We all have our different memories of Bill Cosby. He broke television’s color barrier by being the first African-American to co-star in a weekly TV program. Remember “I Spy?” It ran from 1965-1968. You may have watched “The Bill Cosby Show,” “The Huxtables” or the cartoon “Little Bill.” I recall listening to one of his comedy albums when I was a kid.
He turned 74 in July and was part of the Get Motivated Business Seminar Tuesday at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
People in the audience we’re buzzing all day about “Cos.” “We better not miss him before we have to leave,” one lady told her friend. They were lucky he came out before they had to leave! Coming out on stage wearing a t-shirt, and receiving a very warm welcome, Cosby was ready to work.
He said he remembers the days of cloth diapers and all the things that went with them. Like asking the two-year-old, ” is anything in there?” Of course the answer was always “no.” And the next statement out of him was, “where’s your mother!”
Cosby asked if our city was called something like the bible belt “The meek shall inherit the earth,” he said. “The Lord helps those who help themselves. That does not include looting or stealing”
According to Cosby, big keys to getting motivated are to “get up,” and “stay on the scene “like James Brown said.
He asked if there were any managers out there who came to get employees motivated. They were quite a few. For the people who are hard to motivate, he suggested you show them people who are out of work. He said if you’re a burger flipper, try to be assistant manager, then general manager and then the owner. “Get up,” he shouted.
Being responsible was another big trait Cosby touted. “Call people back, meet people for lunch, show them how to fish.” He joked that sometimes you even have to show them where the water is.