LIFE LESSONS

REALIZED YOU’RE CLOSE

REALIZED YOU’RE CLOSE




The other day was I was playing Super Mario Run on my phone. I usually just play it to pass time, but I seen that was I close to a big in-game achievement. Something called “Princess Peach’s Cake(PPC)”. PPC was available for a while but you needed a bunch of a requirements fulfilled to acquire it so I never paid attention to it.

See How Close I Am. If I Had Time I would Play it All Day until I got the Cake.

See How Close I Am. If I Had Time I would Play it All Day until I got the Cake.

However, I noticed I was much closer to fulfilling the requirements than I expected which inclined me to keep playing.

Which brings me to my point. Once you realize how close you are to an insurmountable feat, you must continue going.

The key in moving forward is not paying too much attention to the end result.

We be looking for that bell, like “DOG WYA??!” LOL

We be looking for that bell, like “DOG WYA??!” LOL

Just keep working, constant progress and when you look up you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come.

It’s just like our boxing sessions. Exercising for ten minutes a round, already sounds exhausting by typing it. Putting that much strain on your body (possibly mind) without stopping sounds crazy but after keeping our mind on the workout we barely realize the time that flies by. 

When you’re in the grind, its no time to worry about time, its only time to work!


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DOING SOMETHING FOR YOUR SELF DOES SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF

DOING SOMETHING FOR YOUR SELF DOES SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF

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Nothing gives a black man more pride than a clean car or a new haircut. For me its that fresh new haircut that I love getting every two weeks. After a proper haircut you feel like you can take on the world.

When I came home from my haircut I realized man doing something for your self really does something for yourself. When my cut isn’t fresh, I don’t feel like getting fresh. I’ll throw on some busted J’s, hoop shorts, a worn out WELÇOME© hoodie and call it day.

But man when that haircut comes its a different story, boy I’m breaking them ones out the box so quick. I’m taking a nice long shower, (heavy on the DOVE beloved), and you guessed it, the newest of WELÇOME© is coming out the closet.

Having a clean cut just make you want to explore the world more. You feel like a man about business. The good thing is a haircut doesn’t have to be the only thing to give you that feeling. It can be  getting your nails done, running a mile in the gym, volunteering, etc.

Whatever it is that gives you the feeling do not hesitate to go in 100% on it, so you too can feel like a person about action! The world is moving too fast to just be sitting around. Encourage Yourself and get to it!

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A BUNCH OF QUARTERS

A BUNCH OF QUARTERS

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It is true value is determined by perception but perception can be quite misleading. The other day I was washing and I had a bunch of quarters in my pockets. I was just filling up the machines with quarters then, when I reached in my pocket, I was surprised to see that I only had like two quarters left.

I was like “man I just had all these quarters where did they go”? The quarters felt abundant but I probably didn’t have any more than five or six dollars in my pocket.

The quarters led me to think about we can think have so much of something but really it means little. Just because you have more in quantity doesn’t mean there is more in quality.

(I really hate the quantity over quality saying because it’s used by people as an excuse to why they can’t produce anything worthwhile but that is besides the point).

Life give us “quarters” in many forms to help us think about correctly assessing what is valuable and what is not.

Also, the quarters can be used as a lesson for splurging. You may dig into your pocket feeling mountains of currency but then it gets shallow and shallow until you end up with nothing. You always have to keep note of your situation at all times because you don’t wanna end up like me and have the “where did all my quarters go face”?

*what do a “where did all my quarters go face” look like? I will not provide an example but you can imagine it looks filthy and disheartening.* 


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THE INSTALENSE

THE INSTALENSE

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Recently I was watching an instastory of Pharrell’s as he journeyed through Japan. I thought to myself “man this is really cool what he’s showing me I need to make sure I hit places up like these when I hit Japan “ and then “I thought holy crap this is what instagram is really for.” I believe instagram is a tool to help show people what their aspirations and goals look like in tangible form. By having an inside look they can better visualize desirable things for themselves. 

