Monday, October 31, 2011

Self Reliance, The Robert Greene Interview...

Three-time New York Times best-selling author Robert Greene speaks with Hugo D. Aviles, in depth, on the dark side of Self Reliance, and what it takes to be a young entrepreneur.

Robert Greene is the writer of such works as, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, and The 50th Law, an elaboration of his ideas on power in context of the life of the rapper 50 Cent.  


Can you tell us a little about your personal writing style, what were some of your main influences and motivations while growing up, that made you want to write such classics as the 48 laws Of Power, 33 strategies of War, and Art of Seduction?

I have wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid, I read a lot when I was a boy, and in high school, I had some teachers that encouraged me in that direction. I liked so called, “Hard Core Philosophy.” Things with a little bit of an edge. I was drawn to writers such as, Nicha and Machiavelli. I guess I had several jobs in journalism and later on in Hollywood, but to sort of answer your question. I always liked writers who have a clear and precise and hard edge to their style. I really do not like people who pull a lot of attention to themselves in there writing, who it convexly becomes about their ego, who show off and use fancy words, and images. I like people who get to the point who make it clear, who kind of get you in the gut with what they’re trying to say. You can have inspiration in how you write, I try to do that as much as I can, and I often write with a little bit of anger to me, but it has to be under control and with discipline. If you play basketball and you write music, or with anything, you have to learn to keep things under control, and be effective in anything you do.  People do not understand that the same rules apply to writing. It is a discipline, so I have always set the style that I wanted to create, and when I got the opportunity with the “48 Laws of Power”, about 14 years ago now. I have accumulated all these ideas, the workings in the world, seeing how the world operates and many things that I have read over the years, and it all just sort of burned out of me like a cloud, that I worked very hard in making the style something that I thought was unusual, that kind of reflected my own personal tastes and likes like Machiavelli, and Gracidon, and the Art of War, and things like that.
In your book titled the “50th Law”, your chapter’s headings act as commandments for today’s young Entrepreneur.  In your opinion, what differentiates the “50th Law” from the “48 Laws of Power”?

There related, but I kind of presented it as the ultimate law of power. In my other book, all of the three books, I have looked at some very powerful people in history. I often use the example of Napoleon Bonaparte, and with him, I tried to figure out what makes him so powerful and what makes him so different from any other general. And when I had the opportunity to write this book with the rapper 50 Cent, who wrote it with me, I wanted to do the same thing I did with him as I did with Napoleon. I wanted to figure out why he turned out the way he did when 99.9 percent of the people he grew up with ended up dead or in prison, or wherever.  I decided after spending time with him, and thinking about it deeply, that there was a quality that he had. He can actually reduce it to this one quality, “His Fearlessness.” The more that I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that this is really sort of where everything stems from. You can read the “48 Laws of Power” and learn a lot, but if you’re fearful and you have never dealt with some of these basic anxieties, you won’t be able to apply them. So the more I thought about it, this is sort of the ultimate law of power. It’s not really specific actions that you do, which is sort of what the “48 Laws of Power” is about.  It’s not about specific strategies; it’s more like your mindset, how you should think about life, and how you should think about the game of power. So in that sense, it’s kind of underneath everything in the “48 Laws of Power”, it’s sort of essential in the understanding, so you can apply the laws in life in a more effective way.

Do you believe that society today has created robots, and that young Entrepreneurs need to see, “Things for what they are? “

Yes, I can agree with that….but as far as robots? I will have to think about that a little bit more. I don’t like the appropriate way in some level, but the way I would signify it. By nature human beings are kind of born conformant. I think it is something engraved in us in sort of our primate heritage. Since we are very social creatures and we look at what other people are doing. If you’re not careful, your whole life becomes about always looking what other people think about you. Your standards become something that you have no control over, that is sort of external to you.  So you have to be very much aware of this and completely reverse that dynamic.  To be an Entrepreneur, you depend on your customers obviously as your life line, you depend on the number of people you have working for you, maybe you depend on other Entrepreneurs, ect.  But the more that your inner-directed, you gain your values and your sense of self from yourself, the more powerful and the better Entrepreneur you will become. It’s weird if you look at it, but sometimes.. This might be a little hard to phantom, but if you think about it in the course of the day how many times you’re basing your ideas on what other people are thinking of you. By doing A…B.. & C… How are they going to judge me? Will I be popular? Will people like me? Will they think I am this, or that? You are doing this constantly throughout the day, and the problem with that is… and often times it leads to actions that appear to make people like you or living up to what they think.  But they don’t satisfy you, and they don’t bring you power, and there not effective, and there not aligned with your goals and aspirations. Just on a daily basis you need to be aware of how much of your ideas and your realities are defined by other people’s opinions, and if you can cut yourself free from that, it is quite liberating, and it is quite powerful, and I have a chapter in the “50th Law” that can maybe help you exercise and even practice that in your daily life.  

