Uncomfortable vs Exhaustion

So you want to be successful huh? Well there’s one thing in this world that has the ability to change our whole life in an instant. You know what it is? Its action. So first step, you just need to make a decision.

Ask yourself this, a year from now, five years from now, what are you going to wish you did today? The secret to getting ahead in this world is first getting started. You can’t let fear stand in the way of your dreams. You cannot think “Oh what if this doesn’t work?” If you believe enough in the process and the end result, success is going to come to you. It will. You just got to be willing to see it through to the end. But first you just got to jump in the deep end man; and once something goes into motion it stays in motion. The process itself feeds the fire. You can’t be trapped by fear. Limits like fears, they’re illusions. Disregard them. If you’re passionate about it and you go full throttle, there is no doubt: you are going to be good at it.

Because what makes someone good at something? Its dedication, hard work, and its doing it with the proper direction and methodology. So if you plug away you are going to be good.

But what makes someone a professional at something? Its the concept of taking that little idea, that little decision you make, and executing to take it as far as your imagination holds. Dedicating every breath in your body to that single cause. Seeing the grand picture at the end of the road to be the absolute best. And not settling for any reason. Its not talent, its not innate ability, it simply comes down to how hungry you are.

How hungry are you to improve? How big is your appetite for success? What are you willing to do to reach your dreams?

The professionals, the best at their craft, they don’t care about the naysayers. They don’t care about the fun they are foregoing. They don’t take days off. They are one hundred percent set in their ways in perfecting their craft. Because its all for a much larger purpose than any semblance of happiness that immediate gratification provides. Reaching your goal? Well thats just pure bliss.

The higher the expectations, the larger the goal? Well the feeling just magnifies. So whats the difference between you and them? The professionals, they are the ones who are willing to knock on the doors of complete exhaustion every single day. Now let me define exhaustion for you.

Exhaustion is at that very point where its just so damn painful that you just can’t push anymore. That it hurts so bad that you cannot even think straight. Its in reaching that point when deep down, you know, that you did absolutely everything in your power. That there wasn’t one more thing you  could have done. So whats the difference between them and you?

What are you doing at this present moment in time? Ask yourself this: Are you moving closer towards your goals, or are you moving further away from them? Are you knocking on those doors of exhaustion, or are you just comfortable? You see, being uncomfortable is not exhaustion. Being uncomfortable is your mind quitting before your body. Being uncomfortable is just saying no to trying again. Achieving greatness happens when you are willing to do something that will kill you just to make you better.

You see, its easier to buy the ticket to see the game then it is to be the one to prepare for it. Its easier to hang out with your friends then it is to hang with the stairs for an hour. Its easier to sleep in then it is to wake up to a hundred sprints. Its easier to go to a party then it is to go ass to the grass in squats. Its easier to watch athletes from the couch then it is to be the one hoisting the trophy.

But its also a lot easier to look back on your life and know you gave it your all then it is to live with regrets. Not living up to your potential… Well that weighs on your shoulders for a life time.

No one said that being successful was going to be easy. But I will tell you one thing, it sure as hell is worth it. You are your own maker in your world, and there is no such thing as failure. You just got to tell it, “No. Not this time. Not with me.” I’m going to try again, and again, and again, and I’m going to look failure straight in thew face and I’m going to tell it that I am willing to go through all of the struggles to reach my dreams. Because without struggle there is never going to be any progress. Its all in how bad you want it.

How big is your appetite for success? Do you just want a bite, or are you starving out there for it?

Stay empty. Stay driven. Stay hungry.

–Jaret Grossman–

 

In the Dark – by Jaret Grossman

Will you film when no one is watching?  Will you sing when no one is listening? Will you write when not one soul will read it? Because if you can, then its yours.

Will you do it in the dark? When no one is there to tell you what to do or who you should be. When no one is there looking over your shoulder making sure you actually do it. There is no one grading your homework here. You’re the teacher and you are the student.

So will you do it when no one cares? When there is no funding, no support. When there are no crowds and no one is there to cheer you on and pump you up – will you do it then?

