NOT ON YOUR WATCH: SUCCESS DOESN’T COME WHEN YOU’RE READY

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“Put the time in to get there.”


i want it now

For some reason, people think that just because they are ready for an opportunity, that someone should automatically give them one. You have to realize that with opportunities come the preparation. This way if and when you do get your chance you are ready for the task at hand. But most people don’t want to wait their time, they just want to jump right on in and get to working immediately. Yet you are not remotely close to being ready. There is too much you don’t know and you’re thinking about a career like working at a fast food restaurant So go back, put the time and work some more. Understand that opportunity comes with preparation.

social media f***ed the game up

People look on the internet and see someone with a platform and didn’t realize how hard that person was working to get to that point. They just see the numbers and didn’t see the numbers when only a few people cared about the platform. But in this digital game, we don’t realize that the internet is not a real place. and when I say that I mean that it is not a place to believe wholeheartedly in when trying to climb in life. You’re given this perception that is nowhere near the real grind. And once you step into the game, you think you’re not working hard enough or you’re being lazy. The problem is that you can’t look these mediums as this face value entity. Nothing is ever what it seems; trust and believe to build that platform it took time.

patience is a virtue

I heard that good things come to those who wait. And this is true when you putting the daily work into where you want to go. So many people are working hard, but not working smart. And to those that work smart, you have to be patient. Life does not move when you are ready, it happens when it happens. Yet so many will not make it to that point because they are in a rush and rushed work gets overlooked.


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AGE OF PURSUIT: WHEN SHOULD YOU EMBARK ON A CAREER

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“When should I start?”


the start

When you are first entering life, the question looms, “What should I do with my life?” And the answer to that takes time for so many looking to succeed in this world. But when is the best time to pursue your career? Because the quick and easy answer is to say right out of college. But most young people have no clue what they want to do with their lives. And for the few that do, they are usually like myself at the age of 23/24 years. And I would say I got truly serious about the age of 25 years. Now that I am about to be 31 years old, I have made considerable progress. But how do you find that path to starting your career? First you have to make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses before starting. Then find something you love and are good at before pursuing. The reason you have to love it is because you will go years without making money.

the paradigm

Along the path to success, you are going to find yourself feeling so bored and restless. You will think that what you are doing is for nothing because the success takes so much time. And most will give up at this point and take what is given to them. Because most people are not wired to continuously deal with lose after lose after lose and still be left standing. So don’t be stressed out by the fact that you are not moving much in life. You are experiencing little successes so you are progressing. For me, I like to add to my personal website milestone news updates just so when I look back I can see that historical progression. This way, there is a trail to allow me to see how much I changed what I changed about myself to grow.

serendipity 

You will have these euphoric moments where information will start to come together and things will just make sense. And from that everything you do will do and plan on doing will be crystal clear. It makes you sit back and wonder, like, “Oh, this is how our descent ancestors navigated the Earth.” We were able to figure things out, and harness parts of our minds that we didn’t know we could. And over time that growth has led to our vast productivity. No one really has an “Ah Ha” for real in life with no work. The “Ah Ha” is from time put in which leads to these types of moments.


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LIFE’S PREPARATIONS: WHY FINDING YOUR WAY IS SO HARD IN THE WORLD

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“Ready, set, take on life!”


You go through elementary school, go through middle school, graduate high school, and then graduate college. And once you have complete school, you step into the world and, nothing. Just like that, you graduate on a Sunday and nothing on that Monday morning. That pot of gold that everyone has been telling you about as it pertains to attaining a college education is false. You sit at home in your parent’s house thinking to yourself, “Where should I turn next?” “What is going to be my next move?” “And if I move, how do I find my way from that point on?” That is why it is important to prepare in life for your next move you’re going to make in life. It doesn’t guarantee your plan will work, but at least you have something to keep you on track. But what is it about life that makes things difficult to find your way.

When navigating this terrain called life, you most often receive your initial life training from your parents. They are supposed to provide you with a basic template for where you should be headed in life. Your trajectory comes from them which involves going to school, getting a good job, and starting a family. Yet it’s not quite that simple when you step into the world. Your parents know what’s good for you before you leave the house, but only you know what’s good for you overall in life. So as much as parents think they know, they don’t know your strengths, weaknesses, what motivates you, and what doesn’t motivate you. All of that comes from you as that person. Even after you graduate college, the degree is the icing on the cake toward your success, as I have stated in previous posts. Everything that goes into making that cake comes from you.

So if you want to make that cake that is you being successful, where do you start? Because a cake is a mixture of different ingredients placed in a pan and put in the oven. So what I am saying what constitutes for the flour, corn meal if needed, sugar, butter, will you need crust because instead of a cake you’re making a pie. But wait a minute now, there are some unique cakes that are made with pie crust. Then conversely, can you make a pie cake? As you can see there are so many options to choose from, but the road to making that cake is up to you. Here is something interesting about learning to make a cake. Initially, you’re going to screw up on so many of the cakes you bake. Your first five to ten cakes might turn out to be shit. You have to throw them in the garbage and start out fresh. And it is the failure that terrifies people when navigating through life.

