P.J. Tucker Q&A: The NBA's Sneaker King on MJ's Influence, Best Signature Lines and More By Sports Illustrated

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By DEANTAE PRINCE February 25, 2019

CHARLOTTE — P.J. Tucker walked into a pop-up store at All-Star Weekend sporting a crisp, colorful suit that would serve as the centerpiece of any normal person’s ensemble. As has become custom with Tucker though, the most important piece of his wardrobe was on his feet.

Tucker, who is widely known as the NBA’s sneaker king, was dressed brightly as he prepared to head over to the NBA All-Star Game, rocking a pair of orange Nike Air Force 1 low’s.

While his conversation with Sports Illustrated centered on sneakers, Tucker, a do-it-all forward for the Rockets, has much more to offer than just his fashion. This season has been a trying one for the Rockets, who have leaned on James Harden and their cast of role players like Tucker as Chris Paul and Clint Capela have missed large chunks of the season due to injury. Of course, Harden had no problem picking up the extra shots, but the players around him picked it up in other areas, making it possible for the league’s leading scorer to focus on what he does best.

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Tucker is an example of that collective effort. He’s accepted matchups with bigger guys and provided toughness for a team that lost two key defenders this summer. Tucker’s efforts have resulted in increases across the board, as he’s averaging 7.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 1.6 SPG in 35.3 MPG.

During a much-deserved break from the season, Tucker spoke to SI about Michael Jordan’s sneaker legacy, the best signature shoe in basketball and much more.

DeAntae Prince: It seems like All-Star has been a giant celebration of Michael Jordan with him owning the hometown Hornets and his birthday falling on the day of the All-Star Game. How influential has he been in your sneaker obsession?

P.J. Tucker: That’s where it all started. It was easy being a kid in the 80s and growing up in the early ‘90s, so that’s where it all started for me. Getting J’s at an early age, sometimes not being able to get them and everything you had to do to try to get them. Just the whole culture of, especially the mid-90s, the explosion of it with sneakers and Jordan and the levels it’s reached since.

DP: At my high school there was a Foot Locker next door. People would line up and skip school.

PT: Crazy. We used literally go at five in the morning, man, before school. You had to get them that day, though. Like I had to be the first one to get them so we’d be late, getting there at like second period.

DP: What’s your absolute top Jordan shoe? What’s the No. 1 model?

PT: Probably the Jordan 1’s. I would say 3’s to hoop in but 1’s to chill. That’s probably the only ones I would wear like every day. I could wear Jordan 1’s every day with anything. So many different flavors.

DP: I always wondered about that, too, when you play in retros or something a little older. Does it every feel a little off?

PT: It’s just the old, old ones. The OG ones. Those are the ones where you can tell how far Nike has come with engineering their shoes because those old ones are straight leather and rubber. I don’t understand how Mike used to play in them night in and night out. I’m sure he had a brand new pair every night, but with those it’s always a little tougher.


PT: It’s just the old, old ones. The OG ones. Those are the ones where you can tell how far Nike has come with engineering their shoes because those old ones are straight leather and rubber. I don’t understand how Mike used to play in them night in and night out. I’m sure he had a brand new pair every night, but with those it’s always a little tougher.

DP: We talked about you being the sneakerhead king of the NBA. If you’re No. 1, who would be No. 2 in the league? 

Tucker is an example of that collective effort. He’s accepted matchups with bigger guys and provided toughness for a team that lost two key defenders this summer. Tucker’s efforts have resulted in increases across the board, as he’s averaging 7.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 1.6 SPG in 35.3 MPG.

During a much-deserved break from the season, Tucker spoke to SI about Michael Jordan’s sneaker legacy, the best signature shoe in basketball and much more.

DeAntae Prince: It seems like All-Star has been a giant celebration of Michael Jordan with him owning the hometown Hornets and his birthday falling on the day of the All-Star Game. How influential has he been in your sneaker obsession?