The greatest advice I can ever give you is that you must be successful before you can ever be successful. Meaning, whatever you want to do in this life, or whoever you want to be, you most do it before you are ever rewarded for it. Because if you  can’t handle that struggle, you don’t deserve the comfort.

See, you want to be an inspiration – but  you can’t influence anybody if you can’t influence one person first: yourself. How are you going to be that rock to someone if you can’t do it now, by-your-self? You want to be relied upon? You have to make it through that mud first.

See, last time I checked its ‘monkey see, monkey do,’ not ‘monkey hear, monkey do.’ Your character is defined by what you actually do. And no action speaks louder than when you do it when no one is paying attention. When there is no accountability except to yourself, and your own word becomes your bond.

You will be rewarded in public for what you spend years doing in the dark, alone, in your private time. Do you do it for Instagram or is that genuinely who you are? Have the water bottles just lying around the car if that’s who you are, don’t clean up when someone stops by the house.

You can fool people some of the time but you can’t fake life. You can’t bypass universal principles that this universe was created upon. All the behaviors, all of them tie together. Because you bring yourself into everything that you do. So how you do anything is how you do everything.

And if you want to be a legend then there has to be something different about you. Its called congruency. Will you hold the door open when you don’t get a thank you? How do you treat people you don’t have to be nice too?

Real legends, real ones do the right thing. Especially when there is no reward. So you better earn your stripes when no one knows your name. When no one is giving you money to continue. And you better believe in yourself when no one else does. And you better believe in some moral principles long before you are under those lights.

Because the war is won before it is ever fought.

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The American’T Dream (The Purse Suit of Happyness) – by Suli Breaks

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Let’s plat a game.

You guess who used to work at the Gap: Kanye West.

Guess who used to sell hot dogs at the Mall: Eva Mendes.

I heard President Andrew Johnson was a tailor,

George Washington was a surveyor,

Herbert Hoover was an engineer,

Theodore Roosevelt was a rancher,

And President Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer.

Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine was a clown,

But look who’s laughing now.

You know what I noticed about successful people?

Successful people take a course of action which coincides with their belief or passion.

Put your hand up if you work a nine to five, or five to nine,

Or just any job which you don’t enjoy but takes up half your time.

Well hopefully in a couple weeks, months, days, year’s time,

You’ll be able to come back to this video, hear that first line, and keep your hand down.

Because how many times have you visualized taking the pen from the manager’s desk,

Or the one that the cashier keeps behind the till,

The one your supervisor places strategically in their hair,

Or the one the security guard keeps behind his ear

For extra intimidation in writing your resignation.

Because there’s nothing wrong with making an honest living.

But be honest, are you honestly living?

With this menial job which allows you just to stay afloat,

Yes, a job, a J-O-B

Which leaves you just over broke, every single month.

Living your life just for the weekend. Living life just on the weekend.

Because the other five days belong to your manager.

You see there’s a big difference between a job and a career.

Because in the career, no matter how many hours you work you do it because its satisfactory.

But in a job you do it for a salary. Because you’re stuck in the rat race.

And you know, being stuck in the race is one of the biggest of traps,

Because as a matter of fact, even if you win the rat race you’re still just a rat.

See I understand the need to have a job temporarily.

But pursue a career eventually.

Because in my J-O-B, I used to sell at least two hundred shoes a day,

And none of that was ever reflected in my pay.

One of my colleagues once made the company five grand in one month and you know what he got?

An e-mail, a £20 discount voucher, and a complimentary lunch.

And you think you’re safe because your job is commission-based.

Until you’ve been working there for three years and a secretary with the short skirt gets a promotion,

Because her and her boss went for dinner real late.

I’m sure you can relate.

But wait. Are we still happy, with an extra week holiday and a raise in the salary?

Perhaps, we need more clarity, let’s look at the “statistics.”

Because the industrial revolution was beneficial technologically,

But it coerced a lot of people into factories

For ridiculous salaries to benefit their families.

And that shaped people’s mentalities exponentially

And essentially it became the norm

To work for someone else by the turn of the century.

And I could have regurgitated facts and figures to support this,

But I choose not to boast

Plus, that would give them nothing to write about in the Huffington Post.

