Bruce Wilson: Leading by example

Allyson Edge | Staff Writer

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Bruce Wilson may be well known on campus for his position as vice president in the Hampton University Student Government Association, but that is just one of the many hats he wears both on and off campus.

Growing up in the city of Chicago, Wilson was inspired by his parents, who both devoted their careers to service, and he was also able to witness firsthand the rise of other notable leaders such as President Barack Obama. Wilson’s passion for service has led him to attend many different events and participate in various groups in order to initiate change within the Hampton University community as well as society as a whole. 

Most recently, Wilson attended the George Washington University Reclaiming Our Real Estate Panel, which featured major figures in D.C. real estate, Donahue Peoples III and Marcus Goodwin. They discussed issues such as reinvesting into communities and economic development amid gentrification. 

Earlier this month, Bruce was also able to attend the National Campaign for Political & Civic Engagement at Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. This conference focused on breaking down barriers to democracy in our communities and on our campuses leading up to the presidential election in 2020. 

His work with the Center for Law and Social Policy and Institute for Responsible Citizenship provided him the opportunity to work on topics such as educational policy and recidivism. His research piece, entitled “Between the Lines: Understanding Our Country’s Racialized Response to Opioid Epidemic,” is expected to be published soon. 

Wilson gave a TEDx talk at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in November. His TEDx talk conveyed how being involved in student government can lead students to be successful in the future. He also touched on the importance of developing strong leadership skills. 

Wilson stated that, for him, the hardest part of being a leader is “having the best intentions for people, policy and your university and people not realizing it. Wanting to be on everyone’s team, but people do not understand how institutional change occurs because it takes time.” 

On campus, a key focus of Wilson’s work this year in HU Student Government, aside from working on the general concerns of students, was the Student Organizational Coalition. The primary goal of this initiative was to push many student-created organizations and bring people together. He noticed that many groups and organizations have the same goals, ambitions and passions, and they end up reaching for the same crowds. 

According to Wilson, one of his favorite quotes, which derives from an African proverb, is: “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” Thus, Wilson pushed for more partnership and collaborations among student-led groups, which will also help to unify the community. 

For younger students who are thinking about applying or running for a leadership position, Wilson suggests that they “first be unapologetic in your ambition. Figure out what it is you want to do and take it head on. Especially coming in as a freshman, as a transfer, just do it.” He noted that if one is ambitious just for the sake of being ambitious, it will eventually become counterproductive. 

To learn more about Wilson’s philosophy on leadership and the importance of participating in student government, view his TEDx talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgKGk9R8E_M. 

Vice President Mike Pence visits Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute

Ayanna Maxwell | Editor-In-Chief

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Vice President Mike Pence visited Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute on Feb. 19 to engage with students, faculty and HUPTI treatment survivors.

According to a news release from HU’s Office of University Relations, the visit was arranged with the intention of “supporting the University’s efforts in providing state-of-the-art cancer research and delivering cancer treatment to military veterans and their families.” 

With it being Black History Month, Pence’s visit to such a prestigious historically black university was extremely timely. Vice President Pence has established a fervent relationship with Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and even noted that President Harvey played a major role in the recently signed policy making federal funding for HBCUs permanent. 

“President Harvey has been a real champion of this administration, particularly for HBCUs,” Pence said. 

Vice President Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos participated in a roundtable discussion with various campus leaders: SGA President Jonathan Mack, SGA Vice President Bruce Wilson, Junior Class President Oshae Moore, Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Kenneth Rioland III, Hampton Script Editor-in-Chief Ayanna Maxwell and Miss Student Nursing Association Ebony Johnson. Among students and faculty, Vice President of Administrative Services Dr. Barbara Inman, Senior Vice President Attorney Paul Harris, and Chancellor and Provost Dr. JoAnn Haybsert were present. 

We think Hampton represents the best of HBCUs.” 

––Vice President Mike Pence

The vice president engaged in a meaningful discussion about the current administration’s plans for supporting HBCUs and increasing White House internship and study abroad opportunities for HBCU students. 

