate his achievements in a blog post.Read More
Kicking off New York Fashion Week 2018, Mastermind Connect partnered with premier made to measure line InStitchu, where we gathered for an evening of style and great vibes, enhanced by the amazing cocktails that YAVE Tequila provided us with, and the very tasty hors d'oeuvres, which The Tastemakers NYC created by infusing them with the different flavored tequilas that we were pairing them with.Read More
Dreams, like any other exercise in visualization are tantamount to the successful execution of grand ideas. Thomas Edison “saw” the light bulb before it actually lit up a room. Alexander Graham Bell “saw” the telephone before making a call. The hands can only create what the mind can conceive.Read More
I started practicing a very ancient and forgotten art this year. This art used to be studied by our ancestors. It's almost as if it's been outlawed by the powers that be...Read More
The universe will match whatever energy you put out. You can't fool the universe.Read More
When it comes to fun, we all have our own opinions on how it applies to us. We know what makes us feel good, and many of us have even taken the time to find out what gives us fulfillment. Moreover, we tend to have a very clear understanding of what we dislike. Ironically enough, easily 50% of our waking hours include tasks that we may or may not actually care for - life be like that sometimes.Read More
The Pyramid of Wealth is a concept I developed while considering the creation, growing and maintaining of wealth. Wealth that lasts beyond your own life and helps future generations build for themselves.Read More
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. Last week was one of personal extremes. On one hand, I was able to make significant strides professionally...Read More
It's time for a self-audit. Take full accountability for EVERYTHING. This is about you. If you are leaving a bad relationship, or having conflicts with other people, ask yourself...Read More
In the South we have a saying called “gettin’ it out the mud.” Basically, it equates to creating something out of nothing. Taking something small, and nurturing it over time to create something substantial.Read More
It seems these days every time you turn on the TV, or open up your internet browser, we see another scandal involving a man. It’s most polarizing in Hollyweird, where some of your favorite actors, musicians, and comedians are being accused, and ultimately confessing to, lewd sexual conduct. This speaks to some sort of narcissistic privilege, where a “celebrity” is inserting their perceived power over women. Both egotistical and disgusting, but nothing new. This has been happening in certain cultures since the beginning of time.Read More
When I sent out a bat call for Mastermind Connect members to join me for The Stogie Chronicles Scotch and Cigars series I’m doing for the Cigar Casa project, our members answered the call at the ready!
We had a blast at The Carnegie Club, a very classy joint in midtown Manhattan, learning about cigar etiquette while sipping on aged Scotch Whiskey, listening to lively jazz music in the background, and smoking delicious stogies from the folks at Hispaniola Cigars.Read More
The Mastermind Connect hosted the 2nd edition of The EleMENtal Project series titled “Spiritual Warrior.” Besides moderating an all star panel, we had the privilege of using the New Inc space at the Bowery, NYC.
In the midst of orchestrating 1,000 moving parts, we had a full house of attentive guests that served up just the right questions to bring about thought-provoking answers from the panelists. So thought provoking, in fact, that many attendees were able to begin the process of identifying and addressing their own fears, doubts, and (not so hidden) pains, sharing them openly to a room full of strangers.