Kwanzaa Career Tip #4: Collective Economics

Kwanzaa is a week-long pan-African celebration of family, community, and culture from December 26 through January 1 each year. Each day of Kwanzaa respects one of seven principles good for people of all cultures to value because they reinforce each of our commitments and contributions to our families and communities.  Living each of these principles can also help you to find career success.

Principle #4. Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics
To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

Last year I challenged myself to only buy locally produced Christmas presents.  Since then I’ve tried to support locally owned businesses on a regular basis, and buy American-made products whenever possible.

The money I spend helps my neighbor stay in business and employ others in our community. And that’s one way we all can do our part to to lift our economy out of this recession.

Job seekers know that many of the companies hiring right now are small businesses. Likewise, entrepreneurs are creating jobs for themselves and others at a growing rate. Supporting these local business owners is good for them, their employees, and our communities.

Your move: Find one new local business or service to support each month. By the end of 2011 you will have several new restaurants, clothing stores, hardware stores, etc.

Using the 7 Principles to Boost Your Career:

  1. Umoja ~ Unity
  2. Kujichagulia ~ Self-Determination
  3. Ujima ~ Collective work and responsibility
  4. Ujamaa ~ Collective economics
  5. Nia ~ Purpose
  6. Kuumba ~ Creativity
  7. Imani ~ Faith