P.J. Tucker: That’s where it all started. It was easy being a kid in the 80s and growing up in the early ‘90s, so that’s where it all started for me. Getting J’s at an early age, sometimes not being able to get them and everything you had to do to try to get them. Just the whole culture of, especially the mid-90s, the explosion of it with sneakers and Jordan and the levels it’s reached since.

DP: At my high school there was a Foot Locker next door. People would line up and skip school.

PT: Crazy. We used literally go at five in the morning, man, before school. You had to get them that day, though. Like I had to be the first one to get them so we’d be late, getting there at like second period.

DP: What’s your absolute top Jordan shoe? What’s the No. 1 model?

PT: Probably the Jordan 1’s. I would say 3’s to hoop in but 1’s to chill. That’s probably the only ones I would wear like every day. I could wear Jordan 1’s every day with anything. So many different flavors.

DP: I always wondered about that, too, when you play in retros or something a little older. Does it every feel a little off?

PT: It’s just the old, old ones. The OG ones. Those are the ones where you can tell how far Nike has come with engineering their shoes because those old ones are straight leather and rubber. I don’t understand how Mike used to play in them night in and night out. I’m sure he had a brand new pair every night, but with those it’s always a little tougher.


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DP: We talked about you being the sneakerhead king of the NBA. If you’re No. 1, who would be No. 2 in the league? 

PT: It’s hard to go against LeBron because he just has one-of-one stuff. I love how he just jumped into it because he’s changing the game with his own stuff but still being able to jump on the shoes that are coming out soon so people get a chance to see them and preview a lot of stuff, like on court and off court. Hopefully they start retroing more of his stuff so it would be hard to go against LeBron.

DP: I saw that he had LeBron and Air Max mashup.

PT: It’s like a cheat code for real. He can do anything he wants and get any shoe he wants.

DP: Of those guys like LeBron or Kyrie or Paul George, which All-Star do you think has the best on-court signature sneaker?

PT: Kyrie, for sure. Those Kyrie’s are dope and all of the colorways they’re doing for them. He’s been coming with so many player editions this year, it’s crazy. But even the ones they’re putting in stores, there are so many pairs. But they’re dope and they’re good hoop shoes.

DP: Jordan has mentioned how his brand matured in an organic way and how he doesn’t think the evolution of Jordan Brand could be duplicated. Do you agree?

PT: There’s no way anybody could ever do that because it was the timing of it too. The way he did it, the timing, the marketing of it—like everyone remembers the commercials and all of that. It’s iconic. Somebody could try to redo it but it would never be the same.

DP: And since we’re at a Tissot event, are you a watch guy? What’s your favorite piece?

PT: This Tissot joint I just got, I like this. It’s lightweight with a big face, kind of sporty leather. I like it. I’ll put it in rotation.

DP: And I saw that you carry a big case for your sneakers. Do you carry a similar thing for your watches?

PT: I only have three watch rolls. It’s not like the shoes.

DP: It kind of seems like you have everything, but is there one thing you’re still looking for? Is there one holy grail sneaker?

PT: It’s just the ins and outs stuff that are hard to find, sizes and such. Usually old stuff, like old SB shoes, old Air Max stuff. I’m still trying to hunt those Parra Friends and Family, the Netherlands pair. I haven’t found those in over a size 12 so hopefully I get those soon if they’re out there.


Meet Drew Church of Solid Marketing Group Via: Voyage ATL

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Church.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Drew. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my journey by creating a door that seemed impossible for me to open in the corporate world. I wanted to get into the athlete representation business that I learned realize is a very hard thing to do without bringing an athlete to an agency. I interviewed for a particular position at an agency here in Atlanta and the entire interview was questions like “What pro player do you know? Do you still have connections to corporate sponsors for our guys?” They didn’t care about my skills or qualities that just wanted to see if they can use me for a connection.

So I quickly learn that rather than giving my relationships to an agency I can build my own path and work with the relationships I do have on my own.

