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Dr. Randal Pinkett
July 2, 2012

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

July is the month where we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when the United States boldly declared its independence from Great Britain. Today, the fourth of July is commonly associated with backyard barbecues, fireworks, parades, concerts and a host of other festivities. While this important day in American history brings with it a spirit of fun and celebration, it also presents a wonderful opportunity for us to (re)define our personal declarations of independence. While some may declare their independence from an unsatisfying career, others may declare their freedom from living a life that falls short of its full potential. Perhaps you've always wanted to make a return to school to get that elusive degree or have put off pursuing a passion because it did not fit with what others "think" you should be doing with your life. Whatever the case, the time is now to define what you want for your life on your terms!

Redefining one's unique path, particularly after years of doing the same thing, the same way can be challenging at best – but not impossible! Introspection is key: block out all the "noise," carefully consider your values and priorities, and begin to chart a detailed plan for breaking free from anything that does not align with what is important to you. Actively manage your time to your favor and invest it in doing activities that will move you in the direction of your newly defined place of independence. Consider Malik Yoba, perhaps best known for his role in the popular TV series, "New York Undercover." While Yoba is known for his roles in TV and film, he always kept his eye on his greatest role: mentoring and serving the needs of youth in the United States and abroad. He could have very easily defined himself by what he was most famous for and resigned himself to staying in that proverbial box as we so often do. But, by continuing to redefine himself, he was able to extend his reach to South Africa and Central America and has been recognized by former President Bill Clinton, mayors of New York City, the Congressional Black Caucus and the United States Congress. Had Yoba simply relished under the hot lights of Hollywood with no greater ambition to achieve more, he may have never elevated his game and enjoyed a much broader, more significant purpose.

So, as you celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends, I ask you, what will you commit to declaring your own "freedom" once and for all? I challenge you to be the author of your own declaration of independence and be about the business of not just following the road less traveled but creating the road never traveled.

Peace and blessings,


P.S. As many of you have noted, I have not published my e-Newsletter for a few months as a result of demands at BCT Partners. As of this issue, I expect to be back to my regular monthly schedule.






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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Insights From Malik Yoba

Malik Yoba shares his insights on following your passion, the importance of "being a contributing human to society," and he discusses a few of his recent projects. Yoba recently endorsed Black Faces in White Places and had the following to say:

"Drs. Pinkett and Robinson choose to BE the message that they bring! They don't just enumerate the problems but offer solid solutions for navigating pathways to business ownership, and the halls and boardrooms of previously 'all white' corporate America. Black Faces in White Places is a necessary tool for anyone trying to make their own magic happen."

–Malik Yoba, Actor/Musician/Entrepreneur

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Randal speaks at the University of Akron's Black Male Summit
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Design Your Destiny

Destiny is defined as a predetermined course of events or something to which a person or thing is pre-ordained. So, it may seem counterintuitive to suggest that you can Design Your Destiny. People who have a clear vision for their lives and who walk in their purpose will tell you that the journey to one’s destiny is far from a passive endeavor. Lisa Nichols, Best Selling Author, Motivator and Coach, says it best: “You have to be an active participant in your life.” Similarly, I often cite the famous quote by William Jennings Bryan who said, “Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” This month, as we celebrate our independence, take a moment to reflect on how you can begin to design your own destiny so that you can live your most purpose-filled life!


I am excited to announce that Lisa Nichols and I were featured speakers at the FraserNet PowerNetworking conference in Dallas in June. FraserNet is the largest African-American business conference in America and is an experience to remember!  I hope to see you there next year!


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
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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."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquires, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com. For business, publicity and media inquires, please contact Mrs. Teresa Watkins at 610.331.0975 or twatkins@bctpartners.com.

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