Good Friday morning, party people! I definitely appreciate all of you who have come through to check out the Mothership since it has officially re-launched as JayScottSmith.com. Seriously. THANK YOU. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on Twitter, Facebook, and in my text messages. It’s super cool and you guys make me think I should’ve done this shit sooner. Welp, it’s that time once again for some of that inspirational food for thought to send you into your weekend. It’s time for the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. This will drop every Friday morning. Yes, I know last week’s hit on a Saturday, but, more often than not, this will hit after 6:00 am Eastern Time every Friday morning like that direct deposit. Feel free to share this on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag — #JSCWOW.
For this week’s Edition, I reached over to one of the most distinguished men in American history and a true gentleman in every sense of the word, Congressman John Lewis. The message: Stay Consistent.
First, the story surrounding this picture.
In May 2013, I had been writing on a largely freelance basis for MLive.com in Detroit. On a particular Friday night, there was an even hosted by Ford that would feature a number of speakers, one of which was John Lewis. Congressman Lewis, is among the most distinguished men to ever ever serve in Congress, one of the few remaining Civil Rights-era living legends, and is one of the most revered members of I’m a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, inc. (G.O.M.A.B. Σ). As a general rule, I don’t ask for pictures when covering a story — that’s an especially big no-no in sports and politics. But this was a much more relaxed environment, and when I walked up to him, he took one look at my tie — which was complete with the Sigma crest — and immediately hit me with “the grip.” Rarely have I ever had a Mark moment with anyone I’ve interviewed or covered, but this was one of them and I’m not ashamed of it in the least. I mean, LOOK AT THAT!
The thing that jumps out to me about this particular quote from Lewis, among other things, is how the focus is on two things: attitude and outlook. When I started saying #SuccessIsCertain, my focus was and has always been on the long game. But to do so, you have to be consistent in whatever you do, even when it means pushing through some tough times and some tough waters. There have been lots of times when I’ve been ready to cash out or slow down, but that does nothing but put you in a whole. Attitude is also key and that’s often the tough part. When the number in your bank account is lower than the price of gas or when you just aren’t seeing those page views go up or when people keep over looking you, it’s easy to get mad, start questioning things, or be tempted to just say f— it! That’s why being consistent is key. Think of that long game.
In closing, Congressman Lewis knows that of which he speaks. His work on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement helped lead to much needed change in this country — yes, one can argue that fight and struggle continues. But the reason he and so many others were able to be successful was the long game. They fought, both literally and figuratively, for what we all wanted and got it through all sorts of obstacles. Keep pushing, keep fighting and stay hungry. Consistency is Key.
Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Friday, April 28, 2017.
Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