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Entrepreneurial, artistic and professional success is birthed out of
trusting one’s inner voice. When battling the media’s influence,
public opinion and the pressure of who our friends and family think we should be, it can be a struggle to stay true to our own thoughts, feelings and vision.

Remember the story of the ugly duckling? It is a perfect illustration of how we can doubt our own beauty and gifts by mistakenly comparing ourselves to others around us, rather than accepting and celebrating our uniqueness. To develop that inner strength we may have to leave familiar, but non-supportive, environments and venture out into new networks, in an effort to connect with like minded individuals.

Let’s be inspired by Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Dennis Rodman and all the other courageous oddballs who have found success, not only because of their talent, but mainly because they were comfortable in their own skin. Knowing who you are and what is your purpose for being on the planet will allow you to stand firm in the winds of criticism. Your path is not meant to be understood by everyone. Do you!

About The Author:

Chris “Kazi” Rolle

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Chris Kazi Rolle is an artist and social entrepreneur who uses art and media to inspire audiences worldwide. He travels nationally and internationally, performing and lecturing year round. Nicknamed Child of Ghandi & Trump, he is a textbook example for merging doing good and making money. He is the mastermind behind several social ventures including The Hip Hop Project, Together Apart and All Things Are Possible. Kazi has been featured on VH1, CNN, CBS and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Kazi’s work and inspiring life story is the focus of the feature length film entitled, “The Hip Hop Project“, executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. He is a proud father and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find out more at

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