Wednesday, December 19, 2012

22 Inspiring Quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte... [Quotes]

Napoleon Bonaparte (French: Napoléon Bonaparte, Italian: Napoleone Bonaparte [napoleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt]; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.  (Source)

He has become a major influence and source to those whom study strategy and guerilla tactics.  He is regarded as one of the most admirable and proficient military commanders of all time.  That is why it doesn’t hurt to learn a thing or two from the ambitious General.

Here are 22 inspirational quotes by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte (Source)

1. Friends must always be treated as if one day they might be enemies.

2. The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future.

3. We walk faster when we walk alone.

4. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

5. Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

6. Six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.

7. In our time none has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.

8. Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

9. The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

10. If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.

11. If I had not been born Napoleon, I would have liked to have been born Alexander.

12. God is on the side with the best artillery.

13. I would kiss a man's arse if I needed him.

14. If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre 

15. To extraordinary circumstances we must apply extraordinary remedies.

16. Great men are never cruel without necessity.

17. He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

18. Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go.

19. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

20. Victory belongs to the most persevering.

21. You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

22. Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Take on a part time hustle or apprenticeship...

For those who are dead set in starting a company from the ground up or jumping into the world of Entrepreneurship.  I can’t help but to stress the fact that you have to crawl first, before you take the first step, or even sprint. If you take a look at the average corporate 40 hr work week, which usually consists of 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday, there is still ample time for you to start working on a part time hustle or apprenticeship.

Figuratively speaking, you can do some serious damage from the hours of 7pm-12am.  That’s another 20 productive working hours that you can use to either master a craft, or build the foundation to your future venture.   Multiply that times 50 weeks a year, and you have created 1000hrs of extra revenue generated activity.   From a quantitative approach, 1000hrs / 8hr full time work day =  125 work days!

The fact is that you have to learn to capitalize on the energy that your youth admits, while you are young, so you can reap the fruits of your labor in the long term (when you are old).   This means that you have to take on as much responsibility and accountability while you are young, in order to augment enough tacit (street) knowledge that you can use towards starting your dream venture.

For those whom are looking for a part time, or either full time grind, the Services Sector and Advertising Industry offers several evolving niches.  From social media development to design, the potential for income opportunities are limitless.  You just have to step outside of your comfort zone, invest in yourself, and look.

Influenced by the CNN Money article, “Young and restless”, an article that addresses the top 20 jobs for young movers and shakers on the come up. I couldn’t help but to address the following flourishing career as a Product/Brand Manager.

According to the study; (Source)

Median Pay: $90,100
Most people make: $63,000 (90%)
Top Earners: $108,600  (10%)

“You won't be senior management, but you will have control over developing, managing and marketing an assigned product line. In other words, you get to exercise business savvy and creativity. A sizable salary and launching pad to other high-level marketing jobs are part of the package.”

If you need some help researching, feel free to use the global search encyclopedia known as “GOOGLE”, or you can check out the following Social Media Job site.

Please note that we do not endorse the site in any way, we are just using it as an example.  It is a pretty legit job search site though.  Just saying..

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Inside the mind of one of the greatest boxers of all time, Mike Tyson. [10 Quotes | Video]


1. As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.

2. Discipline is doing what you hate to do but doing it like you love it.

3. People think I was born this way. They dont know what it took to get this way.

4. When you have something in life that you want to accomplish, greatly, you have to be willing to give up your happiness.

5. Deep in your mind you say, God, I dont want to do this no more, and then you push."

6. No one wants to get up at 4 and run when it's pitch-dark, but it has to be done. The only reason i do it so early is because i believe the other guy isn't doing IT.

7. People wouldn’t want to be in my shoes. They really think that wow I can make the money, I can get rich, but if they had to go through some of the things I had to go through they will cry.

8. These guys who have been lily white and clean all their lives, if they went through what I went through, they would commit suicide. They don't have the heart that I have. I've lived places they can't defecate in."

9. I said I'm gonna stick to this boxing shit. I turned my whole life over to boxing. I turned into a complete animal, I turned into a disciplinarian."

10. Sometimes you can’t have fun accomplishing your goals. Don’t give in.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. [Mark Cuban Excerpt]

In the game of life, the simple fact is that concentrated practice overtime produces effective results.  Understanding the fundamental principle that mastering a craft takes time and patience, is quite the burden to most, as we currently live in an impulse world governed by ADHD, OCD, and my favorite “OPP” and any other letters in the alphabet… The enigma is that we live in a society governed by the media and social pressures that continually stray us away from producing effective results. 

