Reaction: Khaled Khaled Album

I am reacting to the new album called ‘Khaled Khaled‘ by DJ Khaled. I am also highlighting the great parts about the DJ, which we could learn from …and use in our lives.

One thing that you’ll never take away from DJ Khaled is his ability to connect people, and to connect with them. Making people come together is one of his greatest gifts. He’s the connector of the music industry. He gets along with everyone. He loves peace within the industry. In fact, he just doesn’t beef with anyone.

Well, we all know that in every workplace, we need to have a mediator. And DJ Khaled is the mediator. What we can learn from his character is that he is a man of the people. He is a being of service …not only to himself but to others as well. This is in a positive way. Why? you may ask. Because DJ Khaled still makes time for himself. He also makes time for his wife and children whom he has involved on some of his projects.

Be a player; don’t play yourself.

– Dj Khaled

The big lesson from a character such as DJ Khaled is that life can be positive if we focus on its positive aspects. Laugh often. Enjoy time with your friends and family. Also realise that you could gain a lot from interacting with others. Realise that you are not alone. Realise that you need other people to make it in this life.

Now, focusing on his latest release, an album titled Khaled Khaled. The production was not harmonious at all. But, he had big and respected artists in it. Which says something nice about the type of a colleague that he is. Will he have people talking? Of course, yes! Will he have people respecting his production abilities on this album? Probably not so much. Will his image suffer from this below-par album? Absolutely not. See, successful people consider mistakes as part of their success. They consider a mistake as an ingredient to the entire recipe.

The thing about failure is that we can recover from it. We can stand up and move forward. Yes! We may be required to reshape our vision every time we meet an obstacle. But the root of the vision stays the same. So, we need to accept that failure is necessary for self-growth. Failure is necessary for moving on to even higher and bigger places in life.

We can all learn from these best attributes that DJ Khaled have. Unfortunately, his work ethic is questionable right now …and if we narrow down our mind to only this particular album (note: narrowing down to a single fault is a dangerous thing to do — but some people think like this).

To close, what I would like to promote is that we must learn from his human interaction skills, not his mistakes.

//Image by Khaled//

Being Woke

W hat does it mean to be woke?

Making a quick search about the meaning of the term ‘woke’ directs to a Wikipedia definition which states that:

Woke (/ˈwoʊk/) as a political term of African-American origin refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It is derived from the African-American Vernacular English expression “stay woke“, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.

Wikipedia

As it can be observed, the term initiated between people of colour. They had an intention to warn against, or teach other of, the dangers that Black people face on earth. But, the term has now been too commercialised to the point of ridicule. Even some black people question its usefulness today.


Could questioning the term, as a black person, mean that one is not ‘woke’?


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Silence Is Not Always Golden

Many times people who could potentially have helped situations become better stayed quiet.
Many times people with power to shift the atmosphere remained silent.
Those who witnessed abuse towards others chose silence over saying something.
Those who heard their friends, families, or colleagues say mean and racist or degrading remarks remained quiet.

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They remained quiet because they were told that silence is golden. They were told to mind only their business. They were told that if it doesn’t affect them, it’s none of their concern.

The earth hosts more than 7 billion people. However, only a small fraction of these stand up for social justice. Only those whose stubbornness is not afraid to cross traditional norms.

So, why do we then have more than 90% of people who remain silent and inactive?

It goes back to Psychology. Humans who tend to be on the wrong of moralism usually gain a lot of support and company, and faster. Because misery loves company. They usually garner the support by ridiculing and shaming social justice agents, in the hopes of making social agents appear as the bad guys.

Our message today is that the field of social change and social justice need brave people. We need agents who will stand up against thousands of mockers.

Be that agent today!

Start small. Stand up against your friends, families, and even your colleagues. Then, in the end, we will serve social justice. We will leave this world a better and happier place for all those who live in it, and not only for a selected few.

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Business Analysts Aren’t Picky

As business analysts, many times we tend to focus on how our companies and competitors are doing — rarely looking at how others in different industries are doing.

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Let’s take the entertainment industry, for example. Let’s make a quick analysis.

The entertainment industry is made to appear as only that, just entertainment. However, this industry has serious business lessons to teach everyone. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a business mogul, there’s definitely something to learn for everyone.

The entertainment industry’s product is usually a person whose services are also sold with the person. As much as we may think that we’re buying their music, their poems, or their stories, the matter of fact is that we are buying the person as a brand. Hence, there will always be loyal fans regardless of song releases or scandals.

The fact that the product is the artist/entertainer also becomes evident when the artists start to accumulate some bad press; their appeal as a product diminishes, as well as the support from customers.

What we can learn from this industry is that products come in different shapes and sizes. Products also come in human form. As long as the humans who are branded as products are not being abused, the market is open.

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