What’s up world, hope everyone is having a great week. I want to do a very special blog series to focus on a dear friend and brother who lost his life way too early. The person I'm talking about is Kwame Krakue. He was more than an editor and correspondent for MOT Magazine, he was a visionary, entrepreneur and entertainment mogul. He had what I call a hustler's ambition that I've only witnessed once maybe twice. Kwame was someone that went hard every day with his crew interviewing celebs, managing artists, promoting up and coming artists, and just giving inspiration to people around the city of Atlanta." Loss ain't a loss, it’s a lesson” – Jay-Z. Even though we lost a good soul we can all learn a lesson from Kwame’s Hustler Ambition.
His Discipline – “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified”. 1 Corinthians 9-27 . If anyone knew Kwame you would know how self-disciplined he was. There were days waking up early trying to pull myself out of bed remembering that Kwame is up every day at 4:30 headed to the gym!And he's going to let you know he's up that early because he's on snapchat working out with his 5am Breakfast Club lol! Every single day no matter what time he went to bed! His self-discipline motivated me to start waking up early with hopes of one day waking up earlier than him... haha! I used to tell myself I gotta get up before Kwame! It takes discipline to wake up and get your day started when you've gone to bed late or for whatever reason, got very little rest. It takes discipline to do it every single day but that was Kwame. He had the discipline that pushed him to the limit. What I think we can all take from this is success requires self-discipline and sacrifice.
His Confidence – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. I came to know Kwame through our fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. We always connected because we were both into sneakers and fashion. But when I moved to Atlanta, I connected with him on another level, making moves and passions. Back in 2014, Kwame was speaking into existence what he was now doing in 2017. The confidence he had in his brand and company was inspiring because he knew in his mind that he was up next. He had the faith to believe in something that the human eye could not yet see. He saw it in his mind and heart before he could see it with his eyes. Kwame was blessed. His company and team were independently thriving in one of the most influential entertainment city in America.
His Belief System – “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayers” Matthew 21:22. Man, this might be the most important characteristic of them all. Not only did Kwame believe in his brand and team, he believed in everyone else’s dreams and aspirations. He supported so many up and coming artists and entertainers in the Atlanta area, giving them a platform to get their names out there. I have been reading of a lot of Kwame’s friends Instagram dedication post. There are numerous posts which said that he believed in THEIR dreams more than they did themselves. Kwame wanted EVERYONE to win.
Kwame was a special human being. Even though we've lost him in the physical form, heaven has gained an angel. We can always look back on our special memories of Kwame remembering his self-discipline, his confidence, and his drive to make it! Hustlers Ambition. Until we meet again brother. #StaySolid
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