What Would Gandhi Do?


From my Mentor Hon. Judge John A. Houston

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed animosity towards him. Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said,”Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions. Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question:

“Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?”

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded,
“The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said,
“I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.”

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded,
“Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you autographed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

Prince’s Takeaway:
Always count to 10 before you speak. And there is such a thing called “Poetic Justice.”

Daily Newsfeed


A stream of foreign wealth is flowing to the Elite Real Estate of New York; The state of California warns against intentional measles exposures; Samsumg reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop; HSBC could face U.S. legal action over Swiss accounts; Teach For America is struggling to recruit college students; and Grammy Award winner Beck still shows love for Kanye West, even after his diss. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Foreign Wealth buying up Elite Real Estate property

California warns against intentional measles exposures

Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

HSBC could face US legal action over Swiss accounts

Teach For America is struggling to recruit college students

Beck still loves Kanye after Grammy diss

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Golden! Let the Fire Refine Your Faith!


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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

(1 Peter 1:6, 7 NLT)

This verse came to me on May 18th, 2014, when I was listening to a word of God from my pastor Jaime Perdomo at my church, La Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida. My Pastor, preached to me and to the congregation (in Spanish) on how our faith is like gold–but far more precious.

At first I could not fully understand his words, but when he so passionately repeated, over and over, on how necessary it was to put our faith over the fire–the trials and tribulations–so it can become Gold in Christ, I was totally floored. And it was at that moment that I finally understood his sermon and God’s plan in my life. For the first time, everything became clear:

The many fires in my life (or the trials and tribulations) were not there to torture me. The fires in my life were there to REFINE my faith, so it can BECOME GOLDEN–so I can become strong and pure in Christ.

Thank you Pastor Jaime for reminding of God’s plan, for showing me that the fires in our life are there to refine and purify my faith.

So this week and beyond, see the fire (or trial and tribulation) in your life for what it is: a tool which you can use to refine your faith and Be Golden in God’s Eyes!

Sunday Praise: Your Faith is Like Gold! (Pastor Jaime Perdomo)

Daily Newsfeed


Here’s Pres. Obama’s list of items from the State of the Union Address; GOP mentions immigration in State of The Union rebuttal but only in Spanish; Sen Ted Cruz flubs on Obama’s response on the economy; Here is a list of the Highest Paid Players in the NBA; and Dark Knight Fanatic gets batmobile baby stroller for his son. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Pres. Obama’s SOTU wishlist

GOP learns a new language on immigration

Sen Ted Cruz asks for a redo on live tv

Lebron beats out Kobe on Forbes list of Basketball millionaires

Dad get son a batmobile baby stroller

Daily Newsfeed


President Obama will be giving his State of The Union Address today at 9:00 pm EST; Seahawks apologize for MLK tweet; New England Patriots are under investigation for deflated footballs; Yemen rebels seize presidential palace; and Air Asia Flight climbed too fast before going off radar. All this and more, please follow the links below.

President Obama to give SOTU address at 9:00pm EST

Seahawks apologize for MLK tweet

Patriots under investigation for deflated footballs

Breaking News: Yemen Rebels seize presidential palace

Air Asia climbed too fast before going off radar

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Control Your Tongue


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Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

(‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭1-12‬ NLT)

My favorite quote that stems from this verse is this:

“Sometimes it [the tongue] praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.”

This is such a prolific message because it tells us: if you curse at your fellow man and woman, you are cursing at God himself because they were made in the image of God. So to curse at another is to curse at God in his face. As much as we want to shame people, by cursing, for their wicked acts, remember that the act of cursing is, in itself, a wicked act–so the shame should also be placed on you.

We hold a powerful weapon; so be mindful of what you say. We live in a wicked world but it doesn’t mean that we have to curse at one another, in order to make it right. So continue to love one another, and bless each other with words of praise.

Doug Luffborough publishes his new book, “Watch Me Rise”


 

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Doug Luffborough, Harvard Graduate and Heart Inspired Speaker, has just published his long awaited book “Watch Me Rise” detailing his memoirs from a life of homelessness and gang activity to a life of academic achievements and possibilities at Harvard and the White House. My mom was fortunate enough to run into Mr. Doug Luffborough yesterday at Starbucks, in San Diego, Ca, where she was honored to have received his newly published book–and is sending one to me in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Thank you Doug, so much for sharing your story both to me and my mom, and the world. Continue to inspire the youth like the way you have inspired me.” –Prince

If you wish to receive a copy of Doug Luffborough’s new book, go to www.dougluff.com or amazon.com and get your copy today! P.S. Dont forget to ask him to sign your book too!

Below is my first YouTube video, of Prince In The City, with Doug Luffborough. You can also check you my interviews and posts of him, by clicking the links below.