So that brought me into forming Solid Marketing Group that lead me to work with different athletes and smaller businesses elevating their brand through creative marketing strategies. Focusing on philanthropy developments and finding creative ways to give back has been my niche that I has been working for me. It’s a journey that’s continuing to grow and grow each day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
HECK NO! It’s still not a smooth road, starting a business no matter what industry you’re in I feel is a series of ups and downs. And the beginning in most cases is a lot more downs than there is ups. Why do you think 80% of entrepreneurs starting a business fail within the first 18 months? Do you think they fail because they lose money? More than likely they fail because life got too uncomfortable and in their mind they failed. Because if you don’t see success right away in this microwave generation, you’re a failure. For those that can withstand the hardship and pain of the downs are the ones that are very successful I’ve learned, a loss ain’t a loss it’s a lesson. And I have had way more losses than wins but I continue to get up and keep going.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Solid Marketing Group – what should we know?
Solid Marketing was founded in December 2016 focusing on elevating brands through creative marketing strategies. We focus on working with world-class athletes, small businesses, non-profits, and creatives. We specialize in event marketing and philanthropy development for athletes. What I’m most proud of is that by creating SMG it has motivated others around me to jump start there passions and has opened up doors for opportunities for others.

What sets us apart from others is that we started from the ground up and that people have seen our growth and our process. We are growing this into a lifestyle brand that will not only work with athletes and entertainment but will grow into fashion and lifestyle company.

What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
I don’t really believe in luck or bad luck I believe in God. So with God there is no such thing as luck in my eyes, that’s just a blessing and everything else happens for a reason. My perspective is that if a door closes that you thought was an opportunity it just means a bigger door will open soon enough.

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-Church

A True Hustlers Ambition: Sneaker Que

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What’s up world, hope everyone is having a great week.  I want to do a very special blog series to focus on a dear friend and brother who lost his life way too early. The person I'm talking about is Kwame Krakue. He was more than an editor and correspondent for MOT Magazine, he was a visionary, entrepreneur and entertainment mogul. He had what I call a hustler's ambition that I've only witnessed once maybe twice. Kwame was someone that went hard every day with his crew interviewing celebs, managing artists, promoting up and coming artists, and just giving inspiration to people around the city of Atlanta." Loss ain't a loss, it’s a lesson” – Jay-Z. Even though we lost a good soul we can all learn a lesson from Kwame’s Hustler Ambition.

 

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His Discipline – “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified”. 1 Corinthians 9-27 . If anyone knew Kwame you would know how self-disciplined he was. There were days waking up early trying to pull myself out of bed remembering that Kwame is up every day at 4:30 headed to the gym!And he's going to let you know he's up that early because he's on snapchat working out with his 5am Breakfast Club lol! Every single day no matter what time he went to bed! His self-discipline motivated me to start waking up early with hopes of one day waking up earlier than him... haha! I used to tell myself I gotta get up before Kwame! It takes discipline to wake up and get your day started when you've gone to bed late or for whatever reason, got very little rest. It takes discipline to do it every single day but that was Kwame. He had the discipline that pushed him to the limit. What I think we can all take from this is success requires self-discipline and sacrifice.

 

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His Confidence – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. I came to know Kwame through our fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. We always connected because we were both into sneakers and fashion. But when I moved to Atlanta, I connected with him on another level, making moves and passions. Back in 2014, Kwame was speaking into existence what he was now doing in 2017. The confidence he had in his brand and company was inspiring because he knew in his mind that he was up next. He had the faith to believe in something that the human eye could not yet see. He saw it in his mind and heart before he could see it with his eyes. Kwame was blessed. His company and team were independently thriving in one of the most influential entertainment city in America.

 

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His Belief System – “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayers” Matthew 21:22. Man, this might be the most important characteristic of them all. Not only did Kwame believe in his brand and team, he believed in everyone else’s dreams and aspirations. He supported so many up and coming artists and entertainers in the Atlanta area, giving them a platform to get their names out there. I have been reading of a lot of Kwame’s friends Instagram dedication post. There are numerous posts which said that he believed in THEIR dreams more than they did themselves. Kwame wanted EVERYONE to win.

