Living Your #Selfish20s to the Fullest

Living Your #Selfish20s to the Fullest

Radio personality encourages her millennial peers to spend a decade living in their passion

by Tiffany E. Browne, November 04, 2013

Living Your #Selfish20s to the Fullest

Gernae Chase (center) on the Gernae Adele Morning Show

they were complaining prayers. One of the lessons I learned at JCSU is to surround yourself with success. When you do that, you are bound to become successful in your own way. All of my friends are living in their passion and we encourage each other. This helps me stay motivated. I switched up and got an ugly composition book, but the inside is filled with positive thoughts.

EBONY: With the industry and economy the way it is, do you feel you were forced into going the non-traditional route by striking out on your own in radio?
GC: I went on countless interviews looking for a job. I interviewed with one particular company numerous times, but never got hired. I began to wonder ‘did someone blackball me?’ But sometimes God is doing this – Chase takes a notebook and slams it on the floor right at her feet – you’re telling and asking him for something and he placed it right at your feet all along.

EBONY: Recap how Angela Stevens of the reality show L.A. Hair found out about #Selfish20s.
GC: Celebrity stylist Scot Louie saw an Instagram picture I posted wearing one of my Selfish 20’s hats, he emailed, told me who he is and was interested in getting two of the hats. At first I was like ‘yeah ok,’ not believing he was for real. I sent him the hats and a few weeks later I was in LA working the BET Awards. I was on the red carpet and I happened to look and I saw this guy wearing my hat. It was Scott. Not long after that, Angela from LA Hair posted a picture to her social media wearing the hat using the hashtag #Selfish20s.

EBONY: How would you advise your peers to navigate their 20’s?
GC: If you don’t have to move out of your parents’ home, don’t. Save your money.  Don’t stop at your first job. Don’t put your anchor down. Maneuver in and out of any business. You have to realize there is so much more to what you initially thought you want to do. Explore it. You also have to be a walking inspiration. That’s one of the main reasons I created the hats and t-shirts with the saying. I want to continuously motivate my peers.

EBONY:  Is Selfish 20’s the new American Dream?
GC: I don’t think so. Everyone has their own vision of what the American Dream is. I never wanted the house with the picket fence and all that. I want to go beyond America. Also, the American Dream is all about doing what you need to do and not doing what you want. Selfish 20’s is about living out what is for you.

EBONY: Where are you in your journey with the movement now to help you get to the next level---the Thriving 30’s?
GC: I’m no longer on the dark side. I see the light. I have my platform and right now I’m just coasting with it.

Tiffany E. Browne is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @TiffanyE.Browne


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