APPRECIATING THE SPACE YOU ARE IN

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“Keep your eyes on you.”


YOUR GOAL IS THE GOAL

Far too often people are looking over at what other people are doing and how they are building their futures. And they are not grateful enough of where they are at by doing so. Plus, sometimes who can blame them when you have a social media platform that is a constant reminder of how awful your life is in the world. Because you just have a mundane life and everyone is doing something so much better. Then again so many people lie about their great lives on social media. But this is more than just that, it’s people who frown on why they are not where others are in life. Some even will squander a blessing because they feel they deserve more than the person with more.

KNOW WHEN TO CASH OUT

Life success is not only about building, but sometimes you have to know when to throw in the towel. And a lot of people just don’t know when to throw the towel in this thing called life. You will win $100 million in prize money, but another person will win $500 million. That is their winnings, but don’t throw away your ticket. Sometimes you just have to cash out here in life. And look at the bright side, most people don’t get even a small percentage of $100 million. But it’s something about people not seeing themselves that they won’t cash out, but throw the ticket away.

NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

There is always someone better than you at something. So if you are constantly comparing yourself and looking at another person’s success, you never can live the space you have carved out for yourself. And trust and believe, someone would love to swap places with you. That person might also be close to catching you as well. So why you’re comparing yourself to others, the person behind you might pass you and now you’re even further from the top.


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GATES KEEPERS AND THEIR PLACE TODAY

Pathway Between Green Trees Brown Steel Gate during Daytime

“Are they necessary?


OPEN THE DOOR, LET ME IN

In any career, there are these people who stand at the gates when it comes to trying to succeed. And they are the keepers of the gates that allow you the access through to the other side. But in the America we live in today, I’m not so sure that we need those gatekeepers like we did in the past. We in such a digital age that you can open up doors for yourself. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to come in the gate and meet different people to be great. You can now create your own system and be the keeper yourself. But there are a few places where you still might need to get that foot in the door via someone you need to know to make moves.

CLOSED ACCESS

In an attempt to build a career, there are jobs that require some type of gatekeeper. It can even be seen as a good thing to have gatekeepers. For example, you want to go work for the Pentagon or Area 51, then you are going to have to jump through some crazy hoops. This is because there are government clearance checks you have to go through, but also knowing people who can vouch for you is important. These are not jobs that are easy to come by, and shouldn’t be easy to come by. But we still have the ability to climb in a lot of other areas.

BREAK THE GATE DOWN

In the space of media, you have the ability to knock the gate down. In the space of engineering, you have a lot of abilities to knock down the gate. It’s because the way technology is designed, you no longer have to go through various chains to be where you want to be in life. You can put yourself in position to where the gatekeepers are asking for the ability to be in your space.


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A NEW AGE OF RETIREMENT

Man and Woman Sitting on Brown Wooden Bench“Young and retired.”


THE NEW 65

I have been reading articles about how so many young people have aspirations to retire at a young age. And when I say, I mean really young. You say when, well 4o years of age. Which to put things into perspective, I am 32 going on 33. Seven years is not that far off until 4o years old. So to think about retiring that young is crazy. It’s because when you look at someone that is 40 years old when you’re 20 years old, it seems far-fetched to reach that age. But I remember 20 years old which was 13 years ago. So to think about Sophomore year in college until now, 20 years is not that long. But why the rush to stop working so fast in life. Because the average person lives to be 80 years old. What will you do for the next 40 years.

A JOB VERSUS A CAREER

So many people work a job that they hate, so the idea of working until you’re 65 years old is gut-wrenching. So we all have these ideas that we can stop a lot sooner. Reality is that most people will be working until they reach an elderly age. So be prepared to do so. I hate to be that bearer of bad news, but you will. So don’t fight for something that is not going to happen. Now, on the other hand, you can build over the next 20 years so that your life is in a good place at the age of 40 years. This way you can build for the next 25 years after to relax through old age. This is more rational than stopping at 40 years old.

40, YUCK!

Who truly want to stop when they are 40 years old. It’s such a young age for anyone to stop working in their lives. Even if you have the means to do so, it just doesn’t make any sense to want to stop. But as you approach, people usually change their perspective. Because if you try to quite so young, your boredom will force you into something new.


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WORKING YOUR LIFE AWAY

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“I hope it’s worth it.”


CLOCKING IN AND OUT

We all get up and go to work each and every morning; well most people at least. But then there are the people who that’s all they do is work. And I hope whatever they do it’s worth the fight because that time you spend doing whatever you can never get it back. So make sure this means a lot to you since your life will be based upon it once you reach the end. You are going to miss out on pivotal moments in your life as well as the people around you. Friends and family will marry and have children without you being present. Not to mention the holidays that take place. Oh, and one more thing, the deaths that occur over time. I know, me myself, living in another part of the country, you go back home and don’t even recognize your family that has grown up. They were babies when you leave and teenagers now or adults.

