STAYING MOTIVATED: KEEP GOING EVEN THOUGH NOTHING IS WORKING

 

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“Work out.”


wake up go out

How do you stay going even when nothing around you is happening in your career? Well you have to do something on a daily basis. Me, I like to sometimes envision myself traveling somewhere that I have never been until I can afford the means to go. You are able to not only pass the time, but you also can find out you have motivation through the things you think about having in life. There is something about the vision that will get you up off the couch and pursue for your career. Because a lot of careers in today’s society involve you going out and getting the job. You can’t wait for someone to give you the opportunity, you have to go to it.

keep your head up

Sometimes it’s hard to go when you have dealt with so much hurt. But know, that you are not an anomaly, plenty of people have been in your predicament. I hate to use the cliché that nothing in life comes easy. And that is true, it doesn’t. I remember in a speech that Denzel Washington gave that stated “The greatest impediment to success in life is ease.” You will not go anywhere until you have felt that hurt and pain. And when I say hurt and pain, I mean the mental. Physical is not what you’ll experience, even in a career that is physical. The games that will be played on your mind will hurt you more than any hit on a football field, or building block falling on you in construction.

light at the end 

There are better days ahead of you in your quest for success in your career.  In time you will be where you want to be, but don’t let the now effect your future. Because the only person responsible for your come up is you.


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THROWING IN THE TOWEL: KNOWING WHEN TO GIVE UP ON YOUR BUSINESS VENTURE

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“Know when to say when.”


the pursuit

When you are in the pursuit of your business career, you have to understand that everything won’t be for you. Understand that you may not have the tolerance to deal with the constant unknown. Or you might not be good enough to pursue. And in the event you’re not good, or getting good, then make a corporate decision. That decision would have to be to ditch what you are doing and get into something else. But how do you know when to ditch what you are doing? Especially if you don’t have a peer around you that can provide you with the appropriate feedback.

get the feel

How do you know you are becoming a really good cook. Well, you do it over and over and admit when it is good and admit when there are things that need to change. Once that happens, you avoid all the heartache and pain. But getting that feel requires a high level of self understanding. So many people are self congratulatory, and want to think they are more than what they are, so they lose this way. Knowing where you stand, you can understand when you’re comprehending information. Because eventually you’ll get the right feedback, and without taking the steps to understand whether you’re getting good or not, professionals in your field will rip into your work.

don’t force it

Ever try forcing a piece of a puzzle into a space? 100% guarantee you that it’s impossible to do so. Because just give up and realize the inevitable. Once you try forcing you put yourself in a place that is worse than before. And all your work was for nothing. So when you find yourself at that crossroads where you think you are not making the progress you want, then toss in the towel. But make sure you have really tried all the options that you can possibly imagine.

is it a failure

I have out myself on a ten year window to become a good enough writer to break into screenwriting/filmmaking. I have put myself on a three to five for photography. And that is rational considering the amount of competition out there in the world. So know when to give up and move on, but also know when sometimes you don’t give up, it’s just the hardship of your career goals.


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THE TIPPING POINT: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A DROUGHT

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“Just keep going.”


sunken place

Anytime you are working in the business field and you are succeeding, there are those moments when you start to feel like you’re not doing much, or the drought. And the drought is when you start to go cold, and the money starts slowing down. People tend to let moments like this bring them way down. But if you have built your business to success, you should know how to deal with times like these. Because if not for times like these you never would have made it this far. So theoretically, it should be easy to bring yourself back up. But it really isn’t that easy.

comfort

An enemy to success in business is comfort. People fight to gain in a particular aspect of their lives then they relax. And relaxation is dangerous because there is always someone behind you trying to fight to have your position. Now, if you have the life you want and relax then more power to you. But there are so many people who drought, then they go even deeper. They should try to go back into the times when they had nothing. That fire, that edge is not there anymore. Sometimes they try forcing it, but end up worsening the situation.

dig yourself out

Trying to get out of this place is tough. And if you have been successful for quite a while almost lose how hard it was for you to succeed. But once you find that ability to deal with the changes that come with being in business, you can bounce back. And most people who experience the setback bounce back. Those overnight success people have a harder time making it out of the drought. They have not put in the time so they are not ready for those moments. So when they hit, these people fall hard, and fall off. But the ones who are resilient went through all the pain early on so they are able to anticipate the drought.


