Monday, April 17, 2006

"What it do, baby?"

When I first heard this phrase from Paul Wall, I couldn’t figure it out. Was he saying, “What’s up?” I guess it could be used that way, but I think it’s a little deeper than that based on what I understand about the hip-hop culture. “What it do?” means (The Kidd’s perspective), “Who are you today? Are you making it happen? How close are to your dream? Can people see you coming?”

So, an appropriate response would be, “I’m holding it down,” or “I’m trying to do my thing,” or “Big pimpin’ (which actually means trying to “come up”). Anyway, enough on the analysis of Ebonics…what I’m really trying to get at is this: “Where are you in the grand scheme of your life?” I’ve been thinking a lot about how my life is similar to the lives of these artists.

(Trust me, I’m going somewhere with this.) It’s so easy to focus on the setbacks in life and to allow your mind to dictate where you are and what your future position will be, even though it has limited knowledge that is based on your past and the experiences you have witnessed through the lives of other people. Confession: This is my greatest struggle as a Christian.

Now back to my point: What it do? Well for me, “It ain’t been doing too much of nothing.” I must confess that despite the fact that I believe this is The Year of No Limitations, I have allowed my dreams to become stifled. I pretty much felt like a failure when my business venture didn’t work out as planned. Then, I realized I had some major character flaws and had to take a break from everything to get right with God. Now that I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m ready to get back in the ring. But, where do I start? When to start? Will I make it this time around? These questions haunt me day and night.

All I know is that I have to chase this dream of mine or my life is absolutely worthless – even in the presence of fear. As a mentor put it to me last week, "It's not about you. It's about God getting his glory through you." I'm trippin'. So, from now on when I ask myself, or you ask me, “What it do?” I’ll tell you what it do: I’m doing the will of God and trying to make the world a better place one day at a time, starting with me. I hope that I inspired you to do the same today.

Finishing what I’ve started,

Kidd Grown


Blogger Kirk said...

Wonderful for you! You no doubt get your inspiration to stay right with God, from reading scripture, or published works on faith. I'd venture a guess that you even do so daily. In addition to that, do you read anything entrepreneurial? God can reach people through secular writings too! Here's to you, back on track, and motivated! Way to go!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Weird said...

Focused and unstoppable! Nice piece of writing, I'll go out and try to change something for the better.

Anyone else?

10:12 PM  
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Blogger Kidd Grown said...

Kirk, to answer your question "honestly", I haven't picked up a secular book since I graduated from B-school in December. I did read, Leadership and the One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, but those really don't count. I've read Kiyosaki in the past, but I haven't in a while. This is something I want to get back into. Any recommendations on what's new out there? Or, anything classic that I missed? It does feel good to be back in communication with everyone.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Kirk said...

I love kiyosaki! So much of his writings make great sense, and are quite motivational. I finished "Before You Quit Your Job" about a month ago. I don't know if it's one of his new ones, but it's my newest favorite of his.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


In the words of Tupac, one of hip hop's finest,"keep ya head up".

When you have as many gifts and talents as you do it can be hard staying/getting focused, but remember, there is a voice in you that can give you peace.

Lady J

3:22 PM  

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