Labor Day a Reminder or the End of Summer!

Labor Day is a reminder, the beginning or the creation of the labor movement, and it was dedicated to the social and economic difference achievements of American workers. To me it does not make any difference who first came up with the idea, it was a great idea, and I am thankful to our predecessors who made it happen.  I often ask myself the question, where would we all be without this movement?

Labor Day has been celebrated in the United States as a federal holiday for close to one hundred thirty years, it is observed on the first Monday in September. Research shows that, it was first celebrated in 1882, a machinist Matthew Maguire, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.

Others argue that it was Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor who proposed it first in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada. Today we still celebrate with street parades, festivals, and the famous West Indian Day Parade on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, people wearing costumes, floats moving slowly; sound of drums and steel bans… this parade receives wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

Although the first day of fall is two weeks away, Labor Day represent in our mind the end of fun time, the last day of summer. Families are enjoying each other some go to the park to catch the last summer breeze to fly their kite or the last bike ride together. Some are doing their last summer travel, while young adults and teenagers are attending their last weekend parties before returning to school. A number of youngsters have already made their way to different cities looking forward to their first day of college. Overall parents are gearing for something different; a new season is near with fall two weeks away. Soon we will need those fallen leaves to prepare for yet another feast “Halloween”.

As we celebrate Labor Day it is a good idea to take the time to celebrate our jobs, the opportunities it provides and the contribution that we make to this great nation. 

Entrepreneurs still remains the greatest job security; the economy can either challenge you to grow, or inspire you to advance and add contribution to other people’s lives, and leave behind a legacy that will last long after you exit the planet. Now is a good time to fine tune and reinvent your business, remember people have achieved great success and amassed huge fortune as a business owners. Although being an entrepreneur can be stressful it also offers endless possibilities.

This woman although she was way before my time, was and still remains my mentor, her name was Sarah Breedlove born December 23, 1867, she later became known as Madam C. J. Walker, she was born into a former-slave family in Delta, Louisiana she became an orphan at age 7, Walker and her older sister survived by working in the cotton fields of Delta and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Walker went from poverty-stricken rural Louisiana to completing construction of Villa Lewaro, in August of 1918 in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York.

She worked as a laundrywoman earning as little as $1.50 a day, she managed to save enough money to educate her daughter. Later Madam Walker became an entrepreneur she built her empire developing hair products for black women.  Upon her death she was considered to be the wealthiest African-American woman in America and known to be the first African-American woman millionaire, she was also a pioneering philanthropist, initiating the philosophy of charitable giving in the black community with her unprecedented contributions to the YMCA, the NAACP, the Tuskegee Institute, and Bethune-Cookman College. Some sources cite her as the first self-made American woman millionaire.

I will leave you with two of her famous quotes that I came across twenty five years ago, they helped shape my first business which lasted nineteen years; transformed the lives of my clients, and brought me Countless Blessings.

"There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success.  And if there is, I have not found it; for if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard."

 "I got my start by giving myself a start."

As a recipe for SUCCESS I also used these driving forces as my foundation. I call them my 5 P’s Persistence - Perseverance - Patience - Passion & Purpose, followed by strong Determination and sincere Gratitude.

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