Kwame was a special human being. Even though we've lost him in the physical form, heaven has gained an angel. We can always look back on our special memories of Kwame remembering his self-discipline, his confidence, and his drive to make it! Hustlers Ambition. Until we meet again brother. #StaySolid

 

“Friendship is essential to the Soul”

-Church

3 Things you need to know about Success

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3 Things you need to know about Success

What’s up family long time no see. Hope everyone is having a great start to a new month. New seasons, new opportunities, summer is finally here and Atlanta is extremely HOT! Before I dive into the blog post, I want to share something.

It's funny, you never know who’s paying attention. Recently a friend of mine told me about a young lady he knows who's been reading my blogs. I've come to find out that my blogs have motivated her to quit her job and start her own business! 

This blog is intended to motivate and inspire those looking to follow their dreams.

The writings I share on this blog usually come from conversations I've had or from something I've read. I had a great conversation one morning with my fraternity brother and friend Kwame (SneakerQue) at the gym on entrepreneurship and chasing your dreams.

 

He's in the Media/TV personality business and is doing pretty well for himself and I’m extremely proud of him because I  have seen the grind and work that he has put in. He's one that I can say motivates me! We spoke about how many people ask for tips to following their passion . Here are three things I would let people know about starting your a business or following your dream.

There is no perfect time - There is no perfect time to start a business or going after a dream. “You have to jump; every successful person took a leap of faith” - Steve Harvey.  I tell people often there is no perfect time, because in the back of your mind you are coming up with excuses on why it’s not the right time. I have to do this or I have to do that before I can take a big risk like that. Usually when you come up with that excuse it will become a cycle of reasons why, and now wasted years of wishing.

On the flip side of that you must be well prepared with a plan to jump out there, you can’t just walk in your job and quit with no thought-out plan to execute. Deciding to become a entrepreneur usually takes steps, just as you long your taking them in the right direction you’re on the right path.

Check out Steve Harvey on “you must jump to be successful”

 

Success will not happen overnight -  If you think you will become successful right away think again. We are exposed to so much from social media, television, and the internet we often see so many people doing well for themselves and we think to ourselves “man they blew up fast”. But you’re not exposed to the grind, the endless hours they put in working to perfect their craft.

Steph Curry is arguably the best shooter of all time, two time MVP, and world champion. Coming out of high school he wasn’t a big-time recruit. He grew up in Charlotte North Carolina, major schools in the state such as Duke, NC state, and UNC didn’t offer him a scholarship. But that didn’t stop him from going after it, believing in the process of greatness. He stayed consistent and look at him how!

 

You must invest in yourself – Often we think of investing as money, but investing is providing someone or something a particular quality or attribute. You must invest in your dream, passion, or business first before asking anyone to invest in it. If you don’t believe in your brand, dreams, or vision why would anyone invest their time, money, or services. Even if you don’t have all of the money that you think you need, you can invest and take the initiative to start somewhere maybe start by creating a Instagram page for your business or start creating content to promote your brand; taking the initiative to start is a major key! 

Whatever your passion, dream, or idea is you must protect it, take action, and have a plan to execute.” A goal without a plan is a wish”. So continue to striving for greatness. And continue Stay Solid!

 

-Church

 

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How do you define Success?

How do you define Success?

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What’s up family? I hope everyone is doing well during this second week of May, 2017. I can't believe how fast this year is going. It was just New Years Day!! Since its the beginning of a new month, lets delve into something new. Maybe a new opportunity like a new workout routine, a new business idea. Whatever it happens to be, I challenge you this month, to try something new.

In this blog post, I want to concentrate on defining "Success".  How does society define Success. What does success look like to you and your peers. This blog is used strictly to motivate and will hopefully inspire people to follow their dream.

 

How do YOU define Success? Is there a right or wrong answer to this question? Is there a formula that you gets you to success? If you go through a step by step path are you guaranteed success at the end of the road? Whatever your method is in reaching success, how does it feel once you reach that finish line? Is it like winning a trophy? Are you just as excited about the next goal?

In a previous blog, I touched on the subject of success and how it is defined by society. Often times society defines success by  social class or material values." I want the money, money and the cars, the cars and clothes, I just want to be successful", a hit written by Drake and Trey Songz. Tell me, is this what success look like to you?

