WHEN TALENT DOESN’T WORK HARD: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TALENT IS NOT CULTIVATED?

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“Step ya game up.”


Have you ever seen someone with so much talent. Yet they choose to squander it away? It does not matter if it’s them getting into trouble or being flat out lazy. You hate to see people with so much going for themselves and then they just throw it away. One reason is because you can almost start to get all these visions for who they could be if they actually put the time into making themselves better. And at times, you wish it were you who had all this talent because of what you could see yourself doing that is more. But it was not you who was born with such talent. It was them and now you must stand aside and see them throw it all away. And no matter what you say to them it’s always through one ear and out the other. Well, is there anything you can do to deter them from their path of destruction?

Yes, there are a few ways to get through to these types of people. One way is to explain to them how much they could achieve if they put the time into their work. Sometimes people need that verbal conversation to let them see the nature of their ways. And it’s that verbal conversation that could get them to say, “I never realized that I had that level of potential in my life.” And those words of encouragement as well as someone in their corner could be enough. And when you tell them, they might even know this already, but the fear of succeeding could be holding them back as well. Almost like they’re purposely acting stupid even though they are really smarter than everyone thinks of them. And when this happens, or if the verbal discussion does not resonate with them, you have to go to the next best solution. And that next best step is to show them the results of their work.

This typically works quite well when trying to convince someone of their abilities. You place them in environments where they can see where their hard work can get them. Meaning, if you see someone that is throwing it all away, find a way to expose them to the rewarding aspects of life. Find the things that they love the most, then show them that in which they love on a higher level if they focus on their skills. And this may be the kick they need to propel themselves forward. For example, luxury goods are tangibles that the slacker loves to visually indulge in, so you use that as a motivator. Show them what they are capable of, how in reach those tangibles are, and you could turn them around. Do you want them only motivated by money, no, but if desperate times call for desperate measures, you could use this to work in their favor.

In the end, it hurts so much to see people throw away what could potentially make them the next great leader in our society. The next great scientist, attorney, athlete, engineer, entertainer, CEO, politician, or educator. And a lot of times they don’t realize how good they could have been at something in life until it’s too late in life, or they find themselves in a predicament they can’t escape. Hopefully the majority of these greats find their way because it not only has negative effects on their own lives, but they also rob society of greatness as well.


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I’M NOT YOUR MOMMY AND DADDY: WHY THE WORLD OWES YOU NOTHING

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“Always got your hand out.”


In the household where I come from, I was under the impression that no one in this world owed you anything. As a child, my mother let us know that I am doing for you while you’re in this house. But the moment you become an adult, you’re on your own, unless you’re in school or making an effort to be something in life. Yet there was something my mother never wanted to do. She never wanted to start this whole road of something for nothing mindset. Because like I said, the world owes you nothing. Anything in this world you want, you had better be ready to go out and stake your own claim. But where does this entitlement come from in our society?

It hasn’t always been here like it is today. You had prior generations that went out and worked at a young age. As a matter of fact, you had kids in the early 1900’s working in coal minds side by side with their parents. Now days are spent playing video games on televisions or computers. Letting time pass you by while engaging in wasteful activities on cell phones. Which brings us to the first reason why people feel entitled. The technology in America has sped so much up, people think that there should be something allotted to them quick and instant. They don’t realize that the technology itself that speeds so much up took a lot of time to build. And when I say time, I mean some stuff as long as decades to build.

With the click of a mouse or the touch of the screen, we are instantly taken to our destination. That can make people think something should be given to them pretty fast. But it’s not just the technology that makes people think they are owed something. This same mind frame exist in the employment field as well. This whole my 75% is your 100%, and we all should be given something when we are clearly not putting in the same amount of work. A trend that has started from schools in children and has followed all the way into their adulthood. Now that you’re in the real world, you don’t realize that you’re not special. No one is going to hold you close and tell you everything is going to be alright. And that’s when you learn you’re not this beautiful and talented person, but more so that you are mundane because you have not put real time and energy into being great at what you do.

And you would think with what has been said so far, the owing stops there; no it doesn’t. People feel that you have made money, so it is your job to give them something. In their minds, “You have it, why not give me something.” Then they try to use the excuse of God blesses you to help other people. When in reality, that’s true, but there is something they are leaving out. God blesses people to help those who have made an initiative to put themselves in a better place. Giving people things without making them earn it causes you to be a crutch and it cripples them. It also creates a lack of respect that the person has for something you do give to them.

