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4 Elements to Greatness

1 Jan

4 Elements to Greatness

It’s 2013, everyone is making goals and becoming a new person. And for many its the same goals as last year. Tenacity is good no question- but its time to skew focus.

There are 4 key ingredients to true greatness and for 2013 I want us all to embrace them even before setting a goal. Set your goals? No prob- just take this is first.

Belief
Nothing great is done without belief. If you don’t believe in your cause or goal you have no power. You will not move forward. You may not even tread water. When you aren’t confident- LIE. Even to yourself. Belief comes from within and from previous successes. See what you have done and believe you Will do more.
Belief in U.
If you don’t believe you can do it- you can’t. when you do it know it is all you. No one helps you. When I’m in the gym I have to lift off the weight. I work by the motto that if you can’t take it off the rack you don’t deserve to lift it. Right there I force my belief to grow. I literally put my mind into the muscle and shape my results thru my belief. Do you see how simple that is? How we can all do it. I bench press into the 300s. I get help. But I do it. No one lifts, they just make sure I don’t die. Get there.

Consistency
Without consistency you can’t do anything. You are recruiting to build your team?
You have to work the system everyday.
You blog? blog daily.. There is no blog if you don’t blog a lot. Blog often. And keep blogging. That may not have been said eloquently but you get the point. You have to work at what you do religiously.
Michael Jordan worked at being great. He was consistent with his gym time. He practiced. And practiced. And practiced. You have to work at it over and over. There are no breaks until you reach the mountain top.
I love the quote ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead,’ as it shows the level of dedication needed.

Discipline
To get to the top you have to be great. And the way to greatness lies in discipline. What you do daily is what you become. Let’s look at the meriam webster definition:
Definition of DISCIPLINE
1: punishment.
2: instruction.
3: a field of study.
4: training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.
5a : control gained by enforcing obedience or order.
5b : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior.
c : self-control.
6: a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity.
Discipline is almost in its simplest form taking the other three elements and combining them simultaneously.
Loving what you do, and doing it consistently is discipline. Belief that you can and will do it is derived from discipline. When you make it your mission to live disciplined you will see greatness invariably.

Loving what you do
You’re wasting your time if your heart isn’t there. You have to love what you do. It has to be synonymous with you. I have a day job. Love it too folks. I have a business. Love that too. However when I stumbled onto Ray Higdon and how I could blog to build an empire I was astounded. And as he said, if he could do it so could anyone. And once I started this blog it was over. I’ve come to love the blogging and guest editorials I’ve been blessed to write. It has been an honor. You see writing was my first love. I’ve written stories, raps, songs, poetry, editorials, and now blogs. But my true love was always present- The Writing.
When you love what you do you already feel successful. However this feeling will grow and will lead to external success if not worldwide success.
See you at the top.

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“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.”
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Success IS Just a Finished Dream

26 Nov

Success IS Just a Finished Dream.

Not exactly my usual post but this display is inspiring two fold.

First someone dreamed of putting the time in to be this good at their craft. I don’t care who you are- practice makes perfect. Ever heard someone say nothing succeeds like excess? Lol I thought not. Yet look at that concept. Success may be found in excess. When you work at something with fervor you achieve it faster.
If your efforts are excessive and effusive you will see progress. Do you think Rafael or Michaelangelo settled for mediocre?
Do Superbowl teams want that ring a little or is a haunting vision that excites and stimulates? I’d say its the latter and as such its the guy who puts in his all and then some that comes out on top.

Put the time in. Pay your dues. Hone your craft and stretch your talents. To the victor go the spoils so why not spend TOO much time as opposed to just enough.
Ask Jordan, ask Jeter, ask Jobs- to pursue excellence is to pursue it zealously.

Second Someone else put it the hours to be able to pay for something of this caliber.
So this second component isn’t about being the nest or creating the best. Its about being the guy who can afford the best. This requires you work your abilities to the bone. Be the best.
Beat the best.
The man who has big wants/needs has a greater potential. How can one rule the world if a duplex satiated all desires?
You can’t, you won’t. To get the best you have to earn the best. Warren Buffet may not have the fanciest baubles but he does have the greatest bank account (give or take). And that says a lot. If you want the best meals, the best cars or the best service- be the best. It is far easier to acquire from a prime position as opposed to being at the bottom.

