A BUNCH OF QUARTERS
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.*
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.
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.
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.
OWNERS SET THE PRICE
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.
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.
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.
RUSSELL’s NEW STAT DOMINANCE
Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA. Averaging Triple Doubles like they’re layup drills the inhuman machine seems to be on train of greatness that doesn’t look to stop soon. However outside of points, rebs, and assists there is another category Russ may be in the running to dominate....SNEAKERS.
The New Why Not 2.0 sneakers are so damn good, I never been affected by a Westbrook sneaker in this way before. When it comes to Jordans that aren’t the retros, the Jumpman brand exhibits trouble creating aesthetically pleasing shoes. Outside of a few Melos and a couple of Team Jordans, Jordan is trash when it isn’t a retro.
Now when it comes to Westbrook his spark was started to me when he donned the air Jordan 28, they were a beautiful OKC colorway and somehow seem perfectly fitting for him. Accompanied with a Air Jordan XXX1 PE, Russell and sneakers seem like an uniquely perfect fitting pair. Then his first signature was released and I wasn’t a fan. The first Why Not sneakers didn’t look visually pleasing and I thought Russ would be victim to the lackluster designs of Jordans that aren’t retros.
Then the WHY NOT 2.0 sneakers drop and boy those took me surprised. I was like wow now this is how a Jumpman signature shoe should look. The silhouette looked perfect and the colorway was vibrant and awesome. I wanted a pair immediately!! I thought if Russ could keep this up he’ll no longer be TRIPLE DOUBLE RUSS oh now you’ll have to call that man QUADRUPLE DOUBLE RUSS !
Today me and my brother were talking about music and he brought up to me how he’s listening to Imagine Dragons now because of the college football championship. Imagine Dragons is a band I believe wouldn’t typically be heard by my brother even though he has a wide range of music choices. Him hearing them made me think of how important proper placement is. Your music on the right platform, your clothes on the right person, just solely being in the right place can change your life in an INSTANT.
That importance is also noticed by Marketing Expert and Music Pioneer, Steve Stoute. Through his new startup , UNITED MASTERS, independent artists can sign up to have the opportunity to have their music played on NBA platforms. Stoute understands how labels have utilized sports biggest events to highlight their artists but the monopoly the labels has exempts the lower tier artists from having a chance of a huge audience via sports. I even signed up for a chance to be featured lol.
Placement is extremely important it’s why top fashion brands pay for retail space inside department stores like Macy’s , Bloomingdales, etc.
Although the placement is extremely important what’s more important is having good product to begin with. No matter how many people see the product, the positioning won’t be an advantage to you if the product isn’t good to begin with.
THE ARCHIVES INCREASE THE DRIVE
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
DIVISION: HOW PROGRESS IS KEPT FROM BEING MADE
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.
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.
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.
SKIP THRU THAT LANE: THE INCREDIBLE BENEFIT OF STICKING TO WHAT YOU DO
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.
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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