See, in the end, you want something in life, you have to be willing to go into the world and stake your own claim. Because the only person who has a stake in interest in you doing anything is you. I used to ask questions of the elders about back in their young days. I remember how my late grandmother would say growing up in the South, everybody had some plot of land. Didn’t matter how big or small, it still fed your family. And it was important you tended to your land since it depended on how you and your family ate. Because if your crop didn’t come through, your family didn’t eat. You were not owed anything and no one cared. Life was tough, but it was fair because we all have the capability to get out the bed and work. What’s that saying, we all have 24 hours in a day, what you choose to do with yours is your business.


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GARY V EFFECT: HOW ENTREPRENEURSHIP HAS GROWN IN POPULARITY IN RECENT YEARS

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“What’s hustle to you?”


The above animation is of CEO of Vayner Media Gary Vaynerchuk. He gained wide popularity over the internet for his Daily V and many other web content over YouTube. And since the launch of his popularity he has since been seen as a motivational speaker. Even though he doesn’t look at himself as motivational speaker, he has inspired a wide range of people to embark on their own business endeavors. His famous quotes are known throughout the web whether it’s him telling people to, “Get shit done,” or “Don’t watch three seasons of Lost, and then wonder why nothing is happening in your life.” Now, to be clear, Gary V is not the first person to motivate people to be entrepreneurs, yet he is one of the most popular.

What is it about what Gary says to people that resonates so deeply? Well, the most obvious reason he resonates with people is because of his success. He has taken people on a journey through his life as he has become successful over the years. It’s quite inspirational when you can look at a person’s transformation over the years and actually have video content to track the person. We always say that people had an easy ride, but when you can see the climb it makes that person much more appealing. But there is no success without the work put into the climb. And that is what brings me to my next reason why people connect to Gary.

He gives it to people straight, in a way that everyone can understand. Usually, people who give advice give these very generic answers. Answers that don’t have much substance. Or if they do have substance it requires you to buy their book or attend their seminar. Receiving free content that gives an insight into the world from a person who has taken the leap of faith into society is well worth listening to. So what is it; what has made people lean in the direction toward entrepreneurship? There are a few reasons as to why this could be happening in our society.

For starters, there are so many people in the world who hate their jobs. They wish they could be doing anything other than what they are doing at the moment. So opening a side business to make a little money outside of the daily grind is worth it. But mainly people have become attracted to entrepreneurship because the state of employment has shifted. So many people are out of work, and for those working you’re still barely able to sustain financially. Unlike the past generations, the millennial generation and beyond won’t work a job for 30 plus years and retire in that same place. In America today, working the same job for five years is a stretch.

So in the end, the allure of being an entrepreneur has people ready to dive right in. The only downside, is that most don’t have the stomach to deal with the adversity or daily fight of trying to make a living from absolutely nothing. Truth is, most will give up within their first year of pursuing. In the words of Gary V, “Most people are wired to lose and conform.” That’s life, and it will always be that way. But for the few who can stomach the grind, they make out on top financially and in happiness.


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WHERE DOES THE TIME GO: HOW TIME TICKS AND MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE IS IMPORTANT

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“Keep yourself busy, time surely does.”


Get up, go to work, come home, eat sleep, do it all over again. So many people have a daily routine that consists of the same thing day in and day out. Never trying anything new in life, their life remains constant. Then the days go by and before you know it, you have spent years doing nothing. This is the life for so many people in America. Totally fine if you’re doing something you love to do for a living. But there are so many people who don’t; and for them it’s depressing. Well why, why do so many people waste time doing nothing with their lives.

See, me myself, I work two part time jobs while working on my real career path. So after work I work on my novels, screenplays, and filmmaking in the computer lab. Since 2012 I have been continuously working at getting better and better. From the moment I sit in the seat in the computer lab, you’d be surprised how much time ticks away. There have been days I enter the lab at 9:00 a.m., then look up and it’s 1:00 p.m. I continue to work and next thing I know the clock is at 7:00 p.m. I look outside to confirm this change in time. The sky is dark and evening has set in, while I work for the next few hours. At roughly 10:40 p.m. I leave and go home. It’s tough because you’re working toward something, yet no income is initially coming in.

