Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1967

Perhaps you are an African descended woman who dares to enter the Religious Academy when the resounding message is that you aren’t wanted. Maybe you are daring to ascend to pulpits where your brothers may publicly demean you for your gender. Regardless, you are where you are, because of vision. You have vision.

You see that which is not yet visible to others. You have vision. The myopic reflex to exclude African descended women does make you think of people who are “wearing bifocals.”

Known as the father of pop star, Beyonce Knowles, Mathew Knowles is a motivational speaker. See his LinkedIn post below as he addresses the topic of “vision.”

Mathew Knowles, LinkedIn Post

I had a thought about visionaries while admiring [an] incredibly beautiful view.

A visionary is one who has the ability to think or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.

I’ve been down this road before knowing that certain risks would be involved. Leaving my corporate career to manage Destiny’s Child is just one example.

It is important to know that when you are a visionary, it can be a very lonely road.

Your friends and family won’t understand your ideas. Often, they’ll even laugh at them.

But your vision was given to you, not to them! Think of it in a positive way, if everyone saw your vision like you did⁠—would it be that innovative a vision in the first place?

The common mistake made by visionaries is asking others their opinions rather than telling them what you need from them to make your idea come to fruition.

Greatness doesn’t seek permission. The visionary believes in themselves unquestionably, and lets their results speak for themselves.

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