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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Black Feminist Writing Black Panther-WTF?



First Marvel gave us RiRi Williams, the Black Female Iron Man. Now A Black Feminist is writing Black Panther.

Marvel is really going in the wrong direction when it comes to diversity.

Yeah, I get the need to diversify the comic book industry. And I understand there’s a need to appeal to female comic fans.  But there’s a right way and a wrong way to expand an audience. Unfortunately, Marvel is doing it the wrong way.

Marvel is looking for an Affirmative action hire to make headlines, not making a serious attempt at diversity. Yeah, a Black feminist writing Black Panther gets a lot of press. But usually it doesn’t lead to sales or build a fanbase for a character.

Case in point Gay Rawhide Kid. Or Hispanic Ghost Rider. Both of these characters got a lot of press when they made their debut. But at the end of the day both fell back into obscurity.

Sadly Marvel’s publishing division is still following business approaches from the 1990’s. Trying to get attention for their comics by pushing creators to the forefront instead of the character. With Black Panther being the one of the most popular characters in Captain America: Civil War you would think Marvel’s editors would be  trying to maintain the momentum the character gained with casual readers by pushing the character to the forefront.

Moreover, you would think if there were such a serious push for diversity they’d be pushing a qualified writer to the forefront. Seriously, what does a Black feminist know about writing Black Panther? What kind of stories could a Black Feminist tell about an African King?

If we look at the work of Black feminist authors like Alice Walker and Sapphire They’re going to push a narrative that does not fit the Black Panther’s story model. These are the kinds of women with an extremely misandrist view regarding Black men and hate anything masculine. If anything a Black Feminist would make every effort to emasculate a Strong Masculine Alpha Male like the Black Panther in their stories and make him look weak as a kitten. Or she would make him a savage that looks like a big black brute. Most Black feminists haven’t been raised with a balanced picture of Black masculinity or Black Manhood, so they don’t understand how to write a balanced story about a Black man like the Black Panther.

Worse, these women would push a heavy lesbian agenda. What many don’t understand is that many Black feminists like Alice Walker and Sapphire are lesbians. And they love to take the opportunity to push lesbianism to the forefront in their stories and make it core element in them. While a Black Feminist will spin the narrative saying that they’re just trying to diversify the Marvel Universe by integrating homosexuality, the agenda of their narrative just doesn’t fit who the Black Panther is or expands on his mission as a superhero.

In the Marvel Universe, The Black Panther is the King of Wakanda, a leader of an African Kingdom that’s more technologically advanced than the United States, Europe and Asia combined. He’s an intelligent hero with the diplomatic finesse to handle a tense political situation with Victor Von Doom in Latveria and has the physical power to fight alongside heroes as tough as Iron Man and Captain America in The Avengers. It takes a special skill to write that kind of hero and present him as the strong Alpha Male he truly is. A Black Feminist wouldn’t know how to write the Black Panther and maintain his Black masculinity and his manhood, because she wouldn’t value his masculinity or his manhood.

If Marvel wanted to hire a Black writer to write stories for the Black Panther, you would think they’d hire a Black male writer like myself. Why? Because a Black man like myself would better understand the character and write to his strengths.

As a guy who has written Strong Black Alpha Male like John Haynes in stories like The Temptation of John Haynes and The Man Who Rules The World I believe understand the issues Black heroes like The Black Panther would face better than a Black Feminist. I doubt a Black feminist would understand things Black men face in the world like racism, intra racism, classism, and even the issues Black men have with Black women in relationships. In Black fantasy stories I’ve written like The Temptation ofJohn Haynes and Isis: Bride of Dracula I made an effort to present those issues so people could understand the tightrope that Black men walk in everyday life.   





Moreover, I’d understand why it’s important to maintain a Black characters’ masculinity. If a Black male isn’t depicted as strong and masculine readers aren’t going to respect him. And all it takes is the wrong writer like a Black feminist to make a character like The Black Panther look weak. And when that character looks weak readers have no incentive to buy that characters’ adventures.

Short-term a Black Feminist writing The Black Panther’s adventures makes for great press. It gets a lot of attention for Marvel. However, it could do damage to the Black Panther’s brand and his image in the long term. With all the work the Russos did to Bring Black Panther to the screen in Captain America: Civil War it’d be a shame to see all that momentum disrupted by a poorly thought out Affirmative Action Diversity hire that is clearly unqualified for the job.  

