Motivation Monday: Never Give Up–Especially Not On Your Own (A Tribute to Stuart Scott)

It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of encouragement to start your week off right.

This week’s words of encouragement: Never Give Up–Especially Not On Your Own.

It is with a heavy heart that I say America has lost a hero in the world of sports: ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott. However it is only right that I should commemorate him through this post.

In this video, we see Stuart Scott being awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, for his extraordinary commitment and perseverance in his fight against cancer. We do not see him as a public figure, but a MAN with true trials and tribulations admitting that fighting cancer is a fierce a battle.

Although Stu died at a very young age (49 years old), he and the rest of us can lift our heads knowing that he did not lose to cancer because he never gave up. And what was true in his speech still lives on today.

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“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

However the key wisdom that I believe he wanted to bestow to his fans; his colleagues; his family; and to us all was this: Never be ashamed to have someone fight your battles for you if you are unable to fight. With grace and poise he says, “I couldn’t fight–but the doctors and nurses could; my friends and family could; my girlfriend could. All of them visited me, talked to me, they listened to me and they loved me.” And what I especially love most were his two reasons for fighting cancer: his two beautiful daughters and how they were the source of his strength each and everyday.

Even though he is gone from this world, his legacy will still live on in the hearts of millions through the power of social media and the V foundation. His speech will be accessed to everyone in need of strength to fight cancer.

So this week, in whatever you work do, never feel ashamed to rest from time to time and have someone else fight your battles–even if it means calling on a sibling or a special friend to cry on their shoulder

Rest peace in Stu and God Bless you and your family

For more information on the V foundation and how you can continue the fight against cancer go to

Another Tribute to Kobe Bryant–Play The Game, Not the Man


“There’s 30 seconds on the shot clock; your team mates are covered except for you. People are out of their seats, cheering from the stands, and you are separated from the basket by one man. The ball is now in your hands, what do you do? Sometimes we get so caught up with the person in front of us, that we lose site of our goal, which is behind the person. However, its people like Kobe Bryant that reminds us that our eyes should be fixated not on the person but the goal above our heads.”

I just heard the news that my favorite basketball player, Kobe Bryant, became the 3rd all-time leading scorer in NBA history–surpassing the great Micheal Jordan. It is great feats like this that have inspired me to look beyond my opponents and go after my goals in life. So inspired by his abilities–to stun the world by making the impossible look easy–that I actually wrote a post about him (my first post on the WORLD WIDE WEB!).

Watching him weave through 3 guys for a dunk, or making an incredible shot from outside the 3 pt arch with 10 seconds on the shot clock has taught me to never be distracted by the person in-front of you–don’t even look into his eyes. Kobe Bryant is one of those few players that rarely goes toe-to-toe with an obstacle or a player; nonetheless fights or calls out his opponents. He always fixates his eyes to the goal and not the person in front of him. If we all can do that, then we all can accomplish our goals and appreciate life a little more–hating our opponents or letting obstacles keep us away from our goal is not how you play the game. Play the game of Life!

   “Thank you Kobe for inspiring me. And congratulations on your latest victory. I am once again glad to see you back on the court–showing the world that an Achilles heel won’t keep you down from playing the game!” –Prince Sefa-Boakye

To read my first post click on the link below.

Play the Game –Not The Man

To read Kobe’s letter on this monumental feat, click on the link below

The Players’ Tribune: Zero by Kobe Bryant

Prince in The City w/ Matt Rinkey, Entrepreneur and President of Illumination Wealth

In this video I connect with entrepreneur and president of Illumination Wealth Management, Matt Rinkey–in the beautiful city of San Diego, Ca at Symphony Towers.

In this talk I do not only learn how he started his business, but how he is creating a lifestyle by utilizing relationships instead of spreadsheets.

He first began his venture with money and investing at an early age–he was gifted six shares of Northern States Power (NSP), when he was born. And by the time he reached 12 years old, he began to actively follow the stock market–and was part of a team that won the Minnesota Stock Market Game competition. However, it would not be until 2008, when the stock market collapsed, that he truly put his passion to the test.

During the 2008 recession, he started receiving calls from his friends and family, requesting for financial guidance. And so as the financial markets were in meltdown, he realized that it was time for him to rise up and take the opportunity to directly lift people’s financial spirits and strategies. And by 2009, those phone calls and personal inspiration turned into the commencement of his own firm.

His business begins with a simple mission: to help families build their wealth for the future and protect their present assets from the unforeseen.

Today he is happily married, with two children (one on the way), and continues to help families with their financial plans.

If you wish to say “Hi,” or contact him about your financial plans, go to

And follow him on Twitter @mattrinkey.

For more of my radio talks go to

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Growing in Faith

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.

Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(‭2 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭3-11‬ NLT)

Provisions of moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love are hard to abide by; knowing what kind of world we live in. And each day I struggle with either one of these provisions because of the “world’s corruption caused by human desires.” But understand this:

It is better to give your soul to God than to lose your soul the world.   

