WHAT IS KNOWN IS WHAT IS SHOWN

WHAT IS KNOWN IS WHAT IS SHOWN

Today was one of the first days I decided to "dress up" for class and the reactions were quite surprising. Everyone inquired on which occasion I was dressed for in which I promptly responded "life".

Then again I had to remember everyone don't know about my days of high school/undergrad in which, I dressed to the tee almost everyday. And today's situation made me realize people only know what you show.

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For example, Kanye West may have the most misunderstood personality in existence. In the eyes of the public most people see arrogance,anger,unfiltered passion...qualities which may make someone very not personable.

But those who are closest to Ye always speak of his joking nature and often try to reassure the public , Ye is not as exaggerated as he seems.

Taken from Big Sean's verse on Kanye West's "See Me Now" 👉🏾 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy/id403822142

Taken from Big Sean's verse on Kanye West's "See Me Now" 👉🏾 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy/id403822142

However until a person see those said qualities for their self the only logical action that can follow is assumption.

So if you are seeking to be known/perceived as something else, then that something else is what you must make an effort to show. If you never show we'll never know!

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SHORTCUTS ARE EARNED

SHORTCUTS ARE EARNED

My mantra of #ANTISHORTCUT, still stands, in terms of there is no easy way in achieving what you want. But as you move closer to your achievements, you'll find they'll be things you could do to make the process much easier.

Allow me to explain.

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When I first started briefing cases for law school , I used to spend hours briefing one case! This is because I didn't know what I looking for in the material and I haven't spent enough time with.

Think of a first time driver. Their always extra cautious and tend to stick to preferred routes. But when there's someone experienced behind the wheel, they know places like the back of their hand and they can conduct an entire orchestra at the same time while driving.

Inexperience can't lead a person to taking alternatives (shortcuts). It's particularly the reason why taking shortcuts lead to failure because you haven't even put in the work to take one!

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TIME CAPSULE EFFECT

TIME CAPSULE EFFECT

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Recently KAWS(one of the most successful visual artists in the world) was posting old graffiti pics from the archives of his sketchbooks. It made me think of how those pictures are of much more valued now after seeing the level of success KAWS had reached.

Those postings started a shift in my mind and made me sure that I should keep my creations from earlier periods as they are sure to have more value over time.

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Hearing a JAY Z record in 91 definitely fails in comparison to a JAY Z record of today. But think about hearing an unreleased JAY Z record from 91' in 2017? It's much more intriguing to engulf yourself in the growth and differences between The Old HOV and the new HOV.

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People will always appreciate the journey, even if they don't appreciate it in the beginning. This is why they say the destination is the journey because when people finally learn of your journey they will be left in awe in how you evolved,grew, and achieved!

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TEN NAS SONGS NOT APPRECIATED BY CASUAL FANS

TEN NAS SONGS THAT YOU MUST HEAR THAT YOU PROBABLY NEVER HEARD

CLICK TO LISTEN~ https://tidal.com/playlist/7dbc8cce-b22f-40fe-85c5-176a86e19bc1

CLICK TO LISTEN~ https://tidal.com/playlist/7dbc8cce-b22f-40fe-85c5-176a86e19bc1

 Most people that I've heard love Nas really is grossly unfamiliar with his catalog and only know what's popular(similar to 2Pac fans) I personally know. Today is one of the GOATs birthday and here are ten songs I believe you need to listen to.

Peace god! Happy Bday Nas!  

Peace god! Happy Bday Nas!  

WHY WE LOVE HOODIE MELO

WHY WE LOVE HOODIE MELO

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When one thinks of the name Carmelo Anthony what comes to mind? Nuggets, Knicks, Champion (nope not yet) but a recent change of attitude may be enough to make that word more synonymous with the veteran hooper.

When Melo was drafted in 03' we saw a young superstar who we knew was destined for a ring. He won the FINAL FOUR tournament in college and we just knew that competitiveness would transfer to the elite level. Yet it's hard to recall if Carmelo ever made it past the first round.

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Even with promising rosters with the Nuggets and more recently the Knicks, Melo gave off a "I don't care I'm just here" attitude that wasn't taking him far, alongside off the court relationship drama, it wasn't looking too good. Then a change started to occur, people started to notice a different animal was released when a certain article of clothing was donned.

What we saw was the birth of Hoodie Melo. That's the nickname given to Melo after seeing him dominate and return to his competitive edge during off season runs of pickup basketball and training regimes.

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Hoodie Melo transcends the literal fact of Melo wearing a hoodie, its about the attitude , the promising look of a winner, the hunger, that is what makes the Hoodie Melo persona so compelling.

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Of course Melo will not be allowed to wear a hoodie while on the court so as silly it seems we are poised to ask ourselves "will Melo be the same without the hoodie"? Time will be our only determining factor but once the hunger for success sets in the only thing that can settle that appetite is more success!

