BUT HE WORKED LIKE SUPER HARD THOUGH
The ongoing debate about whether to attend school or not continues almost each and everyday. To plainly nip the problem in the bud, YOU DO NOT NEED SCHOOL TO SUCCEED. That is extremely generally speaking though because the main people who stick by that rhetoric are more often than not lazy and don’t put in the necessary work to succeed.
The main argument people use is the “Bill Gates Dropped Outta Harvard” stance. That stance is extremely flawed for several reasons. After more life experience and hearing about how Microsoft came about, it was revealed to me that Bill had access to early innovative tech before anyone, you realize that first you gotta have the ability to even get in Harvard, then you gotta spend all your time working and not having a life.
People say they don’t need school but don’t put the hours on hours on hours on hours on hours on hours into creating, failing, failing , failing , failing, failing, failing, creating, sweating, failing, innovating, etc.
People expect to cut corners and get it quick and never realize how they are setting themselves up to lose. People who would always be adamant about NOT going to school, I would always remind them “Aye that 4 years is going on anyway might as well put it to use.” Then people make arguments about not having debt and I always thought like why is you worried about debt and you already broke lol.
I even thought about how the success of fictional characters embraced the idea of working super duper hard. Like in the anime NARUTO, the two strongest characters NARUTO and SASUKE trained the hardest out of everyone, nonstop and reaped the benefits. However on paper they’re rank as ninjas is still the lowest because they never passed the exam required to move up in ninja ranking. The feat of being the strongest is even more amazing for Naruto because is also the leader of his village. The leader of the village often attains the highest ninja rank before becoming the nation’s chosen leader.
Even though they are anime characters they are prime examples of people who didn’t take a traditional route and still succeeded. But like I vocalized throughout this article don’t shun school or any form of education unless you’re going to outwork everyone that’s enrolled in school by at least a 100 times!
SHOULD WE HAVE HEROES ?!
Yesterday I was listening to The Joe Budden Podcast w/ special Guest PUSHA T. Push has been in an on going feud with Drake for most of 2018 and while it cooled down it was rehashed due to Drake’s appearance on Lebron’s no holds barred talk show, THE SHOP.
On THE SHOP, Drake explained how he felt it was an odd coincidence that he confided in hip hop megastar Kanye West about his secret child, release dates, etc. only to be dissed by Push on a Ye beat followed by a horde of things Drake didn’t approve of .
As the conversation continued on Joe’s podcast I thought damn “Should We Even Have Heroes”? PUSHA T is someone Drizzy looked up to, even buying a supposedly used microphone of his and now he has to go to war with him. Kanye is also a blatant influence on Drake yet he has to publicly destroy Kanye because he felt slighted by Mr. West’s actions as of late.
It must be a hard thing to flip the switch from fan to enemy. Someone you dreamed of working with maybe even building a true bond with becomes one of your main sources of frustration and now it either he destroy you or you destroy him.
There’s a famous excerpt on legendary rapper Blade Icewood album “Blood Sweat & Tears” that has his uncle speaking in which his uncle says “Don’t Look Up to None of The N*****, Look Eye To Eye or Don’t Look at All”. That quote may be the proper way to go about handling interaction with heroes. If the pedestal is removed than maybe the disappointments can be less and the interaction can be more genuine.
I LOVE THE COMPOSITION
I was looking at a photo today on Instagram and I was really intrigued by the simplicity of it.
The simplistic nature of the photo made me wanna make a purchase and it just made think about the strength of composition.
To me composition is just the ability to put things exactly where they need to go. It’s like a producer placing a tag right before the beat the drop, an interior decorator placing the right center piece, or even a seamstress sewing the logo at just the right spot.
If you ever seen something off balanced then you can attest to how much strategic composition matters. That’s why when you see great composition, which I define as a bold feature that’s aesthetically simple, you too will be able to show your appreciation for fine composition.
IT MADE IT
Yesterday me and my girlfriend (whoa that still looks crazy on paper lol) was at her house studying when she moved a table to other side to use as a desk. When she moved the desk everything but the kitchen thing came flying off of it. I was like “Dang you gon break the table before it even get over” ( or something to that sort) and thats when she promptly responded “ it made it though”. At that moment is when it clicked to me. It’s not as important as to what happens while you get “there” as long as you get “there”.
Most of the time in our lives we have things planned down to the tee. As ambitious people it hurts when a plan doesn’t go as flawlessly as you would have like it to. But here’s the things about plans: NOTHING EVER GO AS PLANNED. So as you move from one side of the room to the next you may lose a few things on the way but you’ll be able to say “I made it though” . #PEACE
CHEAP DOESN’T CUT IT
This past week at the library I was super hungry and doing some intense studying for one of my midterms ( property to be exact). As we were getting ready to head home I wanted pizza so I contemplated on whether to just go next door and get it or wait till we get to the house to place an order for delivery. Getting it next door would have been cheaper but I would’ve had to walk with two boxes, my work bag, and my gym bag with my gym bag in particular being a bit heavy.