But what about the others, what about the people who do nothing but exist. They not only just work their jobs, they hate their jobs, and see themselves going nowhere. What a tough way to live your life. Some of these people will find their way and eventually land on their feet. Others will never find their way and forever live in misery. Such a tortured life, live to the end and regret every minute of it. Sitting around and watching everyone else live thier lives, yet you never make a move to live your own life. Well, why do people sit around and not make a move with their lives.

Some of it is due to the lack of motivation and some comes from the fact that they are not good at anything. Not having a real discernable skill is depressing as well. Because having a discernable skill not only aids in you generating a living, but also contributes to your happiness. See, in the end, we all have this idea of where we want to be in life. Getting there is the hard part. Problem is, most people will never reach that point. Not only reach that point, but will also never find what it is they’re good at in life.

THERE’S JOBS, YOU’RE JUST NOT QUALIFIED

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“Where do I begin to look?”


In the United States today, the topic of job creation has been such an issue it was an indicator into Trump becoming president. But do we really have a job problem like we think we do in America? Or, is it the fact that the news plays it up like it’s this major cause for concern? To me, America is a $17 trillion economy, if we had this major job problem, why haven’t we taken a drastic dip in GDP? Another theory I came up with is that we don’t have issues with people finding work. But more so we have an issue with two areas: lack of qualifications and lack of direction. No one has skills or directions where they want to go in life.

The most obvious is the qualifications of the people seeking employment. A lot of Americans don’t have the skills to find a job. And what I mean by skills, I mean the know how to do the job. Everyone want someone to show them how to do something rather than go out into the world and do it themselves. And the reason people need to be shown is because they work their day jobs, and go home. They don’t learn any other discernible skill, just working. Then when they are deemed unemployable they become frustrated. It’s the content mind-frame that makes us irrelevant in society. We just think that because we get a check this week it will be there next week.

People are not used to sitting at home learning a skill that can help them gain an edge while they are out of work. They say stuff like, “I’m tired.” “That new stuff is too advanced for me to learn.” “I don’t have the money to learn.” All three of these responses are realistic issues, but society does not care. People are not the least concerned with your ability to grow in the world. If you are not willing to get up and carve out a life for yourself, you just won’t have it. So this leads me into my next reason why people have a hard time finding a job. They say I need a job, but what does having a job truly mean to you? They lack any real direction in where they want to be in life.

Working a job at McDonald’s is a job, but people say that McDonald’s does not pay. Well you said you wanted a job. Then they look at you like you’re crazy. Like you’re supposed to know what they mean by a job. Why do people say they need a job because they have no real direction in life. They say a job and employment, but there is nothing to say to that. I don’t know your skills or qualifications. I don’t know what motivates you. So people say, that they want to make good money. But what is good money? As you can see, this is yet another reason why it’s hard to hire a lot of people. They say they need something, yet have no clue as to what it is they need. And then they expect you to know what they need.

In the end, American citizens looking for work are like crying infants where you don’t know why the infant is crying. Then when you ask, they can’t respond because they can’t talk. It’s like this, but the adult can talk, yet can’t communicate what they need or want. So now you’re stuck with a group who have no clue why they wake up everyday, but want you to give them purpose. The fact of the matter is that you give yourself purpose. If you don’t have a job, it’s not Trump or the market. The market is what the market is, Trump is who he is; the fault will inevitably be you. You and your lack of preparation.

ETHNIC WORKAHOLISM: HOW RACIAL STEREOTYPES HAS EFFECTED BLACK PEOPLE’S WORK ETHIC

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“Living to work.”

As a child my mother would explain to me the hurdles in life I would have to overcome to succeed in America. Conversing with me about how people in society who may not like me simply because of their own beliefs towards those who look like myself. She wasn’t giving me this knowledge as a means to keep me from pursuing my goals in life. She just wanted me to be aware of the pitfalls I may come up against. Was she lying, no; everything I was taught growing up, I experienced. What has it done, it makes you work harder. Sounds fine right; wrong. If anything, your life becomes a job and not necessarily one to be enjoyed. Well, what do I mean by not enjoying your existence?