UR Business Network: Prince in The City w/ Doug Luffborough

Motivation Monday: Set Your Dreams High and Never Take Your Eyes Away From Them

#FullCircle: I am What I am Because Someone Loved Me


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#Fullcircle. I couldn’t muster the words of what he really meant to me that night. So Here’s my story:

When I was 16 years old, I struggled to find my identity as young black male in High School. I had the mind and soul of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela but I was not accepted because I was too different or what people may call “radical”–I was so conflicted by the stereotypes in music, television, and social cliques, that I didn’t know “Who I was” at that time. However I pushed through those negative stereotypes, because of what one voicemail did for me. A voicemail that was left for me by none other than Dr. Cornel West.

In pursuit of finding my voice in High School, I wrote a speech called “Fear”–a speech that came to be the cradle of my creativity and charisma. But the problem was, nobody REALLY took the time to consider what I had to say–most importantly my ideas. And so, I did the most tenacious thing a high school student could ever do: send a letter to one of the most well-known and respected professors in the academia world today, Dr. Cornel West, and ask for feedback (and possibly a letter of recommendation). Although I didn’t get everything that I wanted, his voicemail was more than enough to put me on a right path to college, where I’ve graduated honorably from SDSU, and evidently into Suffolk Law School.

This month marks the 8th year anniversary of a voicemail of a lifetime, when a young man’s future is shaped by the words of a hero: love, compassion, and courage to chase your dreams.

That night was so emotional that I ended up crying because I am in Law School now; I’ve done so many great things since that voicemail. I spent all of my college years traveling across the country (from California to New Jersey and New York) to remind him of “Who I am.” But now I didn’t go anywhere. He came to me in a town where I have called my second home, Boston. And I reminded him again but only this time with, “I am what I am because you loved me.”

I want to send Harvard Book Store “A Special Thank You” for hosting this event, and making this FullCircle Experience possible. And once again I apologize to those who didn’t get their chance to ask their questions due to my tearful testimony. I hope Dr. Cornel West was able to answer them.

Thank you Dr. Cornel West; it has truly been a long journey for me. I will continue to love the way you have loved me when I needed it.

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A Special Thank you to Mark Jones from Florissant, Missouri for capturing these two photos. I had no idea that Dr. Cornel West was tearing up too.

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Prince’s Briefcase: How Not To Pay Off Your Student Loans (Johnson v. Otterbein University)


Here is a case which a handwritten letter, promising to pay off your student loans, is not a legal consideration to enforce a promise

prince's breifcaseThis case comes from my Contracts class where we are studying the “Doctrine of Consideration.” Below is my case brief which thousands of law students use to help us understand the cases and root out the “issue.”

Case Name, Author, Citation
Johnson v. Otterbein University, Supreme Court of Ohio, 41 Ohio 527 (1885)


Procedural Posture

The defendant (Otterbein University) sues the appellant or plaintiff (Johnson) for failure to fulfill his promise stated in a note sent by the plaintiff. The note was a student repayment loan, and that the defendant alleged that it was without consideration and was denied in the reply. The court entered judgment in favor of the defendant and a motion for a new trial was overruled. The Plaintiff then preceded to appeal in efforts to reverse judgment of the trial court.

Facts.
The case is about the validity of the note, sent by Johnson to Otterbein University in what appears to be a Student Repayment Loan, and whether it should be a valid consideration to enforce his promise:

“$100
Westerville, Ohio, May 6, 1869
Three years after the date, I promise to pay to the trustees of Otterbein University of Ohio, or their agents, one hundred dollars, with interest, at the rate of no per cent., to be used exclusively to liquidate the present, that is, February (1869) indebtedness of said University. Should this donation ever be used for any other purpose than herein specified, the trustees of said University shall be held bound to refund said sum of money to the donor.
–John Johnson”

This note was signed and delivered to Spangler, an agent of Otterbein University, along with similar notes promising to pay $100 to the University in 3 years to help pay off the current University debt. These notes and others were accepted as a fund with which to liquidate his debt. The trustees of Otterbein (the defendant) then sued Johnson in December 1875 claiming that his 1869 note was not paid.

Issue
Prince: Does Johnson’s promise (in the form of a note(s)), that brings benefit to him or detriment to Otterbein University, constitute as a legal consideration?
Legal interpretation: Whether a valid consideration was given in a promise to pay money as a gift?

Holding
No; The court says that the creation of the fund (from the notes he sent) with which to pay the university’s indebtedness was not a consideration for the promise.

Reasoning
*Court: An executory contract “to give” is without consideration, and a promise to pay money as a gift may be revoked at any time before payment
Court: The trustees’ acceptance of the writing containing the direction to apply the fund did not give rise to a case of mutual promise (Prince: a mutual promise which both parties agreed to at the same time.