Today’s Entrepreneur knows that to make it in this world, you have to be Self-Reliant.  Explain what this means to you?

Wow, well self reliance is a huge toot to me; I can spend about four hours talking about it. There is an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson that I encourage everyone to read on self reliance. It will inspire you. But the idea is basically that you are born alone in this world and that you are going to die alone in this world. You have family, you have friends, they are important, but in the end there is no one that is really there that is going to 100% back  you up or support you.  You find out now a days that the company you work for will fire you on the spot, the state is short of shriveling away, there losing money, there not gonna be able to pay for your un-employment checks. You’re not going to be able to depend on them for anything. Your family should be there, but often times, they have their own problems and they can’t pay for everything that you want, ect. And maybe there sometimes not there for you in certain moments. So you have to learn early on in life that you are the last sort of safety net. You have to depend on your own skills, your own attitude. If you’re sitting there waiting for other people to help you, you are a loser! You are going to miss all of the opportunities that are out there. So you develop a mindset that I have to get things for myself. I have to be strong and occasionally if people are going to help me that’s great. If there is that contact out there that promised me to put me in touch with someone important and he comes through, fantastic. But I’m not going to be sitting there waiting for that to happen, and I’m not gonna be upset, depressed, or disappointed if it doesn’t happen. I am going to get things done by myself, and I’m going to learn how to do it at a very early age. I have the metaphor in the book of a guy that was on a desert island, who the story of Robison Cruso is based on. Living alone for nine months, whining to himself and feeling sorry. Then he suddenly decides that he is going to make the best of the situation. So he learns all these skills, he teaches himself how to hunt and build things. He ends up leaving the island, and after he is rescued, he looks back at how this was the greatest period of his life. Because he finally learns the skills that he needed to live, and it was a very exciting adventure. That is kind of the way you should see it for yourself.  You are on an island, and you have to learn how to fish, hunt, and make your own hut. Do it for yourself, and it makes being an Entrepreneur, which can sometimes be a daunting task, be something that is actually a lot of fun.

Based upon your vast knowledge of leadership, what three qualities would you say that todays entrepreneurs need to emulate, in the cut world of business today?

Well, you’re kind of putting me on the spot there…I don’t know if I have enough time to think about this. Hmmm.. I guess I will just start thinking out the top of my head. Number one, you really need this in the world today; you need to be really fluid. So, it helps obviously if you’re young. The old business model, the old ways of doing things are kind of dying. We’re seeing what’s going on in the Middle East right now. A lot of turmoil a lot of change, it is sort of in the air. The old way of doing things in business and in politics, there on the way out. People that are kind of dependent, that went to business school, and depend on the process of A..B..& C.  Are kind of the people that do not know how to operate in a very fluid environment. So successful entrepreneurs now a day’s need to be very fluid and open. That’s definitely quality number one.  Quality number actually something that is in the basis of the “50th Law” which is Fearlessness. And what I mean is, if you are going to be an Entrepreneur you’re going to fail. They have done studies about people who become successful entrepreneurs, and I mean really successful entrepreneurs. They’re the ones that have tried 5 or 6 times, and the 7th time, succeed. Or they have had a significant amount of failure in their life. So in other words, you cannot be afraid of making mistakes. You start a business, you have an idea of something that you have always wanted to do since you were in high school, and most people wait. They wait for, and they golly gag for a check or something. No you need to go out and decide that you are going to do it, and it takes capital and some balls and a little bit of fearlessness.  That if you fail, you have learned an incredible lesson about what works and what doesn’t work and what you can apply the next time. So not being afraid of failure, not being afraid of trying, not being afraid of what people think of you if you fail. Is not being afraid, makes quality number two.  The third quality is persistence. All three of these are kind of related.  I remember talking to 50, and I remember he would say, “I just keep going at the point when all other people are just gonna quit.” So in the book it says that he was shot nine times and he really died. He was dying in bed at home; he became a little bit depressed. He couldn’t do anything. His music career crashed, it looked like he couldn’t hustle in the street, and he was finished. Instead of giving up, he decides to martial every last bit of will power and energy and he actually decided to do what no one thought he can do, and that is to get back to music. That is the mix tape campaign that I described. Then again and again and again in his life, when things got bad, he just persisted. He kept doing it, he kept trying, he kept getting back at his feet, and not let anything bother him and get him down. Thomas Edison says, “That it’s 1% inspiration, and that its 99% perspiration.”  I don’t think it’s quite like those numbers but its definitely persistence and effort that will get you through almost anything in life. So particular, now days in life, I think that those are the three qualities that you really need.  

In the very volatile world of business today, you need to have the vision to quickly adapt and overcome. Do you believe that this mantra is true?  If so, how is momentum important?

