By Michelle Seiler-Tucker Special For USDR
Are you experiencing a challenge, injury, or illness that is holding you back and preventing you from performing at your best? The answers and solutions you are looking for already reside within you. Maya Angelou, an impoverished adolescent from the segregated South who made her way to San Francisco and went on to become one of the most significant literary figures of her time died Wednesday at the age of 86. Angelou reportedly passed away peacefully at her home located in Winston-Salem, N.C.
As a poet, memoirist, singer, actress, dancer, film director, civil rights leader and inspiration to public figures, Maya Angelou was completely self-made, an entrepreneurship worthy of acclaim back in the Jim Crowe era. With the right methods and guidance, you can access your subconscious mind, and find the solutions you’re looking for in your pursuit of success. You can reclaim the freedom that your mind and body are capable of. Dr. Angelou was living proof of this fact. As the leading authority of buying, selling, and improving businesses, I encounter business owners who have fallen on hard times and have acquired a detrimental defeatist attitude. It is my mission to empower the struggling business owner and transform them into an entrepreneur powerhouse.
Dr. Maya Angelou rose to prominence with an adamant willpower to fight for civil rights and inspire every one to embrace the potential inside us all. In 2011, President Obama awarding Angelou with the Medal of Freedom. “With her soaring poetry, towering prose and mastery of a range of art forms, Dr. Angelou has spoken to the conscience of our nation. Her soul-stirring words have taught us how to reach across division and honor the beauty of our world” stated The President at the award ceremony.
Miss Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis and raised mostly by her grandmother in Stamps, Ark. At age 7 she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, and when she testified against him, he was beaten to death. Despite her traumatizing experiences as a child, she helped open the door to good for the downtrodden. When adversity comes our way in business or otherwise, how we respond to that difficulty is much more important than what has happened to us. It’s our response that determines who we are to become. If we are to progress professionally, life will likely get more difficult. The more daunting the challenges and the greater the apparent obstacles, the more potential there is for personal growth.
Shortly after graduating from high school, she gave birth to a son. As a single mother, she worked as a waitress and cook, but there are also reports she was a stripper and ran a brothel before landing more respectable work as a performer at the legendary Purple Onion, in North Beach. In 1957, Miss Angelou recorded her first album, “Miss Calypso.” The next year she moved to New York to act in an off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s “The Blacks: A Clown Show” and wrote and performed in her own show, “Cabaret for Freedom.” After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered on her 40th birthday, Miss Angelou turned to her friend James Baldwin, who guided her through the critically acclaimed publication of her memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. Its success launched a fruitful literary career. Although she never attended college, Miss Angelou received more than 30 honorary degrees.
In my award winning and best selling book, Sell Your Business For More Than Its Worth, I emphasize the importance of overcoming the obstacles that are placed in our way to help us grow into super-entrepreneurs. Your true and authentic self, your energetic spiritual core is what supersedes everything in the material plane. In the over all scheme of things, what happens to the body is really immaterial. It is, after all, a product of nature; its survival is unimportant. Therefore don’t place too much emphasis on it. The biggest lesson we must take from the extraordinary life of Maya Angelou is to rise from the ashes and fulfill our greatest destinies as business owners and entrepreneurs.