Prince’s Reasoning
A simple IOU note, or sticky notes, in the form of a letter saying “I promise to pay back my loan” in a fixed time frame is not a legal consideration to enforce a promise from the person who is making the promise (promissor)
**FOLLOW UP FROM CLASS: The fact is Johnson will be paying off his student loan debt regardless of any intervening factors. So his notes don’t count for anything. There is no benefit for Johnson or detriment to Otterbein. And Otterbein did not give a promise in an exchange for Johnson’s Promise. This is not a Bargain; more of a gratuitous promise

Rule
Court: A note to repay a student loan should be in the form of a promissory note. And any other forms should have an implicit duty to apply its proceeds to proper corporate objects that would rise upon acceptance. A promissory note is a valid consideration

Disposition
Judgment of Trial Court is reversed favoring the Plaintiff (instead of the Defendant)

Prince’s Takeaways

  • Know what is a legal consideration to enforce a promise
  • Don’t write a letter to your university promising to pay off your student debt in a fixed time frame. Under this case, a Promissory Note is more acceptable than a letter promising to repay your student loans. This is paying money as gift which is not a legal consideration
  • In Contracts, you will learn that reasonable people are not entirely reasonable in their words or actions when they strike deal–so we have rules to remedy “contract breaches” such as this one
  • This case was back in 1885, and a lot has changed. So don’t take it true to fact
  • Usually its the plaintiff (Johnson) that sues the defendant first. But since this decision came from the Supreme Court of Ohio, I guess the parties may have switched roles when they litigated up the state court system (In this case there is no mention that Johnson sued Otterbein first, just that he appealed)
  • $100 dollars is pretty reasonable for a student today to pay off his/her student loans!

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Weekly Spiritual Digest: God Hears And Answers Prayers


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“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” (Psalm 107:13-14)

I am so blessed to announce that I have finally co-edited of what will soon be the most captivating Domestic Violence story of a woman’s tribulations: “A Woman’s Indiscretions” by Sharine Jones.

Thank you God for protecting her and bringing her into my life to show me my purpose for living and helping people like her–to share their stories of #tribulations and #victory.

If you haven’t read her story go to Saturday Book Read and find it so you can be inspired. Her book will be on the shelves soon.

Remember to pray because God always answers your prayers.

“Thank you all for following my webpage and keeping my purpose alive.”

–Prince

Prince Sefa-Boakye talks to Charlie Davies, US Soccer Player for the New England Revolution


(This interview was recorded on Oct.8th 2014)

Charlie Davies is a local Bostonian and plays for the New England Revolution. He has participated in two World Cups (2008 and 2009) for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and plans to play again in the next World Cup in 2018.

Charlie shared with me his future plans and his recovery from a serious car accident that he was involved in, back in 2009–and this month will mark the 5th year anniversary of escaping certain death. He said it was truly difficult for him because he couldn’t play consecutively as he used to–it took him 2-3 years to fully recover. But now he is making the right steps to getting back in the game and playing with his fellow teammates one more time before the next World Cup!

Playing soccer and being a soccer player is not a job but passion for him. He says, “There is no greater joy than to step on the field, put on your cleats and play with the ball.” He narrated to me his first goal account with the US National Soccer Team–and how that turned into a crucial qualifying goal for one of the World Cups that he was in. The US was playing against Trinidad, in Trinidad, Tobago, when his good friend Jozy Altidore (who is now the striker for the US Men’s National Team) assisted him by making a terrific pass which Charlie tapped the ball right into the goal.

Charlie admits that it was an easy “tap-in” goal but he says, “a goal is a goal!” And he was over the moon with it.

When I asked him to share any aspiring words to my audience, of whom wanted to be like him, he said this to me:

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“Through my experience, I would tell them to have faith–to have belief in yourself! Things do not always go well and they don’t always go the way that you want them to go. But you have to stay focused and stay positive! And if you can stay positive and work hard then you can achieve many things that people think that you can never achieve. You will prove yourself wrong and you will prove doubters wrong. But most importantly don’t take life for grant it because anything could be taken away from you in an instant.”

If you wish to reach out to Charlies Davies, and give him love and support in his quest to play for US Men’s National Soccer Team in the next World Cup, go to his Twitter account (@charliedavies9) at www.twitter.com/CharlieDavies9.
And you can also follow him on his Instagram account (@charliedavies09) at www.instagram.com/charliedavies09.

For more of my radio talks and interviews go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com.

(*I made a slight gaffe in the beginning: “Charlie Davies is a US Men’s National Soccer Team player”)

York and Dillo Bowtie Collection Are on Sale!


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York and Dillo is putting out a special collection, of their uniquely designed bowties, on sale for a limited time only–below are a few of their newly created designs.

If you wish to purchase these beautiful designs and others from York and Dillo go to shop.yorkandillo.com

 

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