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Is success a Class? – Often we put our peers in different brackets or a certain social class. What we don't realize is that we are actually judging ourselves on how much money we earn or what kind of job we have.  Sometimes as human beings, and not even on purpose, we meet people and the first thing we often ask is what do you do? A lot of times, we don't really care about what they actually do but we want to judge, label, and put them in certain class. Usually what we are doing is seeing how we measure up to them.  As people, we often make judgement in our head. We say "oh they're a lawyer they probably drive a nice luxury car or live in a nice house. We look at them as being successful. 

Is success Money? –  Money is the way to purchase, to trade, it's a form of resource, but is it success? Are you chasing the money or are you chasing a dream? Going through life, I think we get that mixed up sometimes. Today there are so many get rich schemes and microwave success stories (hot for the moment like a fad) that we can get caught up in “chasing the bag”.  I'm sure you've heard the saying,  more money more problems.

What does Success looks like to me? – I feel like success is whatever you make it. Ben Caschona, author of "My Start Up" put it in a simple sentence “Success is happiness”. Author Brett Farmiloe defined it by stating “Success is being able to say, “I love what I do.”

In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer as to how you define your success. Happiness, is definitely a characteristic of success. You may look at someone's situation and they might not have the best paying job but they go home to a loving family that makes them happy. Some cases there are CEO’s that have a ton of money in the bank, they drive nice cars but are miserable inside. They can’t even look at themselves in the mirror at night, is that success?

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However YOU define success just make sure you’re going after it. Success is the journey not the destination, so make sure that you embrace every step. And continue to Stay Solid.

 

#StaySolid

- Church

New season, new opportunities, are you ready to change?

New season, new opportunities, are you ready to change?

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Welcome back family and welcome to a new season! It is now officially spring time! That means warmer weather, graduation celebrations, pool parties and good-bye to jackets. 

I recently had an interesting conversation regarding major life changes. It could be a new job, relocation, new relationship, just to name a few. Trends in fashion and entertainment change every week,  Drake is the hottest name in hip hop if you ask millennials. But if you ask the OG hip hop heads they may have another opinion. We’ve all experienced life changes at some point. In this blog I want to speak on how change affects our lives. This blog is used strictly for motivating and hopefully to inspire people to follow their dreams! 

As mentioned earlier, we are in a brand new season. With the beginning of spring, we will change our wardrobes from coats to short sleeves, we’ll spend more time outside with the warmer weather and longer days. But what about the changes in your life, are you able to adapt and let go like you let those winter coats? Often time we are so scared of change because we are so used to life being a certain way. Sometimes, we are just uncertain as to how life would be with something new that we’re not used to.  

What about that relationship that's been over a year ago but you are holding on by a thread just because you are so used to the routine of them being around. Is this the right thing to do or are we so selfish that we are ignoring the fact that this is hurting both people involved?

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The Comfort zone : As humans, we always want to feel comfortable. A friend of mine once said "if I just come to work this week I know I’ll make it because I’ll get paid on Friday but I hate coming to work every day". It's so easy to get caught up in this mindset. Going to college in another state and being on my own was a little uncomfortable for me. It was different being away from family and the things that I was used to but it was learning how to adapt to change that helped me grow as a man and as a person. Public speaker Brian Tracy says "Move out of your comfort zone, you can only grow when you feel awkward and uncomfortable trying something new". 

 

The routine: We often get so comfortable and trapped in a habit that it starts to become a routine. Sometimes we get so used to going the through motions you look up and life and all its opportunities have passed you by. Habit changes into character, it’s a lifestyle that can become good or bad. A quote that makes a lot of sense to me says "We first make our habits and then our habits makes us". It's a choice to pick up good habits. We get so caught up with work school, family, just going through everyday life that we sometimes lose focus on our goals. A bad habit that our generation has picked up on is being so attached to social media. We can’t even eat a meal without checking our cell phones. Routines such as these turn into habits. You must be able to change and adapt or you could easily fall into a cycle of routine. 