Although mostly instagram is used as an ego-driven instant gratification platform, I believe it to be more credible than that. Japan has always been a dream visit of mine due to how much I love anime and a couple of other things. Seeing Skateboard P expose so much of his routine, makes me actualize the same things for myself.

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seen this floating around? This is the guy behind “SUPPORT BLACK COLLEGES”    👉🏾   https://instagram.com/kool.kiy?igshid=11frgfha0vg6y

seen this floating around? This is the guy behind “SUPPORT BLACK COLLEGES”

👉🏾  https://instagram.com/kool.kiy?igshid=11frgfha0vg6y

Another instagram user by the name of Kool.Kiy also serves as an inspiration. He is a talented young man who has his own successful clothing line, though people may not know him personally they have definitely seen his work before.

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At time he may posts his sales by screen-shotting his Shopify notifications that shows an abundance of sales in short time periods. Now in the eyes of lames, fools, and hams this can be taken the wrong way very quickly.

However in the eyes of myself I see something that can also be for me. Him showing his sales and the process behind his craft allows me to visualize the same for myself and use his a success as motivation and a guiding light rather to hate on.

Next time while surfing thru the gram (which you’ll probably do immediately after reading this) think about each post that features one of your desires, as something that can serve as inspiration.

Like Meek Mill classic captions used to say For Motivational Purposes Only.


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OWNERS SET THE PRICE

OWNERS SET THE PRICE


 $2 for this smh.

 $2 for this smh.

Yesterday I walked to the store and needed some sweets. I grabbed a pack of M&Ms  and when the cashier told me it cost $2 I almost lost my lid. I thought to myself “My mans how did this small pack of M&Ms cost two bones”? I paid the $2 and dipped.

Upon my exit, I told myself “welp that what you can do when you own the place. You set the price to whatever the hell you want”. People can complain about prices all day but there is nothing one can really say if they’re not the owner. 

People have the choice of paying or not paying. Owners will always have the people that will pay the price they set regardless, so your complaining means little to nothing to them.

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Its like with my brand (WELÇOME©: HAND DRAW GRAPHICS), people are so used to black creators pricing everything for $20 it was an extreme shock when I came out the gate charging $149.99. Many people ridiculed me and some were vocal In how they wouldn’t dare pay that much.

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But as the owner I can set the price to whatever I want and someone will buy it. Bottom line, if you want to see a difference move from consumer to owner and you can make logistics and quality control decisions till your face turn blue.


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THE ARCHIVES INCREASE THE DRIVE

THE ARCHIVES INCREASE THE DRIVE


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Many times reflecting on the past can carry negative connotations. Connotations which are rightfully deserved because dwelling too long on the past hardly results in anything good and doesn’t allow a person to grow. 

However in this case the past serves as the very beacon of inspiration I need to create. Every first of the month I look at old blog posts of the same month to find cool references or any images that may spark an idea or two. This morning I found a TON of them. 

There’s an whole exhibition dedicated to the Archive and evolution of Mickey Mouse going on in NYC, it’s called MICKEY TRUE ORIGINAL. GO CHECK IT OUT ‼️ TICKETS:  https://partners.disney.com/mickey-the-true-original-exhibition

There’s an whole exhibition dedicated to the Archive and evolution of Mickey Mouse going on in NYC, it’s called MICKEY TRUE ORIGINAL. GO CHECK IT OUT ‼️ TICKETS: https://partners.disney.com/mickey-the-true-original-exhibition

Part of TOMMY’s renewed success is the reintroduction if TOMMY JEANS, which made the brand the talk of the town in the 90s

Part of TOMMY’s renewed success is the reintroduction if TOMMY JEANS, which made the brand the talk of the town in the 90s

Reflecting on the past via archives can help bring the present you up to a different stand allowing for new creative energy to express yourself with. It’s why fashion houses or animation studios keep their archives filled with originals and masterpieces because it can serve as a new force in the present even though it is buried in the past.

While being in the present is key to creating and avoiding dull moments, never be afraid to dig deep in the past in order to spring forth a new more vital you into the present and/or future ! HAPPY NEW YEARS !


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BUT HE WORKED LIKE SUPER HARD THOUGH

 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.

