Samuel Butler, the Victorian-era English author, once said, “The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.” David Duchovny, the famous actor, gave it to us like this, “What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs.” Then my boy John C. Maxwell, the famous author, shut the building down with, “There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.”
Well some of the students at Howard University had the ‘Bad pride’ on full blast this week. These duns have the audacity to be upset that Sean “Puff Daddy/Diddy/Dirty Money” Combs, depending upon how old you are, will be delivering the commencement speech next month. Now these cats are upset because Puff didn’t graduate from Howard. Ole boy dropped out after a semester or so to pursue a career in the music industry.
Here’s the kicker though bruh, he’s worth more than $750 million! For you duns that don’t understand what that means that’s three quarters of a BILLION dollars from nothing!
When senior Shay Bell was asked by WJLA about it she responded with, “What we’ve been told is he didn’t graduate from Howard University.” She then goes on to say, “I’m not necessarily too thrilled about him being our commencement speaker, because I’m not sure what he’s going to tell me.” What? How are you besides some kid that went to class and passed the tests required of you? What have you accomplished that now Diddy can't tell you anything? Really?
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! With that type of arrogance there isn’t too much he can tell you baby girl. But if you’re willing to humble yourself and listen to him school you on the hustle of life, he can. They aren’t just giving $750 million dollars away out here playboy. If you were a business major at Howard, Puff knows more about that subject than all of the clowns that taught you for four years combined.
If you were a marketing major he knows more about that arena than your professors that have doctorates in that field. How do I know that? Because if they knew more than Puff they wouldn’t be teaching at Howard. They’d be working in the business world worth $750 million.
That dun can inspire you with his story of success and hustlin’ if you’re willing to listen to him. Because at this point you don’t know "anything" and that’s the edited version playa.
I already know the drill bruh! Boyz have been telling you that you’re something special because you’re about to graduate from college. Well they told me and all of my friends the same thing when we walked across the stage 24 years ago at Indiana University. Take that back, we didn’t walk across the stage because there were too many of us (7,770) so we just all stood up when they called our school. What they forgot to tell us was that there were millions of other cats walking across stages getting the same degrees on the same freakin' day looking for the same jobs that we were looking for too.
So yes baby girl, Puff can tell you more than you can ever imagine because that funky degree they’re about to hand you isn’t worth the paper that it’s written on without some hustle and ingenuity behind it. Diddy can tell you how to be resourceful and how you use what you’ve got to your advantage. He can explain to you how networks and partnerships make the world go round and what determination and drive REALLY looks like. You don’t know any of that right now. All you know is that somebody told you that they exist.
Going to class was the easy part! Now you’ve got to compete with millions of other cats that simply went to class too. Oh and not mention all of us that have been bangin' out here for years. We aren't just gonna let you get in the ride. You gotta somehow get in where you fit in.
The difference between a boy becoming successful and not is work ethic, not how smart you are or what type of degree you possess. I know a ton of smart cats that are getting destroyed out here by boyz that understand that the hustle is real and I’m not talking about the streets either bruh. I’m talking about Corporate America and Diddy is one of the duns running it.
Because of the arrogance of the students at Howard I wouldn’t be mad at Puff if he told them to kick rocks. There are hundreds of thousands of other students in this country that would be willing to listen to a highly successful businessman spit game to them.
On some real talk, the game that he's about to spit to these cats is worth the price of admission and he's about to give it to them for free. The hustlin' handbook specifically says in Rule 1 Section 1 Article 7, "THE GAME SHOULD BE SOLD AND NEVER TOLD!"
So how dare you fix your mouth to tell a boy that there’s nothing that he can tell you because he doesn’t have a degree. Bill Gates is telling you something every time you open your freakin’ computer! Mark Zukerberg said what’s up to you ten times today already when you checked your Facebook page! Steve Jobs, from the grave, is hollerin’ at you every time you pick up that darn IPhone and that’s the edited version. Will Smith is screamin’ at you every time you go to the freakin’ movies to see him. Pherrell is talking to you every time you turn on the radio telling you to be “Happy” that somebody thought enough of yo butt to even send you to school.
Now you wanna act like you’re too good for a boy to holler at and he’s already done what you’re trying to do? Some people don’t need a degree because they’ve got what the rest of us don’t have and that’s vision enough to create the future. And guess what playboy? Those of us with degrees end up working for them. Ain’t that a blip!
So I say put some other school on the map if the duns at Howard are turning their noses up at you Puff. Instead of hyping up Howard’s homecoming every year with crazy Diddy love and promotions go down to the SWAC and holler at my wife’s alma mater, Jackson State, because we’re there every year gettin’ it in.
If Howard wants to act like they're too good, holler at Grambling, Southern or Albany State! Go over to Delaware State, Central State, Kentucky State or any HBCU for that matter. I’m quite sure they’d like to hear from a cat that looks like them and talks like them that figured out how to make $750 million.
However, I bet the duns at Howard would listen to Mark Zukerberg or Bill Gates. Why? Because they don’t look like them. Self-hate is a beast ain’t it? Like my pastor Jeffery A. Johnson, Sr. always says, “You don’t have to say Amen just look Amen!”
Bad pride is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance and right now Howard is smelling like a locker room after a bad loss. Stop me when I start lyin’!
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