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Be a Leader of Yourself First (The Brother’s Keeper #59)

Dear Y.B.M., In my first series of letters, I strongly encouraged you to “think for yourself.” Today, as we begin this second section in Even Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men, “On Character & Leadership,” I want to strongly encourage you to be a leader but be a leader of…

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Satisfied (The Brother’s Keeper #58)

Dear Y.B.M., The word satisfied means contented, pleased, or fulfilled. Most people are unsatisfied with their lives. According to Harris Polls, 67% of Americans are not happy with their existence. The song they sing is, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” They live unsatisfied and they die unsatisfied. In this letter,…

It Won’t Be Easy (The Brother’s Keeper #57)

Dear Y.B.M., Nothing worth having in life comes easy. That is something you need to get ahold of early. Just because your gift comes naturally to you, that does not mean you will not have to work hard in order for you to fulfill what God has called you to…

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Are You a Man On a Mission? (The Brother’s Keeper #56)

Dear Y.B.M., I hope that you are on the path to pursuing your life’s purpose by investing in and living out the gift that God has given you. So far, we have been using the word “purpose” to denote the overall goal of your life, your reason for living. Now,…

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Discovering Your Gift (The Brother’s Keeper #55)

Dear Y.B.M., Every person who has ever been born has a God-given gift or talent that they should not hesitate to use. Some of these are unique spiritual gifts, such as those spoken of in Romans 12:6: “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.”…