Now in three years, I’ve had six jobs

And that made me think that long-term, I could never be happy

Working one of these jobs.

And I used to have a rich uncle called Steve,

And they say the apple don’t fall far from the tree,

So, maybe subconsciously I was trying to get one of Steve’s jobs

I understand more than anyone

That a job allows you to pay the bills, make ends meet, and survive.

But that’s exactly what it is, surviving not living.

I hope you are aware of the difference,

It’s like when you hear, but don’t listen.

Because you can hear good advice, but if you don’t heed it

It does no benefit to your system.

The same way only knowledge with application is wisdom.

I hope you’re creating the distinction.

Shawn Corey Carter said it best:

“Nine to Five is how you survive, and I’m not trying to survive.”

So he strived hard for his dream and look where it took him.

So bear that in mind next time you drive pass that arena in Brooklyn.

But then again, survival is the only trait that every human being has in common.

And do not take this as a reason to quit your job,

Go back home and stare at a computer screen.

Because a government check plus idleness does not equal success,

Success will not fall in your lap.

In my family, we have a saying, it says:

“If you really want to grow trees pray for rain. But don’t neglect to water your seeds”

Chase your dreams, because I wrote this

On the back of the payslip on a late shift

The grave shift, a slave shift for makeshift wages

Google the term corporate sharecropping

And you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

If somebody wants, if somebody wants to do these jobs then let them.

And from the bottom of my heart, I respect them.

Because I once met garbage man who was the happiest man that I’ve ever met.

But don’t become a slave to a paycheck

Because a job is a safe net

The condom which the system uses to screw you

And none of us would be here if everyone practiced safe sex

Stand Tall.

And if you’re not sure if you’re building someone else’s dream

Maybe this will help.

Jerry Gillies said, “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it

Because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”

And don’t be afraid to innovate.

Because it’s not about how much change you make,

But rather about how much change you make.

Because a business that makes nothing but money,

Is a poor business.

So you decide what your life is worth.

Your passion or your paycheck?

Because your “playing small” does not serve the world

Because what is our deepest fear – it’s not that we are inadequate

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure

Confucius:

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

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Be Successful Before You Can Be Successful

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You have to be successful before you can ever be successful. Some of you caught me, some of you didn’t. You have to be successful from within first, before you can ever be successful in terms of the public eye. You can never make a lot of money until your habits are there that dictate you deserve a lot of money. You can never be really ripped until your habits are there that you deserve to be really ripped. It’s the most universal law in physics; every action has an opposite and equal reaction.

So you’re expecting a reaction, but what’s the action? What’s the driving force that is going to produce the result that you want? You have to give with your energy, your effort, your sweat equity. Whatever your material that you posses, you need to leave it out in the environment, create a beneficial foot print in some way shape or form, if you are ever going to receive something.

Michael Jordan used to say that he didn’t compete with other people on the basketball court. If he did he would have never been the person that he eventually became. He used to say that the standard that he set for himself was such a ridiculous standard that no one could ever live up to it. That his work ethic was just in this direction of competing with what he was capable of. Not the today version. Not the yesterday version. Not the tomorrow version. But what he was capable of!

And what you practice during your private time, you will be rewarded for in the public eye. You are capable of so much more than you could ever imagine. Your capabilities and your standards need to be raised in terms of what you are producing today, what you are going to produce tomorrow. That you are going to say to yourself:

I am going to do more in a half hour, I am going to commit more to myself than most people commit during eight hours of work, that I’ll get more done in that time. And then I am going to work ten hours with that pace. And then when I get home I am going to walk the dog – because I have energy that just comes to me, I am capable of that. Then I am going to wash the dishes, then I am going to make my bed, clean my room. Then I am going to read, then I am going to go back to the gym, then every single meal is going to be right. And when I am in the gym, I’m not going to stop when the first sign of lactic acid comes in and I get that fatigue – because that’s a limitation of what I am capable of. That ten reps? I’m not going to set that limitation, I am going to start counting when it hurts. And I am not going to stop until I literally cannot do it anymore.