“[The current administration has] increased HBCU funding by 17% in real dollars…and restored Pell Grants to being year-round,” Pence said. “The Department of Education also provided more than $500 million in loans for capital financing.” 

DeVos also mentioned a new addition to the recent budget proposal, in which there is “a STEM initiative for HBCUs located in opportunity zones.” 

In regards to expanding White House internship opportunities, Pence plans to continue connecting with HBCUs in order to increase participation in White House internship programs. The current administration also plans to ensure that all students have access to the resources necessary to pursue an education abroad. “We are working to make college more affordable for all students, no matter where they come from,” Sec. DeVos said. 

The opportunity to meet with Vice President Pence and Secretary of Education DeVos was extremely fulfilling, especially for the campus leaders. 

“I witnessed representatives of our student body advocate for the advancement of HBCU recognition and funding,” HU Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Kenneth Rioland III said. “We established our competence and demonstrated our intellectual capacity, showing our students we are equally qualified as other institutions. This is something none of us will ever forget and has given us a greater appreciation for our government and our university.” 

SGA President Jonathan Mack agreed, saying: “Meeting with Vice President Pence as well as Sec. DeVos was a once in a lifetime opportunity… I am thankful to Dr. Harvey as well as everyone else instrumental in allowing us this opportunity to engage in this dialogue.”

The vice president’s visit and roundtable discussion were equally rewarding to the current administration. 

“We think Hampton represents the best of HBCUs,” Pence said. “These students are blessed to be graduating from a school like this.”

Hampton commit receives McDonald’s All-American nomination

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer

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The vision is clear and bright for Hampton University commit Victoria Davis, as she is one step closer to becoming a McDonald’s All-American athlete. Davis is living out a dream of many high school athletes. Along with more than 900 other high school basketball players across the country, she has been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game. 

The McDonald’s All-American Game has maintained a reputation for a difficult selective process. The names of the athletes have to be submitted and approved by a wide variety of judges. They include high school coaches, high school athletic directors, high school principals and McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Committee Members. What surprises people the most is there isn’t a set number on the amount of the nominees throughout the country.  

Once the voting committees cast their vote, 24 young women will have the opportunity to become a McDonald’s All-American. If selected, she will be playing with some of the best of the best on April 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston. 

Hampton students are excited to have Davis be a part of the Hampton family next season. Lanece Carpenter, a first-year player, believes that Davis could play a huge role in helping to make Hampton’s Lady Pirates basketball team a notable name. 

“Having an All-American girl play for Hampton will be a great achievement for Hampton, especially with the recruitment process,” Carpenter said. “It’ll help in putting Hampton on the map, considering the recent transition to the Big South Conference and allow the university to begin to dominate the conference in multiple sports.” 

  Not only is she one step closer to becoming an All-American athlete, but she is on her way to becoming a 6A state champion again with her teammates at Hamilton high school in Chandler, Arizona. 

Davis believes that it’s a team effort in order to find success. In an interview last month with the East Valley Tribune, Davis spoke about how she and her teammates have a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to win another state championship. 

“We lost a few seniors that had a big role, so it’s more stepping up to the plate, taking their position and still leading the team to state,” Davis said. “We know we still have most of the same people, and we know we can do it, it’s just doing the right things to get there.”

With her current mindset focused on hard work, there is little doubt about whether Davis succeeds as a Lady Pirate.

Chiefs rally for their first Super Bowl title in 50 years

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer

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The Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20, in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami for their first NFL championship in 50 years.

This was the Chiefs’ second crown after downing the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

Sunday’s game started off relatively slow in the first half. The defenses on both sides did everything possible to make life miserable for the opposing offenses, but it didn’t stop both teams from scoring touchdowns in the first half. The score was tied 10-10 before Shakira and Jennifer Lopez lit up the halftime show.

The story of the second half was focused on San Francisco’s inability to score and Kansas City stepping up when it was time to play defense on the biggest stage. 

