WE MAY LOVE TALKING ABOUT ART MORE THAN WE LOVE ENJOYING IT

WE MAY LOVE TALKING ABOUT ART MORE THAN WE LOVE ENJOYING IT

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Yesterday I was listening to Bill Simmons podcast as he and Judd Apatow(movie director best known for 40 year old virgin and Knocked Up) was discussing how television is digested different now that Netflix and streaming services are now heavily apart of our culture. Bill spoke on how there is something special about having to wait week to week for the next episode and spending that week indulging/analyzing the recent episode with friends until the next one airs. This made me think we may actually enjoy talking about art way more than we do partaking in it.

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Back in high school we would have this thing called the "morning hook up" where every morning before class people would meet on the 3rd floor of the school to socialize. During those moments you would often hear people discussed a big moment in television from the previous night. Everyone would be excited to give their 2 cents and the shows would always be a great assist for jokes to be made for the day. That was especially valuable because during our high school years we were EXTREMELY silly. The conversation would definitely out last the content that provided the conversation, which in turned brought us closer and built camaraderie within our class.

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Talking about the arts may definitely bring us more joy due to the power of word of mouth. When word of mouth is implicated it's almost as if you're an authoritative figure when you expose people to great things they haven't discovered yet. Noticed how whenever someone tells you about something new they go into great detail about the content, gives strong reasons why you should engage with it, and frequently make check ups to see if you have followed through.

Talking is clearly one of humanity strongest points especially when it comes to the arts. Being able to share orally what we experienced visually is a wonder all within it self.

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GODS GREATEST GIFT

GODS GREATEST GIFT

Every once in a while I go through my old drawings to track how far my improvement came. I was stunned to see my skill level go through a dramatic change over the years. It made me think that God's greatest gift is indeed progress. Knowing that in time things will inevitably change, its good to know that it's in your favor to wind up on the good side of that change.

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Take for an example of how music is recorded in a studio. Years ago people would have to use actual plug ins and enough equipment to power a time machine. Now a days you can just have a mic laptop and a keyboard to make music that sounded like it came out of a fully furnished studio. Time is here to make things more proficient and adequate to our current circumstances. Imagine living with no electricity like the 1800s in today's time. I'll go as far as saying not improving in a stretch of time is a disrespect to God himself. All this time and you have nothing to show for it, what were you doing?!

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Like every gift given from God it can only be appreciated if it is used in the right manner. It's time we use our biological clock wisely and our progress we'll show whether we used our minutes effectively or not.

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PROOF THAT LIFE IS CHESS

PROOF THAT LIFE IS CHESS

You've heard the saying life is chess not checkers a million times(most people who used that term never even seen a chess board in real life). It's old but it stands true. I often play with my chess app on the highest difficulty at times to try and improve my skill. Today I decided to play on the easiest setting and work my way up in difficulty. I wanted to see how many games I could win by mindlessly moving pieces until I was forced to think and use strategy. I won every game until I put the game's difficulty at the midway point and I started to get my ass kick.

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This shows that when people bullshit their way through life it eventually catches up to them. You do the bare minimum at your job because no one calls you out for it or you wing every exam at school never being dissatisfied as long as you receive a passing grade. As life progresses it will inevitably hand your ass to you much like the artificial intelligence of a computer chess game did to me.

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Mindlessly navigating life with no direction only does a disservice to yourself, no one else! Eventually as you progress through life you will be exposed either you can learn to take the game seriously or continue a vicious losing streak. No one can make it off raw talent alone it take much effort, repeated losses, and an array of strategies to ensure victory on higher levels. Each move you make in life is similar to a chess piece on the board, think twice about thinking twice and go forth with the best move possible, taking all strategy and life lessons with you.

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THE SPECTATORS WILL SHOW

THE SPECTATORS WILL SHOW

A couple days ago the world's greatest basketball player (Lebron James) alongside the new school hype Ben Simmons gathered to watch Lonzo Ball to play in one of his summer league games. Lonzo Ball has captured most of the nation's attention due to antics of his father Lavar Ball speaking about how great of player Lonzo is and will become.