You need to raise the standard of what you think is acceptable and unacceptable of yourself. What car do you want to drive? Do you want the best or are you ok with mediocre? How much money do you want to make? Do you want to have a really fat cushion, or are you ok just getting by? Are you ok with being fifteen percent body fat? Or do you say to yourself, ‘there is not going to be a day that goes by that I don’t look at my abs – and I need to improve every single day?’

That’s a standard. And you’re capable of something that you can not even fathom – that you can’t imagine. But you need to be successful on the inside – with your habits, with your rituals, with your routine. And give your energy throughout every single opportunity that you’re presented throughout all twenty-four hours. That you are not going to say that ‘I can’t do this.” Because that’s a limitation of what you’re capable of. You’re not going to say that ‘I am tired, that I need to rest,’ but you’re going to say ‘I am going to do this. And I am going to do it to the best of my ability and I am going to do it until I can’t do it anymore. And then I am going to gain the muscle so that tomorrow it is going to be easier to do it, it’s not going to be harder.’

Compete with what you are capable of. Not the people who you surround yourself by. Not with who you were yesterday. Not with who you are today. But with what you are capable of. And then it is just a matter of time before you are going to be a legend.

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Separate Yourself

I’m not going to say the name, but you will only be That Guy, you will only eat or breath, you will only drive around with people screaming your name for four years if you don’t get your stuff together. You’re the man now, but you won’t be the man forever. And the worst thing in life is not to be broke; the worst thing in life is to taste some success and then you got to go back to being nobody – that’s hard.

I’m going to say it again because I want to make sure you catch it. It’s one thing to be broke because you cool – like we grew up, we were broke, I didn’t know. We just doing honey sandwiches; I didn’t know something was wrong with that. Right? Just mayonnaise sandwiches; I didn’t know anything was wrong with that. But now that I’m successful I see, Oh, we didn’t have options. Right?

Listen to me very closely; the sweetest commercial that MJ did, you know the commercial where Mike was just talking about he made the game look – – he apologizes for making the game look so easy!

Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy, when it wasn’t. Made I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that every shot was a game winner; that my game was built on flash, and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength; that my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a god given gift, and not something I worked for every single day of my life. Maybe I destroyed the game. Or maybe… you’re just making excuses.

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You aint the only one doing what you doing. You aint the only one doing what you doing. And there’s some kid who didn’t get to come here and he’s pissed that he didn’t get to come here. He thought he should be here too, and guess what he’s doing? While you’re in here listening to me, while you’re getting your shoes, while you’re getting your Michael Jordan gear, while you’re feeling like, Yup, I made it! I’m one of the top twenty baby! There’s some kid who didn’t get to make it and right now he’s trying to take your spot. Right now he’s saying Yup. He beat me to The Classic, but I’ll get him in the NCA. I’ll get him next year. And if I don’t get him then I’ll get him after that and I’ll see him in the pros and I’ll get him then. Are you hearing what I’m saying? You’ve got an opportunity but you’ve got to separate yourselves.

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~Eric Thomas~

‘A’ Game?

They called me last year, they said ‘ET we saw you, you did a couple of things, we need you to come to our main office in Detroit. Our top leaders – we’re going to have our top leaders, we want you to speak to our top leaders in downtown Detroit.’ I said ‘I’m there.’

I get there, I’m ready, you know I got my little shirt on, my shorts… my man pulled me to the side and said ‘Mr. Thomas can I speak with you please?’  I’m like ‘no problem. Let’s holler – what’s up?’ He’s like, ‘Well Mr. Thomas I need you to understand the depth of this engagement. I don’t know who you’ve work for before but this is next level.’ I was like ‘Alright, talk to me.’ He was like, ‘We’re bringing off our top leaders, so they’re not going to be on the phones which means we’re going to be potentially losing thousands of dollars in that hour while we’re working with you. You have to-when this is over-you have to produce.’ I’m like ‘Wow…’ So he said, ‘Mr. Thomas, I just need one thing from you.’ I said, ‘Yes sir?’ He said, ‘Your “A” game.’ I said ‘my what?’ He said, ‘Your “A” game.’