The front seven for the 49ers, led by pass rushers Dee Ford and Nick Bosa, made life difficult for the offensive tackles of the Chiefs. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh came up with all sorts of blitzes to frustrate Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes. San Francisco did a good job early of controlling the pace by running the ball and working the play-action pass. Jimmy Garoppolo made key throws in the first half, and the Niners offense was clicking on all cylinders. 

Even with the Niners playing well in the first half the biggest story outside of Mahomes’ performance was the 49ers losing control of the game. The Niners scored a touchdown and another field goal to go up 20-10 by the end of the third quarter, but when the fourth quarter came, nothing seemed to be going San Francisco’s way. The Niners seemed to have abandoned the run game late in the fourth and gave too much time on the clock for Mahomes and coach Andy Reid’s offense. The Chiefs would come back to make big plays on offense through the air, and the Chiefs defense, led by Tyrann Mathieu and Chris Jones, stood tall when it mattered for Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. Kansas City proved that it had a solid defense after having to listen to many critics all season, and the Chiefs’ offense got back to its explosive play.

The Niners struggled to make stops and they gave up 21 unanswered points in the fourth. Garoppolo also struggled once the Chiefs defense applied pressure. Jimmy G completed 86 percent of his throws for 199 yards, one TD and a 119.5 passer rating without pressure. With pressure, Garoppolo had an abysmal 11 percent completion percentage, 20 yards and two interceptions.

Also, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan had another questionable fourth quarter. Shanahan has now been outscored 46-0 in the fourth quarter of Super Bowls as a play caller. This dates back to his time as offensive coordinator of the Falcons when they took on the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. 

The Chiefs came out victorious, and Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, going 26-of-42 for 286 passing yards, two passing TDs and two picks. Mahomes shined bright in the biggest stage and is adding to what is already a promising career. And after 22 years, Reid finally won his first championship. The sky’s the limit for Kansas City, which has 10 of 11 offensive players under contract next season.

Neptunes and Outkast among 2020 nominees for Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

Barry Jones | Staff Writer

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In the eyes of the public, songwriting is one of the more underrated aspects of a musician’s overall talent. However, every year, the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame recognizes some of the best songwriters to ever contribute to the music industry.

The 2020 list of nominees is full of familiar names such as The Neptunes, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Outkast and Journey. According to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame website, “A songwriter with a notable catalog of songs qualifies for induction 20 years after the first commercial release of a song.” 

“Every year, the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame recognizes some of the best songwriters to ever contribute to the music industry.”

Many of these acts, specifically the Neptunes, Outkast and The Isley Brothers, are known for their own amazing catalog but are not often recognized for the records on which they have written. As a way to understand the versatility and pure talent of this year’s nominees, let us take a look at the records they have contributed to in the realm of songwriting.

The Neptunes: Though they are most famously known for being responsible for their long stint in hip-hop, pop and R&B production, the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo) have written an incredible amount of popular hit records. Those include Frank Ocean’s “Sweet Life” (2012), Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” (2005) and Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” (2002).

The Isley Brothers: The Isley Brothers are one of the most prolific groups to come out of the 1970s. Their catalog ranges over five decades. Their most famous member, Ronald Isley, has not only written a majority of their own catalog but has also written for some of music’s biggest stars. These include: Whitney Houston’s “One of Those Days” (2002), Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shake your Thang” (1988) and Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” (1992). Some of their own biggest hits include: “Footsteps pt. 1 & 2,” “Choosey Lover” and “Between the Sheets.”

Outkast: Another group that is known for its prolific hip-hop catalog, Outkast has secretly accumulated songwriting credits ever since its beginning. Both Big Boi and Andre 3000 wrote on Beyonce’s “All Night” single off her 2016 album “Lemonade.” They have also written on J. Cole’s 2010 single “Who Dat.” 

In addition to these writing credits, Outkast remains as one of the most sampled hip-hop groups of all time, so a majority of their writing credits come from other artists paying homage to Outkast’s original lines or song titles.

The 2020 class of nominees for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame is one of the more talented classes of late as it relates to hip-hop, R&B and funk/soul talents. The winners will be inducted June 11.

