Ernest Comer III

Ernest Comer III is a community relations professional with several years of experience working with non-profit organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Communication Studies with an emphasis in African and African American Studies. Ernest is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and has held positions of leadership in organizations such as PRISM at the University of Minnesota, and emerging non-profit in Ramsey County, Re-Armor Homes. He has been an adolescent mentor in the Pediatrics Department at the U and has hosted local television and radio shows showcasing young talent.

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Posted by: Ernest Comer III Updated: April 15, 2014 - 3:18 PM

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We'll start off with our "highs and lows" and get into some important societal survival skills and general goings on of the TwinCities and neighboring communities with news about the rest of the world here and there. Participation is simple. Just give us your highs and lows either in the comments of the article or on twitter by trending #ProverbialWisdoms or tweeting to me @E_HowardCo.

High: Receiving an incredible outpouring of support
Low: Unfortunately, this will be my last contribution to the YourVoices Blog Community

***Getting Out of Your Own Way***

Over and over again, you have decided what you wanted to do. Over and over again you have convinced yourself that pursuit of your interests is not worth the effort. Les Brown during a presentation told the story of two young friends walking on a frozen lake in the winter. When one friend fell into a crack in the ice the other ran to a nearby tree, took a large and heavy branch then broke through the ice essentially saving the person's life. When adults arrived they questioned how a small child could have the strength to climb the tree, break the branch, break the ice and save their friend. A neighbor replied saying it was able to be done because there was no one around to convince the child otherwise. There was no one to say that it was not possible - so it was easy to believe that it was possible. 

In order to meet your aspirations you will need to keep the kind of company that encourages you to make things happen that others may not see as possible. Stop using your energy to convince yourself of your own inabilities. Make use of that energy in taking steps to achieve your goals and bring your vision to fruition. 

In 2012 I coordinated a Black History Month Science Fair with no experience and little knowledge of the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) field. I set the goal of distributing $1,500 in scholarships at a competition that highlights the talents of our youth and honors the contributions of the Black community to the STEM field. There was a large number of people who thought it was a good idea but only a slim few who took it upon themselves to actually support the initiative. Once I made a clear decision to move forward with the concept things fell into place and I was able to make something from nothing. This example goes to show that it is possible to create things with just an idea as long as you have the support. 

If you don't believe you have all the support that you need - think again. Farrah Gray said there is no idea so stupid that you can't get a million people to buy it. Seek encouragement in family, friends, acquaintances, authority figures, books, speakers and coaches. By the time you have thoroughly researched and engaged your resources you will find the support that you need. 

Get out of your way and get to work.

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius

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This being my last post for the Your Voices Blog Community, I wanted to bring things to a bookend with re-posting my very first contribution from 2008: Thanks Trib!

The purpose of this first blog is to give a very gratuitous thank you to the StarTribune for providing me with this opportunity to share my voice with the public through the medium of this blog with the promotion of the "Trib". Thanks Also to the Trib for making me feel as though my opinion is has some validity.

I'll be using this blog to express my concerns with issues faced in the Rondo community in particular but also in communities throughout the Twin Cities and throughout the nation. I will be presenting my position on various social and political happenings as well as sociological circumstances that exist which hinder the growth and progress of those aforementioned communities.

I intend to explain my position as a collegiate student activist and reach out to others to get new perspectives on those things that we all face in my everyday life. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with this new found audience.

Stay tuned!

PEACE

Tragic Selflessness

Posted by: Ernest Comer III Updated: March 9, 2014 - 12:53 PM

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We'll start off with our "highs and lows" and get into some important societal survival skills and general goings on of the TwinCities and neighboring communities with news about the rest of the world here and there. Participation is simple. Just give us your highs and lows either in the comments of the article or on twitter by trending #ProverbialWisdoms or tweeting to me @E_HowardCo.

High: New apartment, new office & new beginnigs!
Low: The worst winter weather EVER.

