Monday, April 28, 2014

Lights, Camera...No Action

Let's face it, when it comes to things we want, we all know what it takes to get them. Whether or not we want to do the things that it takes is a different story, which brings me to today's topic: inaction.

Why is it that we can have all of the necessary resources, the ideas and talent to make something happen, yet, we sit back and do nothing about it? So many of us have a list of reasons (more like, excuses) that hold us back, but in reality the only thing that has such power to hold you back is you. Take Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Together, these two artists have enough money to sit back and never do a thing for the rest of their days should they choose to, but instead, they keep working on their craft. More over, they did the necessary things to get them to where they are today. Without the action, hard work, and the sacrifices, they wouldn't have been able to achieve their ultimate goal of being mentioned in this blog (okay so that may not have been their "ultimate" goal, but I'm sure it was high on the priority list). The bottom line is that we all have our own personal brilliance waiting to be discovered. But until we take action, our dreams will just be a "what-if" instead of a "what-is".

Be well...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Time is NOT Money

Most tend to think that wasted time equals wasted money but in my opinion,  there's a completely different way of looking at it. Is money important? Sure it is. Is time important? Absolutely. But the way I see it, time is much more valuable than money for two reasons. One, if you lose a dollar you can always get another dollar back. But if you lose time, it doesn't work the same way; there is no way of getting that time back. Unlike money, once it's gone, it's gone. Secondly, people are also more willing to spend their money more freely than they are to spend their time. Just look at the airline industry for example. People would rather spend ten times the money to fly somewhere instead of drive simply for the convenience of getting there quicker.

My point is, life is too valuable to waste your time not doing what you love. Because in the end, life without passion isn't really's existing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Practice What You Post

I'll admit it. My guilty pleasure is that I enjoy going online and browsing the various social networks.  I'm constantly entertained by the all of the memes that I see, especially the motivational ones, and man, there are some really good ones circulating out there. But often times I can't help but wonder just how many people actually practice what they post? In actuality, just because one copies and pastes an inspirational post to their social page doesn't mean they're really applying it to their life.

I know this because, at times, I've had to ask myself if I was guilty of doing the same thing.  Was I practicing what I post? Was I applying the messages that you read every week to my own life? 
Ideally, I'd like to say yes, but realistically, I'm sure there have been times where I could have done a better job. So that's why I've decided to revisit my posts throughout the week to ensure that I, too, am abiding by my own words. Looking inward during these moments aren't always easy, but they are necessary. The good thing  is, it's a conversation that no one else has to know about, and an opportunity to grow and become better.

Monday, April 7, 2014

You Have the Right to go Left

There are plenty of resources we can refer to that will teach us almost anything we want to know. You can learn how to do a long list of things just by watching YouTube, alone. But what if what you wanted to do didn't come with a how-to manual or video tutorial? At some point, every pioneer in every field and profession had to encounter this dilemma. From the TV in your house to the very device on which you're reading this entry. This also means that most likely, there was a time when these iconic products were rejected or dismissed. Even as I write this post I notice the copy machine in my office. It's hard to believe that there was a time when not only did people not want a copy machine, but publishers even tried to ban them because they were afraid people wouldn't buy books anymore.
SPR Blog: You have the Right to go Left

My point is when your doing something truly different and original, do not expect to have a group of cheerleaders rallying behind you showing their support. In fact, it's quite the opposite. What you will have, however, are doubters, skeptics, pessimists, and resistance. Use all of it as motivation to fuel your fire to succeed. And always remind yourself that it's YOUR dream--not theirs.