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This statement meant to encourage audience members to ask thoughtful questions also holds true for the questions we ask ourselves. Over time, I’ve come to realize, the better the questions I ask of myself, the better I respond to life and its ever-continuing obstacles.

The adversity we all endured in 2020 raised some challenging questions. One being, whose responsibility is it to make me feel comfortable in a new or different environment. Is life meant to be experienced as a McDonald’s customer or a guest in someone’s home?

From studying abroad in Paris to interviewing developers across Africa, I’ve had…


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Blind Spot:

  1. a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment.
  2. an area to the side and slightly behind a driver’s field of vision that is not reflected in the vehicle’s rearview mirror.

Currently, I drive a Honda Accord, a sedan, but every so often, I drive my dad’s Honda Pilot, a midsize family SUV.

What I enjoy most about SUVs is their visibility. In my Honda Accord, my vision is often limited by the car in front of me, but in the Pilot, I can see miles ahead. …


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Africa is the future. Six out of ten of the world’s fastest-growing economies, markets in the process of diversifying from their commodity-driven past, are on the continent of Africa.

With a current population of around 1.2 billion that’s projected to reach 1.7 billion by 2030, talent is abundant. Home to some of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world where household consumption is predicted to reach $2.5 trillion by 2030, demand is experiencing exponential growth.

A past marked by colonialism and exploitation, African nations are hoping for a brighter, more prosperous future. What many leaders believe requires fostering new relationships…


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Emotion.

Saying the week of George Floyd’s death was heavy would be an understatement.

As the world watched yet another black man lose his life, I became overwhelmed with a range of emotions. The side effect, a lack of productivity.

My “I need a black day” to process this trauma turned into a week.

I spent my days scrolling on social media and binge-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. My schedule consisted of the deadly combination of embracing America’s harsh reality and finding ways to escape it.

Usually, I am a self-motivated individual with a drive that allows me to transcend…


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In the midst of a global pandemic, with the world on pause, businesses shut down, some for good, unemployment through the roof, and many of the employed receiving pay cuts or overwhelming increases in their workload. Culture is suggesting that the best use of our time is starting a business or a new side hustle.

While expanding your sources of income is great, especially if it’s a venture, you’ve wanted to get off the ground for some time. …


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“I done been on the other side of retirement and it’s good when you get over there and you can do what you want to… So I’ll tell y’all right now while y’all in it (NFL). Take care of y’all mentals, y’all bodies and y’all chicken. So when y’all ready to walk away. You can walk away and be able to do what you want to do.” — Marshawn Lynch

In his final interview of the 2019 season, Marshawn Lynch, the twice-unretired Seattle Seahawks running back, shared words of wisdom to younger, more vulnerable NFL players. …


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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt

As we come to the end of a decade and roll into 2020, the year where many aspire to “Boss Their Life Up,” through the culmination of dreams, plans, and hard work. 2020 is the year many are not wishing will be life-changing instead, are being intentional about ensuring it’s their year.

In the November article, I discussed the power in the phrase “I Am,” an integral part of making my own 2020 goals a reality. …


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“Many of you — as I have been, as I am — are where you are in your life based upon what you believe. And it’s not just what you think you believe on the surface. It’s also your shadow beliefs that are holding you back from moving into the life you believe you deserve. If you’re not conscious of that, you end up acting out of that belief system.” — Oprah Winfrey

Countless books, motivational Youtube videos, and Instagram quotes reveal the significance of self-belief. Some, even going beyond expressing its mere importance and provide steps to building it…


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Compensation goes far beyond the money received by an employee from an employer. The question doesn’t stop with what is my salary or wage? It also asks, is it fair and livable? Does it reflect my value and reveal my worth?

Considering the depth of these questions, it’s no wonder why “working for free” is controversial and highly debated. Our compensation has the potential to affect how we see ourselves, impact how we feel when we look in the mirror.

Unfortunately, free labor is a tool that many of life’s parasites leverage. For personal gain at the expense of others…


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“Sometimes you can’t wait for someone else to save you. You have to be the hero that saves yourself.”

Relationships are the fabric of our society. Connection with, and to, the people we love most sits at the core of our overall well-being. Thomas Merton said it best, “no man is an island.”

Similarly, our relationships in business catalyze our professional development. Through these connections, opportunities arise, and business deals form. Whether built through traditional or non-traditional channels, the importance of business relationships is undeniable.

Recognizing this truth, I entered college fully, embracing the “your network is your net worth”…

Nathan Hastings-Spaine

Built In Africa | Boss Your Life Up Campaign | Capo Agency | Black Millennial sharing his journey. https://www.nathanspaine.com/links

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