A man should want to compete, he should yearn to compete, he should beg for challenges. He should always want to be the winner. He should have a thirst, a desire, to be the best, to be the toughest, to be the strongest, to be the most virile, to be the smartest, to be the most creative, to be the most spirited. And because of that a man should always be trying to improve and better himself and improve his lifestyle.
It’s all about the build. The build will probably be slow but that’s okay. Don’t be obsessed with the final product, fall in love with the process. Fall in love with the growth. Don’t rush it – have a sense of urgency but try to retain your patience. Don’t worry about small failures or setbacks – as long as you don’t quit, as long as you choose not to give up, you always have a shot at success. Setbacks simply make it more likely you’ll succeed the next time. Kobe Bryant has missed thousands of shots in his career – more than anyone else in the history of the NBA in fact – but he never stopped shooting. And that’s a great thing, because once you’ve achieved true success, nobody will judge you by or even really acknowledge your failures.
Your life is your canvas. You can do whatever you would like to do with it. You can paint whatever you’d like to paint. You can build whatever you’d like to build on it. Hell, you can do nothing with your canvas and instead spend half of your life helping someone else paint their canvas – it’s all your choice.
I was almost robbed last night. Life is wild. I had nothing in my pockets but six one dollar bills, and somehow I became a target. SMH. Two degenerate hooligans ran up on me thinking they could manipulate some cash out of me.
The bigger kid punched me a couple of times in the chest but I ate those blows like Scooby snacks. They felt like feathery soft pillows slapping against the chiseled work of a statue. It’s amazing I even noticed the assault at all.
The smaller kid saw that his partner’s physical attack could not harm me and worry covered his face. I told him, “Don’t be concerned, little buddy, I’m not actually going to hurt you” and I turned my back; I lied though because before he could retreat like nay sensible failed thief would do I hit him with a roundhouse kick straight out of a Bruce Lee flick — or at least a Jackie Chan one. Okay, honestly I hit him with the 2009 Steven Segal joint but that’s only because I didn’t really want to hurt him; I care too much about our youth to harm one.
Moral of the story: Even eternally positive people can be pushed to a limit.
Staying motivated is as important to the hustler as staying hydrated is to the athlete. It’s crucial to your success that you always have goals that you’re striving for. Never allow yourself to get too comfortable, and don’t ever let yourself get complacent. Make sure you’re always pushing your limits, and always testing your boundaries, always improving yourself and your situation. You don’t want to wake up one day ten years in the future and realize you’re standing in the same spot you’re standing in today. That’d be six steps beyond wack.
So find something (preferably multiple things) that motivate you. Never be satisfied with previous successes – that’s how you stagnate. You’ve got to consistently renew your drive. Maybe you are motivated by providing for your family. Maybe you are motivated by fear or greed even (you may want to get help for that though). Whatever your motivation is, harness it, and use it to push you to accomplish your dreams. The world is yours.
Do something. Do anything. Just make a move. And if you keep making moves forward it’s likely you won’t end up where you want to be — it’s likely you’ll end up in a place even better. Don’t give up on your journey. Don’t end up 20 feet short of your goal because you’re tired and decided to stop walking. You’ve already done the work, you might as well receive your rewards.
If you’re going to spend the majority of your adult life working (something I strongly campaign against) you may as well spend it working for yourself and building up a business (or businesses) of your own. I could probably spend the next twelve days writing out the many reasons against being an employee, and I’d still have reasons left to write about. Outside of the not being in control of your life, future, and destiny, somebody else (who more than likely knows less about your work than you do) has the authority to tell you what to do, when to do it, when you’re allowed to earn more money, when you’re allowed to be sick even. Some workplaces expect their employees to schedule weeks in advance when they plan on not coming to work — they expect you to have a crystal ball and see days, weeks, months in the future to when you’ll have an interruption in your life that will require you to miss a day of work. The shit is ridiculous. Just know that as long as you’re working for somebody else you’re limiting your own future and putting a cap on your own potential, and 99 times out of 100 your employer doesn’t give half of a fuck about you anyway.
At the very least, if you do have a gig, make sure you use them the same way they are using you. Don’t allow yourself to simply be pimped and when you are inevitably fired or “laid off” or, God willing, you voluntarily quit, you end up leaving with nothing. Leave out of there with something – make sure you network while you’re there or use the money you earn to establish your own business and hustle. Take it from someone who has gone into a low wage job for a year straight before, gave 100% effort day after day, and was fired literally because my supervisor didn’t like me on a personal level, these companies don’t actually care about you. If you can’t pay your rent or your light bill McDonald’s isn’t going to pay it for you without you slaving for them. Nah.
And, honestly, they shouldn’t. This is America, a capitalistic society, the alleged land of the free. No man should depend on anyone else to provide for him what he can provide for himself. Nobody has a gun to your head saying you have to have a boss when you can be the boss yourself and the boss OF yourself. So go out and find an independent hustle, and build. Every day you wake up, build up your business. Invest in yourself. Educate yourself. Believe in yourself. Focus on your skillset and find aw ay to earn money from it. Don’t sell yourself short and be lazy and fill out a job application; take a risk, build up a business of your own, and have something you and your family can be proud of.
One of the smartest, wisest things you can do is learn to embrace defeats and accept failures in your life, because failing is actually a good thing. Nearly all of the time you need to fail before you are able to succeed. You’ve got to figure out how to learn the lessons of your losses and use it to fuel yourself. Each failure is an opportunity to improve your approach the next time. Never allow a simple setback to break your will to the point that you quit or simply accept your circumstances. Each time you fail remember all you did was learn what DOESN’T work and this gives you an opportunity to come back even stronger the next time.
The universe is paying attention to all of the energy — positive and negative — you put into it. Be extremely mindful of your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Be aware of the vibrations you put into the universe. The universe doesn’t care, it doesn’t judge you, it doesn’t monitor you, it’s not going to save you from yourself. It is just going to give you back whatever you give to it. What you sow you shall reap. It’s that simple. Whatever seed you plant the universe will grow for you – make sure you’re an intelligent farmer.
I met a couple of girls today — probably about 22 or so — who had no idea who Hulk Hogan was. I couldn’t believe it; it literally ruined my whole day. What does it say about our country, our youth, our public schools system, when a true American legend like Hulk Hogan can’t get the respect that God knows he deserves? If not for the Hulkster in the yellow bandana, how would I know to say my prayers and take my vitamins? Hulk Hogan was the first white man I ever saw wearing a do-rag. He clearly was a huge influence on Eminem. I don’t know what Obama is doing in office but hopefully American public school history classes can be revamped and improved so that an American icon on the same plane as Uncle Sam can receive the proper amount of appreciation and acknowledgement.