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ArchonVisuals

Hello there! Huge fan, minor typo I figured someone had pointed out (but now see maybe not?) - hussling in the first paragraph should be hustling :)

You can delete this comment once it's fixed, just a little friendly editing from someone who appreciates your work and sees you as a daily inspiration!

Bradley Lincoln

I AM A BAGGAGE HANDLER. And you would never guess my 'WHY"

My 'WHY' is to make a positive contribution to social, academic and commercial discussions on mixed-race identity.
However, whilst I am throwing bags into the belly of the plane you may miss this important aspect about me.

I took a baggage handling job, at the airport, in May 2013. For the previous 7 years, I had self-funded a relative successful social enterprise for young people, called Mix-d: (pronounced mixed).
The main aim of my work was to make a positive contribution to social, academic and commercial discussions on mixed-race identity. The work was meaningful, varied and very creative.
It allowed me to make a positive contribution to many young people lives, to build my own brand and make a little history along the way.

After the recession hit, and work slowed down, I needed an income but not a new career. I needed a space where i could be busy, I could mentally re-group and begin my next venture. So I wrote down all the aspects of a job which would allow me to pay my bills, rebuild my brand and myself from the inside out.

They went as follows: I needed a job which allowed me to:

Work as part of a small team
Perform tasks which could be completed within an hour or by the end of each day
Wear a uniform and remove the need to search out different outfits each morning
Work in a changing environment - outside and away from artificial light
Do a physical job and get fitter rather than fatter
Work varied shifts so I could spend time more time with my kids,
A job to compliment my income in a non-office environment
Improve myself from the inside out
Create space in my day and remove stress
Challenge my notions of status
Have little or no responsibility

I have been working at the airport for three years, on a 20-hour contract, and I'm thankful that it helped me to reaffirm my 'Why'.

My 'WHY"

To make a positive contribution to social, academic and commercial discussions on mixed-race identity.

So far, I am proud to say that I have made a significant contribution to both social and academic discussions of mixed-race identity. Whilst working part-time at the airport, I have trained hundreds of professionals and carers to develop a deeper understanding of the key issues facing mixed-race children within foster-care and the education system.

My next 'WHY'

To develop the commercial arm of my brand, Mix-d: Hair. The UK's No.1 mixed-race hair care product, specifically formulated for mixed-race and curly hair. It is due for launch in January 2017.

I am a strong believer that we all know what we look like on the inside and only know what others look like from the outside.

I too, watch people getting on and off the plane. I often wonder if they are looking forward to the destination that they are heading towards. If they are enjoying their career, time with their family and if they have found their 'Why'.

And sometimes, I might catch the eye of a passenger watching me throw bags into the belly of the plane. When this happens, I wonder if they can see my fulfilment? Or how lucky I am to have a dream that is working in the background?

I am thankful for my job, and the opportunity to flourish, whilst I finesse my 'WHY'.

Manchester Airport Baggage Handler.


Bradley Lincoln

I AM A BAGGAGE HANDLE. And you would never guess my 'WHY"

My 'WHY' is to make a positive contribution to social, academic and commercial discussions on mixed-race identity.
However, whilst I am throwing bags into the belly of the plane you may miss this important aspect about me.

I took a baggage handling job, at the airport, in May 2013. For the previous 7 years, I had self-funded a relative successful social enterprise for young people, called Mix-d: (pronounced mixed).
The main aim of my work was to make a positive contribution to social, academic and commercial discussions on mixed-race identity. The work was meaningful, varied and very creative.
It allowed me to make a positive contribution to many young people lives, to build my own brand and make a little history along the way.

After the recession hit, and work slowed down, I needed an income but not a new career. I needed a space where i could be busy, I could mentally re-group and begin my next venture. So I wrote down all the aspects of a job which would allow me to pay my bills, rebuild my brand and myself from the inside out.

They went as follows: I needed a job which allowed me to:

Work as part of a small team
Perform tasks which could be completed within an hour or by the end of each day
Wear a uniform and remove the need to search out different outfits each morning
Work in a changing environment - outside and away from artificial light
Do a physical job and get fitter rather than fatter
Work varied shifts so I could spend time more time with my kids,
A job to compliment my income in a non-office environment
Improve myself from the inside out
Create space in my day and remove stress
Challenge my notions of status
Have little or no resposibility

I have been working at the airport for three years, on a 20-hour contract, and I'm thankful that it helped me to reaffirm my 'Why'.

My 'WHY"

To make a positive contribution to social, academic and commercial discussions on mixed-race identity.

So far, I am proud to say that I have made a significant contribution to both social and academic discussions of mixed-race identity. Whilst working part-time at the airport, I have trained hundreds of professionals and carers to develop a deeper understanding of the key issues facing mixed-race children within foster-care and the education system.

My next 'WHY'

To develop the commercial arm of my brand, Mix-d: Hair. The UK's No.1 mixed-race hair care product, specifically formulated for mixed-race and curly hair. It is due for launch in January 2017.

I am a strong believer that we all know what we look like on the inside and only know what others look like from the outside.

I too, watch people getting on and off the plane. I often wonder if they are looking forward to the destination that they are heading towards. If they are enjoying their career, time with their family and if they have found their 'Why'.

And sometimes, I might catch the eye of a passenger watching me throw bags into the belly of the plane. When this happens, I wonder if they can see my fulfilment? Or how lucky I am to have a dream that is working in the background?

I am thankful for my job and the space it creates for me to flourish, whist I finesse my 'WHY'.

Manchester Airport Baggage Handler.


AmeliScott

Absolutly i totally agree with dajscott89 We can't help judgement, it's human nature.


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Dajscott89

When I'm around people who think, or talk, this way about people who do the 'not so glamorous' jobs a like to inform them about a garbage man. No particular garbage man, I don't even know a garbage man, but who are we to say someone is uninspired or unsuccessful? For the story of this garbage man could be one great achievement. We don't know his story, where he came from or what sort of opportunity this was for him.

His vision, his why, his purpose could have solely been to contribute to the world in some way and provide for his family after been told he would amount to nothing, have nothing and be worthless.

We can't help judgement, it's human nature. But when we do judge lets take a step back, consider some understanding and take beauty in the thought that this person is where they want to be.

T. Crockett

Years ago I worked in a fancy hotel. The man who cleaned the lobby and offices had worked there for decades and always had a smile on his face. One day I asked him how he did it, day after day and so cheerfully. He said the job made it possible for him to have a TV in every room of his home, and he got to take a month off each year due to all the vacation time he'd earned. It wouldn't have worked for me, but it worked for him.

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