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Dr. Randal Pinkett
July 1, 2011

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

Happy July! We have reached the halfway point in 2011, which is the perfect time to reevaluate your life’s trajectory and your efforts to be a game-changer.  This year, I celebrated the BIG 4-0 and it was exciting!

We can find ourselves in a race against time to make moves, be accomplished, and look good all before we hit middle age! 30 Under 30. 40 Under 40. Just hearing about these lists could potentially have an adverse affect on us. We might read into these commendable and celebratory outlets as “must-be-on-it-or-else-I-have-done-nothing-up-until-now lists”. Society encourages us to rush, but our spirit then tells us to slow down.

Now don’t get me wrong, my name has made it to some of these lists. But hopefully that fact does not disqualify me from encouraging you to investigate more deeply your motives in being a game-changer. Is it to add your name to another list or truly make a difference? If it is to make a difference, how do you strike the perfect balance? How do you get the most important things done, without neglecting the other things that, although not as important, contribute greatly to your quality of life? How do you tend to the world and tend to yourself? Although you may not be able to answer all of these questions, examining your motivations can give you a strong indication of whether or not you are striving in the wrong direction (which almost always leads to neglect of self or loved ones).

Ask yourself:

  1. Am I a dream-adopter? Do I have a tendency to copy others’ vision and strive for others’ achievements?
  2. What is my unique calling? Do I have a vision to get me there?
  3. Am I single-minded when it comes to my goals for this year? Or do I vacillate between ambitions when things get tough?
  4. Have I found the peace that comes with operating authentically? Or do I have “square peg-round hole syndrome,” altering my ego to look more like others?

Your answers to these questions are a great starting point to having the right footing and form in your race. Notice I said your race. You do not win a race with your eyes steadlily on the stride of others. The interesting thing is, in a race the goal is to pursue and cross the finish line, not tackle the opponent. You are not competing with anyone else’s calling or accomplishments, you are pursuing your own.

Peace and Blessings,



Randal inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

Randal named Brand Ambassador for Amtrak Acela

Randal addresses the City Club of Cleveland

Randal emcees the Mary Mary Concert at the State Theatre


TV ShOws That Changed the Game

Books That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Photos That Changed the Game
Music That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Quotes That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Movies That Changed the Game

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Dr. Randal Pinkett addresses the prestigious City Club of Cleveland, the citadel of free speech, and speaks about his latest book, "Black Faces in White Places" in the context of race relations in modern America. Click here for video.


Randal, spokeperson for Amtrak's Acela Express  

Randal and Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the CoSIDA Academic All America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

  Recent CoSIDA Academic All America Hall of Fame inductee, Randal, long jumping at Rutgers University


Your Own Pace

I strongly believe that hard work brings a profit. But moreover, there is a groove we can all find that gives us, albeit not the perfect balance, an equilibrium between our purpose, vision and life’s work that fuels us to live joyously. I believe these folks have achieved this and they didn’t need to do it all before hitting the age of 40.

15 Top Game-Changers of 2010 Over 40


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing “the game”--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old “glass ceiling,” but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: Now
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

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