I’m not sure how to really answer that, but I have always been interested in the psychology of momentum. So for instance, it is very sinful and obvious when you watch a sport like football or basketball. In basketball you will see this all the time in the course of the game, suddenly the team gains this incredible force of momentum and they either carried it out all the way to the end or it switches back to the other side, and I’m thinking...  “Why does that happen?”  It is so weird that sports run in these cycles. I think about it a lot, and obviously in sports there is a physical component, but there is a very powerful mental component that when you feel, the wind behind your back and everyone is sort of in the same page and the shots are going in. It has this sort of contagious effect, and everybody sort of gets swept up in it, and it creates this little tiny edge. Enough for you to come back from a twenty point deficit, or whatever that is. So, I always thought, why can’t you achieve this in the course of the game? ….just pretend that you have this feeling or act as if they have this feeling..and that answer is that they can’t all because this is a very tiring game, and gaining that momentum, is very hard to keep it going and it is very exhausting.  Business, you know… momentum, what would that mean? It could mean several things, in the beginning when you are starting your business, half of the work that you are doing is exciting the people that are there on your side. Your investors if there are any, the six people that are working for you, and those who you really depend on in the beginning. If it looks like your idea is phizziling or you’re hitting resistance, or maybe it won’t work. The ground will sink and the people will lose faith, and that might mean that the credit line won’t open and the people will not work as hard. It is a delicate moment, and so I guess the answer to your question is that it really depends on the minds of the leaders.  I have been around a lot of business leaders and even some political leaders and even some sports figures, and you have to have this kind of intense self believe that radiates out, and convinces everybody that these minor setbacks don’t matter and that it’s a long season and that were doing fine, and that I have a great plan. Your level of confidence is actually a critical component for keeping whatever momentum you have. Later on, if you are successful and you are in the public of eye. That means something else; it’s keeping that hot thing going. There is a whole other issue with that. I could address that with another answer, but speaking in a entrepreneurial sense. It’s that critical moment when you are keeping the baby alive, so it can turn to a grown adult and walk on its own, and it’s really up to the leader to feel that there is that momentum.  To feel confident and know that you have a plan, and that will carry, and kind of create your own momentum. I think that is how I would answer that question.   

Do you believe that today’s young Entrepreneurs have what it takes to lead from the front?

Well, I don’t know…You know it depends on the individual, but leading from the front is the idea of basically.. the idea that there are two kinds of leaders, two types of generals. The person that just sits back in the tent ten miles from where the fighting is going on giving orders trying to control everything, but is sort of a little bit afraid of seeing the action. There’s him, and then you have the other kind of leader, who is out there working harder than anybody else. Who is there with the foot soldiers seeing and having direct contact with customers, with people who are working out in the street, whom sort of lead by example.  People see him or her working hard, being fearless, being resolute, not giving up, and that example keeps everyone else in line.  It is an amazing quality for a leader to have and maybe today’s entrepreneurs are going to develop this more because by nature being an entrepreneur, you do not have that much bureaucracy that is there to protect you. If your little company or your business fails you do not have ten or twelve other people you can point your finger at and say it was really their fault, or the governments fault, or this persons fault, it’s your fault! You’re going to have to take the blame for it, so you have to learn early on if you’re an entrepreneur, to be strong and to be responsible and be accountable. So maybe today, because there are so many young people doing that and they learn through experience and the hard way. Maybe there will be more people who are leading from the front.  There are a lot of people out there who refuse to take responsibility for their actions and that is the opposite of what we are talking about here, who always point fingers and whine and say, “I didn’t have this and I didn’t have that.” There are a lot of people out there who are the strong types that refuse to go down that path, and be tough minded and entrepreneurial. So hopefully I like to be a little bit hopeful like what you are saying.

In your book the 50th law, what do you mean by “Confronting your Mortality?”

It’s kind of a philosophical issue, and you might not think it has a lot of relevance to business or being an entrepreneur, but actually it has a lot. It’s pretty simple; it’s related to an idea in the “33 Strategies of War”, chapter four I believe, “The death grounds strategy.”  The idea behind that...unfortunately life is short; I’m 50 years old now, so I’m up there. When you’re young, you don’t think that. You think you have all the time in the world.  That you can waist time and things will happen and maybe in 5 or 10 years you will get your act together or whatever. You don’t realize that the days fly by and any moment your life could end. You know your mortal and your days are numbered. It’s actually, to think about it deeply, is a very good thing.  It’s a warrior’s mindset; it’s the art of thinking that a bullet can hit you at any time now. What it translates to is that you have to make the most of every moment. You have to have a sense of urgency and dedication to you so that you make the most of these hours and days. So you know that you have… put it simply…if you die tomorrow will you be satisfied? Did you have the life that you wanted?  Did you reach your goals? And probably not, and if you think that way then you will probably start thinking more of today. It can be very energizing to be aware of your mortality, and I think people avoid it. Then to waste a lot of time and they actually secretly get quite depressed because there not confronting something very basic, and in the war book I make it clear in a different way. Armies fight better when their backs are against the wall.  They know if they don’t fight like hell they will all die. So this is how you have to think about yourself in life. If you don’t fight like hell, you’re in trouble.  But you know, I don’t mean to be like this 24/7. No…. that would be very tiring and you need time off and you need entertainment and such. This is sort of a general philosophy that I talk about in that chapter in the 50th Law, and it’s also a beautiful philosophy that will make you appreciate life more.  If you are a little bit more aware of death itself.