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MAKE THEM CATCH YOU: HOW COMPROMISING YOURSELF FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS IS NOT SMART

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“Catch up or be left in the dust.”


Ever been running a race and there is someone who you know is in the race with you. You guys both are trying to win yet encourage each other. But you have to also keep in mind that there are others in this race running with the both of you. So if you are in 3rd place and your friend is in 5th, you want that 5th place friend to catch up. But remember, there is 4th between you both, 6th, 7th, and 8th place in the back. And that’s when you start to care less about the position your friend is in, and more about trying to win the race yourself. Because your goal is not to worry about the place where your friend is sitting, but more so where you need to be. And where you need to be, is moving yourself in position for the 1st place win.

See, you can’t think about the person in 5th place that you know. They have to be bent on catching up to you, otherwise, you have to let them lose. And this topic is not about participating in sports. This topic is about trying to run your race in life. I was watching an interview that Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg was apart of where he was discussing this same thing. He stated when he first entered the entertainment business, it was him and his friends. Then, as time progressed he stood tall and they never left their position. And the only way to be at their level was to come back down. And that’s when you start compromising your talents in this world. Which is a statement that I agree with wholeheartedly. You cannot make someone want to be something in life unless they are bent on going the distance themselves. Because you do more harm to them than help to them.

The way I see it, your 3rd place should make them motivated to run faster even if it’s only to finish strong 5th. Hey, and they might catch that 4th place person or even you. But if you drop back to help them, you’re now risking 4th catching you, and also 6th, 7th, and 8th. Now both of you guys are stuck in the back of the pack. And some people are comfortable in the back as long as there is someone there with them. Me, I am far from OK with being in the back of the pack. So in the end, the person who is running behind you have to have it in their mind to want to catch up in life. Because if you keep aiding them, they’ll never grow. They’ll always want you to carry them somewhere. Sometimes you just have to let them fail and keep moving.


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DOUBTERS: WHY YOU ACTUALLY NEED THE HATERS IN YOUR LIFE

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“You will never make it, so why try?”


We’re always taught in our lives to surround ourselves with good people.  Place yourself around those going in the same direction as you. But what happens when all of that is attempted to be derailed by someone who wants to kill your dreams. That means you have to work that much harder to make it happen yourself. Those dream killers are the doubters who either out loud or silently told you it would never happen. They are the ones who it didn’t work for them, and don’t want it to work for you. Where does it come from; why do they need to feel the need to bring you down? And why do you actually in a way need these type of people in your life.

Doubters are people who for a number of reasons may not want to see you succeed in your career of interests. You have the first group of doubters that are the ones that will tell you try something else. They are flat out not interested in anything you do. They see you in the present state and can’t see past that point. You’re perceived by them as a slacker or loser. So they can’t get around the loser that is you. So to them you’re going to always be what your are. Another group of doubters are the people whose careers didn’t pan out so they have to tell you how much it won’t work for you. To them, they couldn’t make it and there is no way you’re better than them. So they just know you’ll fail in life. And if you do succeed, they’ll find the most negative stuff to say about you.

The third group of doubters are the people who have their success and don’t want you to surpass them. To them, you are a threat and must be stopped. But they are not going to just stop you, they’ll be overly negative. The goal is to get you to quit because a lot of times you work for them. They are comfortable with you under them and can’t stand you above where they think you should be. Kind of how comedians have come out recently after Kevin Hart. They were fine when he was below them, now he’s way above them, and now there is every reason to say he doesn’t deserve it. But the last group of doubters are the flat out hate group. They usually have no real discernible talent, and need to bring you down. Because your success further shows how much of their life was a waste. Especially if they remember when both of you were at the bottom. It shows how much time they’ve wasted in their lives.

Now, with all that I have stated, why do we need these doubters? Well, first and foremost they push us to be better. There is no motivation like people telling you you’re not good enough. You work overtime to prove them wrong. But I think the biggest reason we need doubters is to gain an insight into the human psyche. People who doubt you expose aspects of their personality. And not because of criticism; but hate. Criticizing someone is fine when you have a solution to make a situation better. But hate for the sake of hate let’s you in on who the criticizers are internally. And in the end that’s the just of doubters. They have their own internal workings going on. But how they see you and who you really are is totally different. As long as you have self-awareness, what they say has no hold.


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AIM HIGH: ACHIEVING THE GREATEST YOU IN THIS WORLD

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“Keep going: never stop, never quit.”