Simply make a choice. Be the best or expect less.
And remember that success is nothing more than a finished dream.

Compete your visions. Live your dreams.

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“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”
― Jean-Michel Basquiat

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NSI (Never Stop Improving)

30 Sep

So many of you noticed I haven’t posted for a few days. And many also noticed that my last article wasn’t finance or entrepreneurial based. Heck it had no place in this blog by most standards. However it was a step, a big step actually. You see I wrote that article for a separate site. And my reasons were threefold.

-To express myself.
-To hone my craft.
-To make a modest or marvelous writing career materialize.
Ill break it down real quick.

-To express myself.
I’m sure my mother would say I always wanted to talk lol. She tells stories of me being young and talking to anyone and everyone. From being on the train coming from brooklyn @ 2 years old talking to drunks, to speaking with prostitutes and anyone who would listen- I’ve always spoke. And about as far back as I can remember writing I remember being a poet as well. Now as time has progressed so has my skill and subject matter. Far from being a master, I’m simply a novice who knows such. I’m barely trained in the classical sense but find that to be a trivial if not irrelevant matter. In the day and age of computers and the advent of blogging I find that will to create and share in an honest fashion will triumph.

That being said, I just say what I want. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and sold stickers in elementary school. So naturally my first blog was focused on success and entrepreneurial growth. And now my extra efforts are being set aside to focus on my other loves and perhaps a good bit of exposure.

-To hone my craft.
To do anything is to do it well or you’re wasting time. I write because it pleases me. And as I grow older I’ve also decided to write for gain. If not cash gain at least respect. I’ve decided that I won’t do anything unless I do it all right. There is a fine line between just putting out words and speaking truth with a masters touch. Now I’m not a master but I look forward simply towards its journey.

-To make a modest or marvelous writing career materialize.
As long as I’ve been able to write I’ve written for more than school. Poetry, rap lyrics, papers that weren’t required. It never mattered. I’ve written and written. And as an adult I’ve realized I want it to be a career. I may not win a pulitzer etc etc- but I will follow through on my dream. This month and the next I have features and columns coming out in 3 different venues not my own. I’m also doing much of this for free. Why you ask? Simply for the love of my craft. I will write until I’m dead and that being so I will attempt to make a career of it. Nothing in this life is good unless you make it such. And so I shall.

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“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination & wonder.” -Ronald Reagan

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Positivity and Resolve

23 Sep

Positivity and Resolve

There a are a million strategies and as many gurus to teach you how to be the best you.
We even have the new breed that say do you, f the people; these three steps…
Shameful isn’t it? Everyone wants cash for a few nuggets of advice that may or may not help target markets reach the pinnacle. Its all about the quick sales and cheap thrills. How fast can I hook you?
How quick will you order?
See they know that once you get sucked in by hype or legit goods you won’t want that money back. Even if you want a refund either pride will stop you or you will miss the deadline. You know that small script that tells you how little time you have and the services fees if you do return…

Well my friends I’ve got free and easy for you. And if that ain’t good enough there will be more where that came from!

Only two things are needed to get going and keep going.

-A Positive Mindset.
Mind set dictates results as much as surrounds if not more so. In life we have few choices we can’t control or influence. Get to the point: you are in charge. You dictate actions and outcome. What else needs to be said? Life is a stage a screen, and on it you can paint dreams or nightmares. The path you take is a result of your mind set. In your mind paint dynamic prose and superior visions. This one action will make you superior. What you believe you are you will be. Nuff said.