While working side by side with 50Cent, describe what it was like, and what would you say is the most important quality that makes 50Cent the Self -Made Entrepreneur that he is today?

It was really a lot of fun. You know he is a big time celebrity, and living here in Los Angeles, I have met several celebrities before, but no one is like him.  I’m not someone that likes famous people, I would prefer hanging around regular people. He is different so that is why I agreed to do the book; he looks you in the eye. He treats you like an individual and he listens, and he is almost like a friend. Somebody you would want to talk to if you were hanging around in a bar or something. I really appreciated that quality. We spent a lot of time together, I hung out with him. I went to his home, he bought the house that Mike Tyson used to own, and it was really a strange place.  I hung out with him in New York and I went to Vegas with him to the video music awards. He is not a partying guy, he is actually a guy who likes to work out, do body building, and make business deals.  He is a little bit shy, but he is powerful.  So from the beginning I felt really comfortable with him, he doesn’t have a big ego, and it’s very nice to see.  Like I said before, the quality that separates him is fearlessness, and it is also his confidence. There were times when I would be hanging out with him and I would be going through my own thing and I would get a little down on myself, then I would be like, “WOW, this guy had to overcome a lot worse things than I ever had to in my life. Why should I be feeling this way?”  …I noticed that in his office, and he has hundreds of people working for him, I noticed that he had this effect on everyone and that everybody feeds off of his energy. His self confidence and his calmness, and I think it comes from nearly dying I believe.  You know he really was a half inch from dying and it kind of made him develop calmness, like death doesn’t matter. Like having 9 bullets in your body doesn’t matter, he developed a calmness, and it was very contagious. You know it affected me personally, and it made me think that maybe I should deal with my own fears and my own insecurities a little bit here.  Those are sort of the main things that I observed.  

What future projects can we expect from the famous Robert Greene?

Well,… I guess immediate projects, would be my next book. Which is definitely titled, “The Master Players”, basically I’m looking at…..I’ve done these four books about power and success in life, and I have noticed that all the people that I have discussed about, from Napoleon to 50 Cent to the Google guys or whatever, they all follow this kind of path, this one pattern, this sort of common denominator read through all their stories, and I’m really deeply going into that in this next book. It’s not necessarily about the political gaming ship that I have described in the other books. It’s more about the thinking process. I have this idea, that this is where we all have to work more for ourselves, in on so many levels. We have to be much more creative in the way that we think, and there is a way to do that. There is a potential in every one of us that were just not tapping into.  So, I’m looking at all these types of geniuses, people very talented who think in a very creative way, and I’m going to show you through examples, how that can be a part of your life through historical examples.  I have about 10 contemporary people that I have chosen to represent, what I call mastery. People that are masters in their field and skill sets, and I’m going to make this real clear.  You know there is that thing called the “Secret” that a lot of people go really into. I’m calling this kind of the “Anti Secret”, in the fact that it’s something that you can really learn, and you will have tremendous power, but it’s not easy. It’s not like…ohh, I just take a pill, and I just accomplish certain things. It’s difficult, you have to be ready to do hard work, and if you take these ideas and you apply them, five or ten years down the line, you’re going to have an empire or something like it. That is sort of what the new book is about.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A generals mind on defeat...

An excerpt from Defeat Into Victory written by one of the greatest military minds on strategy... William Slim

Defeat is bitter.  Bitter to the common soldier, but terribly biter to his general.  The soldier may comfort himself with the thought that, whatever the result, he has done his duty faithfully and steadfastly, but the commander has failed in his duty if he has not won victory for that is his duty.  He has no other comparable to it.  He will go over in his mind the events of his campaign.  “Here,” he will think, “I went wrong; here I took counsel of my fears when I should have been bold; there I should have waited to gather strength, not struck piecemeal; at such a moment I failed to grasp opportunity when it was presented to me. “  He will remember the soldiers whom he sent into the attack that failed and who did not come back.  He will recall the look in the eyes of men who trusted him. “I have failed them, “ he will say to himself, “and failed my country!” He will see himself for what it is- a defeated general.  In a dark hour we will turn in upon himself and question the very foundations of his leadership and manhood.  And then he must stop! For if he is ever to command in battle again, he must shake off these regrets, and stamp on them, as they claw at his will and his self-confidence.  He must beat off these attacks he delivers against himself, and cast out the doubts born of failure.  Forget them, and remember only the lessons to be learned from defeat-they are more than from victory.  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10 Powerful Quotes and Lyrics….by none other than Christopher Wallace...aka The Notorious B.I.G.

 "I grew up a fuckin screw up, got introduced to tha game, got an ounce and fuckin blew up."