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 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.

Not a training sequence but this was a kick ass fight ! 

Not a training sequence but this was a kick ass fight ! 

 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!


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I LOVE THE COMPOSITION

I LOVE THE COMPOSITION


Here’s the photo , I’m referring to. Burberry checked bag alongside a flower , not a lot going on but it looks perfect. 

Here’s the photo , I’m referring to. Burberry checked bag alongside a flower , not a lot going on but it looks perfect. 

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.

Not good compositions either the trunk or painting needs to move. 

Not good compositions either the trunk or painting needs to move. 

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.

Perfect composition the Balance of colors and the demand of focus to the character’s face make this a fine example of composition.   purchase the shirt here 👉🏾 gettothecorner.com/welcome/theboyandthefox

Perfect composition the Balance of colors and the demand of focus to the character’s face make this a fine example of composition. 

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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.


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CHEAP DOESN'T CUT IT

CHEAP DOESN’T CUT IT




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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.


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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A GOOD PEP TALK

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.

Rico Hines w/ Pascal Siakam

Rico Hines w/ Pascal Siakam

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!


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HIGHLIGHTERS SAVED MY LIFE

HIGHLIGHTERS SAVED MY LIFE

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 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.

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 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.



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FORESEEABILITY

FORESEEABILITY 

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 Some words that has been reoccurring in my law school career are; reasonableness and of course foreseeability. Foreseeability deals with if there was a great chance a person could see something happening before it happens. Foreseeability has now been a great assistance in my waking life. I started to think twice about outcomes and what would be the most likely scenario to occur. Looking at things from a foreseeability angle makes precautionary actions easier to take.

 Foreseeability helps with whether I go to an event in a shaky environment or something simple as should I put my phone in a certain spot knowing its a chance it could be damaged or something. Foresight is a gift but it can be exercised.  

 

 

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DIVISION: HOW PROGRESS IS KEPT FROM BEING MADE

DIVISION: HOW PROGRESS IS KEPT FROM BEING MADE

 

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  Unity is a word seldom used in today’s time and it seem like the only reference the word provide is Queen Latifah’s hit song from the 80s.

  Unity today is an after thought because another word plagues our society,

     That word is DIVISION.

  During my visit to the civil rights museum , I seen an exhibit that explained how officers would attempt to isolate black folks and focused on individualized attacks. It is common sense that a person is put at a disadvantage when alone rather than with people.

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  Now after reading that, think about the seed of division that has been deeply planted into our community.

We’re divided by our clothes, the cars we drive, our employment, our education, stuff which are frivolous in the grand scheme of things.

  The common goal is prosperity as a people, so how can this be achieved? Simply by coming together. That is extremely easier said than done it almost sound naive but it could be done.

Adding together the strengths of communities, subtracting the weaknesses, and multiplying the numbers of people involved in the fight for change are all factors that destroy division.

  To be divided is to be separated which in reality is being held from progress.

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A basketball team divided could never win a championship.

A car divided could never drive properly on the road.

And a house divided could never stand.

People come together by honing In on a common goal and knowing the role everyone plays.

Everyone isn’t a Martin Luther King and everyone can’t be Michael Jordan but everyone can have an impact. 

 

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THANKS TO ANOTHER PAGE: THE AVENUES OF PROMOTION

THANKS TO ANOTHER PAGE: THE AVENUES OF PROMOTION



Today I was watching insta-stories and I watched Skepta’s (skeppy what’s good) and seen that Novelist (UK mc/producer) dropped a new album.

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 Purchase New Album: Novelist Guy by Novelist https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/novelist-guy/1342665826

I love Novelist and I follow him on Instagram but I had no idea he had a new project out. Which lead me to the thought of good thing information doesn’t only comes from one source.


Relying on one stream of information can lead to no information or possibly worse, misinformation. Some news may be simple as finally finding out one of your favorite artist has a new album or it could be something detrimental.

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Imagine not knowing an important date or an extreme loss occurred all because the source you followed dropped the ball on delivering the information.


Today’s mishap is also more reason to why Instagram should switch its algorithm back to chronological order but, that is an argument for another day.