As Mark Cuban states in the excerpt below, “When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.”  
To those whom have the mental discipline to master a craft, I commend you.  To those whom are weak and have folded to the pressures of society, please move out of the way of those whom are trying.  The world is yours…. Vereour Nusquam  

An excerpt from Mark Cuban’s Blog “Blog Maverick” …  (Source)

I hear it all the time from people. “I’m passionate about it.” “I’m not going to quit, It’s my passion”. Or I hear it as advice to students and others “Follow your passion”.

What a bunch of BS.  ”Follow Your Passion” is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get.

Why ? Because everyone is passionate about something. Usually more than 1 thing.  We are born with it. There are always going to be things we love to do. That we dream about doing.  That we really really want to do with our lives. Those passions aren’t worth a nickel.

Think about all the things you have been passionate about in your life. Think about all those passions that you considered making a career out of or building a company around.  How many were/are there ? Why did you bounce from one to another ?  Why were you not able to make a career or business out of any of those passions ? Or if you have been able to have some success, what was the key to the success.? Was it the passion or the effort you put in to your job or company ?

If you really want to know where you destiny lies, look at where you apply your time.
Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you .

Let me make this as clear as possible

1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.

2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.

3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it

4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mark Cuban speaks on his early success & the ability to learn from his failures [Video Interview]

This is a great interview done by “The Financialist” with the “Maverick of Entrepreneurship” Mark Cuban.  Mark Cuban speaks on his early success and the ability to learn from his failures.  (Source)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

He who fights for honor... [Quote]

Often regarded as one of the greatest military strategists in European history, Hannibal would later be considered one of the greatest generals of antiquity, together with Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Scipio, and Pyrrhus of Epirus.  (Source)

An excerpt from Hannibal's Ninety-Nine Truths...

He who fights for glory never lives long enough to hear the victory songs.

He who fights for gold is already blinded by the glitter and glare of his own greed, all to soon led astray by all things shiny.

He who fights for sport seldom finds the gods in a sporting mood.

He who fights for love must leave the one he loves the most behind so he can dance with the one 
he hates the most.

But he who fights for honor cannot be led astray. 

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Friday, November 30, 2012

You will take on this world alone...

During a conversation that I once had with Mr. Robert Greene on, “self reliance and what it takes to make it in this current volatile environment”, I couldn’t help but to appreciate his thoughts on taking on this world alone.  As he stated, “You were born in this world alone, you will take on this world alone, and you will die alone.”   To the context that the following statement is quite acrimonious to most conceptual values, the truth is that we are alone.  

It is this brutal conceptualization that must me conceptualized earlier on in our lives in order for us to be free of the propaganda that we are taught by are so called loved ones.   The truth is that we are alone, and that we must learn to discipline and master are own weaknesses in order to take on the world.   From time to time we will all be obstructed by variables that we could not control.  If conquered, these obstructions over time become the building blocks that form that foundations to empires.   Hannibal states in the Ninety Nine Truths, “ A first taste of defeat, though bitter, goes far to prepare your palate for future feasts.” 
As Dr. Lung states. “ The Samurai have a saying, “Nine times down, ten times up!” and so we learn from our mistakes – provided we survive of course, This adage has been taught a thousand ways across as many years. Steel can only be made by fire.  Learning to be a “good loser” really does build character…of course, learning to be a good winner pay dividends!”

Furthermore, the earlier that you learn to build self reliant characteristics, the earlier that you will have the self confidence to take on the world.  The world is yours… Vereour Nusquam 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We All Need A Mentor... Andre Harrell speaks on mentoring Sean Combs [Motivation]

In the world of business, it takes a significant amount of mental toughness and emotional discipline to deal with the daily duress.   From a young perspective, I have been privileged to learn this ethos from several credible mentors within several industries.   Through the years there characteristics and qualities have been ingrained into my personal daily mantras, and as the world turns, I have grown to accept them as my own.   

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." – Helen Keller

To all those whom have chosen the life of an entrepreneur, I commend you on your journey.   If you want to compound the rate of success exponentially, you need to find mentors that you can learn from and emulate promptly.   As Isaac Newton States, “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

I have provided the following video/radio interview by 100.3 with Andre Harrell as he reflects on mentoring Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy.  (Source)

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Questions & Bulletins that every aspiring entrepreneur should ask and live by...