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Kailah Lee | Staff Writer

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Imagine a life where forgiveness does not exist. A life where the moment we make a mistake, we aren’t given a second chance. That’s a life lacking in substance, a life unappreciated and a life without the chance to grow. We may not have eternity on this earth, but we do have a portion of time to hold. And in that time, our moments with one another are sacred. We often forget how fortunate we are until it is too late, but while there is time, just check in with the people who mean something to you.

Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others were killed in a plane crash Jan. 26. A loving father and his prodigy basketball star, both once living and happy, were taken from us. It was devastating — and a total shock to not only his family, but most of the world. We always hear that tomorrow is not promised, but it’s real. One minute our loved ones can be with us, and in the next, they can be gone forever. That’s why it’s important to squash the trivial turmoil and nurture the moments while they’re here.

“Two years ago, I lost my grandma to cancer, and I just wish that our last exchange was different,” said HU student Candance Parker, a bio major from Forest City, Arkansas. “I guess it hurt a little more because all she wanted me to do was call—just every once in a while but I was always too busy to make time for her.”  

It’s so easy to forget about the people we don’t see in our everyday routine. But no more pushing them off because no one person is immune to the loss of someone. You never anticipate losing a person until it happens, and in the blink of an eye, everything changes. You may not want to reach out for your personal reasons, I get it. But ruminating on what could’ve been hurts so much worse. It takes little effort to reach out. A simple hello every now and then may even put a smile on their face. Time is one the greatest gifts we can receive, but it is unforgiving and easy to waste.

  “I’ve lost some of the most essential people to the hands of time, but as far as my dad goes, his passing hit me the hardest, and I will never forget that phone call. He was my everything, my role model, my peace. He celebrated my passions, pushed me to become an artist, and provided me with the tools to follow in his notable footsteps,” said Tyler McColley, a graduating senior from Philadelphia. 

Reflecting on McColley’s story, pettiness, disagreements and emotional distress are nothing compared to a life without your loved ones. Forgive anyone hurting you. Send them a text, free up time to call them, and if you can, pay them a visit. Show your appreciation for your loved ones and cherish them before it is too late.

“I would give anything just to talk to him again, but he is longer suffering,” McColley said about his father. “Our days were well spent, and I’m thankful for that.”

Comme des Garçons accused of cultural appropriation following debut of 2020 menswear line

Andi Mccloud | Staff Writer

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The runway featured mostly white models in braided cornrow wigs. There were black models who wore wigs and some who kept their natural hair. Critics quickly took to social media to point out the “offensive” look.

Diet Prada, an Instagram page that notoriously calls out major fashion brands and designers, was one of the first to comment on the alleged cultural appropriation, citing that the models appeared to be embarrassed. 

“The look on the models’ faces says it all,” Diet Prada wrote to its 1.7 million followers.

Social media fashion critic Aja Barber wrote on Twitter: “Too busy laughing to be offended. This is a mess.”

Model Adwoa Aboah commented: “Are we surprised?”

As the backlash increased, Julien d’Ys, the stylist behind the wigs, posted an apology via Instagram.

“My inspiration for the Comme des Garçons show was Egyptian prince a look I found truly beautiful and inspirational,” Julien d’Ys wrote. “A look that was an homage. Never was it my intention to hurt or offend anyone, ever. If I did, I deeply apologize.”

Along with his apology, he shared sketches that referenced his inspiration of King Pharaoh’s hair, to which his followers responded by asking why he did not use Egyptian models.

Although the brand is quite popular among celebrities and recognized by other high-profile entities, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this is not the first time they have been accused of lacking in proper African American representation. According to ELLE, in 2018, the brand was accused of not using black models in more than 20 years.

Over the past few years, high fashion brands have been repeatedly accused of cultural appropriation and racism. The blackface controversy with Gucci and H&M’s frequent questionable depiction of black children are the most recently scrutinized. Dolce & Gabbana was just accused of racism and cultural insensitivity due to a recent promotion featuring a Chinese woman struggling to eat pizza and spaghetti with chopsticks. In 2019, Dior faced a backlash from a fragrance that was promoted as “an authentic journey deep into the Native American Soul.”