If you want to see what a Shawn James Black Panther would read like in a comic Pick Up Isis: Amari’s Revenge. The way I wrote Prince Ammon is just how I’d write T’Challa.
















Monday, August 29, 2016

Goth Art- Spellbound Concept Designs




I finally got some ideas to what Matilda Crowley would look like in her Baby Bat Goth Garb a while back. And I this weekend I finally decided to sketch up some concept art.

Since Spellbound takes place in 1989, I couldn’t use Tia Mowry or Persia White as influences for Matilda’s design like I did in 2015’s Spinsterella. With the story set in the late 1980s, I had to draw inspiration from 1980s sources. So the Matilda Crowley from Spellbound is inspired by Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, Typhoid Mary from Marvel’s Daredevil comics, and Denise Huxtable from The Cosby Show. The outfit I saw Mattie wearing in my head was a mix of 1980s-1990s, Trad Goth Style, superhero costume, and girl next door. As Matilda puts it in a chapter of Spellound, Contemporary Grace, Victorian Lace with a Lydia Deetz thrown in.


After watching thousands of Goth YouTube Videos over the last two years, I finally got a sense of what Goth fashion was like. While most Goths wear a lot of black, they mix up textures and the shades to make their outfits stand out. In my concept art for Matilda’s outfit I mix up textures as well to make up my interpretation of a Black Widow. The tall granny boots, fishnet tights, a patent leather belt and sheer material in the upper bodice of Mattie’s dress all break up the Black and draw the viewer’s eyes up to her face and the wide brim hat she wears. I couldn’t draw the Victorian veil she wears, but I wanted the design to create an ominous and dark presence. The Baby Bat version of Mad Matilda isn’t someone you wouldn’t want to mess with in the streets of crime-ridden New York! 


I wanted to design something a kid would put together from stuff she found in a Thrift store back in 1989. During my jaunts to Forbidden Planet on 14th Street back then, I used to see a lot of vintage and used clothing stores with lots of cool stuff in them from different eras. The way I figure it a teenager like Matilda who was starting out in the Goth Subculture would put together an outfit like this from the stuff she bought there.

In the concept art with the trench coat I got inspired by the WWE superstar The Undertaker. There’s a scene in Spellbound inspired by The Undertaker’s entrance and I heard it playing in my head as Matilda came down the stairs. While I explore a lot of dark themes in Spellbound, the book is VERY family friendly. I did my best to keep this book PG-13 so parents and kids who were interested in exploring the Goth Subculture could learn what it’s all about.


FUN FACT: The Title Spellbound is actually inspired by the Siouxsie and the Banshees song Spellbound from their 1981 album Juju. After hearing the song and finally understanding what it meant I got inspired to write a story about Matilda’s early days in the Goth Subculture, and what led to her becoming a part of it.  


I’m headed to the finish line on editing. Spellbound will be available on Halloween in Paperback and E-Readers everywhere!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Deleted Chapter From STOP SIMPIN In The Workplace- How Simps Create a Co-Dependent Work Environment

Hard at work editing books so this weekend you’ll be getting deleted chapters from the upcoming STOP SIMPIN in the Workplace Think of them as a sneak preview!