As it says in this verse, “God has given us everything we need to live a godly life.” And He has promised us eternal life in Heaven. So grow your faith by fulfilling these provisions. Then and only then will God recognize you as his own and give you “a grand entrance entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

(Photo: Found on Pinterest)

Motivation Monday: Keep Your Head Up!

It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivations: Keep Your Head Up!


1rid·i·cule (\ˈri-də-ˌkyül\): The act of making fun of someone or something in a cruel or harsh way : harsh comments made by people who are laughing at someone or something.

I was inspired to write this, when I reminisced the difficult years of my childhood–and my young adulthood. My story is not unique nor special to anyone else’s, but I remembered how it felt to be disrespected; to be unappreciated; to be frowned upon; to be talked down to; and to feel lesser than you think are. What helped me the most during those difficult times in my life was essentially turning a deaf ear (two deaf ears in fact) to negative remarks. As naive as it sounds, I loved myself too much to not care what people thought of me.

It’s shame to see how bullying has transcended itself into cyber-bullying; verbal abuse is still abuse! And I remember being one of those kids receiving the full brunt of a negative joke or comment. However, it was my ability to turn two deaf ears towards negative remarks that I am able to celebrate the many blessings and successes that I am enjoying today. Looking back at it now, I am glad that I did not let my peers or their words shape my destiny.

So this week, keep your head up and let negative remarks fall on deaf ears. Don’t let your peers (whether you are a child, teenager, adult, or senior) shape your destiny. You’d be surprise how many people actually enjoy the faults that you were ridiculed for!

To that little boy or girl who is constantly being ridiculed by their peers: do not listen to their words; keep your head up! Time will reveal how special you really are. Take it from me.  –Prince 

To see how I am keeping my head up and living like an Entrepreneur, go to

Photo Credit: Artur Andronic

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I will be on the air again next Tuesday, discussing Headline News and a Weekly Political Report. I will provide a link at the end of my show for you to listen. I will also be interviewing an interesting person that day, so please stay tuned to find out!

If you missed my talk from last week, then you can go to Podcasts to download it or click “Prince in The City”  above to listen to it!


Prince’s Daily Journal will be providing the following:

Daily Newsfeeds (Mon-Fri), Motivation Monday, Weekly Political Tweet, ThrowBack Thursdays, Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones, & Weekly Spiritual Digest

ThrowBack Thursdays: Believe in Yourself! (My First Motivation Monday Post)

Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous article that I’ve written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s ThrowBack Thursdays: Believe in Yourself! (My First Motivation Monday Post)

I wrote this post, one year ago, on a bright Monday morning in San Diego, Ca. And I clearly remembered that I was at home, in the kitchen, when I did it.

This video, of this little kid celebrating his accomplishment of riding a bicycle (along with the catchy music in the background), inspired me so much that day that I wanted to share it with the world. And I remembered (while I was thinking to myself) that this video would be a great way to start a Monday morning off with; hence the title “Motivation Monday.”

This little boy is an inspiration to us all because he reminds us to believe in ourselves, which is the greatest weapon in achieving anything that we want in life. And if you don’t get it the first time, then just keep practicing and you will get better and better as you do it.

So it doesn’t matter if you are learning to ride a bike, starting your own business, or studying for that big LSAT/GRE/GMAT/MCAT exam, just keep practicing and you will get it!


To take a look at my first Motivation Monday Post, click here: Motivation Monday: Believe in YOURSELF!

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Now check out this super fly compilation mix from the same song!!!

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Testimonial from Drew Dudley, CEO of Nuance Leadership


Drew Dudley was kind enough to write me a testimonial for my previous work:

“It takes about 60 seconds of speaking with Prince to realize that he is passionate about making the world a better place.  His excitement is infectious, but what I really enjoyed about working with Prince is the fact that he asks great questions.

It took me a long time to realize that the best way to become better isn’t to passively hope that you stumble into knowledge and insight – you have to challenge people with great questions. In doing so, you often help people better understand the things they always assumed they already knew.

Prince’s questions helped me do that, which is why I loved speaking with him.”

-Drew Dudley, Founder & Chief Catalyst, Nuance Leadership Inc.

Thank you Drew for sharing with us your personal experiences and I really do hope that I get the opportunity to meet you face-to-face one day.


His Testimonial Page will be located under “About Me” with my other testimonials. To read (and read my personal testimonial of him as well as links to follow) please click on the link below:

Testimonial: Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership, Drew Dudley

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Alleviate Stress By Finding Joy In God’s Commandments


As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live. –Psalms 119:143, 144 NLT

When I read this verse I was reminded of the purity and simplicity of God’s commandments. While the world provides us telephone book size rules to follow, of how we should live our lives, God only provides us twelve.

Although we may not abide to every commandment to the fullest, but if we do slip up, we are given a chance of forgiveness and redemption.

Every week, pressure and stress have always bear down on me; because, of the rules that the world has given onto us. But until I was reminded of the simplicity and beauty of God’s commandments, Life has gotten a little bit easier.

So this week, remember to keep God’s commandments not just in your heart, but in your mind. And remember how stress-free it is to follow God’s commandments versus the rules of the world.