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Dr. Randal Pinkett
July 15, 2009

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

Over the past month we have witnessed the passing of several celebrities.  Perhaps the most prominent has been that of the entertainment icon, Michael Jackson, but the list also includes Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Billy Mays and, most recently, Steve McNair.  This year, I’ve personally mourned the loss of my beloved grandmother, Avious Pinkett, and uncle, Herbert Prattis.  Their passing has painfully reminded me that tomorrow is not promised to anyone.  Their lives have caused me to reflect on exactly what it means to leave a legacy. We all inevitably leave one; the question is what kind of legacy are we leaving? We must ask if we’re living for ourselves only or if we’re investing in others along the way.

One of my favorite quotes that I often cite in speeches is, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal,” by Albert Pike.  Along with making a tribute to the lost, why not make a tribute to the living? Our legacy does not always have to include lofty accomplishments. Taking the time to help others is an important contribution to our legacy. Time spent with those dearest to us represents a significant part of the memories we leave behind.

As the summer rolls on, take a moment to look beyond the demands of work and business, school and study, to do two things: first, contemplate what you can do to help someone else; and second, cherish the time you have with family and friends. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to redirect our energies towards what truly matters: giving back to others and celebrating life with loved ones.   

Peace and blessings,



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The use of technology has become intertwined with our daily lives. It has improved productivity and efficiency and has even provided us with sources of entertainment. Advancement in communication is arguably technology’s most important contribution to modern society. Via cell phones and the Internet, we are now able to reach masses of people across the globe.

Ironically though, as we become more connected to our global partners, we can sometimes seem to lose touch with those right next to us. From constant text messaging and emailing to the blinding glare of television, these distractions can contribute to stress and keep us from enjoying simple, human contact. This is the challenge of technology: increasing face-to-face conversation and decreasing frenzied communication.

As we focus on family and fun this summer, it is essential that we give our technologies a “time out”. By unplugging ourselves from our gizmos and gadgets like this town did, we can appreciate our loved ones in new and creative ways.

Hooked on technology but want a way out? Read and practice these 5 strategies to get unplugged.  I hope to put some of these strategies into practice myself!

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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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