LEBRON JAMES

SKIP THRU THAT LANE: THE INCREDIBLE BENEFIT OF STICKING TO WHAT YOU DO

SKIP THRU THAT LANE: THE INCREDIBLE BENEFIT OF STICKING TO WHAT YOU DO


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A recent post of FILAYYYY on Instagram made me think to myself, “Wow this young man is really out here off doing these videos”.


The picture served as a quick reminder to me to always stick with what it is that you do.


Not trying to make an unauthorized biography on the kid but, here’s a brief background of what I know for those who don’t know.


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FILAYYYY is a basketball aficionado, who creates hilarious voiceovers for the most insane basketball highlights that occurs over the season.


Simply letting his love for the game guide him, allowed him to take his brand all over the world by consistently uploading videos of his hilarious takes on basketball.


What some may not know is, he even plays basketball himself and continues to develop his game.


You may not get into the industry of your choice by the time way you desired but if you truly have love for your craft you will find yourself in the game someway somehow.


People who thought they wanted to act, may get a shot at becoming production assistants and realize they love being behind the camera more.


Even if that isn’t the case that said person still gets into the industry of their dreams which is the overall goal anyways.


No matter what you may want to pursue there is always a point of entry as long as there is a lane to skip thru!

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS MAKING LEBRON’S SEASON EVEN MORE SAVAGE!

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS MAKING LEBRON’s SEASON EVEN MORE SAVAGE!

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In this day and age legacy is formed just as much off the court as on the court.

Imagine if Jordan could’ve chronicled all of his pinnacle moments via social media, during his NBA reign. It would’ve made his status that much greater because we would’ve really felt like we was on that journey with him.

Now let’s turn our attention to Lebron and that’s exactly what it feels like is happening now.

This finally strike me on the head, when I seen Lebron’s post about time stamping his Zoom Soldier 11s as the “ejected game” 11s.

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Since the beginning of the summer Lebron has taken us thru his journey of what he call his #SAVAGESEASON15. Through his displays of grit and godlike talent we’ve seen a Lebron that look like he’s out to accomplish something for the ages and nothing will go unaccounted for.

First you have Bron rocking out to Tee Grizzley’s first day out, which launched Lebron’s instastory being the stamp of approval for artists singles.

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To relentless posting of his workouts, the inside jokes(Arthur fist meme), and to the now INFAMOUS, KING OF NEW YORK photo.

That Young Man Went to  THE GARDEN [!!!!]  and proclaimed himself as the  KING OF NEW YORK!! 

That Young Man Went to THE GARDEN [!!!!] and proclaimed himself as the KING OF NEW YORK!! 

 Not to mention he called the active Chief of Staff a bum, who else does that?

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 It is clear Lebron is substantially seperated from mankind in physical capabilities, but his active use of social media platforms (especially using them to combat injustice) makes the superstar feel that much more human, thus making him more connected to the people and his journey more intiment.

The king continues to strive for greatness, as we witness his attempt to capture his 4th ring in one of his most notorious seasons yet!

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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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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 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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