“When you read magazines and you see everybody having fun, you think, ‘okay, that’s where I want to be.’ But once you get in it and you achieve the success that you want, it seems like that’s where the player hating starts. You know that’s where everybody’s like, ‘Well it’s not all that"

"Because the streets is a short stop/ Either you're slingin' crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot"-Things Done Changed

“Who shot ya? / Separate the weak from the ob solete /Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets / It’s on nigga, fuck all that bickering beef / I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek / Your heartbeat sound like Sasquatch feet / Thundering, shaking the concrete / I burn baby burn like Disco Inferno / Burn slow like blunts with ya yo / Peel more skins than Idaho potato / Niggaz know, the lyrical molestin’ is takin’ place / Fuckin’ with B.I.G. it ain’t safe” - Who Shot Ya

“Rhyme a few bars so I can buy a few cars / Then I kick a few flows so I can pimp a few hoes / Excellence is my presence never tense / Never hesitant leave a nigga bent real quick / Real sick, brawl nights, I perform like Mike / Anyone – Tyson, Jordan, Jackson / Action, pack guns, ridiculous / And I am quick to bust if my ends you touch”  - Victory

"Money and blood don't mix like 2 d---s with no chick/ Find yourself in serious s---" -'Ten Crack Commandments'

"I made the change from a common thief/ To up close and personal with Robin Leach" -'Juicy'

"Laugh now cry later, I rhyme greater/ Than the average playa hater, and spectators/ Buy my CD twice, they see me in the streets, They be like, 'Yo, he nice'/ But that's on the low doe" -'Long Kiss Goodnight'

“Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke, man I couldn't picture this
50 inch screen, money green leather sofa
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur
Phone bill about two G's flat
No need to worry, my accountant handles that
And my whole crew is loungin'
Celebratin' every day, no more public housin'”-

“We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us. No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us. Birthdays was the worst days, now we sip champagne when we thirsty.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A dream does not come without pain... VIDEO (Damon Dash on dreams)

"I think you have to give yourself goals and until you achieve them you have to work all day everyday till you get them. You can’t wait for someone to give you something. You really have to be on it and prepare. Work ethic is very important, its effort. I see a lot of wasted talent, I seen a lot of people that have a lot of skills insight but because they are so smart they cut corners and because of that you see it in their work and a result of their work. Then I see people that are not that brilliant but because they work so hard they are relentless they don’t get it initially but they eventually will because they are way ahead of that smarter person. I think it’s about being resilient and working hard if some closes the door I open it because the doors will always be closed" -Damon Dash

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My personal thought process in regards to women...

“In the game of buying unpopular stocks, if you don’t have the ability to ascertain the long term economics of the business you are engaging in some risky business! I never buy anything unless I can fill out on a piece of paper my reasons why? Questions compel us to think, but answers tell us whether to act!” ----The Great Warren Buffet
In the game of life, we all tend to make irrational mistakes in the way we choose to formulate are decisions. I can vouch to the fact that I am definitely a pawn in life’s game of chess, but sometimes we need to correct are irrational decisions by changing the way we THINK!

For example, when it come to business, most of you know that I tend to over calculate every enter and exit strategy before pulling the trigger.  Some of you like to call me a little to conservative or a contrarian if need be, but that’s just the way business should be treated. On the contrary, there are times when I like to step out of the box, and step away from my comfort zone, but only when my gut feeling kicks in.    Which leads me to the following example on the mechanics of the “Hugo” thought process.   As my tacit and explicit knowledge along with the compounding of my personal conceptual knowledge acts in congruence with the following “Hugo” thought process steps/survey/questions….

1. Why am I doing this?
2. Should I show emotion?
3. How will this decision affect me in the short term?
4. How will this decision affect me in the long term?
5. What is my best Exit Strategy?
6. What is my worst Exit Strategy?

Believe it or not, I actually have this written down in my black small planner that most of you have had the privilege to see me carry.  The following questions above allow me to personally evaluate the decisions that I am about to make in business and in life! I will give you a recent example;

There was this woman that I happen to have come across a couple of weeks ago that impressed me... Visually, she was very classy, and most of all had an amazing aura! I am very big on auras. After a very intriguing conversation with her, I could tell that she had an amazing personality that complimented her beauty. Then after asking her a couple of questions and using my own personal survey, I noticed that she was educated and had a great family background. To make a long story short, I decided to start pursuing the conversation with her a little further and noticed that she was an amazing women…..but still had not reached the point of her life where she was able to focus… she still loved to party!

