My update on life:
Not that it matters to anyone. I'm just documenting my thoughts through this journey. The journey of becoming really successful that is. What does that even mean, how do you measure that? Yeah I still don't know.
Hoping to one day look back and see where I was mentally and etc. Its currently 1:56am August 14th, 2017.
How life is going:
I'm 22 and my birthday is in September,
I have never felt so free in my life. I have traveled so much this summer and did some amazing stuff. The world is so beautiful underwater, my memory is loaded with so much stuff.
On a side note, I never really talk about this. If someone asks me how I'm doing I either say blessed, good or alright.
To be completely honest and humble as possible I have never been so happy. Happy about life in general. I hate telling people that because most people are unhappy and me saying that makes them feel worse. I believe you create your own happiness.
I think attitude is gratitude for sure.
I think it's the fact that I'm so very thankful for what I have and then more comes. God keeps blessing me over and over again. As I'm not some perfect man, at the end of the day I know I'm doing something right.
Something that has been really surfacing in my spirit or personal thoughts is:
1st Peter 5:10.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Put that in your back pocket as you go through some of the trials of life.
Love life status:
I'll try to be as short as possible.
I have found very few women that match with me.
Or don't match as well as I would like.
With college starting back up my time goes into school and business.
If I was Labeled anything it would be "different" I don't drink or smoke, super ambitious, extremely hungry, high energy,
And Hard headed etc.
I'm extremely patient with this whole area. My perspective on this is the same as it is with life. Prepare for your opportunity so when it comes you can grab it. If all else fails and I make a lot of money and never find someone that completes me, I will dress up like batman and pull up to the orphan homes/ hospitals.
Business is going very well
During July, my business passed last year’s net sales. Over the past 4 years it has increased every year.
Amazon is really hard, eBay is easy, and trading stocks here and there. Stocks are like fishing and I have not caught a big one yet.
In May/June I used someone else’s money to make money. When you start pitching people and asking them for an investment/ loan you truly find out who believes in you and who doesn’t. They say if you find 3 people that always believe in you, in a lifetime then you are truly lucky.
Wisdom/ learning curve:
Something I've been learning is money doesn't change someone it makes them more of who they actually are. I find myself with money in my pockets but still eating the same stuff I grew up eating. The more expensive ramen, you know what I mean, the noodles in the plastic bowl you just heat up and mix the vegetables. I like them and they are only 69 cents lol…. Or just cooking up a can of spaghetti and meatballs or certain 10 for 10 TV dinners with 12 grams of protein. I don’t eat that every night but I’m just saying. Makes me think of Chad Johnson. Retired NFL player who made millions. Since 1996 he has been buying his Diamond Stud Earrings at Clair’s in the mall. When the light hits it, it all shines the same he says.
I think what more people need to learn, is that people come and go in life. Take what you can learn from them, even if they already left. I think some people are only here for seasons and reasons.
So many people hold on to people that have left.
(Easier said than done, I know)
If we can just look at Life like a garden, you have to keep the weeds out to enjoy the Beauty and Production of the garden. If you have people holding you back or down then it's time to pull the weeds out.... or you will never have production or beauty in your life. Because weeds outside the garden just watch flowers grow, people do the same. Alright enough with this weeds and people analogy. Totally off the top of my head.
1 Current dream:
You all are going to call me crazy for this one. If I make a ton of money I want to buy 1000 pairs of Nikes and have some big thing event for single parents, or lower income families with kids.
I would get a bunch of volunteers to help run this event but basically line a bunch of kids up. Hand them a pair of Nikes. And they all go through a line.
They sit in a chair, the volunteers and I would wash their feet. With a water bucket, soap, a bunch of sponges and a towel. Talk to them about life etc. The only reason why I’m writing that down is for documentation.
I was on a phone call last week with one of my good friends. He is experiencing a lot of success in a few areas of business. What he’s done is working, he has smashed his goals. He was talking about the success and he said to me what now? It’s always easy to give advice on anyone but yourself. I said you keep climbing that hill, you’re not at the top yet. You focus more, and work harder for a greater outcome. It made me think of Kobe Bryant, when he won his first NBA championship in 2000 and said “Ok, now what, what happens now?” After a 20-year career, he finished with 5 NBA championships. A week later looking at myself in 2017 and how it’s been such a great year all around I think to myself what now? I know the answer to my question but I keep thinking what now?
Random but interesting
For Christmas, all I want this year is this:
Bigger pictures of the people that matter most to me. Like hang on the wall kind of big. I think I cherish my friendships more than most. To me when I look at a picture of someone and myself It brings so many thoughts to mind. For example, a picture of one of my coaches and I after a big game in 2012 makes me think of all the things he has told me about life and the lessons that I learned with that person. Reminds me of the successes, the failures, and just the journey and how far I have come since 2012.
Motivational Posters as well. I’ve already ordered 8 of them.
Remember you become what you focus on.
I am just so different man, I guess we will see in time where that leads me.
Thought I would add something super arrogant to the end.
A few weeks ago, I was talking to someone, I worked a business camp this summer. One of the girls that was in some sort of leadership role saw me and we were just talking about the camp. She told me at first, she didn’t like me but I ended up being her favorite when it was all said in done.
I talked about her boss and said yeah, I don’t think she was a big fan of me, was she? The look on this girl’s face said it all, I laughed before she could say anything. (I had suggested a few things that may have been better options for camp efficiency and in the end, I think I was right and the boss knew it.) She said yeah, she really didn’t like you. My no filter quick response was yeah, I don’t blame her to be honest. The girl said, “wait why?”
I said well, people fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t beat and that’s the truth.
Next time someone doesn’t like you, remember there is always a reason.
You can’t win everyone over, keep climbing the mountain the opinions of the people running around the bottom don’t matter. Remember they will just see you climbing that mountain and will just talk about it from ground level.