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Be The Change You Want To See

There’s a saying “you should be the change you want to see in the world”. That is never easy to accomplish. I Feel Good! Mind, Body and Soul Women’s Conference was a huge success on August 17th 2013 at Wayne State University. Super Woman Productions and Publishing received a great deal support and accolades for that event. Our goal was never to make money,  but insteaf to positively impact the lives of young women and adult women across Metro Detroit. Although there were some situations beyond our control, we still rolled with the punches as best we could to carry on the best event possible, to the degree that we set out to do.

As with any situation there is always that one person that sets out to make the event or accomplishment look bad. Those people are the ones sometimes referred to as crabs in a barrel. They are people who are unhappy in their own lives so they make every effort to criticize and make other people unhappy too. You’ve met people like that, I’m sure; they are always looking at the glass as half empty. They are fault finders. Nothing you do will ever please them. One person could consider a situation perfect, but a person like them will always find something wrong no matter what. There’s nothing you can really do about people like that, except to expect them to eventually show up. IFGMBS had such a person show up.

The best part about a fault finder is that they usually are so emotionally disturbed, angry and unhappy to begin with that they trip over themselves and lose sight of the facts. They try to mislead people into believing they are the victim. They make threats against people that they can’t carry out. And when the smoke finally clears you find that everything they said was a lie. There’s always the truth and having the truth helps to counteract a lie. Especially when the truth is documented in writing. When you know that negativity will eventually show up in the form of an unhappy person at some point during your attempt at doing something positive, it allows you to do something they cannot. Be prepared.

Because I know that my good efforts will always be challenged by people who don’t believe in me or what I do or what I’m trying to do, I’m always prepared to deal with people like that. it comes from experience, persistence, and discernment. I can pretty much tell when someone is trouble from the very first time I interact with them. And I was right. This particular woman’s attempt to damage the reputation of Super Woman Productions and Publishing immediately failed.

Other people in a similar situation would probably give up and never want to do something like this again. Fortunately I’m not like other people. I know that doing the right thing is sometimes the most difficult thing to do because it is met with opposition and criticism. I do not let that stop me and neither does my Super Team. We have already set a date for next year’s IFGMBS Women’s Conference. I encourage you to continue to do whatever it is that you do that is positive in your life and for the lives of other, in spite of any opposition you receive. Do not let other peoples’ negative mindset, unhappiness or low self-esteem deter you from your purpose. When you strive to be the change you want to see in the world, like minded people will step up and support you. And if you ever need help trying to counteract the negativity of other people in your pursuit to be the best you possible, feel free to reach out to us here at Super Woman Productions and Publishing. Simply send your question or concern to ask@ superwomanproductions.com, and if we know of any resources that will be helpful to you we will gladly share them. Now go forth and be the change you want to see in the world.

Come Back to the Future

I’m astounded by how many people are offended, angry or disapproving of Whole Foods coming to Midtown. I’m willing to bet some of these same people live in the suburbs and shop at the local WalMart (which is known for paying low wages to their employees and for age discrimination). Some of these are the same people who complain about the blight and abandoned buildings in the city, but will protest new construction going up. Many people seem to also believe that all people in Detroit are poor and can’t afford Whole Foods prices. These same people are debating that Whole Foods coming into the Midtown community will put the “mom-and-pop” stores out of business resulting in lost jobs. The existing grocery store in Midtown IS NOT a “mom-and-pop” owned store; it is a Spartan store with extremely high prices and very poor quality food.  Mom-and-pop grocery stores barely exist anymore, particularly in Midtown. And the next nearest grocery store is a Kroger in Grosse Pointe Woods.

People are also complaining about how much Whole Foods will receive in tax incentives.

NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nearly every large company operating in Downtown DETROIT receives tax incentives and the only ones not paying back into the community as much as they receive from it are the three existing CASINOS, that gross millions of dollars per day. That seems like it would be something for people to get angry about. Unfortunately, no one has really noticed.

Change is good and positive progress is even better. A suburb is only as strong as the city that it surrounds. If Detroit doesn’t grow and flourish, Metro Detroit suburbs won’t either. It’s time for us to stop living in the 1800’s. The reason we don’t have more economic opportunities in Detroit is because of many of these same narrow-minded complainers who don’t even live in the city limits, don’t want to embrace positive change for what it is, and they work extremely hard to prevent the change from occurring. Instead they prefer to dwell on all of the fictional problems that they expect the change to cause, without even thinking for one second that a company like Whole Foods has already possibly considered those and found solutions for them in advance.

So it’s ok for suburban neighborhoods to have grocery stores and the evil WalMart where everything is made in China, but it’s not okay to have a grocery store in Midtown?

While the complainers are steadily on the backs of Whole Foods, they overlooked additional growth taking place within the city – mostly because they are unable to multi-focus their complaints in more than one direction at the same time. That is actually a very good thing. It’s good because growth is under the radar for these complainers. Detroit is getting a Meijer store and “strip” mall at 8 Mile Road and Woodward opening in 2013.  Twitter (YES, TWITTER) and Chrysler are opening offices in downtown Detroit, not to mention the huge Olga’s Kitchen opening in the CompuWare building. Furthermore, Whole Foods has invested $1 Million to bring a non-traditional banking facility, that operates successfully in New York and California (with an impressively low minimal loan default ratio) to the city of Detroit that will help business owners fund their businesses and projects when the existing traditional banks deny them lines of credit.

Did you catch that?

Whole Foods is already making a positive change to help the city business owners and they just broke ground this month. 

All the nasty, bigoted, elitist comments being made on news posts and blogs are utterly ridiculous and extremely exaggerated. People are constantly saying that people residing in Midtown can only grocery shop with bridge cards and can’t afford Whole Foods. Guess what? Midtown Detroit has more doctors, nurses and professionals residing there than reside in Palmer Park and Boston Edison. The average household income in Midtown is over $100,000 per year. There’s also less crime in that part of the city thanks in large part to Wayne State University Police who patrol the entire area.

I commented on articles written by Detroit Free Press and Huffington Post Detroit because I was so surprised at all the negativity. This just reiterates what I said in my previous blog I Get It…I Really Do, about the negative mindsets of people living in Detroit.

I think that people residing in the suburbs who are against Whole Foods coming to Detroit are narrow minded…and negative. If they believe that Whole Foods is that bad for the City, they should have been more involved in getting a grocery that they find acceptable opened in the area. But it’s likely that they didn’t do so because it doesn’t directly impact them because they live in the suburbs and don’t see a correlation between them and the city. If Whole Foods does well (which I’m more than positive they will) and people become employed long-term as a result, and the neighborhood and residents benefit, those same individuals will probably still have something negative to say about it.
 
I urge Detroiters to back away from dark ages and come back to the future. It’s really nice there; if given the chance to develop.