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2022 Blog, 8 robinsons, Mario Robinson -

I remember always hearing my father sing. We would be riding somewhere and even if the radio was off, he would be singing. You could look into his eyes and see that the songs were shielding him from whatever problems he was facing. They gave him relief and they uplifted his spirit. They would call it “singing yourself happy”. Throughout my life, I have found moments where I’ve had to do this. Well, it feels more like a natural thing that just occurs. Mostly when I’m alone though so no worries of me embarrassing others or myself. My siblings are similar. When the road is hard, we sing. 

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2022 Blog, 8 robinsons, Black History, Black History Month, Mario Robinson, ThemRobinsonBoys -

The study of my personal history continues to guide my footsteps. A study of history is critical to any people. Deep inside of each of us are core beliefs and connections to people, places, and personal items that we wouldn’t otherwise understand. I’ve experienced the lost feelings of ignorance. Feeling like you don’t fit in or don’t belong can lead to some dark paths. So, my history is my road map 365 days per year. What are the best foods for “me” to eat? What geographical areas best suit “me” to live in? Why do “I” respond these ways to emotional triggers. When asked, why is my specific history so important, the answers to these questions and more sit idle there waiting to be discovered and shared. 

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2022 Blog, 8 robinsons, leadership, Mario Robinson -

I appreciate the men in my circle more than ever these years. When COVID keeps most struggling over whether to be outside or inside, it becomes difficult to find a safe space to let go. I continue to hear of broken systems, high suicide rates, failed relationships and companies closing their doors. The best medicine I have found is getting away from your environment if only for a day. I have 5 brothers and a few men I call my brothers. We have built such safe spaces. We spend hours talking about life, business, personal goals, and obstacles we have overcome. I’m so used to it that it’s hard to realize how uncommon that is.

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2022 Blog, 8 robinsons, Margie Robinson, Mario Robinson, Mom, Wisdom -

My mom has a wealth of knowledge. She has never had a traditional job. She was a candy lady for a period, and she was also a babysitter for decades. But with eight kids and all those years of living comes a tremendous amount of wisdom and common-sense life skills. She is the one that taught us that “if you don’t have what you need, use what you got.” My hardest time learning this was when I first started working. I would wait for my dad to come home from work and then get a ride to draw and paint signs at Kroger.

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I grew up hearing that I should never put off for tomorrow what I could take care of today. As I got older and had kids, started businesses, and gained more responsibilities at work, it got easier to miss steps and let task stack up. I started to make physical list so that I could check off things as they are done. I tried apps and electronic list, but they never had the same effect as physically writing on a piece of paper.  If you do the great things when they are small, difficult things are made easy.

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