We should all want to strive to be the best us we can possibly be in this world. Not just because we want to excel in our careers, or to make a lot of money. But we should strive because it internally makes us feel to good to achieve. Especially when the achievement comes from humble beginnings. What better way to go through life than to start at the bottom and build yourself to the top. And the top can be a very ambiguous word depending on the person pursuing the top. The top could be being one of the best school teachers in your school, or the top can mean the superintendent of the entire school board. The top could mean a head coach of a professional sports team, or the owner of the team.

But other ways you can reach the top is by means of mental greatness. Some people have average financial gains, but they have this mental awareness of who they are in life. That mental could be something connected to their spirituality. Reaching the highest level of spirituality is to some people what winning the Powerball lottery is to another. Well, is there ever a time where the mental is hard to achieve because something else internally is blocking that mental? And the answer is yes; there are plenty of instances where someone has a hard time with their mental greatness because of some extenuated circumstance they may be dealing with at the moment. Enternal issues such as Depression, stress, and anxiety can lead to you not being able to fully achieve such mental greatness.

Well, what about back to financial gains, what is wrong with wanting to reach a higher level of wealth? And the answer to that is nothing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to strive to attain a higher level of wealth for yourself. There are so many people who think chasing the almighty dollar can be a bad thing. I don’t think it is because everything is in context. If you want a nice estate, nice cars, vacations, then fine. It is a life that is well in reach. To me, it’s about how you’re going about attaining your wealth. If there are people you’re directly hurting to gain, such as selling drugs, then no. But if you start a company that grows into a multinational organization, then fine. Because you’re gaining wealth, but also, you’re employing people in the process.

In the end, striving to be the best you, you can be is very rewarding. It can come in both a financial, physical, and intangible form. You want to lose weight and that helps you become the best you, then pursue it. You want to gain wealth, pursue it. You want to be the best parent, pursue it. There are no guarantees, but the great thing about living in America is the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that’s the key word: pursuit.


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MEDIOCRITY IS WINNING: HOW AIMING LOW “IS” AIMING HIGH IN TODAY’S SOCIETY

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“We celebrate taking the “L” yet we don’t respect the “L.”


Hard work and determination has been the name of the game forever in American society. But have we finally come to a point where mediocrity is the new name of the game? Are we finally starting to see the dumbing down of a generation? I was listening to an episode of the radio program talk show The Breakfast Club. And music producer Rico Love was discussing the state of music in the industry. And the conversation was brought up regarding mediocrity and why bad music is selling. There is a lack of respect for the craft and people have a hard time patronizing something they don’t see as attainable. So people are comfortable with not winning or being great.

Is there some truth to that assessment regarding music? Or is there something bigger going on in our society? In my opinion, it’s not just music, there is a societal shift as well. You watch it in sports, how everybody gets a trophy. It’s almost as if we are now living in a world where if I can’t wrap my mind around something that is greatness, it’s dumb. So much so, you have thinkers dumbing themselves down for the sake of fitting into the popularity of the dumb culture. Instead of them saying no, that’s bad, this is great. And that is a problem in our society because it has bigger ramifications.

For example, other countries are teaching their children to strive for greatness, yet America has this new everyone is special mindset. So what you will notice is more kids who are winning outside of America. But also, the immigrants who are coming in will start to dominate over those whose families have been here longer. Even if you never attain that greatness, you should want to reach those great heights. But now, it’s almost like a punishment for anyone who thinks in this mind frame. Now here is the reality of the mind frame when looking at how we are promoting the everyone gets a trophy and dumbing of a society.

In reality, life is about taking “L’s” and taking “W’s.” Life really is about winning and losing, and the people telling you it’s not are the real people pushing to win. I hate how athletes and entertainers tell young people life is not all about winning, when they have to win to keep their jobs. And mediocrity will not be taken lightly and you will lose your job. Everything is the “W” in the real world, everything. But there is a difference between taking an “L” and actually being a loser. Everyone loses, but losers are the ones that give up and never try again.

In the end, people who are performing well consistently have been taking these hits for some apparent reason. People look at them and go, I can’t attain that, so I’ll be this guy over here whose not as great. I see it with the president; where people have said why do I need a resume to do this, the president doesn’t have political experience. And that is something in life I never have done. Look at someone I see as mediocre and go they don’t have it, why should I. If you feel someone else is mediocre, why not try to be above mediocrity. Because the work to be better is too much, and it’s comforting and easy to be less than average, must less great.


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