Theodore Teddy Bear Schiele


At the tender age of 14, I stumbled upon a book that would forever change the course of my life, igniting a passion for understanding the struggle for identity and the pursuit of justice. Malcolm X’s journey, particularly his transformation after his pilgrimage to Mecca, resonated deeply with me and influenced my approach to business and personal growth.

Finding Identity Through Self-Defense:

In the powerful speech “By Any Means Necessary,” Malcolm X boldly proclaimed the need for self-defense against those who cause harm, challenging the notion of non-violence as the sole means of fighting white supremacy. He passionately urged African Americans to reclaim their culture, acknowledging how it had been systematically stripped away by oppressive forces.

Breaking the Chains of Oppression:

Malcolm X’s philosophy evolved throughout his life, epitomized in his statement, “I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation.” He denounced exploitation and degradation, emphasizing that his stance was not anti-white but rather anti-exploitation. His powerful words demanded an end to oppression and called for equality and justice for all.

A Transformative Journey to Mecca:

Malcolm X’s pilgrimage to Mecca was a turning point in his life, prompting a profound reassessment of his beliefs and conclusions. In a letter written during his time in Mecca, he acknowledged the need to re-evaluate his previous thought patterns and discard preconceived notions. This encounter with diverse Muslims from various backgrounds challenged his view of whites, leading to a shift in his perception and an openness to a broader understanding of humanity.

The book I encountered at the age of 14, chronicling Malcolm X’s transformative journey, had a profound impact on my mindset and approach to business. It taught me the importance of self-defense, the fight against oppression, and the continuous evolution of one’s beliefs. Malcolm X’s story serves as a reminder that growth, understanding, and embracing diverse perspectives are vital for personal and professional development.

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