Thursday, September 13, 2012
A great excerpt from the 50th Law written by Robert Greene and 50 Cent on persistence and mastering your craft..
This is the dilemma we all face: to accomplish anything worthwhile in life generally takes some time—often in blocks of years. But we are creatures who find it very hard to manage such long periods. We are immersed in the day-to-day; our emotions fluctuate with each encounter. We have immediate desires we are constantly working to satisfy. In that long period of time that we need to reach a goal, we are assailed by a thousand distractions and temptations that seem more interesting. We lose sight of our objectives and end up following some detour. This is the source of so many of the failures in our lives.
To force yourself past any obstacle or temptation, you must be persistent. As children we all had this quality because we were single-minded; you must simply rediscover and redevelop this character trait. First, you must understand the role that your energy level plays in mastering a process and bringing something to completion. If you take on added goals or new tasks, your focus will be broken up and you will never attain what you wanted in the first place. You cannot persist on two or three paths, so avoid that temptation. Second, try breaking things up into smaller blocks of time. You have a large goal, but there are steps along the way, and steps within the steps. These steps represent months instead of years. Reaching these smaller goals gives you a sense of tangible reward and progress. This will make it easier for you to resist any diversions along the way and fearlessly push ahead. Remember: anything will give way to a sustained, persistent attack on your part.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"An interview is like Poetry", exclaims Jay Z. As one who has come up from the specks of Brooklyn, the fluidity of the mind must constantly be peerless to all those whom stand in front of him. In the short video produced by BInk, Hit Boy honors the great by correlating his thought patterns with Mr. Carters early mindset. Kanye West also takes a bite or two at the young lad. A great video for those on the come up... (Source)
Thursday, September 6, 2012
“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude. “ -Bruce Lee
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
As a young assiduous mind, one tends to constantly test the boundaries of colleagues, friends, and family. As society tends to play a stockade on one’s mind, one must constantly remind himself that he cannot surrender to the masses. The world of an “Entrepreneur” is quite lonesome and demanding, but it is also quite liberating and rewarding. Just remember, life in itself is liberating and rewarding, therefore we must do everything in our capacities to break away from the shackles of the norm, and it is only then when you’re subconscious and creative mind will be set free. Food for thought…
"Fear is perhaps the greatest enemy of candor. How many men fear to follow their conscience because they would rather conform to the opinion of other men than to the truth they know in their hearts! How can I be sincere if I am constantly changing my mind to conform with the shadow of what I think others expect of me?"- Thomas Merton
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
“Abundance makes us rich in dreams, for in dreams there are no limits. But it makes us poor in reality. It makes us soft and decadent, bored with what we have and in need of constant shocks to remind us that we are alive. In life you must be a warrior, and war requires realism. While others may find beauty in endless dreams, warriors find it in reality., in awareness of limits, in making the most of what they have. ... Warriors focus on what they do have, the strengths that they do possess and that they must use creatively. Knowing when to slow down, to renew, to retrench, they outlast their opponents. They play for the long term." - The 33 Strategies of War