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When your notoriety reaches a certain level be ready for people to watch how your life plays out constantly. Some people gather to see you fail,some to succeed, and others are just curious to know how the cards will unfold for you. The pressure of performance should never bereft you, as long as your focus stays on your task and not your spectating audience. Just as in Lonzo case, never once did you hear him join in on the talking and speculating that his father did across the media. Anytime you've seen him on a platform he spoke modest and kept all conversation on basketball, speaking on what he brings to the table. That same night Lebron & company attended his game he put up a staggering 36 points and 11 assists. Lonzo made have switched his shoes for the night (wearing the Kobe signatures instead of his own ZO2 sneakers) but never did he switch his focus. Let spectators spectate and hopefully what they'll be watching is you being great.

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HOW TO TAKE EDUCATION INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

HOW TO TAKE EDUCATION INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

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Yesterday I started to amp up the amount of resources I would go to, for more information about business/entrepreneurship. This action made me remember how I would handle my pursuit of education during my undergrad years. When my marketing professor finished his lecture I always felt like it wasn't enough and it wasn't specified to what I wanted to know about marketing. So I would always go to the library and go to various websites like fast company,Forbes,etc and check out various books to read in my own spare time. Those actions were me taking my education into my own hands, anyone could do the same if they posses the two traits I displayed.

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I. NATURAL INCLINATION

I chose my major as business marketing because that is what came natural to me. I was always conscious of how I was portrayed and I used how I dress, my talents, and my social behavior to dictate how I was going to display myself to the world and that would also have an effect on how people perceive me. It's more difficult (not impossible) to educate yourself on things that doesn't come as natural to you. If you're good at math it wouldn't make sense to thwart your efforts towards english. By honing in on what come natural to you, you can make your path to becoming an educated master on your craft much smoother.

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II. DESIRE TO LEARN

I wasn't satisfied with what my professor told me. I genuinely wanted to know more about marketing and how to give my business more reach not just get a passing grade without have any real applicable knowledge. You can have natural athletic tendencies but if you have no desire to put in hours at the gym, you'll never reach your full potential.

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Overall true education starts outside the classroom. If a person is solely dependent on one source of learning, that person isn't left with much to grow from. Formal education must be treated as just another part of your learning and never being your end all be all.

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KEEP IT COMING: The Key to Making Content Last Longer

KEEP IT COMING: The Key to Making Content Last Longer

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It's been almost two weeks since JAY:Z released his 13th studio album, 4:44. Still after it's initial release HOV continues to release videos one week after another that continues to explain the album in the form of video footnotes and music visuals. As I was watching the video, I realized what Jay was doing was like DLC (downloadable content).

 

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DLC is a tactic mainly used by the video game industry to strengthen the shelf life of a game. Instead of putting all the story modes or characters in at the initial release , these companies instead offers new content for separate purchases several weeks after the game has been released. Often the release of the DLC would come just about when a user is finished with the game and the DLC would allow the gamer to play even further.

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The lesson to be taken from here is that the consumer can become a reoccurring purchaser or engager when content is strategically stretched upon a period of time. This also gives the product layers and forces the user to spend more time with the content to understand and digest each level of depth that may lie within the product. An adjustment may not necessarily mean pumping out new content every two seconds the adjustment may simply be making the content last longer than usual.

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CHANGE THE ORDER: AN INSIDE LOOK ON PERSPECTIVE

CHANGE THE ORDER: AN INSIDE LOOK ON PERSPECTIVE

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Yesterday I was having my usual jam session, listening to my current rotation of songs from my playlists. When I changed the filter of how the songs was sorted (it changed from date saved to artists by alphabetical order) I discovered songs that I haven't listened to in a while. This action made me think of how if we can just switch one way of how we all always do a task,it could be the same as giving ourselves a brand new experience.

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 Before I made the sorting change I was having the same songs on repeat and it started to grow tiresome. I kept saying "'man I need  some new tracks to listen to". We could be searching for new ways to shop,cut our hair,etc. the continual doing of the task isn't the problem, it's the remedial action of doing the task one way that is a nuisance. The great thing about shifting perspectives is it doesn't take much to approach a situation from a different angle, it could be as a simple as changing your sorting options in your playlists.