Change is always hard. Just remember, getting out of your comfort zone takes you to that next level. Pain and discomfort are only temporary. Peace and Love are forever. Stay Solid.

 

#StaySolid

-Church

 

 

 

 

 

3 Things that Motivate People

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3 Things that Motivate People

 

 

Welcome back family, Hope everyone had a productive and positive week! If you haven’t had the chance to read last week’s blog Titled “Did I work this hard to stay the same” go check it out!  This is the third installment of my #FruitfulFridays blog, to be honest I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. I have been getting great feedback and encouragement to keep it going. I appreciate everyone support and time you could be anywhere in the world but in this 15 minutes you here with me lol! This week I want to speak on motivation and how it affects us in everyday life. I also want you the reader to answer that question, what motivates you? I hope this blog will motivate and inspire each reader. Feel free to share your motivation and story.

It’s like what makes you do what you do? What makes you motivated? This is a line from the Bed-stuy  Brooklyn MC, Fabolous. But that’s a legit question, could you answer it? To perform at the highest peak of your ability something usually pushes you to that moment. When a ball player wakes up at 5 am to put up 500 shots before practice or when a teacher stays hours after school to tutor their students in math before EOG testing, what’s the motivation behind that?

Does your Circumstances Motivate you –  In your lifespan at some point you wanted life to be better. . No food on the dinner table so you get a job to provide for your family at 15. No father figure so now you got to be the man of the house protecting your family at the age of 12. “We cannot control the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand” – Randy Paush.  Are you going to be motivated for a better life or are you going to sit back and blame everything else on why situation is the way it is?

 

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Do Material Things Motivate You – We often compare our situations and our possessions to everyone else. Speaking with a good friend of mine yesterday he said “as people in America we have a identity issue”. Often we are judged by our peers by the material things we have instead of the morals and values in us we look on the outside.

I want the money, money and the cars, cars and the clothes I suppose I just want to be successful. Lyrics from the Canadian mega star Drake but does this really mean success?  He’s driving a Civic (great car lol) I’m not going on a date with him. So are you motivated by the material things for being accepted by your peers? Are we too focused on what is not real and not even payinging attention on what’s really going on in real life? Are you portraying a life on social media to be accepted by your peers with material things that don’t have any value?   Not saying you shouldn’t want nice things but keep it in perspective, if it comes to buying those new pair of Yeezy’s or paying rent on time which one will be the smarter move?

 

Does Your Past Motivate You -  Growing up you promised yourself that you weren't going to be that father or mother that’s not going to be there for their kids. You are motivated by the past life to not continue the cycle. Or maybe you seen your brother start college and didn’t finish and you see the hurt in your mother’s eyes. You promised her you will finish school because you are motivated by different outcomes than in your past life.  Is the past going to haunt you so much you feel pressured to do the right thing or are you going to use the pain as fire to motivate you for success?

At the end of the day we all need a little motivation. Without motivation, you won’t see any growth. So, if you don’t know what motivates you, ask yourself am I really living? Stay Solid.

 

#StaySolid

-Church

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Did I really work this hard to stay the same??

Did I really work this hard to stay the same??

Welcome back friends and followers. For those of you who haven't read last week’s blog post, “Three Key Stages in the Process of Reaching Your Goal,” go check it out!

This past weekend I was in San Diego. While there, I struck up a conversation with a photographer. We started talking about how sometimes your peers, and family, want to keep you in a box, meaning they want you to remain the person they’ve always known, whereas you’re trying to turn you passion and dreams into a reality—a reality that they may or may not understand or appreciate yet.

I know I’m not the only one out there who feels this way, or has felt this kind of tug-of-war. So I hope this week’s blog post will inspire and motivate you to keep moving forward, even if everyone’s not on board with your dream. There’s a line from a lyric written by my all-time favorite music artist Jay-Z that talks about this. It says,  “. . . Everybody look at you strange, say you changed. Like you work that hard to stay the same.”

