Thursday, December 27, 2012


You don’t have the right words.

There’s no such thing as “the right words,” only the wrong people.
If you didn’t have “the right words” the people closest to you wouldn’t be able stand you for more than 5 minutes at a time.
Maybe you are an unfortunate soul that nobody can stand talking to, but it’s unlikely.
Stop searching for “the right words”, be exactly who you are.
Of course, learning how to structure headlines, format posts, and write killer closings doesn’t ever hurt though.

You’re too tired.

Put yourself on a schedule, structure your day, and get more rest.
If necessary (and possible) take naps when you can, and remain productive.
Productivity sparks energy.
If you’re chronically tired, improve your fitness, and increase your vitamin intake.
Sometimes a vitamin supplement is necessary, and sometimes you need to suck it up and get it done.

If you do this, what else do you have to do?

Whatever comes next, but you’ll never know until you start making progress.

You can’t stop doing [unproductive habit]

Every day is a choice.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy, in fact it can be quite difficult.
But you choose to smoke, you choose to eat unhealthy foods, you choose spend 10 hours a week on Youtube, and $1 a day on lottery tickets.
Breaking habits isn’t easy, but it is doable, especially when you start looking at everything as a choice.
10 years ago I quit smoking and now I’m starting to eat right. I choose to drink water over Coca Cola.
Granted cutting back on bad habits don’t appear to make a huge difference at first.
But saving $7 a day on cigarettes, and $1.69 on soda, and using that $60.83 a week for paid ads has been a more positive use of the same money.

It just doesn’t “feel” right.

Instinct or excuse?
Does it not “feel” right because it really isn’t right for you, or is it simply not convenient?
Be honest, say you don’t want to.
Don’t blame your instinct. Eventually your instinct will go cold, and your gauge for “good” and “bad” will disappear.
An entrepreneur’s deadliest weapon is instinct, so keep your’s sharp.
Don’t blame it for things you don’t want to do.

You did everything you could.

Did you really?
Did you see where you went wrong?
Try again.
Who knows, you might be successful next time.

But the other guy…

…yeah? What are they doing?
Why you watching them make moves and not making your own?
Furthermore, are they watching you? Are you doing anything worth watching?

You’re just not Chris Brogan.

Or Brian Clark, or Sonia Simone, or Jon Morrow.
These names only have weight because they hustled to make sure you remembered them.
No you’re not Chris Brogan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be influential.
In fact, Chris and Brian and Sonia and Jon all give advice that will help you do just that.
Start taking action on the stuff they’re talking about and pay attention to their business models, then adapt it to yourself.

You’re just not confident enough.

Confidence is a learned behavior.
A long time ago someone told me to repeat to myself “I am the Sh*t” 100 times a day.
Eventually, I started to believe it. There’s a ton of advice on how to be more confident.
You might also take comfort in knowing that 99% of online persona’s are text and images. If you need to create a character to be more comfortable, be who you want, (just be careful not to lie to yourself)

You don’t have time.

Seriously? You just read (or at least scrolled through) 10 excuses, 16 debunks and nearly 700 words. You have time and you have most likely read many more post like this.
In fact, you have all the time, resources, and knowledge required to be great.
Being great, no, being excellent, is a choice.
It’s a choice to never stop. It’s a choice to view yourself as limitless. It’s a choice to stop at nothing until everyone knows your name.
Without a doubt, you’ll encounter many obstacles on your journey. That’s a given.
So what are you waiting for?
Be great.
Overcome your obstacles, or make excuses; it’s as simple as that.
Reference: Chris Brogan

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Are you complete???

Sometime we forget that the only thing we need in life to make us happy is yourself. We pour all of our energy and time in to other people and into accumulating things in hopes that happiness will flow from them. Hoping that other people or the things will somehow complete us. This game that we play is a destructive one because we’re putting our own happiness into the hand of something outside of us that is fickle. In doing this, we imply that we lack the ability to nourish our own soul. When all you do is consume things to galvanize and feed your pain body, you will eventually consume yourself. There is another way…

I was reminded of this the other day when I revisited a movie I loved as a kid. “The Wiz” having the awareness now that I’m on a sacred spiritual path (we all are but not all realize it), I was heart wired to look for symbolism and meaning this time around. Notice I said “The Wiz” and not “The Wizard of OZ” Even though The Wizard of OZ played a big part of a lot of our child hood, as a African American child once The Wiz came out staring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as scarecrow, it kind of took the place of The Wizard of OZ for the urban community.
In the movie Dorothy, a young girl from NY, is in search of a way to return home. Accompanied by her little companion Toto, she journeys through this mystical wonderland and recruits a few new friends along the way. Now what’s striking about all her new companions that join her on her quest at their own volition is that they all lack something: scarecrow lacks a brain, lion lacks courage and tin man lacks emotion. Towards the end of the movie they’re all given meaningless tokens that are supposed to represent the things that were already part of them.

You see, we often treat happiness like its some elusive treasure, forgetting that happiness is who we are, it’s what we’re made of, and it’s encoded in our brains. In order to truly be happy, we must return to the mystic center of home like Dorothy. We must return home to ourselves. Because we have all the answers we need inside of each one of us. The journey to OZ is about finding our own center and the living authentically from that center.

In doing so, we are rewarded with the greatest secret of all that is the knowledge of our inner strength and power, which every great hero is always challenged to call forth within himself. We all are spiritual alchemist able to transmute all of our experiences into whatever we want to. Remember, you are already complete. There’s nothing missing within you. There’s nothing you need to do but to go share your completeness with other