-The Resolve to Finish what you start
Fron Dictionary.com:
resolve[ ri-zolv ]
verb (used with object)
1. to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the full.
Yup that’s it. Nothing else to it. Resolve makes it happen. Scared money don’t make no money- as my peoples say. Pardon the double negative but its so simple I’ll leave it as is.
Resolve is more than a mind set, its more than a moment.
Resolve is follow thru, it is belief. Its the mission, the answer, the outcome the everything. I’m sorry but I don’t think anything is achieved without resolve. Everyone starts something- few follow through.
Life requires a mind set that has the resolve to beat the odds. True resolve tells you to take Normandy.
True resolve tells you that you are the end all be all. No challengers. And even the few who do face harsh consequences. That’s resolve. You make moves and commit beyond failure until conquests are actionable during sleep!
There is nothing else to add there.
Let your resolve move you beyond destiny or it doesn’t exist!

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“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ― John C. Maxwell

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Small Goals Lead to Big Dreams

22 Sep

Small Goals Lead to Big Dreams

In life a lot of game plans are pure horse pucket. You they are doo doo.
Get the drift?
You have to make your own plan. Your won time frame. Your own goals. And your own dreams. And a list of small goals will literally lead to Big Dreams materializing in your world.

-Small Dreams.
This is a big mistake. Always dream big. Want a car. Cool but a Fiat is nothing. Look for a Ferrari. Aim for two. There is a code of success and you may choose to ignore the code. A dream book is the key step in the code. Visualize big and you will be a BIG success. If your dreams are nothing- SO ARE YOU!!!

-Big dreams.
Big Dreams are the only things that breed success. They are the vehicle to the life you always wanted. When you want something big enough you will find a way. Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass wanted bigger than their lives offered them. Ghandi and Mandela wanted more than was set as their portion. And they all found ways. They gave and gave until their BIG. DREAM became realities. What we want we must fight for. We must see the big things. When we only see small problems and small wants we get nowhere. We may get something- but it ends up a big NOTHING. Is that what you want? Nope. Dream books help us materialize what we want to get. Where we want to go. They are a physical approach to seeing our truth. Because folks, you can say you’re all about the greater good but everyone has wants. And there is nothing wrong with wanting things. So Embrace IT!
Be who you are, ask for what you want! Get. what you deserve.

-Small Goals.
Small goals are the only method. If big dreams are the vehicle, then Small Goals are the fuel. To get everywhere I’ve gotten I use small goals. For example, these articles are done in small steps.
I get a concept. Work it out.
I get my outline worked out and redo it.
Then I write the article.
After that I edit it.
Lastly its posted and word is spread across
the internet to let people know my thoughts. You see these small goals pay off over the course of a day in simple, small units. And I love it.
Reaching my goal of a million dollars earned not by a job is the same.
I came up with a concept.
I work the concept.
I share it.
I create vast growth.
I repeat process.
I reap rewards.
In anything you do make it small goals to big dreams.
Want to bench 315 lbs on the flat bench? Start small and add 5 pounds every 3 weeks. Over the course of a year you will see massive gains.
Want to be Trump, Jobs, or Gates?
Same rule.
They started with an idea.
Then fleshed it out.
Then went steps farther to make it all real.

What do you want? What do you need? What will you dream?
Small goals are the key once you answer these questions.

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“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.”
― John C. Maxwell

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Starting is Great, but Finishing is Better.

18 Sep

Starting is Great, but Finishing is Better.

In any venture no matter how big or small the key is always action.
I’m going to keep today’s article the same. Fast and complete.

-Action.
Action is everything. And the sooner you make moves the better. One reason is your grand idea may come to another mogul as their great epiphany. And that mogul will know the secret to success is to simply ACT. That mogul will make a call, outline a plan, and layout the cash to get the dream to be a reality. And sadly folks your dream, your riches, your financial freedom is gone. Now you can get another idea off the ground, no doubt. I definitely believe you can and will be successful if you get it in gear. The loss here was that venture #1 could have bankrolled the 2nd venture. And thus you could have moved from a position of power not a position of need. Now inspiration can be found in desperation, no question. However you were there once. And on top of that my friends I think its simply lost revenue and lost family time. Life isn’t short, many of us just waste away time and in the end are running to make it up.
So:
Act- Start fast, Make it work.
Move- make a call, create motion.
Talk- Tell everyone. Declare publicly your goal and stipulate a time frame the same day you act on your dream. These steps will put your feet to the fire and learn & earn.

