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Success By Any Means Necessary w /Author Michelle Roberts

“We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”

-Malcolm X

“Limiting (adjective)

 Placing a limit on what’s possible”

One thing that irks me to no end is when I hear people trying to minimize the contributions that historic orators like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. As a matter of fact, it irritates me when I hear anyone that isn’t a practicing public speaker talk down on journalists, talk show hosts, presenters and those occupations and professions similar to those already named. How can you criticize someone for doing something that you wouldn’t have the courage to do yourself? Folks usually don’t even give applicable critiques and commentary. If the individuals on T.V. or radio heard what some of these haters have said from behind the comfort of their Twitter handle, I’d imagine violence would ensue.

From comedians to motivational speakers, the orators of our modern day time have an incredible task when they have to take on a restless crowd. Hundreds of thousands of eyes are leering at you, ready for you to evoke any emotion productive to your presentation. The public speaking field isn’t for the faint of heart. Trust me, I’m a witness!

However, a task that proves to be even more troubling than presenting your thoughts and viewpoints to a crowd of thousands is trying to convince yourself to be the best you can. We become so acclimated to our situations that we affirm negativity into our lives. Words have power and it’s toxic to speak death on your life. Speak affirmations of success. When you change your mindset, you realize that you must succeed by any means necessary!

Author Michelle Roberts has written a book of positive affirmations. She openly boasts about how affirming success yields great results, using herself as an example. Recently, I got a chance to talk with her about her book and having a positive mindset towards life.


Randall: What prompted you to write Affirmations For Success?

Michelle Roberts: I have been collecting affirmations for over 5 years and use them daily so I decided to share my love and belief with others. I believe you are what you say!

Randall: Do you think a person can be too young or old for success?

Michelle Roberts: You are never too young or too old. The determining factor is you! If you have an idea or dream go for and don’t stop. I went back to school after 40 and completed my BSM in management, got a Masters of Art in Leadership and will be starting Dissertation next year for Doctorate I will be 50 then. I have 2 daughters who are 19 & 20 who just launched their Natural Hair line, website and blog. I believe Success does not have an Age!

AffirmatoinsRandall: How can one change a negative mindset?

Michelle Roberts: You can change a negative mindset by what you think and what you say. “As a man thinks so is he or her” We become the Words we say every day. That is why I use affirmations. An affirmation is a statement that is carefully crafted to address an unwanted pattern and transform it through the use of positive thought. An affirmation or affirming statement can be a phrase that is written down or a statement that is repeated verbally. An affirmation may also be an audio recording that is listened to repeatedly. Affirmations focus attention on the positive outcome of a situation, and are structured to affirm that the positive outcome is already a reality

Randall: In your opinion, are relationships and success synonymous?

Michelle Roberts: Well, yes and  no. Yes you can have positive relationships that can foster and boost your success. However, I do believe no one can stop you from being successful but YOU. There is always someone who beats the odd despite having help.

Randall: Do you believe black women are at a disadvantage in the business world? Why or why not?

Michelle Roberts: I believe Black women have different challenges than our white counterparts.  For example, getting investors or having money set aside by parents to go into business. However I believe lots of doors are opening for women of color and we can succeed despite challenges we may come upon. We have a rich heritage of tenacity and winning against the odds.

Randall: How important is faith to success?

Michelle Roberts: I think faith is paramount to success, without my faith in God, I know I would not be where I am today and I would have long ago given up. My faith is my rock and my shield when the storms come.

Randall: What upcoming projects do you have on the horizon?

Michelle Roberts: I am in the Studio recording affirmations for Success on CD (I am very excited), I am receiving more speaking engagements around the country, I also have a book 7 Steps for Finding and Preparing for Networking Events, those steps help me build my Travel Business “Roberts Travel Services”.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Michelle Roberts: Whatever you are dreaming to do just go for it and start, yes it may not be perfect , but you can always improve and always get better, but if you never do it you will have regrets and what if’s, don’t leave the earth with an I wish I would have done it. Do it now! Follow your passion and fulfill your dream


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Website: http://www.michellearoberts.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/robertstravelservices/

Twitter: @Divamichelle44 Hash-Tag: #AffirmationsForSuccess

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/michellearobertsllc



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Stop Being Afraid Of Success!

“It’s a Poor Frog Who Doesn’t Praise His Own Pond”

R.C. Moore


Last night while scrolling my facebook timeline, I noticed a Madame Noire article titled   “Impostor Syndrome” Afflicts Even The Most Successful Among Us and I just had to click on that link.
The article opened with the author writing about how people  who are on top of their game and who have hit their zone give off the illusion of confidence to most of us, yet struggle with moments of doubt and second guessing, therefore bringing on the “impostor syndrome”  (Damn, folks are always trying to diagnose any and everything these days)  label. It mentioned how Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandeberg struggles with thoughts of her accomplishments being unwarranted despite being a Jill of All Trades and a Mistress of quite a few of them. However, that part of the article didn’t stick out to me. It was the following paragraph that moved me and inspired me to pen my first post here on “Straight No Chaser”  on this topic:

Many minorities experience the “impostor syndrome”, convinced that their achievements are only due to Affirmative Action. Many people who deal with this syndrome actually turn out to be pretty good employees but , just won’t take credit for it.”

*sighs and sucks teeth*

When will “we” stop believing and drowning in our inferiority complexes?

If you ask me, RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to stop it.

I hate to sound naive, but I’m keeping it one-hundred here! If you as an author, musician, athlete, etc put in the work…the sacrifice… the hustle and effort to make your dream a reality, then there’s no ‘impostor syndrome’ because you are not an impostor. You did that, Okay! Save that ” awe shucks” “lucky me”  shtick and OWN YOUR SUCCESS! EMBRACE YOUR SUCCESS!

Turn that “Why me” into a “Why not me”!  You’ve worked, sacrificed and worked and sacrificed some more to realize your vision and mission. You’ve earned the right to take credit for your success. Only you and your circle know how much you struggled.. .how much you have endured. You don’t have to answer to any man or woman who DARES to question your success and its legitimacy!

When I  think about that quote in the article, I wondered ” Are most people afraid to embrace success because they fear that they wont be true to themselves and the people around them?” If that’s the case, that shouldn’t be an issue. Catch this: Success and money do not change who you are at the core. It only amplifies who you are. Don’t worry about it because it will eventually come out of you in your actions anyway.

Am I advocating flossing your success and walking around like you’re the only thing that’s poppin’? Absolutely not! What I’m saying is embrace what you have accomplished without guilt and without shame and complexes.

When you take this route, you miss out on so much. You miss out on opportunity. If not the opportunity, you don’t really enjoy the ride. You don’t enjoy the moment because you convinced yourself that you don’t deserve it. It’s not fair to you, and it puts all of your efforts and drive in vain.

Think of it this way: You and about four other people completed a project and it was hit at the office. You know you did the brunt of the work but one wanted to take credit for it. You wouldn’t let that slide  in that situation, so don’t let it side anywhere else.  Owning your success will lead to more confidence and eventually more opportunities to grow. Don’t throw that away on a syndrome or a complex!

About the author


Jannelle is the author of “Wild Cards”, “Thirst” , “Thirst II” and “Love’s Hangover”, and is a fresh face in African -American  Contemporary fiction, spending time on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list in African-American women’s fiction for two of her four titles.  She’s also a freelance journalist, who also credits her father suggesting her to write books. The proud North Carolina A&T alum  lives in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.


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