NEVER REACHING THAT PLACE

Can you imagine getting old and realizing that everything you did is in preparation for a life that is no longer relevant. That is what happens with so many people who push for success. Or better, they never reach where it is they truly want to be in life. It has to be the hardest thing in the world to realize. And then you look over the life you’ve lived and come to also realize that you missed out on all the great things from friends and family. You probably lost people along the way you can never get back. It could have been through just growing apart or even death. But is at always as bad as it seems? And the answer is no.

WHEN IT’S GOOD IT’S GOOD

Now that the bad things are out of the way, what about the good that comes with the focus. And when it works itself out, it does in an amazing fashion. Because all that work and time put in, means you have built a pretty good portfolio for yourself. And the people who are often afraid to build wonder how you did it. As if you just woke up one day and had all these things in life going for you. It took many years and a lot of restraint. You missed a lot but you also gained a lot. And as far as the people, not everyone is meant to be with you on your journey. You will lose some people, but that is expected.


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A WOMAN’S WORLD: CAN SHE HAVE IT ALL

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“Working toward a future that’s hard to get.”


IN PURSUIT

In a woman’s effort to build a career, a lot of times in today’s society, she is forced to make a series of decisions. And one of those decisions is deciding to build a family in addition to the career. And you might ask yourself why would she forced to make a decision. Shouldn’t you be able to have a job and a family? And that is easier said than done from the woman’s perspective. But is it really that hard? Are there options to choose that women are not exploring? Because in America, you have to have two people building in a relationship on average. Staying at home sounds good, but in reality, you have to have someone in the house making a substantial amount of money to do so.

WHAT WOMEN WANT

Is it really hard for women to not have their career and also not be able to have a family as a result? And the reality about it, is that you can have both, but there some decisions that you must make that most men make when we want to have it all. Men want a demanding career, children, and the woman in our lives. Hard to do when you have a top career woman also. But someone with something less demanding you can have it all. And here is where women differ. Women seek a man in her position, slightly closer, or better. We as men don’t care about position, so standards play a role in a women not being able to have both career, man, and family.

WHAT LEVEL YOU’RE TRYING TO REACH

Not every woman want to be the top boss. Most women want a career that will provide them with stability enough to be a addition to the household, as well as care for themselves in the event the relationship doesn’t work itself out. But for the women who want to be on top, they really do struggle to have it all. So what they find themselves doing is dating on and off through their lives. And the reason being is because most men don’t care about levels of a woman while women do. So the sexes are so different in what stimulates us about each other that it causes this type of lifestyle effects.


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WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN LIFE

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“The best is yet to come.”


IN DUE TIME

Many people are wondering how long will it be before they finally punch through and become successful. But it is all in time with patience and due diligence. We are such a now society, that we don’t want to think that it could take fifteen or even twenty years to get to where you have to go in life. But you have to have that mind-frame otherwise you will not get to that place. You would be surprised how many people have the talent to get to a certain place, but they just don’t have that patience. And that is something you must have is the patience and talent to persevere. Because things just take time, a lot a lot of time. So sit back and enjoy the journey through time.

WHAT’S THE RUSH FOR

We all want to be somewhere in life but we want it now. And there is a reason it takes so long. Not just because you need to build your experience and credibility. But you miss out on all those tactile moments of building in your career. And this is important because you will be lost if you don’t really know where you’re going or how you got there. You need to experience the pain because there will be painful days even in success. And without the ability to pull yourself up, you will delve further. So building through the hardship helps you get out of the funk in life.


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WORK LIFE BALANCE: TRYING TO BE SOCIAL AND DRIVEN

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“FOCUS ON YOU WHILE FOCUSING ON YOU!”


PUTTING YOU FIRST

Have you ever had the feeling like no matter how hard you work, you still feel like you’re missing something? And that is because you don’t have a good work life balance. You are very successful and making strides in your career, but for some reason your life is still no fulfilling. You have to step back and look at where you are now. You are not missing anything by taking some time off. Make room for having some type of social life. Because you will not be remembered when you die for anything you built if you are so isolated from everyone. You have to know how to unwind.

IT CAN ALL GO AWAY TOMORROW

In a flash everything you worked for can be gone. And if all you were known for was getting the bag, then you are going to have problems if you shall ever lose the bag. Meaning, you work with nothing else in your life, and you lose your work, then who do you have in life. It’s fine to be a hustler, until the hustle disappears somehow. You now find yourself trying to reach out to people for some sort of guidance, and there is no one there to aid you or console you. So what you have to do is try to make yourself more accessible to others so you that you stay close enough where you don’t lose your closeness to society, while also focusing on work.

THE ADDICTION OF THE GRIND

It is so hard to not get stuck in your work especially when you are trying to climb to a certain height. The only problem is, the height you are trying to reach is a lifetime climb. You can’t get to the point then live your life. Because what if the height takes you fifty years to accomplish. Now you are at the end of your life. So don’t get to the end to only regret getting there in life. The great thing about life is living in the paradigm of it. And then getting to the end and looking over at all of what you are happy to have done.


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