Only baking a cake is easy failure to deal with, yet it is the same path you have to take in life to being good at your career endeavor. We look on and mesmerize at how the person who we look up to are living their lives. But we are only looking at the finished product; we don’t see the whole process. The process that took years to get to this point. I remember hearing Kevin Hart make a statement about how he has only been really making hits for the past four or five years. And you think about that, he has been around for eighteen or nineteen years. But Kevin was on the comedy circuit building himself a name. We only see the highest paid comedian, but we don’t see when he was barely surviving in Philadelphia or Los Angeles. In the end, success is hard to attain because it’s like crossing an alligator swamp with no boat. You have to swim across, and to get to the other side of the swamp, you’re going to have scares of battling gators. And everyone wants to get across with no gator scares, but that’s not possible.


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POOR MAN’S HUNGER DRIVE: WHY PEOPLE FROM A CERTAIN SOCIOECONOMIC GRIND HARDER THAN OTHERS

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“A thick-skinned path to success is tough for people with soft skin.”


As a young man pursuing my career as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker; I will be going through these up and down periods in my life. But what has prepared me for that was growing up in a poor household. With everything that is a downside of life at the bottom, there is this upside. And that upside is that you have this willingness to succeed that no one else has in life. So many people who aim to succeed leave their parents house and return after college having to move back home. But there are the ones who moving back home is not an option because home is not available anymore. These are the students who take college more serious and work through school rather than indulge in a social life. They realize that there is no backup after college and must be working to attain something.

But what are some other reasons as to why the kids born into a household of substantial means don’t have the true grit as the poor. And it goes back to the adversity. When you watch professional athletes, a lot of the greats have come from these poverty stricken environments. They have all the odds stacked up against them and they fight like their lives depend on it. How many well to do kids fight like their lives depend on it? It’s because they work to succeed, but they have a support system there to aid them. When you don’t have anything, and you are put in a position where you’re forced to be better, then you may ultimately win. It has a lot to do with survival. If you took a person from the upper class and told them to hunt in the safari of Africa for food it would be harder than a homeless man not knowing where his next meal will come from.

In the end, for the reasons above are the main reasons why some people of wealth cut their children off financially. Because they want their children to know how to face adversity. What if the family fortune is lost for some reason or another. Then what you’ll have is a self-destruct kid. They have never known what it was like to hustle in life. Now they have to do something and don’t know where to start. So you must throw them out into society and make them fend for themselves. If not, then you’ll turn into an enabler and it could ultimately hurt the child in the end.


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MAKING GOOD MONEY: HOW COME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A MORE DECLARATIVE CAREER EXPLANATION

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“We all want it, but what is good money?”


Ever hear people who are either unemployed or looking for work while on a job say they want to make good money. What exactly is a good job or good money? We all have a different perspective on what that means, but no one can define it in an entirety. So when I hear people say they need a “job” making “good” money I pause. For me, I am currently pursuing my goals of becoming a successful writer (screenplays, playwrights, novels, and blogger), filmmaker, photographer, and podcaster. I would like to make at least $60,000 per year as a start to work for myself. I have given myself 10 years to break into my career as a writer/filmmaker. I am currently at year five almost six. And there you have it, a nice basic understanding for what my goals are in a career. But I always hear these very vague ideas of what it is that people want from life.

I said in an earlier post that adults who need jobs are like crying babies. You can’t communicate with a baby when it’s crying because the baby can’t talk. Only problem with adults is that we can talk. And unlike the baby where you have to give the baby milk, rock the baby, and do all these activities to guess the problem, it’s not the case with adults. A fully grown adult should know more than a baby their problem that is bothering them. And that is the problem with the I need a good paying job inquiry. What job? Paying what? What time period to get to that point? What is your level of expertise? Is this something you really enjoy doing? Do you have the stomach to build in your career choice? So many people don’t know the answers to any of these questions because they lack self-awareness. And that is the main problem.

Because when trying to look for employment, you have to first acknowledge the skills you possess. You can’t just say I need a job and expect people to know your skills. I know what I am good at in this world. It’s not my job to know your strengths and weaknesses. It’s not my job to give you a certain level of skills. Your job is to show me what it is you can do. That is what I mean by self awareness. By a certain age, you should have some level of degree to which you know your skills. That’s why the whole find a job, get a job is very vague. If I realized that my skill is writing, then I am going to pursue my writing career. If there are other skills I have, I’ll pursue those as well. You should pursue whatever you find that is a skill of yours that you not only love, but in the long term can make an income performing.