***Tragic Selflessness***

Tragic selflessness occurs in circumstances when our willingness to be of service, or  of assistance to others extends beyond reasonable compassion and personal  capacity. I have spent years of my life neglecting personal care in an effort to be a reliable friend and have a positive impact on people. Larry Smith in a presentation called: Why you will fail to have a great career talked about the fallacy in proclaiming values of being a great friend, spouse or parent and an unwillingness to sacrifice those commitments on the “alter of great accomplishment”. The practice of great personal sacrifice in efforts to appease others is socially, emotionally and often physically destructive. In order to live a healthier life each person needs to care for and uplift self before they can effectively be a resource to others. This is why when the flight attendants describe how to use emergency equipment on the plane they always explain that everyone who can should correctly place an oxygen mask on themselves before helping anyone else. Imagine a hero in a movie walking up and down the aisles of a plane as it falls to the ground helping everyone else correctly place their oxygen masks. As he’s helping a small child, systems fail and the oxygen levels on the plane drop instantly. The hero passes out landing on the child. Both your hero and the child being helped never make it off the plane. This kind of story, I call Tragic  Selflessness and too often there are those who experience the painful and sometimes fatal consequences. I hope this message  finds  you and encourages  you to shift the way that you contribute to the people and missions that you serve.

An Open Letter to My Son

Posted by: Ernest Comer III Updated: December 9, 2013 - 2:20 PM

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We'll start off with our "highs and lows" and get into some important societal survival skills and general goings on of the TwinCities and neighboring communities with news about the rest of the world here and there. Participation is simple. Just give us your highs and lows either in the comments of the article or on twitter by trending #ProverbialWisdoms or tweeting to me @E_HowardCo.

High: Celebrating my son's 1st birthday!
Low: Exhausted from celebrating my son's 1st birthday

***An Open Letter to My Son***

Tristen,

It is hard for me to imagine what life will be like for you as a man, and as the next generation of leadership to come into this world. I don't know the struggles that you will face, I don't know the success that you will see, I don't know the people that you meet and I don't know what it is going to look like for you to achieve your goals. As your father I will do all that I can to prepare you for the world. The only problem is; I don't know what your world is going to look like in contrast to mine.

I don't know how things will change. I don't know how the circumstances that I face will be radically different from the circumstances that you face. I can't fix the hands of time so that your success comes without question. I have no doubt that you are a full representation of what the leadership will be in years to come. The vision to be set for you is far beyond what I can imagine.

What I can do, what I will do is be the best example of manhood that I know. I will show you honesty, loyalty, dedication, perseverance, commitment, confidence, strength and courage so that you have the necessary tools to be the kind of man that I know you can be.

My advice to you is to take care of yourself. Know who you are and love yourself. Love your family. Be healthy.  Honor your mother. Respect your elders. Appreciate life and the experiences you face whether good, bad or indifferent. Know God and see him in everyone. Have faith and be faithful. Have trust and be trustworthy. Be full of pride and humility. Be a servant leader. Tell the truth. Be careful full with your words. Be smart. Learn from your mistakes and from the mistakes of others. Watch for good examples. Be a good example. Shower, brush and floss daily. Iron and fold your clothes. Make your bed. Keep your room clean. Do your homework. Take your time. Work hard. Do good things. Do impossible things. Learn the laws of power and influence and use them to your advantage. Know that a man who finds a wife finds a good thing and let God guide you in that journey.

You are priceless and you are free. You are so much more than I am; I lose my words in awe for what can be. I am excited for the opportunity to teach you, to learn from you and with you, to grow with you, to be present in your life, and be a part of all that you achieve.

Be great. I love you forever.

Tristen

Tristen

Happy first birthday,

Dad

The Power of Reflection

Posted by: Ernest Comer III Updated: December 6, 2013 - 7:33 AM

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We'll start off with our "highs and lows" and get into some important societal survival skills and general goings on of the TwinCities and neighboring communities with news about the rest of the world here and there. Participation is simple. Just give us your highs and lows either in the comments of the article or on twitter by trending #ProverbialWisdoms or tweeting to me @E_HowardCo.

