Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Daring to be different

We've heard it a million times - children in a certain demographic only aspire to be rappers or basketball players (not that there is anything wrong with that).

But some folks are proving themselves to be trailblazers and are showing that a black man does not fit in a tidy box.

Barrington Irving - He shunned the drugs and gangs of his Miami neighborhood for his dream of flying – now he helps other kids soar. Read more of the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world and also the first African-American to do so. The Christian Science Monitor has great article on Barrington - read it here.

Reggie Fils-Aime - How many children received gaming systems over the holidays? Well this past year the hottest thing around town has been the Nintendo Wii. The man credited with the revolutionary marketing of the Wii is Reginald "Reggie" Fils-Aime, a first generation American born to Haitian parents (yes I said Haitian). Reggie is President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. Reggie endeared himself to his fans and became a cult favorite for his passion of gaming and his antics during press conferences. Read a profile of Reggie here.

Michael Lee-Chin - If numbers are your thing, then look no further than to Michael Lee-Chin who is a self-made billionaire from Canada. Michael was born in Jamaica and finished his education in Canada. According to Canadian Business Magazine, he is one of Canada's richest men and made his fortune in the investment world. Michael is still deeply involved in the Caribbean as he is the Chairman of the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica. Read his profile from an article on - click here.

Finally, if you set your sights even higher, then all of your hard work, integrity, humility, intelligence can maybe earn you the title..... President.

Yeah, these seem to far more interesting and rewarding career choices don't you think?

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