Friday, June 29, 2012

Before a dream is realized...

“…before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World test everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. It’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’” -Paulo Coehlo

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Life is a battle...

Whether it is in business, love, or even life. There is no failure except in no longer trying.  As great works are accomplished, not by strength, but by perseverance.  History tells us that almost all great leaders have been pushed to some point of insanity.  This insanity accompanies the ideology that death, and the anxiety we call fear, is no longer an option.  It is at this brink that man realizes the simple fact that it is all or nothing.   In military strategy, while cornered and under heavy attack, there is only one option…..TO FIGHT!

"You might as well stand and fight because if you run,  you will only die tired" - Vern Jocque - Sei Shin Kan.

In a book written in 1960, by Eleanor Roosevelt, titled “You Learn By Living” , she states the following on courage;

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' The anger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

In conclusion, through the days I have the pleasure to speak to several friends, family members, clients, and colleagues whom all face the constant dogma we call stress.  As this anxiety compounds into all of our daily agendas, we must learn to harness its energy and reflect it towards a more productive state.  Furthermore, “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins-not trough strength but by perseverance.”-Jackson Brown   


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jay Z talks business... (CNN DECODED INTERVIEW)

CNNMoney's full interview with the hip-hop mogul...   No Copyright infringement intended; all material belongs to CNNMoney..

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cuban on Investing: Diversification Is for Idiots...

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban sits down with the Journal's Alan Murray and weighs in on the fluctuating market. Cuban is investing in volatility. He believes "buy and hold is a crock of $%#!" and diversification is for idiots. Cuban also addresses how patent law stifles creativity, but refuses to address the NBA lockout. This interview originally aired on 8/12/2011. Contribution per the Wall Street Journal

Think like a kid...

Great motivational video for startups...

Strength in numbers...

"When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when you team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing."- Bo Schembechler


Friday, June 22, 2012

Sean Combs Explains His Worst Business Move...

 Hip Hop mogul, slash Bad Boy Records CEO, Sean Diddy Combs recently talked about what he feels was his biggest business mistake in a sit-down interview with FUSE TV. During the "On The Record" segment, Diddy says he used to overestimate his co-workers. (Source)

   "I think one of my biggest business mistakes was not realizing that everybody wasn't like me. Everybody didn't have the drive and determination; everybody's just not built for that. I think that some people need more time, and more nurturing...I mean artists that I've had. I've gotten older, I've become a little bit more nurturing and I've been a little more patient." 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

My #1 piece of advice...


"Persistence, persistence, persistence. That's my #1 piece of advice for entrepreneurs. I’m surprised at how few entrepreneurs follow up.  I’ll see them a year later and they’ll say, 'You weren’t interested,’ and I’ll say, 'How do you know? I'm not trying to excuse myself, but it’s really hard to have portfolio companies, respond to so many emails in a day, and still have two kids and a wife..... If you try once and give up, you don't have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You'll never succeed in sales or business development." - VC Mark Suster

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The best business training I ever got...

"The best business training I ever got was as the president of my fraternity.  Leadership skills come from doing, not reading.... 
I had to deal with everything from litigation, to fundraising, to collecting dues, to accepting and kicking out members, to planning social events....
Doing that at age 19 was the best training I ever had." - VC Mark Suster

Monday, June 18, 2012

Something Ventured *Trailer* Venture Capital...

"Everything comes from the entrepreneurs. I tend to look for scrappy people who were not born with a silver spoon. They're also people who aren't motivated by an unhealthy desire to stick their finger up at establishments. "- VC Mark Suster

Something Ventured is a documentary film about the original venture capitalists and the companies they helped to start and grow--like Apple, Intel, Genentech, Cisco, Tandem and Atari.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The greatest picture is not yet painted...

“Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted, the greatest play isn’t written, the greatest poem is unsung. There isn’t in all the world a perfect railroad, nor a good government, nor a sound law. Physics, mathematics, and especially the most advanced and exact of the sciences are being fundamentally revised. . . Psychology, economics, and sociology are awaiting a Darwin, whose work in turn is awaiting an Einstein.” — Lincoln Steffens

Monday, June 11, 2012

Change the situation...

“Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.” — Frank Goble

The creative person...

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.” — Carl Ally

Friday, June 8, 2012

Through the years...

Through the years, I have learned to appreciate the fact that I am different.  Different in the sense of, drive, beliefs, ideologies, philosophies, etc.   Through discipline, pain, and suffering, I have trained my mind to fight for what I believe in.  There are times when the masses are running with the herd, and that’s where my training and courage kicks in to high gear.  I too have doubts some times....  

Luckily, and with God’s help, I have had the pleasure to conquer several achievements.  Sometimes, I am too busy fighting life’s War, that I forget about all the small battles that I have fought and won.  Thankfully, I am blessed to say that I have good friends to remind me of those conquests.  To those select few, THANK YOU!

Monday, June 4, 2012

To be yourself...

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Street Knowledge) *Jadakiss* Lil Bruh Feat. Big Lynx, Pharrell...

At times I know life can seem miserable
But lil' bruh you gotta lotta more living to do (live)
You gotta go get, cause they ain't gon' give it to you (nah)
Just watch what you say and watch who you deliver it to (watch)
Put somethin away, cause you'll never know when it rains
And you can never feel the love without knowin the pain (hey)
The bracelet and the pinky ring go with the chain (uh-huh)
These the different kind of jewels though that go in your brain (jewels)
Pray for your downfall, when you doin your thang
If somethin happen while you in charge, then you was to blame (you)
The less co-D's the better, stay fly get cheddar
Don't expect the V.I. off letter (uh-uh)
When you get 'em never let up, when you fall get up (get up)
Wipe the tears off, get the blood and the sweat up (SWEAT!)
If you don't say nuttin you can't be set up (nah)
Always stand tall make sure you hold your head up (hold your head)

(Street Knowledge) *Jadakiss* Lil Bruh Feat. Big Lynx, Pharrell

To be nobody but yourself...

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."  ~e.e. cummings

No matter how old you get...

“No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive.” — John Cassavetes

Friday, June 1, 2012

Every human being has...

"Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach." ~ William Ellery Channing