Due to the overcrowding of social media I’m grateful that other pages can serve as sources of info so I can always be in the loop for things that matters to me. In fact, you should be grateful just as much.


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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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ASSUMPTION OF THE WORST FOR THE BEST

ASSUMPTION OF THE WORST FOR THE BEST

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 Recently I was having a conversation with someone who appeared completely harmless, he was burley and over 6 feet but still he didn't strike any intimidation, he just appeared as a person with a cool vibe. During our conversation he mentioned that he always keep two guns with him and he proceeded to show me the location of the guns. Immediately I was like wow I didn't even suspect he had weapons on him, imagined if I would've gotten into a confrontation with him, I would've been in hot water.

 With that discovery, I realized that it is best to assume to the worst for the best. That means assume that a person is capable of the most violent or wildest thing possible so that you may be prepared if such situation occur.

 In my foolish state of mind I let appearances impair my judgement instead of keeping my guard up. But as I stated earlier there was absolutely no tension, he even offered me a job, ha!

 This just serves as a friendly reminder to not judge books by their covers but keep your mind open to the content that lies within.

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DROP AN EP AND EAT

DROP AN EP AND EAT

 One of the hardest working men in show biz, 2Chainz continues to come with undeniable fire. The release of his recent EP "THE PLAY DON'T CARES WHO MAKES IT" made me think of an undeniable strategy for people to use in their everyday life.

  https://tidal.com/album/84318593  - LISTEN ON TIDAL

 When artists drop an EP it usually to build anticipation for an upcoming album. Once an EP releases the goal is that one of the songs pick up steam and build towards the momentum for the upcoming album release.

 That exactly what happened to 2Chainz, with his "PROUD" record. That song is clearly the stand out and it definitely make you want to hear his upcoming album (Rap or Go To The League).

 An ordinary person can drop their own EP by trying their hands at different occupations. If a person has a broad understanding of what they want to do but not an EXACT understanding of they want to do then it is best for them to try their hand at everything that interests them.

 Once you try enough things eventually something sticks just like 2Chainz single , "PROUD".

 It is ill-advised to not take action just because you may not have the momentum you want yet for your big move. Instead of dwelling on inaction it is best to drop an ep and EAT! 

 

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EXCEPTIONS EXCEPTIONS....EXCEPTIOOONS

EXCEPTIONS EXCEPTIONS....EXCEPTIOOONS

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- Ludacris [Southern Fried (intro ] 

 After a little while of being in law school, I've noticed there is always an exception for everything. It makes you think, what is the point of general rules? I may have found the answer to that question.

 Rules are meant to serve as a guideline on how things should go. Lights are red, yellow, and green to regulate the flow of traffic. As we all know red lights are meant for people to stop at them. But what if you're being chased by a shooting maniac and its a red light in front of you, are you going to stop? Of course not! 

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 See that's where our good friend exception comes into play. Exceptions also serve as a tool to help us look at things from more than one perspective. If kept on the same trail for too long it eventually turns into a dead end. How do we expand our paths? By extending the paths that are available to take and that is done through finding the exceptions in life.

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LIMIT WHAT LIMIT WHO?

LIMIT WHAT LIMIT WHO

     Today, I was blowing money fast and when I tried to make a significant purchase my card was declined. Even though there were sufficient funds in my account my card was being constantly declined most likely due to a spending limit. I then had to do a bunch of stuff to get around that spending limit and still ended up making the purchase I wanted to.

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   Which brings me to my point of how when limits are reached they can always be surpassed. Typically the body/mind has its sets limits and we're restricted to those limitations. But in situations where being bound cannot be tolerated we are forced to dig deeper in order to accomplish our set goal.

   Comparative to the latest episode of Dragonball Super, Goku was forced on the ropes and it seemed he could not go on. However as he thought about how the whole universe is dependent on his victory, Goku dug deep to unlock his new technique that forced his own limits to be surpassed. 

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    As the old saying goes when you wanna do something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done. Limits much like rules are things that are meant to be broken, see how many you can break.

    

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