In the end, not having a firm understanding of who you are is going to be the defining outcome. If you don’t know what you are good at then who does. It’s your brain, you know what your mind wraps around. And if your mind does not wrap around the concept of anything, you’re not going to be hired even if someone was offering jobs. You should know to some degree what career title you want, income associated, and years to rise to another position. And it all comes together in knowing how to put yourself in the know of whatever it is you want to do in life.


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LOST IN A DAILY TRANCE: HOW WE WOULD RATHER DREAM THAN MAKE A MOVE ON THEM

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“A dream is nothing but a dream without plan and execution.”


The above photo is of Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx. The photography is from the movie Collateral where he co-starred opposite Tom Cruise. His character was a man who would drive people around in his taxi cab, and during his lunch breaks, gaze at luxury vehicles. His character had dreams of running his own car service of luxury vehicles. It would be an experience and not just a ride. That was his dream until he ran into Tom Cruise, who was a villain in the movie. Cruise’s villainous character, unlike Foxx, was a doer. And for obvious reasons he had to be because he was a hired hitman. So his career revolved around standing by his word to get the job done right. So what does all this have to do with the topic at hand? Well Tom Cruise made Foxx’s character realize something about himself.

Cruise’s character gave Foxx a big ultimatum regarding his dreams and expectations in the world. Cruise let him know that the in reality he was never going to do what he set out to done anyways. Foxx would be in a trance with day time television and then one day he’d die. Die, never accomplishing or even setting out to do what he said he wanted to do in the first place. And that is what this topic is about today, not setting out to accomplish goals. These are the dreamers, the people who would rather dream about what they want then to go get it. And like Jamie Foxx’s character who fancied himself with Mercedes Benz booklets of their latest fleet with hopes of starting his own car service, we look and gaze at the imagery. But the fear of failure keeps us from making a move. Yet we fail anyways in life when we do nothing.

Then again, it is all about fear in life? Sometimes we don’t know how to start what we want to do. For me, pursuing a writing was a little more clear than for most. I put myself in the know, and I am currently pursuing. I have been actively writing since the age of 25 years old. So now, with six years of writing under my belt, I have four more years to break into writing my screenplays, playwrights, and novels. But like I said, I have been writing, even putting together a short film and currently working on the production for my second. So putting yourself in position to work toward what you want is not a guarantee, but it is a step in the right direction. And that is the hardest part for people to stomach. Not the putting yourself into position; but more so, putting yourself in harms way to accomplish anything in life.

In the end, you don’t want to deal with the idea that you might set out to accomplish something and fail in life. But that’s part of the climb is to fail in life. You can’t attain success until you’ve stared into the eyes of failure. Because once you stare down failure the worst is behind you. Especially for those of us who had to climb to attain what we have in this world. You have no other choice but to take the road no one wants to travel. And it’s that road that makes you appreciate so much when you finally get to where you have to go.


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FIGURING OUT YOUR FUTURE: HOW PLANNING EARLY CAN AID IN YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS

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“Cross the bridge now, so you won’t have to worry later.”


We have all been told as it pertains to our futures to plan early on in life. Though planning does not guarantee that everything will go according to plan, but at least you have a template for how to move yourself ahead in life. If you don’t have a plan, you will find yourself in a rut, and can’t seem to get past wherever you’re currently at in your space in time. For example, you might sit down and create a laid out plan for after college while you’re in college. Does that mean once you graduate from undergraduate school you will have this great career. No, but it does mean that once your college years are over you have some type of road map for where you want to be in life. And back to the rut, what do I mean by the rut.

In my opinion regarding the rut, when you have not properly prepared for a future in whatever it is you want to do, you get down on yourself. And then you start to see people around moving in directions toward their perspective careers. Meaning if you want to get a job working for a great company, then you should mostly likely get yourself an internship in college. Connect with like minded people who you feel can aid you in your future growth. And that future growth will mean that you are setting yourself up for things to happen; success being one of those things. And if you are not setting yourself up for success, then I don’t know what you are setting yourself up for in life. Sounds like a lot of work, but that in a nutshell is life. A lot of work, a lot small victories, that will get you in the space where you want to be.

Some still might be a little shaken up regarding how do they move forward in life. Where do you really start when pursuing a career. Put it this way, if I want a job working in finance, and I am college student, the first thing I would do is read up on the economy. Learn to read the market, and also take courses that will aid in you graduating from college. That literally means majoring in economics or finance. But while in college, I would say you try your best to get an internship working in finance. Now does that mean you will be learning finance, chances are no. (Isn’t that a joke, not learning finance in a finance internship). But when you meet people in the financial world, they may refer you to other internships or even recommend you to jobs. Another “ship,” that would suit you would be a fellowship and an apprenticeship.

You want to also prepare yourself for graduate programs by taking standardized testing to get into a good grad school. Now, all of what I have said prior is real, but may not always work out that way. Because me for example, I went to grad school for my MBA, yet I am pursuing a career as a writer. So anything can happen along your journey, but even with my writing I have a plan. So in the end, plan, even if the plan does not pan out that way. Because it’s like the old saying, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”


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