Although there is no denying these brands could improve on their choices regarding how they implement diversity in their campaigns, “maybe it’s not appropriation as much as it is appreciation,” Hampton University freshman Derek Meza said.

Amid Black History Month, the trend of biting off of African culture seems untimely. However, in the grand scheme of things, who gets to decide if imitation is the most sincere form of flattery or disrespectful?

While in some senses there is a push to be integrated, rather than a segregated society, problems seem to arise when efforts are made to mix certain aspects of our cultures. Instead of calling out one culture for appropriating another, it could be more progressive to acknowledge it as sincere appreciation.

“The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers”

Alton Worley | Staff Writer

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Google released a Black History Month ad Jan. 25, showing that its most searched icons and moments in U.S. history were black.

Using data from Google Trends, Google identified African American achievements that were searched more than anything else. Google used data from Jan. 1, 2004, when search data first became available, to July 1, 2019.

“Growing up, I saw firsthand how the NAACP ACT-SO program inspired young black talent to believe in and showcase their brilliance,” said Justin Steele, director of Google.org.

The most searched U.S. history terms were: abolitionist, athlete, autobiography, ballerina, boycott, drag queen, dunk, EGOT winner, female poet, guitar solo, gymnast, homecoming, interception, jazz musician, march, movement, NASA mathematician, performance, remix, sit in, speech, star-spangled banner, tap dancer, tennis player and World War II airmen were showcased in this advertisement.

The ad received more than 23 million views on YouTube, causing it to trend on all social media platforms.

Some of the most searched topics – such as the most searched speech, “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and most searched remix, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X – were to be expected, but topics such as the most searched performance, Beyonce’s Coachella performance, and the most searched boycott, in Montgomery, Alabama, were surprising.

Google named the ad “The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers.” With the data accessible to anyone at any time, Google provided its users with information that was already available. 

“After seeing the ad, I was intrigued to know what else was the most searched and also black,” said Quentin Davis, a sophomore business management major from Philadelphia. “It managed to get me excited for Black History Month and made me proud of our accomplishments as a race. I do wish it was longer, though; as soon as I got excited, it was basically over.” 

The 90-second ad gives each subject of a search topic about 4 to 5 seconds of screen time. That time frame is around the standard for television commercials, but as for whether or not the advertisement will be shown on television is unknown.

“It’s different,” said Jailen Garrett, an HU sophomore sociology major from Baltimore. “Something like that isn’t usually broadcasted, especially not by a big company like Google.” 

It isn’t surprising for a company to highlight African Americans before or during Black History Month, but Google managed to catch the public’s eye by not only making the statement but providing the facts to back it up.

Google set the bar high for 2020’s Black History Month, and it is going to be interesting to see how other companies rise to the occasion and recognize African Americans this year.

Baddie on a budget: Ways to save on your favorite beauty products

Taura Kimble | Staff Writer

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If there is one thing every woman can agree on, it’s that we love our beauty products. From hair to nails and personal care, most women have go-to products that they simply can’t live without. However, some of the best products can be the most expensive and rack up a huge bill. No need to worry, though. Here are some tips that could help you save on the products you love:

Clip Coupons: Coupons are the greatest way to save on anything, especially when the item you’re interested in is on the expensive side. You can find coupons online, in the newspaper and through specific brand apps. 

Loyalty Programs: Most beauty stores offer loyalty programs that are completely free to sign up for. Not to be confused with a credit card, loyalty programs offer special perks to the holders and no minimum purchase amount is required. These programs also come with annual perks and member only sales. You can shop for what you love and get rewarded for it–what’s not to love?

Shop Drug Store Brands: There are an endless amount of great cosmetic and hair brands sold at drugstores. They not only offer top quality, but they’re offered at a cheaper price. 

“I’ve used drugstore makeup and gotten the same results, if not better, as my favorite higher end products,” said HU graduating senior Nia Johnson-Cox. 

