I was just thinking about the recent success of Asian: Japanese and Korean media within the last couple of years. I must also include West African media as well. The key to their success is believing that they have something wonderful to offer. They portray themselves (for the most part) in a way that makes others view them as desirable. I have something that you might want to check out, is what they are subconsciously telling you. African music, fashion and movies are on the rise. Asian music, dramas and fashion are also on the rise. Out of their own mouths they have something positive to say about themselves and they wear their brand well.

So what can we learn from this? Believe with your whole heart, whatever your brand may be, that is has something to offer. It has to resonate with your heart and it must be something you’re willing to invest your time into.

Before this, I’d look at other non-white media, mainly African-American and shake my head. Most of their shows were always portrayed in a negative light. Who knows what sort of people were running things behind the scenes but even to this day, many African- American producers would cast all white actors, or majority white characters, portray their own race of people as inferior, uneducated, or brutish and wonder why these stereotypes exist today. I remember growing up in the 90s and even in early 2000s, where Asians and Africans were not looked upon as anything good, or having anything good to offer. They were obscure, in the shadows. Instead of coming out with a victim mentality, or a self hating persona, they simply express their culture with an innate sense of pride.

We are responsible , for the most part, for how others see us and treat us. Sure, some people will always have something negative to say, but what do you believe? Start chipping away at the persona that others want you to have. Sometimes people would love to see you fail but instead of rising above it, you succumb and embody the very thing that will destroy you just to fit in. At some point you are going to have to take responsibility for how you treat yourself. Define clear boundaries and then move forward in the best version of yourself that you can be.

In the end, believe to be the best even when others around you don’t see it. One day, your actions, confidence and achievements will override their opinions.

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