Category Archives: Motivation

MORNING STATUS 44

Anybody can claim to be a big boss and do big things on Facebook or twitter but how many are willing to DO the WORK required to be successful? I’ll wait….

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MORNING STATUS 43

NEVER forget who we are and what we stand for…. NO compromising allowed.

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MORNING STATUS 42

The difference between the winners and losers is simple. The winners don’t quit until they WIN!

Nas – Life is Good – Motivational Review

Great beats, great rhymes, good messages = the formula for a GREAT CD

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I feel like Nas laid it all on the line with this CD… The title alone “Life is Good” is motivational. I always say Life is Good don’t let anybody tell you any different.  This CD is honest, introspective, and inspirational.  Many (including me) felt that Nas was past his prime lyrically.  Yep I was completely wrong!  On LIG he is as sharp as he ever was.

The thing is when I do reviews I try to find motivational nuggets on a CD and highlight those.  Typically you only have a couple of songs if that unless you’re reviewing a gospel/Christian project.  With LIG there are so many good ones.

On the song no introduction he talks about his life, his marriage and his mistakes…

Accident Murderers is where he talks about people innocent victims of violence by cowards.  Production is excellent.

Daughters is just an honest song from a father who obviously loves his child but admits he is not perfect.

Summer on Smash is a feel good song about the joys of summer.  Good summer song.

Nas’ song with Amy Winehouse, Cherry Wine is special.  Listening to how great this song sounds kind of makes you sad that she had to leave us.  Good song that inspires us to find our true soul mates.

Bye Baby is inspirational only for the fact that Nas is transparent and honest.  He chronicles his marriage to Kelis.  He does it in a very positive way…

Overall I think this will go down as one of Nas’ best releases.  Life is good can be found on iTunes, amazon (see link below).  I copped the deluxe edition at best buy.

http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Version-Explicit-digital-booklet/dp/B008HYUO4S/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342629543&sr=301-2

 

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MORNING STATUS 39

No matter where you go or who you’re around, you’ll never go wrong just being YOURSELF!

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MORNING STATUS 38

When was the last time you chased a dream?

Today is the day.

Now is the time!

Real Is As Real Does

It’s not about what you SAY you are, but what you SHOW yourself to be!

What movie is this from?

Talking big is one thing but actually proving what you say is true is a completely different matter.  In my experience I’ve found that the average person likes to talk about themselves.  There is nothing wrong with this to some degree.  There is a degree of self-confidence that we all need to have and talking about ourselves sometimes is healthy in that it reaffirms how we feel about ourselves (and we should DEFINITELTY feel good about ourselves).

What I find disturbing however is when people get over into bragging.  I don’t like bragging.  I prefer the more humble approach to life.  First of all whatever you are bragging about should be evident right?  I mean if you look so fly we should be able to look at you and tell right?  If your kids are so awesome we should see it.  In fact if you have it so good, shouldn’t we be telling you and complementing you?  Not to be super spiritual or anything but there is a scripture about this in the bible.

Proverbs 27:2

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;

A stranger, and not your own lips.

That’s a good rule to live by in my opinion.  When we brag about ourselves and who we are all we do is create pressure to live up to what we claim.  Some people like this pressure but the way I see it, we have enough pressure from just life itself so why add more?

Others like to put people down to make themselves feel better so they brag about things that they know the next person can’t say about themselves.  To me this is also lame.  If you have to put someone else down to make yourself feel better then you obviously don’t feel too good about yourself to begin with.

The way I look at it, people who constantly brag are really trying to convince us that they are something.  If you’re sure about who you are then you don’t have to convince anyone of anything.  Again everyone can see who you are so the constant bragging and proclaiming really isn’t necessary.

What do your actions speak?

No matter what you have to say out of your mouth your lifestyle and corresponding actions tell the true story.  Again most of the time when people make it a point to say they are something, they probably are far from it.  The best way I can explain this is to do a simple social networking exercise.  Go to your Facebook or twitter page and look at the screen names of your friends/followers.  Notice how many people use the word “real”, “realest”, “ride or die” etc. in their screen name.  You’re probably laughing now because we all know that those are usually the fakest people around! If you’re so real we will notice.  No need to remind or convince us!

In time, the true character of a person will be revealed.  If you’re a good person we will all see that.  There is no need to put on a front for other people in order to impress anyone.  Just wake up every day and be the best that you can be.  In time, others will be singing your praises for the great person that you are and if not, who cares?

 

By the way what movie is the above picture from?

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WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS?

Don’t Try to Impress Just Be Impressive!

What type of standards do you have for your life?  How do you like to present yourself?  What do you like to wear?  How do you do your hair?  Is your house/apartment/room clean?  What about your car?  What type of career do you want?  Are you happy with it?  Are you in shape?  How do you eat?  How are your kids?  How’s your social life?

There is a reason why I ask these questions.  Lately I look around and I see people bending over backwards to try and impress other people.  They want to have the appearance of having high standards.  We dress all nice when we go out so that people can look at us and be impressed with what they see.  When we have company come over we clean our house to the tee.  I love it when I go visit someone and you can see the vacuum cleaner lines in the carpet lol.  In general we put our best foot forward because we want to look good for others.  On the surface this appears to be a noble cause.  It’s always good to make sure we give people a pleasant experience when they encounter us.  I get that.  What about when nobody is around.

Don’t YOU deserve to have a clean house?  Why should YOU have to ride around in a nasty car?  Why wouldn’t you want to look your best ALL the time?  There is nothing as funny as seeing someone with a very nice profile picture but you know they look nothing like that in real life! We often go through this cycle of living life to please others.  You know at work when the boss comes around we are going to really be on point with our job.  We are going to have our work space clean and generally give our nest effort.  I used to work at several jobs where there was some big alarm that went off whenever a big boss was in the house.  My managers and supervisors would go around reminding everybody to straighten up and be their best.  As I look back on it I now think that’s just terrible management.  Why not be on point ALL the time simply because that’s where your personal standards are!

I believe that excellence is a character trait.  You are either excellent or you’re not.  Doing your best sometimes is not sometime excellence, its mediocrity in my opinion.  You can’t turn a switch on or off whenever you want! Being mediocre leads to an average and miserable life in my opinion.  Who wants that?  I certainly don’t!

I challenge every one of you to make excellence a habit.  You don’t need a reason to look good, be clean, or give your best.  Stop trying to impress people, just BE IMPRESSIVE! Develop a standard of excellence that you refuse to compromise for anyone or anything!  Give your best effort no matter what you do.  At work, go hard as if it’s the last job you’ll ever have.  DO these things and watch how your life changes for the better over time!

My motto is LOOK YOUR BEST, FEEL YOUR BEST, and BE YOUR BEST!

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MORNING STATUS 37

Mornin Fam! As we start our day I encourage you to not try to impress people today, just BE IMPRESSIVE!

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MORNING STATUS 36

Every great journey begins with that FIRST step.  STOP making excuses and BEGIN your mission TODAY!  Good Morning!!

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