Through the years, I have taken many volatile journeys.  From love to business ventures, the world of a young innovator is quite intriguing.   On the contrary, the journey has established many great friendships and has also destroyed many old ones.  As the world turns, one must have the myopia to keep on striving.
While in the Marines I learned that you need to constantly lead from the front.  This ethos has been ingrained in my mantra for many nights, as it has also been tested in the days.  For all those whom desire to take on the lonely and rewarding world of entrepreneurship, I have taken the time to write down some simple questions that one needs to ask, along with listing some bulletins that one needs to ingrain in there rationality.   Enjoy..

What drives you?

You have to wear what you are most comfortable with, so that you can perform your best work.

If your 70% sure than go for it.

You cannot be scared of change.

You have to look after your team, because they look after you.

You have to judge people on what they say and do.

Would you die for your brand?

Is your occupation or business a reflection of you?

Are you willing to put up with the hardships of the journey?

What is your business ethos?

You only really lose when you sell the shares.

Life is like a business, its 20% what happens to you and 80% how you respond.

If you are not growing than you are shrinking.

You need to stay consistent.

You never want to sacrifice clarity to be clever.

If you want to change your mindset and dynamic, you need to work and live outside of your comfort zone.

You need to constantly inspire and motivate yourself on a daily basis.

You need to find an industry with a void, do your due diligence, and run with it.

If you constantly lead, others will follow.

If you are not testing the boundaries, you are not working hard enough.

You need to work hard and with passion. 

You need to stay young and open minded.

You need to stay fanatical and with an industry long enough in order for you’re to experience the dividends.

Always ask yourself, “What more can you do?”

Stay Energetic and Enthusiastic, even when the world is against you.

If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give and spend today?

No one can judge effort, effort can only be judged by you.

Every moment is a new moment.

Never let your enemies choose the battlefield.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

*Part I & II* Rick Ross CLASSIC Interview [Presented By Reebok]

The following two interviews presented by Reebok are quite impelling to the minds of those whom are intrigued by art, hustle, and of course music.  Reebok takes the time to interview the mecca of hustle, Rick Ross, as he speaks on the earlier years.  Enjoy…

What is Art Basel?  (Source)

Art Basel is an international contemporary art fair held each June in Basel, Switzerland. Similar to the Venice Biennale, it has been called "the Olympics of the art world". Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Special sectors are devoted to recent artworks, curated exhibitions, video- and sound-based works, performances, and art in public spaces.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

An entrepreneur in today’s environment...

“Forget foundationless traditions, forget “moral” standards may have tried to cram down your throat, forget the beliefs people may have tried to intimidate you into accepting as “right.” – Robert J. Ringer

To the context that most subdue to the norms and values that society has imposed on them, the world of an entrepreneur is not so prevalent to the standard.  As the mindset of one that is constantly testing the boundaries of society, in business and in life, needs no justification. 

The framework above tests several schools of psychological thought, as it combusts with the “Egoism” argument.  So to end the condition of what is good for ones survival and personal happiness is moral… let’s throw the term “Ceteris Paribus” into the equation.

An entrepreneur in today’s environment needs to constantly adapt to the ever-changing dynamics that our government, society, business trends, family, significant others, ect, ect… throws at you.  Which means, that you need to ingrain an, “Adapt & Overcome” mentality to all the variables that are barraged upon you.  So stop complaining, and act in a fluid manner to your internal and external environment.    

In addition, if your goals and dreams are set above the norm, you must make the self commitment and sacrifice to do whatever you have to do in your power to get across the finish line.  Not from a context of hurting those and our environment, but who am I to judge. 

You need to act in a narcissistic manner, love yourself first, and act selfish.  Overtime, your selfish mentality will create an abundant world where those whom you love will enjoy.  So maximize your “pain”, in order to achieve your “pleasure”.  Put in those hours, and gain as much tacit and explicit knowledge to master your craft.  This is the moral context for which an entrepreneur needs to live.  This is my story, and I’m sticking to it.  Vereour Nusquam 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Powerful Quotes and Lyrics….by none other than the Teflon Don…aka Rick Ross