 

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A NAME WORTH INCONVENIENCE

A NAME WORTH INCONVENIENCE

Today JAY-Z releases his 13th studio album 4:44. Being the business man that is Shawn Carter, you could've guaranteed that this was going to be a TIDAL exclusive. I'm a longtime Spotify subscriber and I didn't think twice about activating a tidal subscription just for this JAY-Z album. Once I activated my new subscription it made me think of why do we go out of our way for certain people even when it inconveniences us and I thought of two reasons.

JAY-Z's 13th studio album 4:44 exclusively available on TIDAL , stream here 👉🏾 https://tidal.com/album/75413011

JAY-Z's 13th studio album 4:44 exclusively available on TIDAL , stream here 👉🏾 https://tidal.com/album/75413011

I. LOVE

Not only do I regard JAY-Z as the greatest rapper of all time, I look at him as a guide for pivotal moments in my life. After hearing the snippets I knew JAY-Z was going in a direction that was much needed in today's climate, he was on the route to deep wisdom and deliberate introspection. Our love for our family and friends makes us go the extra mile because of the role and title they hold in our lives. That love is enough to make us do just about anything.

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II. TRUST

I'm such an avid listener of JAY-Z and I love all his albums. I even defended the album people call his weakest album (KINGDOM COME) as a stand out in his catalog. I knew anytime HOV announces a new album I would be in for a treat and more importantly he would meet my expectations! When we go out on a limb for someone more often than not we realize we would do the same. Also we believe that our expectation would be met in any scenario we go out of our way for.

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Paying an extra 12.99 seems like a blimp on the radar for me because it is a chance to hear the greatest rapper express hisself in the most freest form. Going the extra mile for loved ones is second nature because that's what you do when they bear a name that's worth the inconvenience .

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SUN WILL SHINE: THE KEY FACT OF WEATHERING STORMS

SUN WILL SHINE: THE KEY FACT OF WEATHERING STORMS

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Yesterday we were driving from one side of town to the next and we started out with regular weather with the sun shining bright. As we made our way to the other side of town the clouds began to shift and the rain started to fall. The rainfall got heavier and heavier it started to feel like we were in the midst of a dangerous storm. As we headed back to the other side of town I've noticed that it was back to being a bright sun shiny day even more so before we transitioned to the other part of town.

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I said to myself "Wow we done seen crazy rain and a super bright sun all in the same day" and that's when it clicked to me. Life is a lot like the weather we've experienced going from different parts of town. On our journey we are sure to endure storms and it may be even more than what we expected (it sure was like that for us yesterday ). However staying on the journey ensures that you'd see a brighter day just like we did when we made our way back to the other side of town.

"BUT MY THEORY IS THE SUN SHINES CLEARLY ( SUN WILL SHINE CLEARLY)"!

- DJ CLUE & JAY-Z

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THE NIGHT BEFORE: The One Key to Preparation

THE NIGHT BEFORE: The One Key to Preparation

Most of my days require me to get up earlier than most which doesn't leave me a lot of time to lollygag in the morning. A key to my morning is the outfit of the day and I quickly learned that picking my clothes out the day of take too much time out my day and leaves me exiting the door way later than I want.

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To combat those issues I learned to iron and set out everything the night before and when it comes morning time I can hop up the bed throw my clothes on and dip out.

Often times in our life we wait until we reach a heads on collision with our problem then we decide to react instead of being prepared. Most people fail to prepare properly due to the fatigue that the day has already brought which makes them put things off to the future instead of handling them in the here and now.

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Trust me when I say you're going to thank yourself for doing those seemingly big tasks sooner than later. So make it a habit to avoid the habit of rushing and being pressed for time instead; do your due diligence the night before then, you can watch as your day go a lot more smoother than it would've before.

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NEW YORK MINUTE: THE QUICKEST WAY TO MAKE A DECISION

NEW YORK MINUTE: THE QUICKEST WAY TO MAKE A DECISION

If you've ever been to New York you know people pack the streets from sun up to sun down. During people commute they most certainly have to walk across the street at some point. Due to the overwhelming traffic the walking signals are usually ignored and people make their own calls of when to walk across the street.