Using these traits I decided to step away and reevaluate the situation by applying the following questions/survey;

1. Why am I doing this? -------Well first of all, why not! She is an amazing woman, physically, mentally and spiritually.
2. Should I show emotion? ---------- As of right now, no... The great sun Tzu states, “When you are weak, you should act strong, and when you are strong, you should act weak.”
3. How will this decision affect me in the short term? She would make an amazing friend, or maybe girlfriend, that I know for a fact I could have a lot of fun with.
4. How will this decision affect me in the long term? As of right now, her party habits would affect my business/personal ethics and destroy my discipline. I feel that her lack of focus would affect my drive and goals.
5. What is my best Exit Strategy? Keep her as a friend and colleague
6. What is my worst Exit Strategy? Start becoming involved and lose track of my focus.

Furthermore, after using the following system to formulate a strategy and rationalize my thinking abilities, I then came to the conclusion that I should just play the friend card. As of right now, I am at a point of my life where I CANNOT afford to make mistakes,…..physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, ect… and if I do…..I just have to regroup, re-evaluate, and move on. I guess I can say that I am trying to find a women that can complete me, for the short term and the long term. So….if you have anyone in mind that you can refer, I’m taking applications.   Just kidding….

Monday, October 24, 2011

Every man must do two things alone...

"Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” -Martin Luther

The most powerful criticism that anyone can receive is from themselves! Therefore you have to have the strength and humility to point out all of your own faults in order to turn them into positive attributes. Since, I first developed the fire to become an overachiever and entrepreneur; I have been criticized and slashed by all of my peers, friends, and even family. They called me names and even questioned my character… but at the end of the day, I have always had the last laugh.

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
That is why you have to have the strength to believe in YOURSELF! Because face it…. NO ONE else will believe in you, because the truth of the matter is…..they do not believe in themselves. 

Now ask yourself, "How could someone believe in others, when they do not have the strength to believe in themselves?"

Through the years, I have had the privilege to spend my entire life proving to myself that I am the best and nothing but the best! I do not want to sound arrogant, but in life you have to demand the best from yourself! Always pushing the limits, emotionally, mentally, and physically! It is during hard times that you have to have the inspiration to believe in yourself! Stays focused on the tasks at hand, and take the time to inspire others. That is what true leadership is all about!

If you have a dream, have the dignity and faith to go after it! The only person that you owe anything to, is yourself! Therefore, put your goals and dreams on paper and design some sort of plan and strategy towards achieving them . Even if you decide to only take 1hr a day out of your busy schedule to work on your goals, just do it!  Life somehow will reward you!

In addition, have the strength and the courage to believe in yourself. The world is full of NAYSAYERS that will try to bring you down to their realities….as the truth is….that they are just jealous that they will never have the strength to be in yours! Therefore, keep on striving to be the best and nothing but the BEST!  Set goals and have enough faith and mental toughness to go after them! Because at the end of this wonderful roller coaster that we call life… is all about how you finish the ride!   Vereour Nusquam

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The triangle of life... mind...body...soul...

“Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”   - M. Scott Peck

I can’t hardly stress it enough, but the most important commodity that one has is “TIME!”   In this world, my mother has professed many teachings to my brothers and I, but one of the most important concepts that we have ever carried from our youth to the present time, would have to be the famous principle of the "Triangle of Life." Growing up, my mother would always profess about the famous triangle.  In Geometry, a triangle is one of the basic shapes, with three corners or vertices.  It is governed by the law of three, and without one corner, it destroys its basic geometric shape or identity.  Therefore, the triangle of life has the same concept, but its three vertices or corners are;


In the bible, the body is always stressed to be a temple, and the same concept applies to the triangle of life.  Like M. Scott Peck states, “UNTIL YOU VALUE YOURSELF, YOU WONT VALUE YOUR TIME!”

Furthermore, if we use the triangle of life to discipline are “TEMPLE”, we are that much closer to reaching are inner peace.  The key to life is “Balance”, therefore you have to be able to find its equilibrium by paying attention to its desires.  Just like a Rolls Royce, your mind, body, and soul need daily tune ups.  For example; your mind needs daily enrichment via new knowledge and learning.  Your body needs energy via a healthy (working out, eating right) and abundant lifestyle.  Last but not least, your soul needs nourishment through prayer and meditation.   

For most, procrastination is the ultimate reward, but in essence it is the ultimate sin. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it, and in order to escape its deadly trap, you have to respect the most important person in your life, YOURSELF!

In conclusion, stop procrastinating, WAKE UP EARLIER and GO TO SLEEP LATER, for time is not on your side!  The body knows this, and will let you know how much ample time you need to run its motors.  Therefore, test your body, mind and soul to its limits.  Because when you do, the only variable stopping you is time!  Vereour Nasquam ...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Motivational Video Compilation – From Legend….. Michael “Air” Jordan…

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results." - Michael Jordan

Monday, October 17, 2011

It’s more than a Pro Biotic & Qore System, it’s a movement!...

“It’s more than a Pro Biotic & Qore System, it’s a movement!”

Follow Us: @QivanaMovement

In life and in business, one must train their brain to foresee what others cannot see! Even during trying economic times like today, where there seems like there is no opportunity or hope at all…. The fact of the matter is….THAT THERE IS!  In essence, the key to it all is VISION!