Deleted Chapter 
How Simps Create a Co-Dependent Work Environment


A workplace is supposed to be an environment where every man and woman is supposed to work together towards achieving the goals of the organization. However, when a Simp is in the workplace it usually doesn’t work this way. Instead of him doing his job, he delegates his tasks to a woman and makes her take responsibility for pulling his weight.
And instead of a workplace that is interdependent, it becomes co-dependent. What is co-dependency? Co-dependency is when one person excessively relies on another to meet their needs. Usually codependent relationships are associated with people who have addictions like drugs and alcohol. But they’re also found in the workplace as well.
Many Simps come from dysfunctional environments like single mother households or families where there was addiction and abuse. And in some cases they try to recreate the dysfunctional relationships they have with their mothers in their professional relationships. Usually to recreate that dysfunctional relationship they find a woman in the workplace and make efforts to attach an emotional hose to her. If they’re in a low-level position they may be a bumbling stumbling screw-up who always needs a woman’s help to get things just right. And if they’re a manager, they may give a woman a pseudo title like Co-manager, or Assistant to the manager. While some women are thrilled to have that power of that position, she has no idea that the Simp is making efforts to make her the workplace version of his mother.
Over time this co-dependent relationship between the Simp and this woman oftentimes winds up making the workplace dysfunctional and chaotic. Usually the woman he gives power to run things winds up overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the business. And as she becomes more and more frustrated, worker morale decreases, key employees turn over, and the quality of the products and services produced by that business often decline. And while this woman is getting the life sucked out of her as she desperately tries to manage an untenable situation, the Simp sits in the back avoiding all the chaos going around him with a smile on his face. Because he’s turned the job into an extension of his dysfunctional home.
What many people on the job don’t know is that most Simps want a “smooth” world. And in this ideal place there are no conflicts, no problems, and no issues for him. If problems do arise in life, the only person he can trust to deal with them are women like his mother.
However, the workplace is a place filled with conflicts, problems, and issues. And it takes both men and women working together to face the conflicts head on in a business. Only when they work together can they be successful in solving the problems in a workplace and make that business productive.
Unfortunately, most Simps are cowards. And they hide behind the skirts of females because they’ve been taught from birth that women are the only ones with power in the world. So they let them fight the battles that they’re supposed to fight. And if she fails to achieve anything, he has a scapegoat to blame when things go wrong.
Because nothing is ever a Simp’s fault. Simps love power. But they hate responsibility.
A workplace is supposed to be an interdependent environment. And in an interdependent environment every person works to do their part at that company to help that organization achieve its goals. When every person is doing their jobs and pulling their own weight can a business can be productive and profitable.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mary Jane, Iris West & How Race Changes A Characters’ Story

Many of the people who say Black Iris West and Black Mary Jane won’t change how they see the stories of the Flash and Spider-Man. But I have to really wonder if the color of a characters’ skin really does change people’s perception of the contents of a story.

I propose that question because when I look at what happened with CW’s Flash I clearly see how the story of Barry Allen clearly was changed because the race of Iris West’s character was changed. When Iris West became Black, it had a ripple effect on Barry Allen’s story and the story of one of his major supporting characters’ Wally West. Instead of us getting the story of ten-year-old Wally having an uncle he looked up to and admired, what we got was the story of a Black teenager from the streets who grew up in a single mother household hidden away from his father. The contents of what made Wally West’s character great got lost because of this need to focus on the color of his skin and a pitiful attempt to add diversity to the Flash lore.

Understanding how the color of a characters’ skin changes the story in a White Superhero world I also wonder if the color of a characters’ skin would change the perception of a character’s story in a Black fantasy one. Back in 2011, I published The Temptation of JohnHaynes. And the image I presented on the cover was E’steem seductively reaching for John Haynes’ bow tie. I have to wonder if people would see the exact same story told if E’steem were a White woman. Would they see that same story of Temptation and seduction I was trying to tell? Or would they only focus on race of the two characters like they did with Iris West and Mary Jane?





Many who have read The Temptation of JohnHaynes know a White E’steem would completely changes the story from my original premise. Yes, the letter of the story about a demon rediscovering her humanity would be there, but the core message of the story would be gone. I doubt the scenes where E’steem is being exposed to modern Black culture like the Black Elite at the Ujamaa Conference or the racism she dealt with during her encounter shopping in Manhattan and her argument with John afterward would have the same emotional resonance with an audience when her ethnicity was changed from Black to White.

Instead of people seeing the relationship between John and E’steem and seeing the content of their characters, much of the audience would only be focusing on the color of their skin. And instead of people relating to E’steem as a person, they’d just see her as a “White Devil” trying to corrupt the soul of a “Righteous Black Man”. The entire story of a demon seeing a man showing her an example of Christ that reconnects her to her humanity on the two-way street between good and evil, would be changed into one about race overnight.    

Just as Black Iris West has compromised the CW’s Flash’s story, and Zendaya’s Mary Jane compromises the Marvel Cinematic Universes’ Spider-Man story, a White E’steem would totally betray the foundations of the original concept for the character and her story. The E’steem character I designed was supposed to be the Black female antithesis to John Haynes’ Black male hero. The foundations of the character were rooted in Ancient African Culture and modern Black culture. E’steem’s appearance was inspired by actress Salli Richardson Whitfield, a Black actress. And the narrative of E’steem’s character was designed to sound like Salli’s voice. Just like it would be morally and ethically wrong for Black actresses to play the roles of Iris West and Mary Jane Watson, I believe it’d be morally and ethically wrong for me to let a White actress play the role of E’steem in a Temptation of John Haynes movie.  

