you for coming to Coo's Corner. I'm Coo. Actually only Dan calls me Coo, but I thought it
was cool and wanted to do something with it. So I decided to start something like an
editorial page. In this page I will address some issues, problems, observations, lessons
learned, anecdotes, philosophy and general rhetoric that you may or may not be interested
in. I'm hoping to establish a dialogue with my readers and receive feedback and comments
about this column. If you missed the last article
you can still read it. I saved it for you. So let me know what you think. Drop me a line
I took a lot of criticism for my last article, "I know Why We Call Each Other Niggas". I guess I
deserved some of it. I really am opposed to using the term cart blanche, but like Chris
Rock said about O.J. Simpson "I understand". I was angry when I wrote that
article. At every corner there was a disappointment, let down or a breach of contract. And
even though I subscribe to the philosophy of "don't take it personal, its
business", I couldn't help that my feelings were hurt and my ego was bruised. I
needed to lash out, so I did. For those of you I offended, I offer my apologies. For those
of you I talked about, I owe you my thanks.
"Thanks"! Yes thanks. In fact I am grateful to you all for giving me the
opportunity learn some of life's most valuable lessons. With out these disappointments,
with out these let downs, with out the loss of relationships and some friendships, I would
never have learned what it really means to be committed and to persevere no matter what.
In addition, I learned who my true friends and partners are and I am grateful for
their support, commitment and love.
I remember telling a friend of mine, who has his own very unique business, that no one else
is going to dream his dream and believe as he does. I told him he will have to endure long
nights, endless doubts, and rejection on a daily basis. He did, and now he is well on his
way to achieving the goals and fulfilling the dreams he set out for himself. When we last
spoke there was a calmness and a peaceful resolve about him that I could sense. I asked
him about it and he shared his tales of woe, despair, sacrifice and hope with me. But he
ended with tales of triumph, rewards and success. Most all he thanked God that he had not
given up and was grateful for the entire experience. That conversation lead me to
contemplate my own experience.
Sure, I have been disappointed and frustrated, but I am grateful for the pain for
it has increased my tolerance. I have been lied to and cheated. But I am grateful for the
hurt for it has made me more forgiving and cautious. I have been insistent and steadfast
on matters that proved to be futile. I am grateful for the embarrassment because it taught
me to trust my partners instincts more and my business processes less. I have complained
about all the things that have gone wrong, but I have neglected to thank the people who
continue to do the right things. I am grateful to be reminded that there are good people
out there and even more grateful they have stayed by our side.
Most of all, I am grateful for my health, my family, my loved ones, and Gods
continuing ability to give me the strength that I need to continue in the pursuit of my
dreams. I am immensely grateful for my partners and their diligence, and for the friends
of iRIZE who never let us down (you all know who you are). Our Motto is "ONE i AT A
TIME". I need to add "ONE DAY AT A TIME", because as my buddy would tell
you, "the best is yet to come". I am grateful to know as each day passes iRIZE
comes that much closer to realizing its potential.
829 Yo, Peace!