Email Subscriptions: Even though they can be annoying, email subscriptions are a great way to save on any products. Companies take pride in rewarding loyal customers who sign up to receive these never-ending emails. By subscribing, you help them reach a larger audience at once and they help you by notifying you of early sales and sending online coupons.

Look Out for Sales: Around the holidays, most businesses are offering their customers huge sales. This is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite makeup, shampoo and conditioner and body scrubs. If you choose to stock up, your discounted supply could last you months, all the while saving you tons of money.

Try a Travel Size First: If you’re trying a new product or trying to save money, go with the smaller-size option they offer first. It gives you a chance to decide if the product is right for you or, in this case, save money. 

“I’ve tried travel sizes of hair products just to make sure I would like them,” HU sophomore Yvenka Lestin said. “They’ve saved me money, taught me that less is more and I still get to use the shampoo, conditioner and gels that work best with my natural hair.” 

Beauty Stores: Beauty supply stores are always a great way to save on both hair and cosmetic products. The products are bought in bulk therefore, they are sold for cheaper prices. These types of stores also tend to have a larger array of options to choose from. If your current brand doesn’t fit your budget, a beauty supply is the place to find a cheaper option that you still love.

 

The power of thought

Tosh McGee | Contributing Writer

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Usually, Saturday morning barbershop talks are filled with sports, neighborhood gossip or musical debates.However, one Saturday at the shop, I had a very meaningful conversation about what it takes to be successful. So, what does it take? It’s actually very simple. The true start of a successful path begins with your mindset. 

The mind is a garden. The seeds (thoughts) that are planted are so essential to how your garden (mind) will grow. Manifesting positive thoughts promotes positive behavior, ultimately motivating you to pursue a prosperous lifestyle. Aside from a positive mindset, there are a few other crucial tools for achieving success. 

1. Applied Faith

Tell the world what you want to do and speak the things you want into existence. Oftentimes we ask for things and neglect the actual effort and work it takes to achieve those things. Speaking your goals into existence is much more than just saying “I will do that” or “I will be this.” It is a process that involves hard work and ultimate faith in the things you are asking for. 

2. Autosuggestion

Autosuggestion is a psychological technique known as the subconscious adoption of an idea that you speak into existence through repetition of verbal statements. In other words, this means telling yourself something over and over until you have come to accept it as your full belief. This can be practiced in various ways; a common one is daily affirmations. However, the mere reading of a saying or a goal from a piece of paper is not enough. These daily affirmations should be internalized and said with absolute faith.

3. Meditation and Prayer

When facing challenges in life, we all need a way to release our stress and worries. However, sometimes the methods of comfort we use may be destructive to the development of a positive mindset. Prayer can help you gain guidance and stay steadfast in your pursuit of success. Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t just about physically sitting still. It’s mental as well. Meditation puts your mind at ease, giving you the clarity that you need when making important decisions.

Meditation has been extremely beneficial for Hampton University senior Kayla Snowden. “My freshman year is when I really got into meditation and affirmative practices after facing depression,” Snowden said. “It is a way to lift myself up when I’m feeling down.”

4. Organized Planning

Having a definite plan of how you will obtain whatever you may desire in life is essential to succeeding. Your definite plan should include what you intend to receive and more importantly, a course of action for reaching your desire. Writing out your goals and how you plan to go about attaining them is the very first step of turning your thoughts into tangible targets. Once you have written out your action plan, you should place it somewhere you will see it when you rise in the morning and when you go to sleep at night. 

5. Going the Extra Mile 

Start making the habit of going the extra mile in everything that you do. Gradually, you’ll find yourself doing more than what’s expected without even trying to do so. In the words of author Napoleon Hill, “The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.” While developing a positive mindset and eliminating fear from our lives is no easy feat, it can be achieved through a combination of faith, confidence and persistence. As Hill states in The Law of Success, “If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure that you will control nothing else.” 

Start living your best life by taking control of your mind and using the power of thought to your personal advantage. Clear your mind of doubts, and direct that energy toward attaining success!