-Inaction.
Inaction is always you enemy. Great ideas that you don’t act upon are fools hopes’.
Yup, that’s what I call them, fools hopes’. A fool will come up with a great idea. He may be the next Michael Dell or Steve Jobs, but without action he is nothing. Now I know, I know we are all someone. And I agree with that. However, what we do with the time given us defines us. And being wealthy isn’t everything but the power it wields is. You can save lives through donations, give to the poor, lead and follow when necessary. Sadly though when we have to focus on fattening someone else’s paycheck we have less to offer the world around us. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Thus inaction is akin to being born with a debilitating disease that is overtly aggressive from the onset. Don’t be crippled by inaction. Do what you must and do it fast. If fear is crippling you, imagine what regret will taste like.

-Finishing.
And here is the nitty gritty. Finishing is everything. You can’t finish what you don’t start. However, what you don’t finish hangs over your head like a barbershop pole. I’m a firm believe in a man exceeding his expectations and never saying I can’t.
I went to college and never finished. I also think college is a fiscal trap- but I will finish. Even as we speak I’ve made the steps to finish my degree and maybe even my juris doctorate. Why? Simple. I don’t leave things undone. I also write music. And I always finish the tracks I start. At one point of my collegiate journey I decided to write poetry as fast as I could short or long pieces, I made sure that they had an end not a stop point.
A separate lesson there is that burnout may occur, but plan ahead. Have a finite goal. And make sure the end fits the mission/task/goal.
In conclusion it is my firm belief that it is whether or not you finish and how you finish that will define you. Finishing will close deals, and build riches. Imagine you get to meet a billionaire who will mentor you and pay your expenses. You are excited, you are ready! He/she never calls to complete the deal. You are crushed. And that is what your family, friends, recruits and teammates feel when you don’t finish what you start. Your venture must be seen to fruition and beyond. It isn’t a game or a part time task. Want to fire your boss?
Want to spend 10 hours a day with your kids- finish what you start. I hate roller coasters. HATE THEM!! So the last time I went to great adventures I not only got on every ride my friends and family got on- I bought the pictures of me screaming like a baby and put them in my scrapbook. That is my dedication to myself. I started with fear and ended with a future. Join me at the finish line.

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“Motive gets u started ambition keeps you going.” -Anon

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Prioritize Your Mind

12 Sep

Prioritize Your Mind.

I don’t care what you do or how you do it. If you don’t prioritize your mind you have wasted your efforts. A clear concise plan and a cool head will triumph in most if not all situations.

-Tasks.
Everyday we all have tasks that have to be completed. And any action or decision or plan can be broken down into pieces. If you need a cake- you get ingredients. Then you mix them. Then you cook them. Cake is then frosted and eventually served and shared. I know, so easy a cave man….
However a lot of people don’t differentiate the process as multiple steps, aka tasks. Whatever you have to do, break it down into a concise list of steps.

Opening a business? Same thing. You get funding, you incorporate, you advertise. Get the drift.

-Priorities.
Now you know to get tasks done and to break anything down so a complex task becomes minimized into concise motions that create momentum. What a lot of people forget is that the same 4 steps, done out of order- create drag. Aka, you lose momentum and become the very enemy that you worked to defeat. And while this isn’t war, your life, your work are just as real. Just as serious. If you don’t fight for your success and to solidify your dreams as triumphs you are nothing. Sorry. It’s raw, its real.

The difference.
Tasks have to be done. And they have to be PRIORITIZED. In opening a business I say inc/llc first. Why? Create your corporate entity first so every action after generates action or tax breaks. Also being legit not only looks good but sets a framework. Then get a business plan and then funding. After these steps you seek clients and or advertising to compliment your prior actions. See how actions aka tasks, when prioritized create power, momentum, and legitimize you? This is how business people act. A good idea implemented wrong will ruin you or at the least delay your greatness from materializing. And sorry folks but we aren’t meant to be anything but great so don’t marginalize yourself.