High: Having great experiences coordinating & presenting in conferences & summits!
Low: Struggling with recognizing my own learning and using new knowledge & understanding.

***The Power of Reflection***

The practice of silent reflection is a powerful tool for rejuvination, self-empowerment and motivation. As you take moments  today to browse through inspirational memes and youtube videos throughout the day to keep you going, remember to take some time to reflect on what you see, hear, feel and think. A lot of great speakers will ask powerful questions throughout thier presentations, take time to actually make an effort to answer those questions for your self. Write down your responses and perhaps even build out a quick action plan for personal development.

Here's a practice round: I picked out a few quotes that have impacted me and attached questions that we can use to reflect. Take at least five real minutes of silence to meditate and let your answers come to you and see how it effects your day.

“Every aspiration that you have can become a reality.”
What is the best environment for you to thrive?

“Wherever you go, there you are.”
What can you do to help youurself thrive in any environment?

“A proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of that too.”
In what ways are you keeping yourself from achieving your potential?

“You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.”
What have you learned that you can start acting on immediately?

The Sky is Falling: A Poem

Posted by: Ernest Comer III Updated: November 7, 2013 - 7:06 AM

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We'll start off with our "highs and lows" and get into some important societal survival skills and general goings on of the TwinCities and neighboring communities with news about the rest of the world here and there. Participation is simple. Just give us your highs and lows either in the comments of the article or on twitter by trending #ProverbialWisdoms or tweeting to me @E_HowardCo.

High: Seeking and finding opportunities to be engaged in the work that I love.
Low: Struggling with sacrifice for the sake of balance.

***The Sky is Falling***

I’m tired of bad news.

I participate in a ton of community discussions on how to address the complex issues that we face especially in the Twin Cities on various social, academic and economic levels. There’s a time to focus on problems that arise and there’s a time to take a real look at what success we are seeing and how to build upon that success. I'm interested in creating space for conversation about some wins in US education and employment. What do the wins mean? How do we  create exponential growth in our success rates?

With that, I present a poem inspired by Henny Penny: “The Sky is Falling”

Consider the deplorable condition of our US educational system:

  • The average mathematics score for the nation's 4th-graders in 2011 was higher than the scores in the eight previous assessment years
  • Specifically, the average scores for White, Black, and Hispanic 4th-graders were higher in 2011 than in any of the previous assessment years.
  • Larger gains from 1990 to 2011 for Black 4th-graders than for White 4th-graders contributed to a smaller educational gap in 2011 than in 1990.
  • College enrollment was 21.0 million in fall 2010, higher than in any previous year.
  • Between fall 2010 and fall 2020, enrollment is expected to increase by 15 percent.
  • Between 2000 and 2010 (the last year of actual data), the number of degrees conferred rose at all levels. The number of associate's degrees was 50 percent higher, the number of bachelor's degrees was 33 percent higher, the number of master's degrees was 50 percent higher, and the number of doctor's degrees was 34 percent higher.

[The Sky is Falling]

Consider the insurmountable woes of our US employment situation:

  • Employment in construction rose by 20,000 in September 2013
  • Employment in wholesale trade rose by 16,000 in September. Over the prior 12 months, this industry added an average of 7,000 jobs per month
  • Transportation and warehousing added 23,000 jobs in September.
  • In September, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+32,000). Over the prior 12 months, employment growth in this industry averaged 52,000 per month.
  • Employment in temporary help services continued to trend up in September (+20,000).
  • Within retail trade, job gains occurred in building material and garden supply stores (+5,000) and in automobile dealers (+4,000).
  • The us has around 9million millionaires.
  • 1.1million of those joined the millionaire club during the Obama administration.

Our entire prison population in 2011 was 2,266,800 in contrast the total number of people enrolled in post-secondary educational institutions in the US for 2011 was 21,557,259.

[The Sky is Falling]

 - Ernest Comer III
(Sorry it doesn't rhyme)


Sources:

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/study-finds-9m-millionaires-u-s-article-1.1290334

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/

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