This Inspirational Moment brought to you by, Fritzic Allen, Jr. A Bay area native growing up in the City of Rich currently residing in the North Bay region of Northern California.
What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to go through in your life?
The most difficult thing to overcome in life was losing my father at the tender age of 16 years old. 1 year shy of graduating from high school, I had so many questions related to life; who would assure that I grew up safe, continued life successful, understand what it was to be a “young black boy”, and later a “black man” in America with nothing more than a 16-year-old frame of mind to now reference as my starting point in life. I knew that my foundation (home front with a strong mother and sister and a dynamic mix of lineage), that I would be ok, however, what puzzled me more was that I would not be able to present to my father so many unanswered questions. Questions related to what made him who we were at the present time, his approach towards raising me, understanding his very own family dynamics, and most of all, what did he expect from me in life? Was I to become a scholar and Alpha Man? Was I too to become a father, a husband?
What did you learn from it that you could pass on to someone else?
What I learned from this most difficult experience is that in life we are not alone. There is always someone to help cultivate, mentor, coach, and assure that you remain successful. My father left behind a tremendous support system for his wife and family, and one person that remains consistent is, Albert R. Harris, “Uncle Randy”. A man of great characteristics and genuine qualities. He was one of many best friends of my father, and to this day we talk frequently, and in turn, he imparts his genuine support of me. What I learned is that the network created by one, in this case, my father, can also serve as the network created for the next person.
What has been the Happiest Moment of your life?
The happiest moment of my life was graduating from college with a Master of Public Health. I accomplished this goal six months after purchasing my very first home (thanks to my Mom) at the age of 25 years old. I knew at this time that once goals are set in place, they can be reached.
What is your Passion?
My passion is to see people from all walks of life grow personally and professionally. I often times share my professional journey with individuals who look just like me. I share purposefully and personally where I am today, where I want to be tomorrow, and the steps that I am consciously taking. This, in turn, allows for young professionals to understand the importance in the network developed for themselves in which they must actively pursue, and develop. I also advise during this time that you have to look for people who will offer honest and candid feedback related where you shall best concentrate your efforts to grow personally and professionally.
What is your favorite Inspirational Quote?
My favorite inspirational quote is by the late, Dr. Maya Angelou
How do you try to inspire others?
I try to inspire other my genuinely and authentically sharing who I am. I challenge individuals to tackle their fears, overcome their doubts, and push through limiting obstacles. I also whenever I come into contact with someone new or old to me, to ask them how they are growing within their professional careers. Often times I receive the response, “I do not have formal training”, “I did not complete college”, “and I do not have the time”. During such responses, I tap into the fine question of why? I believe the foundation of anything or any person is that one most always starts with why? This allows one to understand why they want to pursue a career in finance, strategy, product development, etc. From there one can develop a roadmap to overcome obstacles, such as enrolling in a professional program, in college, or request mentorship from a key leader within the organization. One book I recommend for anyone to read is, Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
One non-profit you support?
Today, I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Incorporated. I serve as the historian for the Berkeley Chapter, Gamma Phi Lambda, and the Secretary for the education foundation. More regarding the organization as a whole – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our communities. The objectives of the are to: to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status. The beauty of my membership is that my father was also an initiate in 1968 of the Epsilon Beta Chapter seated at California State University, Fresno. This, in turn, marks me as a Legacy, and better connected to one of the purposeful wishes my father had of me as a young child. I later found out through networking that my father always wanted his to be an Alpha Man.
What is one easy thing you can do to change the world for good in the next 24 hours?
One thing that I can do to change the world in 24 hours is to lead by example. I understand the world has mixed reviews in terms of the political climate of the United States, and in turn, we are channeling our mix of frustration, anxiety, appreciation and/or disappointment. What I find most important is that we do not lose the core of who we are. We must keep our grace. We must keep our self-respect, and we must be deliberate in our actions for the social cause, justice, righteousness, and the protection of all mankind. This brings me to the stance of keeping my grace, and standing firm in what I believe in, which is for all Americans to be treated equally, and with the dignity that our country has fought so hard to place into place, maintain, and in many situations restore.
This picture makes me feel HAPPY!
This picture makes me feel BEAUTIFUL!