After leaving high school, I experienced more of what I was raised I would experience. What it now does it that you not only work harder, but it becomes an obsession. You live to work and not work to live. Meaning hard working Black people, especially males, you tend to work to combat something that is racially driven. You’re not working to pay bills, feed yourself & family, or even enjoy your life. You’re just working on a daily basis to combat stereotypes. Most of which state that Black people are lazy and don’t want to work. So, a lot of times your home life or social life fails. Then to add to it, if you work in a professional environment where you’re one of only Black people working there you have to put in more. Because when you screw up, it will catch more attention.

Well, why, why when we do achieve as Black people it’s usually on such a high level? The reason being that we are taught as children that if you’re not twice as good as your White counterparts in your pursuit in life, you’re not going to be successful. We are taught you have to be twice as good to be average. It’s the same reason why Black athletes succeed at such a high level, Black entertainers bring so much to entertainment, and in day to day society we have to go so hard. My pursuit in life is to be a writer for the most part. While the average White male or female want to write compelling material, my goal is to be above Ernest Hemingway or Edgar Allan Poe. It’s only to be average to their work because I have to, not because I choose to.

There are plenty of days, I wish I could be just a normal run of the mill guy. But my average is seen as below average on the charts. So I have to try to crush the past generations of White men and women’s work to be their equal. If they sold 1 million books, you aim at trying to sell 5 million. Because throughout American history, your 5 is their 1. Now, some can say that’s ridiculous, but look at the leaders. There have been some pretty average White men and women who have held very powerful positions. There have been some pretty average, even less than average films and television shows that have not performed well in theaters, yet were given the most credibility. But how many Black people in those same positions have been mediocre, and held top positions. The answer is none, why, because you can’t.

In the end, I’m not saying that I want to be a loser. But giving your life over to working in a world where no matter how hard you work it is still average compared to everyone else is not normal. You tend to lose the ability to build relationships with friends or monogamous relationships. Your time is spent combating more issues than building. So as for me, will I believe the idea that I don’t have to work that hard. No, because still to this day that is evident. I have to beat you (non-Black people) to be average or equal to you.

MOTIVATIONAL: THE ROAD TO BUILDING MY PODCAST

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“The build is tough, yet well worth it.”

In the year 2016, I became I a big fan of the podcast show the Brilliant Idiots. For those of you who don’t know the Brilliant Idiots, it is a podcast show by the Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God and comedian Andrew Schultz. Their podcast consist of topics that have to do with current events in America today. They cover topics ranging from their favorite musicians to the political landscape of our country. From monogamous relationships to how to inspire yourself. Through becoming a fan of this show, I have decided to create my own podcast. So at the end of 2016, I had already started writing down topics I want to cover for my show.

Now, you may ask, what are you possibly going to cover. I thought about covering some of the same topics. But once I soon realized how unhappy I would be trying to shift through all the bad stuff that goes on in our world to talk about. So I decided this year that I am going to make a scripted motivational and inspirational podcast show. I have a lot to write about in regards to how to motivate and inspire. Why, well because as a newly published novelist, blogger, and screenwriter, I am constantly trying to motivate myself more and more. The inspiration comes through me pursuing a goal that most see as just some dream I’m chasing. But I’m not chasing a dream, I’m chasing the pursuit of happiness.

Now, does that mean I am currently unhappy. No, I’m not where I would like to be in my career path, but not unhappy. If it weren’t for me trying to pursue a career as a writer, I probably would be miserable. So creating a free podcast show for people to tune in and hear words of motivation and inspiration not only helps them, but me as well. You see, in America today, we are currently enthralled with the new president Donald Trump. So he’s going to be in the media enough. And me having a topical podcast based around societal issues would mean following along with the traffic behind him. In my opinion, people need some type of motivation, and to feel inspired. So how do you get people to listen?

There are plenty of motivational and inspirational shows and books out there, so how do you get them to listen. You have to provide more than just the normal motivation. Meaning, you say the words to help people feel motivated, but my goal is a scripted motivational show based around writing out words of how to push in life and steps toward your goal. And since I am in lieu of my own goals, I feel that my motivation will inspire others. In the end, people need a reason to keep pushing. It’s hard when employment is so hard to come by. You have bills and families to care for. So, hopefully, I can use what drives me to propel others forward.