-Know your goal.
Body builder vs power-lifter.
A favorite theme of mine as most if not all my readers know. I love to lift weights. However I went about it wrong. I initially wanted to get to big numbers. I wanted to be the strongest body builder- WRONG.
I realized what I wanted was great strength but in a body builders physique. A power-lifter isn’t concerned with his physique. He just crushes the weights. He lifts and lifts and lifts until he supersedes himself. What I wanted was a large mass of muscle that was well sculpted and usable. See Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jay Cutler.
While both are massively strong, the aesthetics were the key to making their dreams come true.
So know your goal.
Know what it means.
Know what it requires and what it becomes.
At that point you will find freedom and success.

#thriveorsurvive.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
– Stephen Covey

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TRAIN. TRAIN. TRAIN.

5 Aug

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Fake it till you make it. (And other concepts you might like)

29 Jun

Fake it till you make it.
(And other concepts you might like)

Ok so it sounds nuts. I know. But I have a friend who subscribes to this theory and we will explore it today.

-Fake it till you make it is a simple concept that dictates you implicate your greatness before it has arrived in its fullness.

Sounds perfect I’d say. You see here you are being implored to put forward the millionaire, the king, the champ. Its akin to method acting. Get into the roll and you will succeed. And for some its the simple act of pretending they are king that makes them king. In life perception is key in any arena. If people perceive you to be successful often times you will be. People buy what you sell so the question is are you selling the thrifty kid who lives in his moms basement? The cheapskate who is smart? Or perhaps the put together businessman who is seeking partners not change? Its that’s simple to be the same guy and lose the same clients,
partners, and or investors. Solution?

-Act As If.
Act As If is simply being who you will become. When you are selling, act as if. When you are closing- Act As If. Be the Ceo. He’s the boss and if you are the captain of your ship so are you. Are you an industry leader? Act As If. Now I’m nut suggesting you go around pretending and misleading clients as an SEO genius or some equivalent. What you should be doing is exuding the confidence an expert has. Mastery of a subject or concept will add confidence and should bolster your ability to attract clients et al. Act As If means you be the BOSS. If you are aiming for success you should be the boss. Aren’t you the boss? If not you will spend all of your dies building someone else’s dreams. You Decide.

-What you do daily will dictate your success level.
Your habits should dictate success. A winner does. And so does a fake it till you make it king. You see you have to look the part and act the part. Are you dressed for success even to simply post a blog? You should be. You will see the winner or the loser based on your appearance- and so will everyone else. Ready to be the boss? You get your To Do List done. And so does the fake it till you make it guy- your list is the basis for success. You get it done in order to win. No matter your position to get to the top you have to do the daily grind.
Get it done people.

-Daily is your mentality that of a Leader or a follower?
If you wake up and treat your venture as a job- you have a boss. And you have failed. If you get up and don’t tell yourself you will conquer, you will be conquered. If you have a worker bee mentality than you will always be in the hive. Sorry folks but I don’t see success in this mentality. What we focus on mentally is what we achieve and if you focus on a sucky job- you will always have one.
If you focus on Modern Warfare 3- great. Congrats- you have achieved NOTHING. Now we could argue that you can build team skills, and leadership skills, blah, blah, blah,
Truth be told. You are losing. A leader focuses on getting tasks done. The leader will bring out the best in others. Leadership is a character that is built by doing. So when you wake up in the morning what do you intend to build? Good game stats or blog hits that total over a million unique visits in less than a year?
Do you look for knowledge or check email for the bosses newest missive on how he wants your productivity to increase and when?
These actions aren’t smart or productive.
Waking up and meditating is.
Starting with reading a book is. Intaking instruction and exhaling stress works. Getting the things you hate done first is smart. These things are the making of a leader. A follower dreads leaving bed. He hits the snooze seven times. He avoids productivity at work. He sneaks Facebook time on work servers. A leader will work hard at work until he is his own boss. And then works harder. Everyday you have to tell yourself you are the boss and then move from that perspective.
Get it done people.

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Quote 21 Feb

The size of your problem is nothing compared with ur ability to solve them..
By over-estimating ur problems, u under-estimate yourself..!

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