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NO REST FOR CHAMPIONS

NO REST FOR CHAMPIONS

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So you achieved an incredibly difficult accomplishment in your life? Congrats, now the whole world is waiting to take you down, you should feel proud. Society tends to focus plenty of energy on winning "the big score" but hardly ever prepare for what come afterwards. Once you've surpassed everyone in your competitive sphere you immediately paint a target on your back.

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When Drake started to receive unprecedented praise as the biggest artist in the world people instantly went to "dethrone" him, sort of speak. The Patriots entered their season opener as winners on the biggest stage in football and went home with an L on the first night.

There's a quote from Dr.Dre that goes " You said you wanted a spot like mine But remember, anybody can get it The hard part is keeping it, motherfucker."

the quote above is taken from Kendrick Lamar's "Wesley's Theory" from his 2015 LP, TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

the quote above is taken from Kendrick Lamar's "Wesley's Theory" from his 2015 LP, TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

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The challenge isn't in winning it's the consistency of winning. Once you win you proved yourself to be the best but you give ammo into making others better. Take for example, the Golden State Warriors. After their acquisition of Kevin Durant, this past off-season left teams scrambling to compete with the juggernaut in Oakland, making trade deals left and right. But remember the KD trade happened as a result of Lebron being too good.

The best always make people readjust but the greatest always continue to readjust their game as well.

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TIMES OF WORK: TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE DAY & NIGHT

TIMES OF WORK: TAKING ADVANTAGE OF DAY & NIGHT

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I'm one week before law school "officially" starts but it's been feeling like two weeks already. Everyday I've been studying and briefing cases all of which have led me to allocate my time correctly.

MORNING

Probably the most effective way to take advantage of any day is getting your day started earlier than the average population. There's too many working advantages in this equation: the roads are clear, the lines are short, and the noise is non-existent. In my case my early rise has allowed me to get high demanded books checked out in the library before anyone could think of using them.

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EVENING

Much like doing things very early, accomplishing tasks late at night also have unparalleled advantages. Usually everyone is sleep or locked away which can give you time to exercise without any interruptions, go for an unbothered swim or simply catch up on some much delayed reading. In my case I use the late night as a precursor for the next day of work so I won't have to get up as early all the time. Using the late night hours effectively allows for extra sleep in the morning.

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As you move in your adult years you'll find the best time for getting things is done is either really early in the morning or really late at night. If you choose any time in between you can't complain about the horrors that comes with it , be prepared to deal with it and carry on!

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PLAYER OR PROPERTY

PLAYER OR PROPERTY

In most recent news NBA fans have been turned on their heads after learning of the trade that landed Kyrie Irving in Boston and Isaiah Thomas & Company in Cleveland. Upon this news fans in Boston began to burn Isaiah Thomas' jersey. The disrespect sent the King himself, Lebron James on a rant about the disheartening act.

Lebron James speaks on the burning of jerseys via his twitter account, http://www.twitter.com/kingjames

Lebron James speaks on the burning of jerseys via his twitter account, http://www.twitter.com/kingjames

This in turn led me to think how do people actually view these players? This isn't the first time a jersey is burnt and it won't be the last. Also, whenever players choose to speak their raw consciousness an uproar always seems to be caused. Naturally it's hard to show empathy for people who makes millions of dollars and live a life the average American could even dream about. However is that all people see in athletes , money makers that are sworn to undying loyalty or else ?

Boston fans burn Isaiah's Jersey  

Boston fans burn Isaiah's Jersey  

“You doing it for me, It’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me … you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”......excerpt from The Mercury News, article by Marcus Thompson II

Those statements were regarding the incident between Knicks owner James Dolan and NBALegend Charles Oakley.

Draymond speaks to the media about Charles Oakley

Draymond speaks to the media about Charles Oakley

So what's the call of action here? Boycott the NBA? Call everyone racist? No none of that will be necessary. Fans and Owners need to simply adopt a 7 letter word emphasized by Aretha Franklin.RESPECT.

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Respect the fact Isaiah Thomas led your favorite team to a NBA eastern conference finals. Respect the fact that Lebron led those 2007 Cavaliers to a finals and decided to come back to led them to more finals despite being disrespected by the owner.

Appreciation for the services of your favorite athletes is all it takes to keep basketball the competitive fun spirited sport it is. Most fans are emotionally invested but our emotions shouldn't be what makes us emotionless towards our favorite athletes, don't let that go over you head.

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WHAT TURNS A HOBBY INTO A PROFESSION

WHAT TURNS A HOBBY INTO A PROFESSION

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During yesterday's adventure on the internet, I was going back and forth between Reddit and YouTube watching comedy videos,reading series theories etc. I noticed that some of the reddit users comments were so well thought out and analytical , I thought to myself they could really capitalize off their way of thinking if they put it into some form of brand.

Then as I watched certain YouTube videos I noticed how clean-cut and professional they were and the videos weren't even serious topics just people having fun. It made me think what separates hobbies and professions, what allow people to have a well funded career for something they would do for free?