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People darting across the street can be seen as a lesson to use in our everyday lives. When you see an opportunity you must take it , hesitation of any kind can lead to an unfavorable outcome and you can miss your chance to get across the hurdle(street).

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When people want to take a chance the first thing they tend to do is spend an absurd amount of time deliberating decisions. If people took as much time deliberating crossing the street as they do life decisions, their bodies would've been seen flying across the street. You could wait on a walking signal to tell you you're clear or quickly but proficiently assess the area and make your way across on your own merit.

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In our lives we can tend to be overloaded with a bunch of decisions to make , one of the clearest ways to overcome is make a decision and stick it through!

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BALL OUT: THREE KEYS TO PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE

BALL OUT: THREE KEYS TO PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE

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Yesterday I was playing NBA2K with my brother and his friend. I used to be a 2K God but as of late I haven't played like I once did in years! My brother's friend placed a wager that I lost my touch and could beat me in the game. My brother was hesitant to place a bet but shortly agreed afterwards. Knowing that I couldn't let my brother down I decided to turn up my game just like so many have to do in real life.

STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW

Often times when people feel pressure they react without thinking which usually leads to more trouble than they started out with. Crucial mistakes can be avoided when you choose to stick to what you know. While I was playing the game my brother was telling me to keep doing what I've been doing the whole game, as he noticed I was veering off track which would've led to my defeat. Sticking to my trap defense allowed me to secure the victory. Roll with a plan that always worked for you to keep the victories rolling in.

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HAVE FAITH

When people are inexperienced they get flustered by their lack of experience and fall short of their expected goals. The one thing that triumph inexperience is faith; having belief that you can achieve a feat that seems so fleeting from you. Due to my years of not playing 2K , my use of controls/schemes were extremely off and I couldn't flow how I wanted. Relying on my instinct of pure 2K knowledge I knew I could rally up the strength to overcome a great and more experienced player than myself.

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TRUST YOUR CORNER

Advice is such a tricky subject mainly due to the fact that most people who give advice are in no position to give it at all. A sure way to know that a person is worthy of giving advice is if they share the experience in the field that they're giving advice for. My brother has been playing 2K much more frequently than me and he knew of my previously possessed skills so I could trust everything he was telling me. Him wanting to see me come out victorious enabled me to rely on his guidance and not arrogantly play off my own wit.

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"THE PRESSURE's ON BUT GUESS WHO AINT GON CRACK? PARDON ME I HAD TO LAUGH AT THAT" ~ JAY Z

Life can get tricky and difficult but just because something is hard doesn't mean it can't be accomplished, it just means you have to go harder to accomplish it.

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WORK TO OUTWORK: THE ONE KEY TO GETTING AHEAD OF THE PACK

WORK TO OUTWORK: THE ONE KEY TO GETTING AHEAD OF THE PACK

 

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 Today, I was listening to my favorite podcast The Brilliant Idiots, hosted by Andrew Schulz & Charlamagne Tha God. During the episode they brought Jay Williams ( former NBA player & college basketball star) to discuss the 2017 NBA FINALS. They spoke on the downward spiral and pitiful decline of Tiger Woods' career ( Damn Tiger) but; in the midst of that conversation they brought up the fact of how Tiger's drive was similar to KOBE BRYANT.

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 Jay said once before a game he asked Kobe "How do you do it " and he responded simply with "I out work you". "When I seen you come into the gym, 45 minutes into my workout I had to keep working out to show you I was going to keep going even after you left". Jay concluded that he went to drop 30 on them that night in the game. 

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 As I mentioned before true competition is with yourself but, if you must recognize others as competitors the one sure fire way to out last them is to simply go further than they would. They run 3 miles you run 6, they practice left hand layups you practice left,right,and reverse layups, so on and so forth. Outworking your opponent isn't just for some vain glorification of self, that intense amount of work shows your passion and dedication to the world and yourself. If your aim is to be placed among the greatest (no matter what field) then its time to get to work because its a guarantee others are pushing and breaking their limits even as you read this. Get to work! 

 

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