As a creator I’d want other creators to do unto my work as they’d do unto mine. I don’t want to see other characters ethnicities changed because I don’t want anyone changing my characters ethnicities. Because when a characters’ ethnicity is changed from what the creator intended it to be, it changes the content of the story and the way the characters in that story are perceived by the audience.

And it changes the message of that story completely. Instead of the audience understanding the lesson the original creator wanted to teach in that story, they get a muddled message that waters down what they’re supposed to learn. In some cases like The Flash, the audience winds up becoming more confused by the changes than anything else, because the changes don’t feel organic to the story.

The way I see it, there’s no real need to change a characters’ ethnicity in these film and TV adaptations. Especially when there are existing characters of color that are ready to be adapted and be a part of their stories. Who needs a Black Iris West when there’s Chunk? Who needs a Black Mary Jane when there’s Robbie Robertson, Glory Grant, Hobie Brown, and Rocket Racer? All these characters are easy to adapt to the silver screen and would add diversity the same way Black Panther, War Machine, and Falcon added diversity in Captain America: Civil War.

Yeah, there’s a need for more characters of color to be represented in the world of Sci-fi, fantasy, and comic books. However, when diversity is shoehorned into a characters’ story it prevents people from seeing what makes a character great. Instead of readers focusing on the story and how great it is, people are arguing about race and skintone.

As a fantasy writer I know there are certain essential supporting characters in a story that have to be a certain ethnicity to be who they are. The color of their skin is intrinsic to the content of their character. If their race is changed, the characters’ story is changed. And instead of a translation of the comics to the screen, the audience just gets an imitation that looks and sounds the same, but doesn’t have any of the heart or spirit of the source material it’s supposed to be adapting.


You can pick up The Temptation of John Haynes on Amazon.com in paperback or in eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords. It’s fast paced action packed fantasy that reads just like a comic!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mary Jane is a Black woman In Spider-Man: Homecoming- Good Gravy.



In Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man Homecoming Peter Parkers’ girlfriend will be portrayed by actress Zendaya a Black woman. That’s right, Like Iris West Mary Jane is gonna be a Black woman.

Damn. Just Damn.

Here we go again. First Iris West was made Black. Then Jimmy Olsen was made Black. Now Mary Jane Watson. Enough of the damn diversity casting. Let these characters stay true to what ethnicity their original creators made them.

Yeah, I get that these concepts were all-White when they came out. But stop trying to shoehorn actors of color in roles where they don’t fit.

If the execs making Superhero movies want to give Zendaya a role, How about Tesla Strong? Tom Strong is PERFECT for her, and Tom Strong has diversity built into its storytelling. Tesla is a GREAT character who deserves her time to shine onscreen. Yeah, She’s a DC Character, but Tom Strong shows us how diversity can be meshed into a story organically.  

Many in the Black community are thinking they hit the jackpot because Zendaya portraying Mary Jane. That it’s a groundbreaking moment for diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, I see it as a step back. When we saw THREE Black Superheroes in Captain America: Civil War getting major screen time this year that was major progress and a serious step towards diversity. That was a step in the right direction.

Zendaya as Mary Jane is a passive-aggressive attempt to eliminate real diversity from the Spider-Man corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a play taken from Berlanti productions flawed playbook for the DC TV Universe. There, they make a major characters like Iris West and Wally West a minorities, and then ignore the real characters of color who had a serious impact on a hero like the Flash’s backstory. It’s a backhanded slap to Black people and a step in the wrong direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man has a large cast filled with minority characters that could have been pushed to the forefront. Remember Robbie Robertson and Glory Grant who worked at the Daily Bugle? Giving them major screen time would have been a way to show real diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But instead we get chocolate covered Mary Jane instead of those important characters.

Ugh.

So Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is Just gonna be the Marvel version of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen A Simp Capn’ Save em begging behind the skirt of the Black girl next door who’s probably gonna be swirling with Flash Thompson.

Good Gravy.

I find it interesting that these White male heroes can have Black female love interests and it’s considered a step in the right direction. However, when people thought Finn was going to even think about kissing Rey or Supergirl was lusting after the piece of Hot Chocolate James Olson, many comic fans lost their minds. Some talked about boycotts, others made racist rants on social media and comic message boards. But the response clearly showed me there was a double standard when it came to this diversity and interracial romances in these superhero movies.