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MONETIZATION

For the most part when you seek to make money off of something it's just isn't fun and games anymore. For example, a graphic designer may just be a person who's good with photoshop and make flyers for people on occasion free of charge. However once that person decided to put a price on their services it's almost an instantaneous mind shift of "yeah,no problem" to "imma need a deposit".

monetized my hobby of drawing by creating clothes/accessories featuring my artwork, head to merchandise tab to purchase

monetized my hobby of drawing by creating clothes/accessories featuring my artwork, head to merchandise tab to purchase

COMMITMENT

This factor is the most crucial , just because someone makes a step towards monetization doesn't mean they're on the level of professionalism. A large group of people do things for money grab or as we like to call it "quick flips". When a person is operating from a mind state of the "quick flip" , the person is only attached to a thing as long as it brings them money. When the money stops so do they. It's the people who keep making videos when no one is watching , makes music when no one is listening, keeps auditioning when no one gives them a call back, those are the ones who gets to fulfill their dreams.

you need to have LEBRON JAMES level of commitment  !

you need to have LEBRON JAMES level of commitment  !

Overall, it's the commitment to your hobby that allows monetization to manifest. Quick grabs and easy hustles are all fool's gold. If you're not going to be serious with what you do , don't waste anyone's time, more importantly , don't waste your own!

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THE PERILS OF ADVICE

 THE PERILS OF ADVICE

 

If you're an avid viewer of HBO's hit series, Game of Thrones, you would know that Tyrion Lannister is among one of the most cleverest characters on the show. Known for being unusually skilled at reason and planning, his go to niche have been less than stellar this season. As most of his plans are foiled by his enemies outsmarting his moves every step of the way. Eventually his queen (Daenarys Targaryen ) eventually grows tired of his clever schemes and take matters into her own hands.

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Which brings us to our key lesson of today , we have to learn when it is time to stop listening to the advice of others. Most of the time advice from your closest council (parents,friends,etc) stems for good intention. However we must remember that those who issue the advice don't have to live with the consequences of the decision completely like we would have to. Earlier Daenarys is even warned by an elderly lady ally of hers named Olenna Tyrell, that she should think twice about listening to every word of Tyrion's and she should harness more of what makes her unique in the first place. She is a fearless conqueror not a master thinker like Tyrion.

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When we take advice from others it should be dissected and well evaluated before any of the said advice is implemented. Also it is important to note that a keen intuition triumphs an overly concocted plan any day. Therefore be weary of advice, double down on your instincts and make it a habit to double take the words of your advisors.

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HOW THE SEQUEL CAN TOP THE ORIGINAL

HOW THE SEQUEL CAN TOP THE ORIGINAL

After doing more work for the upcoming series of WELÇOME©(AYYEEEEEE SERIES 003 COMING SOON), I've been thinking how has this series top the previous entries. It made me think of sequels I deemed better than the original and I found there were two key factors that can make the sequel surpass the original.

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I. ABILITIES

I specifically remember playing MORTAL KOMBAT II for the SEGA GENESIS (nope I'm not that old, I was that young lol) and I almost instantly declared that it was better than the original. Due to the new character Kung Lao and his iconic move of throwing his hat, it was something I never seen before. In addition to knocking your opponent into a pool of acid or into a pit of spikes, MK II showed gruesome brutality at another level.

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II. AWARENESS

This factor brings me to the days of TEKKEN 2. I didn't end up playing the original until after the second one released and I don't think many people in my radius even knew what TEKKEN was. However TEKKEN 2 was a different animal, the universe was expanded by a deeper story, a parallel animated movie, and the effect of word of mouth help cultivate TEKKEN 2 from cult hit to icon status.

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My girl Sade Adu once said "It's Never as Good as the First Time" and in most cases she's correct, but when you can experience a second coming throughly surpassing the original, it is truly a moment to be cherished.

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MALFUNCTION and how to deal with it

MALFUNCTION and how to deal with it

Yesterday I was working on something really cool for next series of WELÇOME© ( AYYEEEEE SERIES 003 coming soon ) and my photoshop program kept shutting down after it was moving sluggish. I got a little frustrated because I was trying to bring this great idea to life but I had to reassess and do a double take on the situation.

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I. RESET

When it seem like everything in life is going wrong it may be a good idea to pull back and start over (as opposed to giving up). My program would not act right so it would end my frustrations to save this task for another day but instead I chose to simply close it and restart it to attempt my project again.

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II. THE TROUBLE IS WORTH IT

It seems as if every time I try to give the world something new and creative technology finds a way to sabotage it. However no amount of sabotage in the world could've stopped me from going after what I set out accomplishing and in the end the toiling was totally worth it. Our lives always puts us in positions where we question "why can't anything seem to go right"? Soon after we've endured long enough, we learn to appreciate the grueling experience of disappointments and set backs which leads us to enjoy the fruits of our labor with gratitude and satisfaction.

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