As I personally grow to become the entrepreneur that I dreamed to emulate as a youngster, I’ve realized that the key to success is just learning to play the simple game of probability. Brian Tracey, a motivational speaker, once quoted, “More than 90% of businesses succeed in an area where it is totally different from which it started.”  Therefore, by using probability, it is safe to state that if you keep on knocking on the doors of success, one is bound to open!

Which leads me to the following new project…
In life I have been blessed to meet some great moguls and AJ Monte is one of them… Please feel free to read his bio on Wikipedia..( )    As I am humbled and honored to have such a man consider me to be part of such a movement, that I could not resist the temptation.
In business, you have to learn to catch a product of this magnitude during its introductory stages of the product life cycle.  This basic strategy, compounded with a sound business model and credible top management, only makes this company a contender in the health and wellness industry
.   … Please feel free to read the following executive team bios:

Now the question you may be asking is….. What is Qivana?

Qivana is unique in the industry with the approach to product development. The Qivana founders, in conjunction with world-renown naturopathic physician Dr. Marcus Laux, developed a philosophy that the best approach to physical improvement, core balance and core strength is to utilize multiple products in a systematic approach. It’s a system that not only promotes improved health, but it also promotes long-term activity in our Independent Business Owners and customers alike.

We have scoured the earth to find powerful, time-tested ingredients that will deliver the benefits you need. Alone, each ingredient is impressive. But taken together in a synergistic system that complements each product's attributes, they are nothing short of remarkable.

Qivana’s QORE™ System is a practical health regimen created with world-class natural products. The system follows a very simple 3-step philosophy—Stabilize, Vitalize, and Optimize.

The funny parable about life is that when one door opens a domino effect begins to take place. Opportunities then tend to open, one after another, after another, after another! The key to it all is to train your brain to understand this analogy and calculate RISK! But don’t ponder upon the opportunity to much that you tend to talk yourself out of it. Because if you do not pull the trigger soon enough, it might just disappear.

This negative rationality, might compound into a negative domino effect, and if it does. Life will take those opportunities away from you, one after another! In life, sometimes you just have to learn to pull the trigger, because if you don’t, someone else will come along and pull it for you!

In conclusion, I hate to EXCLAIM THIS! But for the everyday middle class American, this economy is not going to get any better! Not now, a year from now, or even 3-5 years from now! I have been studying the fundamentals, and deep inside I PRAY TO GOD that I’m wrong! The good news is that, through hard work, opportunities WILL OPEN UP! If you can train your brain to see what others cannot see, you will notice them. Now it’s time for you to make the decision to capitalize on them!

Ladies and gentlemen….  “It’s more than a Pro Biotic & Qore System, it’s a movement!”

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hustler's Video Compilation Handbook ...Ten Rules...

Its not about the suits and ties...its about getting the job done...

The times have changed…it’s a new’s a new game…its NOT about the suits and ties…its about having a sick ass work ethic and collaborating with those that hit the pavement hard..its about getting the job done, its about survival of the fittest in an intuitive world of technology….either you play the game right…or just watch….   

Saturday, October 15, 2011

10 Quotes and Phrases to live by... written by Sun Tzu - The Art of War...

The Art of War was written sometime in the 6th century BC. by Chinese General and military strategist SunTzu.  This is one of the most influential ancient books on military strategy and writes the code for the art of governing men in life.

"The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected"

"If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected."

"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys.  Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"

"The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to w in or lose."

"He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign."

"Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards... Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain."

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete."


"If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete."

"Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated."

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Warren Buffet's words of wisdom...

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffet

An excerpt from the book “The Tao of Warren Buffet”  written by America’s favorite businessman that reveals one of his many secrets of success… 

This is Warren quoting the English philosopher Bertrand Russell, because his words so aptly describe the insidious nature of bad business habits that don’t become apparent until it is too late.  Such as cost cutting after your business is in trouble, which should have been done long before you even got to the doorsteps of danger.  The business that becomes bloated with unnecessary expenses in times of plenty is the business that will sink when things turn for the worse.  This propensity to delude oneself also tells you a lot about the management that let the business become bloated with expenses in the first place.  It is best to consciously check where all your habits are taking you long before you get there.  If you don’t like the direction in which you are headed, the time to change course is before you find your ship sinking the a sea of troubles. 

This is what happened to Warren with the Benjamin Graham inspired investment strategy of buying bargain stocks that were selling below book value regardless of the nature of the company’s long term economics.  This was something Warren was able to do with great success during the 1950’s and early 1960’s.  But he stayed with this approach long after it wasn’t viable anymore – the chains of habit were too light to be felt.  When he finally woke in the late 1970's to the fact that the Graham bargain ride was over, he shifted over to a strategy of buying exceptional business at reasonable prices and then holding them for long periods- thereby letting the business grow in value.  With the old strategy he made millions, but with the new one he made billions. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Difficult takes a day...impossible takes a week...

“Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week!” -Jay Z aka.. Shawn Carter

If I had to compare myself to a musical artist, it would definitely have to be Shawn Carter, or the man known as JAY Z. Shawn is a man that turned his visions and dreams into a reality. With persistence, perseverance, and a little leverage, he became a success to contend with.

For all those that don’t know his story, let me recollect. Shawn Carter, or Jay Z, was born in Brooklyn and was raised in the Marcy Housing projects of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn. Shawn came from a very humble foundation, and because of that, he was forced to work for his paper. At a young age, the street life was his battle field, and his lyrics were his ways of dealing with the pain and struggle that we call life. The streets formulated his business thought process and philosophies, and from then on he used his new innovative style of thinking to capitalize on all of its opportunities.

From the beginning of his young recording career, NO LABEL WOULD GIVE HIM THE LIGHT OF DAY. When no major label would give him a record deal, he decided to team up with his colleagues Kareem Biggs and Dame Dash, to form the DYNASTY known as Roc-A-Fella Records.

Instead of accepting the hand that life dealt him, Jay-Z changed his cards! He did this by leveraging his strengths with his new team, and in doing so, Roc-A-Fella became an EMPIRE!

In conclusion, as I was listening to my daily Jay-Z session @ the gym on my iPod, I could not help on realizing how much I love HIP HOP! “Difficult takes a day, and impossible takes a week!” For most, dreams and visions never become goals, therefore they are never accomplished. The last year has been a very memorable year for me. God has surrounded me with an amazing group of individuals, and in doing so, I have had the chance to capitalize on all their strengths. As leverage is the key to creating future fortunes, and with the right group of teammates on the field, and on the bench, your goals will only take a day to accomplish, and the IMPOSSIBLE may only take a week!

Which leads me to the following lyrics from the song, “Diamonds are forever”…. as stated before, as I was at the gym training blasting my iPod, I had the following song playing by Kanye West.  Jay Z’s Lyrics on the following song were so powerful, that I had to use it on the following post… Well ladies and gentlemen, here it is…… enjoy… IT’S THE ROC!!........

I got it from here 'ye damn!

The chain remains, the game is in tact
The name is mine, I'll take blame for that

The pressure's on, but guess who isn’t gon' crack? [laughs]
Pardon me I had to laugh at that

How could you falter when you're the rock of Gibraltar
I had to get of the boat so I could walk on water

This ain't no tall order, this is nothing to me
Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week

I do this in my sleep,
I sold Kilos of coke, (so?) I'm guessing' I can sell CD's

I'm not a businessman, I'm a BUSINESS, mannnn
So, Let me handle my BUSINESS, damn!

Kanyeez you got me, Freeway and Foxy
YG', Teairra Mari, Petey watch me

Bleek could be one hit away his whole career
As long as I'm alive, he's a millionaire
And even if I die, he's in my will somewhere
So he can just kick back and chill somewhere, oh yeah

He don't even have to write rhymes
The Dynasty like my money last three lifetimes

Shirley Bassey was in the rear saying exactly
What I was saying practically my whole career

The diamond is forever, I been minding' this forever
Now the Louis Vuitton Don's timing' couldn't be better

People lined up to see the Titanic sinking'
Instead we rose from the ash like a phoenix
If you waiting' for the end, the dynasty signed
And what seemed like forever is a mighty long time

I'm young bitches [laughs]

11 Quotes and Phrases to live by….by none other than Shawn Carter...aka Jay-Z

“Far from a Harvard student, just had the balls to do it”


"I’m C.E.O. and yeah good going God. I’m so indebted, I should have been deaded. Selling blow in the park, this I know in my heart. Now I’m so enlightened I might glow in the dark. I been up in the office you might know him as Clark But, just when you thought the whole world fell apart, I take off the blazer loosen up the tie, Step inside the booth Superman is alive… Kingdom come, Kingdom come"

"I'm not a businessman, I'm a BUSINESS, mannnn
So, Let me handle my BUSINESS, damn!"


‘I don’t sleep, keep one eye open like C-B-S’


“I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”-


“No lie, just know I chose my own fate / I drove by the fork in the road and went straight”


“9 to 5 is how u survive, I aint trying to survive I’m trying to live it to the limit and love alive." 


“I used to give a fuck, now I give a fuck less. What do I think of success? It sucks too much to stress.”


"I'm far from God, but I work god damn hard."


"Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself."


“I never asked for nothing I don’t demand of myself
Honesty, loyalty, friends and then wealth
Death before dishonor and I tell you what else
I tighten my belt ‘fore I beg for help
Foolish pride is what held me together through the years
I wasn’t felt which is why I ain’t never played myself
I just play the hand I’m dealt, I can’t say I’ve never knelt
before God and asked for better cards at times to no avail
But I never sat back feeling sorry for myself
If you don’t give me heaven I’ll raise hell
‘Til it’s heaven"