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Elevators vs Stairs

Imagine seeing your success at the top of a set of 100 stairs. You want it, but looking at those steps… you find yourself getting a bit discouraged. You’re thinking to yourself that there must be another way…and that’s when you look to your right, and see an elevator. BINGO! You hop on, trusting that it will get you to where you want to go. Everything seems well and good, but you hopped on so quickly, that you didn’t notice the “out of order” sign on the door. You push that button, and it carries you to the place that you wanted to be, but…the door only opens wide enough for you to get a peek before they close again. Before you can figure out what’s going on, you’re back to the ground floor. You try again; once, twice, three times, until you realize that it just won’t work. And you’re back at the base of the stairs…where you started… begrudgingly lacing up your kicks to take on those dreaded stairs. It’s not the route you wanted, but… it’s the only sure fire way to get to where you want to be. So you do it, one step at a time, and keep your eyes on the prize the entire trip. In the time you wasted trying to take the elevator, you could have been at the top of those stairs…right?

Ambition.

It’s a nice trait to have. Great actually. If you let our culture tell the tale… not only is it a necessary key, it’s also an attractive one. They’re going to love you for your ambition, because everyone loves an ambitious girl, right? But what happens when that ambition is just not enough? What happens when that ambition begins to cripple you, where it should be the catalyst that propels you to success? If you can imagine, this happens more often than not. Having all of the ambition in the world with no real push behind it will lead you down the shortcut to nowhere land, and back again. Trust me, I know this first hand.

I have the vision part down pat. I see what I want. Anyone who knows me knows that I have always had big dreams… and up to this point, I’ve done a pretty good job of making them happen. To be honest though, I don’t know that I ever really, truly challenged myself. Success was what I knew, and I made sure that I knew how to attain it. That’s not to say that I didn’t work for the things that I have, because I did. I just had a tendency to choose things that I knew I would be good at…you know, playing it safe. Being naturally gifted in some areas made things a bit easier for me, but as I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to see that as one of the things that could be detrimental. I don’t by any stretch of the imagination believe that anything should be just given to me. I know the value of work, but… that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve had to constantly remind myself that anything worth having is worth the process. I don’t like to wait, and I want what I want.Patience. It’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when you’re used to things coming together with nothing more than a little brain power & finesse. When that doesn’t suffice, you have to switch up the game plan. In that moment, you’ll realize that it’s the work ethic that winds up being the last bit of fuel that powers your quest towards greatness.So, if you’re like me, and you’ve had to face the bottom of that stairwell after you tried to take the easy way out… just do it, and don’t worry about what anyone else has to say. Failure is humbling. It builds the character that you’ll need to tell the story of how you made it to the top. No one wants to hear a story from someone who’s always won. The most engaging and motivating accounts are from those who’ve fought back from adversity and rose to the top despite their odds. Which will you tell?

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Building Brand YOU + A Summer Reading List To Help

“Blue Magic, that’s a brand name, like pepsi. That’s a brand name, I stand behind it, I guarantee it. They know that even if they don’t know me any more than they know the chairman of General Mills”

Frank Lucas was a man about his brand. He may have been hustling drugs, but his business acumen was second to none. For many of us recent college grads, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out in a crowd, when everyone is looking for the same thing. Jobs seem to be few and far between for those of us interested in building a career in entertainment. For that reason… more and more people are creating their own opportunities to shine. Continue reading Building Brand YOU + A Summer Reading List To Help

Handle Your Business

My productivity was at an all time low today. I’d probably cite the rainy weather as an excuse for the minimal amount of work that got accomplished today! Needless to say, I was in dire need of a shot of inspiration.

Normally when I hit the writer’s block wall, I go read something. Today I found my inspiration in the form of a video that I had already seen. One thing I’m learning about running a blog, and developing my business, is that the only thing that will block you from your greatness is a self-imposed obstacle. Anything that’s stopping you from achieving your goal is rooted in something that you can stop yourself.

The following mini-documentary on Brian-Michael Cox was produced by The Cashflow… a non-profit program sponsored by the organization 100 Urban Entrepreneurs. Take a few moments to watch it below.

There’s something about hearing someone else’s story that reminds you that the things you want are attainable. Continue reading Handle Your Business

Time Is Only Wasting…So Why Wait For Eventually?

The funny thing about social networks is, you can be whoever you want to be and say whatever you want to say, even if it’s not true in your real life. The internet is a fantasy world, where you can recreate yourself…and be who you really want to be in real life.

Let me let you in on a little secret. If you stopped talking about it online, and started making it happen…you could stop being miserable…and start really living. Continue reading Time Is Only Wasting…So Why Wait For Eventually?

Why Is It So Hard To Be Supportive?

The journey to success is not easy. If you’re doing something that people don’t quite understand, or something that goes against the grain of normalcy, you can find yourself lonely. Some of the most successful people in the world will tell you that they have become accustomed to the solitude that comes with a hectic schedule, or an insatiable work ethic. Perfect example? Oprah. She shared these sentiments in her interview with Barbara Walters. People don’t care if you’re sick, sad, or whatever…they’re expecting you to be everything that they’ve imagined or more, all day everyday. Another example: Beyonce. In the following clip from the I AM…World Tour DVD, she goes shopping…only to be berated by a throng of picture seekers, and one particular fan who interprets her actions in the wrong way. Check it out.:


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