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Dr. Randal Pinkett
November 2012

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

With the holiday season fast approaching, we will continue our focus on Fitness, one of my 7 Fs: Faith, Family, Friends, Fellowship, Fun, Fitness, and Finance. The 7 Fs are guiding principles which, I believe, are essential to living a life balanced in mind, body, and soul. 

Evidence suggests that most Americans gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve: more than half will put on two pounds while 10 percent will put on five pounds or more.  Loaded buffet tables at dinners, office parties and get-togethers provide too many temptations, and one bite leads to another.  Last month, I discussed the importance of having a positive mindset when it comes to fitness. The mind is a powerful thing, so mastering your thoughts is vital to living a healthy lifestyle. Negative self-talk can sabotage your efforts before you even begin. Your thoughts control your actions, so make sure they’re positive ones!

After the mental preparation comes the physical work. I’ve heard it said that you can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind. Any serious athlete will tell you that you have to prepare for the game if you want to win. That may include setting weight loss goals and creating a plan to achieve them, reading books on exercise and nutrition, or accessing the myriad of online health resources like Choose My Plate, a Website commissioned by The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Arming yourself with the information needed to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle puts you ahead of the game. There is no shortage of fitness experts who claim to have discovered the most effective way to “perfect” health. Knowing what’s real and what’s not will help you navigate the information overload you’re bound to encounter. How many calories should I consume a day? What is a super food anyway? Do I really need to exercise 30 minutes every day? What’s the difference between organic and natural foods? And the list goes on. My advice: keep it simple.  Eat three meals per day, avoiding fried/fatty foods and sugar, and make lean protein, fruits and vegetables the main food groups in your diet. Finally, getting adequate rest, limiting alcohol and caffeine intake and eliminating smoking are important lifestyle choices that will lead to a healthier you.

So, as we enter this joyous holiday season, I challenge you to commit yourself to staying on top of your fitness game so that you enter the New Year as a stronger and healthier you!

Peace and blessings,


P.S. Attention New Jersey Students: You can find details below for my Campus CEO Challenge 2012. The deadline is Friday, November 9, 2012!


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Dr. Randal Pinkett on the Entrepreneur's Mindset

Last year, I had the distinct opportunity to present at TEDxJamaica in Kingston, Jamaica. TEDx is a program designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TEDx events at the local level. The program was formed in hopes of inspiring those with great ideas to turn dreams into a reality. In my speech, “The Entrepreneur’s Mindset,” I highlighted the essential mindset needed to be competitive in a global economy characterized by fundamental changes in technology that have changed the rules of the game. I will speak again this year at TEDxNJIT November 1st  on “Technology’s Lessons for Life.” I hope to see you there!

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Ryan Mack, Randal, Sharon Epperson, Paul D. Jones, at Circle of Sisters Expo 2012
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Attention New Jersey Students: Take Part In The Campus CEO Challenge 2012!

I am pleased to announce my Campus CEO Challenge 2012, sponsored by Prudential Financial and PSE&G, in collaboration with the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge Awards. New Jersey high school and college students may enter for a chance to win $3,500 to start or grow their business and a consultation with yours truly. On Friday, November 30, 2012, finalists must attend and deliver elevator pitches at the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge (NAIC) Awards event at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to be eligible for placement and prizes.

Visit www.randalpinkett.com/campusceo to enter and learn more about the Campus CEO Challenge.


Dr. Randal Pinkett Speaks at TEDxNJIT November 1st!

Technology is everywhere. As digital technologies become more enmeshed in our human experience, what are the lessons we can learn and apply to our everyday lives? Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, has spent his entire life immersed in various technologies. During this presentation, he will discuss the lessons he has learned - that we all learn - from the everyday experience of consuming and, more importantly, producing digital technology. I will be joined by such prominent leaders as Michael Smith, Forbes.com; Carlos Dominguez, Cisco Systems; and Christian Klezl, IBM. Please come out and support what promises to be an exciting event!

Register Today!

Date: November 1, 2012
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Jim Wise Theater
323 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07103


The National Sports Authority Delivers Results

The National Sports Authority is already delivering results with a powerful message.  The Authority’s goal is to level the playing field for thousands of Black athletes, entrepreneurs and other professionals who want greater access and success in the $500 billion sports industry. Our focus has been on gaining access to the industry as an athlete, and we have ignored the many other attainable business and professional opportunities around sports at both the college and professional levels. Together, we can more fully participate in the game! Most recently, the Authority facilitated National Football League Player Association (NFLPA) approval of JLM Risk Management to sell errors & omissions insurance to certified contract advisors. With premiums from $1,400 to $6,000, JLM now has a $2-4 million annual opportunity that heretofore had seemed unattainable.

Join the Authority and Help Us Lead This Game Changing Movement




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 inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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