That’s when it hit me sometimes you gotta say screw being cheap and pay extra for the convenience. That same week I was taking the bus home to save money even though I should’ve just took an UBER/LYFT because I knew how tired I was and how bad I wanted to get home. But I chose to be Cheap McCheaperton and ended up having one of the worst bus experiences ever! Some guy who appeared insane, randomly started to adjust my tie, claimed that I knew him, and he was talking to a bush like he 2018 Moses.
On top of that my bus never came and I had to pay surcharge in Uber fees because of heavy traffic from a football game. All in all when you feel it in your gut bones that the convenience outweighs the cost just get off the cheap train and go ahead and cough up those few extra coins.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A GOOD PEP TALK
I love watching HOMETOWN HOOPS and seeing the athletes go hard at the LIFETIME ATHLETIC gym. Recently the video I watched featured Ben Simmons getting a run in and during the vid Rico Hines gave a quick pep talk encouraging the guys to give it all they got and make sure they get a great session in. Boy was that pep talk effective. Guys was flying all over the place making every play count like it was the NBA FINALS . That’s when it hit me , you can never underestimate a good pep talk.
In the process of improving it easy to become your own worst critic rendering you the possibility of being stuck in your head. Sometimes you just need verbal affirmations from another source that sends you to the direction of a more focused performance. That focused performance can be anything not just athlete related.
A senior partner can give a rising associate the push he needs, The Math teacher can give the student the much needed push to succeed on an exam, and so on and so forth. We should never underestimate the good things we can say about each other because we need each other and if those positive things can be harnessed into action than that is when boundaries are pushed and CHANGE IS MADE!
I LOVE TIMESKIPS
An essential element of storytelling is using the passage of time well. Timeskips, for those who don’t know is a literary device that advances the timeline of the story ex number of years that usually show older versions of the protagonists.
The reason I love timeskips so much is for, the simple of idea of growth. You ride with these characters for a lengthy amount of episodes and then you get to see a dramatic change and it makes it feel like as if you’ve grown up with them.
The most perfect example is in NARUTO. When the first series started to air on Cartoon Network and when I first read it in Shonen Jump, I was roughly the same age as Naruto.
When the timeskip happened in the next series I was also around his age which made it literally feel like I was growing up with them.
But timeskips is a heavy discussion topic for today because I’ve been watching GINTAMA and they just had a timeskip. A weak and supporting character named Shinpachi just received massive growth due to the time skip.
He was always super serious, couldn’t really hold his own in a fight, and was far from cool. But since the first time he was shown in the timeskip he possessed the same poise as the series’ main protagonist (Gintoki). His growth is making me more invested in the story because it is always amazing to see the weak go to strong.
If you’re a storyteller yourself think about the usage of timeskips, when done correctly it is one of the biggest payoffs in storytelling.
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Often times people make moves when things are “perfect” at the time. Everything looks good but no thorough inspection is given. It’s like moving into a neighborhood in the winter.
As the old saying goes “you never know a neighborhood until it’s the summertime”. When the summer come around the heat brings the people out and allows the true essence of the neighborhood to show.
When the heat of life pressures us we are forced to come out “winter bubble” and face the summertime madness. We face the summertime madness by emerging from our “perfect” comfortable position and make a calculated decision by facing the uncomfortable heat. Only then will we know what we’re truly made of.
HIGHLIGHTERS SAVED MY LIFE
Its finals time for school and that means even more reading and studying than the ungodly amount already required. During these periods I’ve been using a highlighter a whole lot. Now previously before the law school experience it was rare I used a highlighter but now I keep one with me like its a strap lmao. It then hit me that highlighters really are the saving to grace to understanding and learning.
I use the highlighters to make an emphasis on ideas that sticks out to me and it makes recalling the information very easy because it jumps right out the page.
I also use highlighters a lot when I read my bible, so if I’m just freelancing through the book, I can just read the standout verses I like to read everyday.
Highlighters should be propped up more in society as they are a tool for the brain that makes organization a breeze. So what are you waiting for? Start highlighting today.
TO GIVE IT A CHANCE
Much of my life I’ve been picky about the things I like. Whether its food or music or clothing, I stuck to what I really liked and that was it. But as we grow so do our interests and this is ok. New times can often change perspective.
I thought about this when I seen a poster for the upcoming GUNDAM movie. First thought..”Boy this is going to be trash”. Then I thought “Wait..I thought the same thing of the Transformers movies (first one was good the rest was garbage)” and I loved the first Transformers but I hated the cartoons and I don’t really have a thing for robots.
If we don’t at least give some things a chance then we will never really know if we don’t like it. Now some things don’t have to be tried but as far extracurriculars/interests a second look can always payoff rather than just writing something off because it isn’t immediately peaking interest.
New technology would never be able to thrive if things weren’t given a chance. Like voice is about to become a big staple in our culture. It sounds uninteresting now because that aren’t what we’re used to but we weren’t used to supercomputers just hanging in our pockets either. So what have you written off lately? It may time to revisit that thing and give it a chance for once.