As black millennials, something about this Summer is just telling us that we all need to prosper. Tweeting that you “want to glow and grow physically, mentally, and financially” isn’t going to get the job done if all you’re going to do is sit on the couch all day. You need to take action! Here are five tips every black creative should be following this summer!

1. Prioritize

shameless-maya Youtuber Shameless Maya said it best, “the less energy you give to the things that are trying to distract you in life, the more efficiently you can get to your goal.” It’s hard to prosper if you don’t have your priorities in order and know how to manage your time. Make the right moves and surround yourself with the right people. You don’t have to be on every scene and function.

2. Monetize

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Jay-Z once said “you can’t afford something unless you can buy it twice.” So girl, if you can’t buy Rih’s $100 Puma Jelly slides twice, humble yourself.

You also need to spend money to make money and if you don’t have money, you better SAVE up! If you really want to accomplish your goals, being broke is not gonna be an excuse to stop you from doing so. Get that summer job, boo!  

3. Capitalize

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Take advantage of what you can learn from this summer. Whether it’s reading a new book or  blog, subscribing to a new Youtube channel, listening to new music, or even following a whole bunch of new people on social media, take the chance to see what you can gain from new perspectives and different content. You never know where inspiration will spark! 

4. Incentivize

rollsafe Remember what it is that you want to accomplish and why. Do you actually want to succeed at what you do because you like what you do or you want to do it cause everyone else is? The sooner you give yourself a purpose, the better.

5. Optimize

Also remember summer is a time to recoup, and prepare you for the pains and stress of fall. Accomplishing some of your goals in the summer should have you more than ready to take on the rest of the year. Your glo up starts now!