I said, ‘Oh I’m sorry, I understand. You come from privilege… so you got like maybe an “A,” a “B,” and a “C” game. Maybe your mom a country club I don’t know… your father owns a company I don’t know… But where you come from you got “A,” “B,” and “C” I get it.’ I said ‘Listen to me very closely. I don’t know if you read my bio but I told you my momma had me when she was seventeen, I didn’t meet my old dude until I was thirty – my father right now is sixty-six years old still trying to get his GED. I don’t know if you know who I am, but when I get on YouTube and I tell these kids they can do it – they watching me every Monday. I got schools in the D – they start their school on Monday morning watching me. They don’t have a daddy, their dad’s in jail; they don’t have a brother, their brother’s in jail, I’m all they got! You don’t understand – my son’s in Michigan State, and I pay for it in cash! My daughter wants to go to Harvard – you don’t get it! My sister just had a baby and she aint making no money! “A” game? All I got is an “A” game! I aint got a “B” game! I aint got a “C” game! When I finish, people are relying on me!’

Some of yall, when you get on the field, you forgot! You forgot what it was like when you was hustling in high school playing ball. When you were in college hustling to get to this point – and now you here, and you think you’re here because they got six or seven different kinds of meat for you over there. Yeah I saw yall, you got six different kinds of meats over there… G said ‘some of yall want this, he got to get that because some of yall want that.’ And I’m like, ‘Ooh you aint grinding no more…’

It aint that you aint got it – you remember the time when, and be honest with me, high school maybe, college – you remember when you was like one hundred percent? You was giving everything, every play, every down before they had a card with your name on it… before you had the jersey… you remember that? Before you got to this level you was on that level? You was all ways – and that’s what makes E.T., E.T.

I aint smart, it took me twelve years to get a four year degree. My book is a best seller and I failed English three times in college. But the difference between me and most people is – you might be sweeter than me, you might be bigger than me, you might grind, listen to me, I don’t know – you might have money, I don’t know where you come from but you will not out work me! Every single time! I’m not in here speaking like I’m getting paid twenty – listen to me, I’m in here like I’m getting thirty! This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m going to take advantage of it!

So yall got to do me a favor, from now on when you do what you do – I don’t care if you’re practicing, I don’t care if you’re playing yourself at a video game… you heard what I said. You put in one hundred and twenty percent every time or you don’t put in anything because-listen to me very closely-today this opportunity that you have, it might not be here next year, it might not be here the year after next, it might not be here the year after that. This is the only moment you’ve got, and you better take advantage of this particular moment.

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~Eric Thomas~

The Young Man and the Guru.

The story is about a young man, who wanted to make a lot of money and he decided to go to this guru. He told the guru that, “I want to be on the same level you’re on.” So the Guru said, “If you want to be on the same level I’m on, I’ll meet you tomorrow at the beach at four a.m.” “The beach?” the young man asked, puzzled. “I said I want to make money; I don’t want to swim.”

The guru said, “If you want to make money, I’ll meet you tomorrow at four a.m.”

The young man got there at four a.m. ready to rock and roll, he’s got on a suit (he should have worn shorts), the old man grabs his hand and says, “How bad do you want to be successful?” The young man says, “Real bad.” The guru says, “Walk on out into the water.” So the young man walks out into the water (watch this), when he walks out into the water it goes waist deep. The young man is thinking, “… this guy is crazy… I want to make money and you got me out here swimming, I didn’t ask to be a life guard, I want to make money. And you got me in…” The guru interrupted the young man’s thoughts and said, “Come out a little further.” The young man walked out a little further, the water was right around his shoulder area. The young man is thinking again, “… this man is crazy, he’s making money, but he’s crazy.” The guru said, “Come on out a little further.” The young man came out a little further, the water was right at his mouth. My guy is like, “I’m about to go back… this guy is out his mind!

So the old man said, “I thought you said you want to be successful?”

The young man said, “I do.” The guru commanded, “Walk out a little further.” The young man came and the guru reached down and dropped his head in, holding him down, the young man starts beating and slapping the water. He had him held down and just before the young man was about to pass out, the guru raised him up. He said, “I got a question for you. When you were under water, what did you want to do?” The young man said, “I wanted to breathe.”

The guru told the guy:

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

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