I’m not a fan of diversity casting. If it works like James Olson on Supergirl did in the first few episodes I’m cool with it. But I know what’ll happen in most cases when they add these diversity characters like James Olson. They’re just gonna get pushed to the background like James Olson was and a White character like Cat Grant’s son will be pushed to the foreground later on. Again, a passive aggressive attempt at diversity that prevents viewers from getting the best version of a character’s story onscreen.

Yeah, Superheroes are a Whitebread world made up mostly by White Men. And comic books and the worlds of Superheroes are one of the last bastions of White Supremacy. But you can’t just change a characters color in established stories to make them diverse. I wouldn’t want major Black characters made White just for the sake of diversity. It’d compromise the integrity of the creators’ original story.  

As a creator, I believe in doing unto other creators work like I would want done unto mine. Just like I wouldn’t want a Black Mary Jane in Spider-Man’s world, I wouldn’t want some producer taking major Black characters in the SJS DIRECT Universe and making them White. I wouldn’t allow anyone to make an Isis movie with a White Dr. Edna Flowers. The whole idea of a White woman advising a Nubian Goddess like Isis about Black Culture in critical historical periods like Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement and leading a BLACK sorority like The Thetas is absolutely ridiculous.

Nor would I let anyone make a movie with a White Spinsterella. Matilda Crowley’s mixed race heritage is core to her characters’ foundation. The whole idea of a White Spinsterella would ruin the story and make a major plot twist in the second act fall completely apart.


I understand that a character has a history. However, sometimes race plays a key role in that story and the ethnicity of a character is core to a story. Yes, we need more diversity in Superhero films. But the best way to do that is to try to find new concepts created by Black creators and bring them to the forefront. Instead of changing the color of established characters, film studios need to be contacting Black creators for new content.





Friday, August 19, 2016

Deleted Chapter in Stop Simpin in the Workplace-He Gonna Take My Job

Simps fear competition in the workplace from the man in front of him and the man behind him. If a man in the position beneath his starts showing signs of promise they spend days nights worrying about him “taking their job.”
Simps foolishly believe the notion that an employer will “take” a position from him and give it to promising young talent. However, this isn’t the case at all. Employers are not going to replace a seasoned professional with experience for a less experienced person. While a lower level employee may show promise, they still need time to learn the company’s culture and get some experience under their belt before they’re ready to take on the responsibilities of that more challenging position.
Unfortunately, most Simps are too insecure to understand the process of growth and experience in the workplace. Instead of focusing on moving themselves ahead, a Simp will worry about a man in a position under his. And because he lacks self-confidence in his own talent and abilities to he starts making efforts to sabotage another man in a lower level position.
Some of the tactics a Simp will use to sabotage a man under him is piling on the work. This is a passive aggressive attempt to overwhelm a talented lower level employee to get them to resign.
Another tactic a Simp will use to sabotage a lower level employee they feel threatened by is to pass their work on to them. And then when the person they’re targeting fails to complete the task, they then let a supervisor verbally abuse them. Again, the hope is after being berated that the man he’s targeting will either be terminated or resign.
A third tactic a Simp will use to sabotage a lower level employee they feel threatened by is to tell an employee how someone else is better fit for the position than they are. In these cases a Simp will talk about how the previous employee did the job, or how the company needs to hire someone with a different type of background for the same job.
In addition to these tactics, a Simp will do other passive aggressive things like “losing” documents, “forgetting” to tell a lower level employee about meetings, and “hiding” information. All of these tactics a Simp uses are meant to prevent a talented worker from doing well on the job. And they not only undermine that employee, but the business as well. In a Simp’s efforts to sabotage the potential of talented workers he costs a business time, money, and productivity. Every employee that turns over due to his insecurities costs that business money.
What Simps don’t understand is that employees are an investment in a business. Every dollar a company spends on an employees’ salary is supposed to pay off in productivity from that employee’s labor. When a Simp sabotages those new workers with his passive-aggressive tactics he is costing the company he works at money.  As frustrated new young talent leaves that business and the Simp “keeps” his job a business has to spend more money to hire and train new employees.
If a business can’t retain talented workers it can’t grow. Every employee that remains in the workplace profits a business long term as they learn new skills and expand markets for that business. It takes three to six months for a new employee to get acclimated to a work environment. Thanks to a Simps’ unprofessional, passive-aggressive and manipulative behaviors a business loses that investment in salary and time.
In the long term a Simps’ attempt to “keep” his job winds up preventing a business from expanding. As the business keeps spending money to hire to replace workers that turn over, it doesn’t have the resources to focus on creating new markets and reaching new customers.
Smart men understand that no one can “Take” a job from anyone. Employees in a business do not own their jobs, they are hired to perform tasks by the employer. That agreement to hire them is a business transaction where the employer offers employment in exchange for labor that is compensated with wages. The only thing an employee is supposed to own at the end of the process is their paycheck.
 And under that agreement both the employer an employee can decide to leave at any time they choose. If a man sees a position at a firm that will help him meet his career goals, then he has every right to leave the firm he is working at and take that position. While a Smart man is looking to move ahead, a Simp is looking to stay one place and get comfortable. Because he thinks like a female, he looks to nest in a workplace like it’s his home. 
 Smart Men understand that a job isn’t theirs to keep. And any employment situation where he works for someone else is always temporary. Jobs aren’t something an employer “gives” him, they are opportunities he uses to gain skills, experience and develop contacts that will help him towards achieving his professional and personal goals. Each job he takes is a stepping stone towards moving him ahead. Once he achieves what he wants to achieve at a business, he moves on.
Smart Men don’t work for companies, they work for themselves. When a man works for himself he sets the course for his career. Smart men have the confidence to go for what they want and achieve what the want to achieve. Smart men don’t “Take” jobs from employers, they create opportunities for themselves and open marketplaces that take a business to the next level.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Deleted Chapter in Stop Simpin in the Workplace- The Next Man

