Welcome to Tuesday.

I came across a fascinating narrative last night on NPR titled, “Why My Coal Mining Grandfather’s Deathbed Advice Applies To Minority Americans.” The author offers up sage advice through her grandfather’s grueling work as a coal miner in the World War II era. On his deathbed, he told his eldest children to “master newer ways of working.” His words of wisdom were passed down to her as she became a journalist watching the news industry evolve from typewriters to digital production.

She adapted, just as her grandfather urged.

The author gives the same advice for minority business owners and technologists faced with hurdles like accessing capital and barriers to entry. She says having a firm grasp on tech-driven industries will be key as the U.S. population is slated to experience a “majority-minority” population change. Tech is crucial for American economic development. Minorities are vital for future growth.

Moral of the story, master every opportunity. Your work intellect is necessary.

Tyler

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