From the first time I heard, “Everyday I’m Hustlin”, from his 2006 Port of Miami Album, I was a fan.  His lyrics are as heavy and authoritative as the 300+pounds that he weights.  Through the years and in the industry he has earned the title, “Teflon Don,” as his persona transcends into his work ethic and life.   I have provided some of my favorite quotes and lyrics from the Don, as I hope they inspire you as they have motivated me.  Enjoy… (Source)

 “Young and radical, methods are mathematical”- "Live Fast, Die Young"

"I Embark On Life, My Path Is All Math
I Understand The Codes These Hackers Can't Crack

I Understand That Folks Expect Ne To Fold

Community Control To Violate Parole

I Won't Fail, But A Lot Of Men Will

I'm Iconic In The Field, Like Solomon's Seal"

- "Free Mason" - Rick Ross ft Jay-Z

"Lookin InThe mirror but I Don't See Much
Staring In The Streets So I Don't Sleep Much

Watching The Snakes So They Don't Creep Up

But The Way I'm gettin This Money N*ggas Can't Keep Up

You N*ggas Can't keep up, Niggaz Got Beef But It Can't Be Much

I'm Still Walking Thru The Crowds Like I Can't Be Touched"

- "Tears of Joy" - Rick Ross

"Self Made, You Just Affiliated
I Build The Ground Up, You Bought And Renovated

Talking Plenty Capers, Nothings Been Authenticated

Funny You Claiming The Same B*tch That I'm Penetrating "

- "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" - Rick Ross ft Styles P

"Momma Gettin Older Feelin Pains In Her Shoulder
I Gotta Stay Focused And Remain A Little Soldier

Brace A Few Wishfuls And The Streets Begin To Whisper

PrayingFor You N*ggas Still Stocking Up My Pistols

Lil N*gga Getting Murdered And Buried In All White

8th Grade School You All Thinking It’s Alright

Trying To Figure Out Where I’m Going With My Life

As I’m Stepping On The Brake And Hangin’ A Sharp Right"

- "All The Money In The World" - Rick Ross

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Words of wisdom fron Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones..aka "NAS"... [Video Clips]

Through the years… music, especially HIP HOP, has inspired me through many countless days and nights of servitude.   As the monotonous days on the grind are emotionally and financially volatile in nature, one must continuously inspire himself from within.  During these trying times of so called, “Grind”,  the radio or IPod is usually playing such artists, as Nas, Jay-z, Wu-Tang, 50-Cent, Common, Big-L…and the list goes on…

Since his first debut album in 1994, ILLmatic, Nas has inspired many, including myself, to take on the toughest of encumbrances. His lyrics have acted as a stepping ground for those who continually seek to hear someone whom has come from nothing, and has obtained everything. The “ComeUp” mentality has led him to become one of the genres all time greats.

I have provided an inspiring video clip from Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, also known as “NAS”, enjoy…

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Steve Stoute on Entrepreneurship and following your gut instinct… [Video]

Entrepreneur and Media Innovator Steve Stoute works with Target on their “Dare. Dream. Do” campaign.  The campaign is focused on honoring exceptional entrepreneurs and is featured by   

 Steve Stoute on Entrepreneurship and following your gut instinct…

I’m Steve Stoute, uh, I’m an entrepreneur. Early in my career as a, I was a record industry executive, I went from a road manager to an industry executive at Universal and Sony Music, and uh, my roles varied throughout those companies but I ended up becoming the president of both of the companies at the, the end, of the when I decided to walk away from the record business and go into the advertising business. 

In the advertising business I own an agency called, “Translation,” um, which does marketing and communication services for Fortune 500 companies. I left a big job, put it all on the line to go become a partner at an advertising agency in an industry that was, I was very new to, but um, at thirty. But it felt right; it felt like I could, if I bet on myself, I could, um, accelerate the growth, or my growth within that industry itself. If your gut instinct tells you that it’s right, I don’t associate that with risk. I think its risk when you don’t follow your gut instinct; that’s risky. Cause there’s something about that, there’s something about you, innately that says, “this makes sense, and for you not to follow that, you’re actually betting against yourself, and that’s risky.

As long as I’m honest with my beliefs, and I’m honest with what makes me wake up in the morning and go, “yeah I want to do this,” as long as I’m honest with that, and I don’t allow, um, the fear of risk, or the fear of fear itself to interfere with that, then, I’ll be happy. ‘Cause that, that would be pursuing my dreams. I never wanted to, do something, just because. I always wanted to do something that I was passionate about and I believe in. And, uh, that, that sorta encapsulates what my dreams are...

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