Hard at work editing books so for the meantime you’ll be getting deleted chapters from the upcoming STOP SIMPIN in the Workplace Think of them as a sneak preview!


When Simps aren’t chasing women, they’re looking over at a male co-worker and wondering what he’s up to. And because they’re too busy putting that man FIRST they wind up being LAST in the workplace.
Simps have a nasty habit of worrying about what the next man is doing. They fear competition from other men for the attention of women in the workplace and from superiors like managers and executives. Oftentimes they believe if they can imitate the man in front of him, they’ll be able to get a chance to stand out just like them.
Unfortunately, they wind up standing out for the wrong reasons. In most cases a Simp shows the world how bad an employee he is by producing subpar and mediocre work. Because a Simp spends so much time focusing on women and the next man and what he’s doing, The Simp rarely spends time focusing on making his work the best it could possibly be. Oftentimes a Simp is so busy worrying about the next man’s work he doesn’t put any care into his own. Simps will slap together a project or halfass a concept. Then he’s surprised when bosses pass him over for promotion or let him go when there’s a round of layoffs.  
The big mistake Simps have about the workplace is not understanding what competition is. Many Simps get their idea of what competition is from Madison Avenue advertisers and Hollywood Movie studios which show competition as a rivalry where things get personal between men. While that sells tickets to movies and pushes a lot of products off store shelves, that’s not the case at all in the business world Business is never personal.
The true meaning of competition on the job means that a man focuses on himself and making what he wants to produce the best it can be. Smart men don’t focus on what the next man is doing, they focus on what they’re doing and making what they want to produce the best it can be according to their own standard. Men who compete believe in themselves and what they do. They set a goal that they want to achieve in their careers and when they meet that goal they are satisfied about what they have accomplished.
In their misguided quest to compete Simps always chase another man’s standard. And because they chase another man’s standard on the job they always wind up in second place. Whenever a Simp follows another man’s lead he’ll always be second best in his own eyes and in last place regarding his career. 
The second mistake a Simp makes at work is not focusing on his job. In order for a man to keep his job he has to show his employer that he brings something unique to the workplace. If a man is bringing skills to the workplace other employees don’t have, he’s going to have a place at that organization. But if a man is offering up mediocre work that anyone else can produce, chances are his days are numbered at that company.
Unfortunately Simp starts the clock counting down to his own termination by doing things like focusing on the next man. When a man puts the focus on the next man he’s telling the world not to take him or his work seriously and to focus on promoting that next man to the next level.

STOP SIMPIN In The Workplace will be out this fall! In the meantime pick up the Second edition of STOP SIMPIN Today!