Monthly Archives: June 2018


FB post from Roland Martin, Reporter, TV Host, and Political Analyst

As I ride this train to NYC for a meeting with a media company CEO, a few thoughts come to mind that I think can help many of you who are at a crossroads.

Yesterday during our Q&A, @LupeFiasco said we can’t determine success to be based on who is a billionaire or millionaire.

One of the things that I’ve always found to be interesting is that too many of us are impressed by the largeness of the company on our business card as opposed to what we are doing. I said the same to @NABJ when I received my Journalist of the Year Award.

What we have to always focus on is what makes YOU happy. What brings YOU joy. How are YOU making a difference.

When I worked for @CNN for six years, I never thought it was better than @tvonetv @WVON1690 or @TJMShow. All gave me joy in their own separate way. When I was managing editor of the Dallas Weekly, Houston Defender and Chicago Defender, I never felt inadequate because it wasn’t the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle or Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. I LOVED what I was doing and who I was SERVING.

And this is what we should always focus on. In fact, what we are paid doesn’t bring us joy. You can make $100,000 on a job and be miserable!

My advice to any of you: focus on what you are doing. Focus on the work and the value it brings. And if that means walking away from what someone else thinks is the be all to end all, then that’s what you must do.

Being unfilled is to be miserable. It means your talents are going to waste and you are depriving yourself of joy. I don’t know who this was meant to help. I just hope it has. #rollinwithroland #rolandmartinunfiltered

Figure It Out aka Start

Stop delaying, procrastinating, and putting off your dreams. Figure it out and realize what you think is your dream today may and will probably change and that’s okay. Decide on something and get to doing it. Whatever it is. Life is so fleeting.

I’ve always thought it would be the worst thing to have not followed my dreams and succeeded. I now believe the worst thing is to never attempt. Who cares if you fail. Yeah I said that: who cares if you fail. At least you will have tried. And through trying you figure out what it is you want to do.  And again realize that thing, might not be what you will do for the rest of your life. Who says we have to just master one thing?

People always say: Jack of all trades and master of none like it’s some horrible thing. It is not. Being a jack of all trades is a fun way to move through this thing called life. Try a little of this and a lot of that. Or don’t but do something. Become a master of something or don’t. Just do something. Stop waiting for a that big moment of sudden revelation – it’s not coming. You have to  excavate through all the muck to get to you.

One of my favorite quotes is from Nikki Giovanni:  I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.