I know I’m not working hard to stay the same, and neither should you. So here’s my take on it. When you’re transitioning into your purpose, whether it’s into a new job new business venture,or even a new relationship, you just have to accept that some people are not going to understand or approve. But you can't let others discourage you from going after what you know in your heart and gut is right for you. Surround yourself with ateam that encourages you and stay positive no matter the situation. Personally, without my core team of friends and brothers I wouldn’t be as motivated. 

 Hip-hop artist J. Cole, who was raised in my home state of North Carolina, once said, "If they don’t know your dream, then they can't shoot them down.” But is that always the best solution?

You can't let your dreams be a secret. For about a year I didn’t tell many people what I wanted to do. I think one reason is that I didn't want to hear people's negative opinions. Another reason is that I was scared. I worried that if I didn't succeed I would look like a failure to my peers. But I finally realized that I'm not pursuing my dream for approval. This is MY passion. This is MY dream! I must let it be known that this is what I am doing and this is my brand.

Once you believe, others will too. Once you believe it yourself, and let your actions show, people will start believing right along with you. Think about Jay-Z—he  grew up in Brooklyn’s infamous Marcy Projects, which Jay-Z has described as a dangerous place to live, full of crime and crack cocaine. But he became hip-hop superstar, then transitioned to corporate America, owning not one but multiple businesses. Can you imagine how many people looked at him crazy when he spoke of owning businesses, meeting with Presidents, the list goes on.  He believed in his own worth. Now others believe too. So let the world know your dreams, because you never know: All it takes is one person to open a door of opportunity for you. Stay motivated and continue to Stay Solid! 

 

#StaySolid

- Church

SMG and Chris Hairston Partners with Playworks SoCal for Great Cause

SMG and Chris Hairston Partners with Playworks SoCal for Great Cause

Chris Hairston and SMG decided to partner with Playworks to have some fun with group of kids from San Diego to kickoff the Farewell Tour.  About 150 fourth to sixth graders squeezed into seven lunch tables, shrieking the sort of high-pitched scream usually reserved for a teenage boy band. Their 6-foot-6 visitor made his rounds, fist bumping the students at Audubon K-8 School.

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Three Key Stages in the Process of Reaching Your Goal

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Three Key Stages in the Process of Reaching Your Goal

Hello world. I wanted to do a small introduction just to thank you for even checking out this blog. You’re family now… lol. This is my first blog but my plan is to write at least once a week.

Growing up in school I used to enjoy writing and I happened to be pretty decent at it but I stopped for reasons I can't even explain. In this first blog, I want to speak on what I call "The Process". I hope that each blog will inspire and motivate each reader. Feel free to give me feedback.

1. Don’t Cheat the Process - With every goal that you reach there is usually a process that you go through to accomplish that specific goal. For example, if there is a job you got, you went through the process of applying, possibly a phone interview, an in-person interview, background check, and finally a job offer. When you go after a goal such as this, you can’t cheat the process. A lot of times people try to find loop holes and a easy way to the top. Anytime it seems like there is an easy way to your goal, believe me, it may only appear that way temporarily. Hard work is concrete, it also shows character. When you’ve worked hard to get something or get somewhere in your life, not only do you know it but the people around you know as well. Don't cheat the grind. It feels better knowing that you did it the honest way.

2. Embrace the Process - Do you ever feel like when you’re going through that middle part of the process, meaning that gritty stage that nobody sees you grinding and you just want to give up? Don’t give up, embrace the process! 2015 was a rough year for me, but as I look back I know it was the best year because it changed my perspective on how I looked at adversity.

During my life growing up, basketball ball was my life… lol. I put a lot of time and effort in the sport. I knew if I put the work in I was bound for success. As I transitioned into the real world things were much tougher. It was more than just putting the time in. I had my own bills, family situations, student loans, managing in society which at times seemed overwhelming. But this is what embracing the process all is about. It’s about going through life’s hardships but staying true to yourself and believing that what you may be going through is only temporary pain. I am finding that life is all about Perspective. This stage is usually the make or break time for people. Once you get through the storm you find you can weather anything!

3. Trust the Process - In today’s world everyone likes visual proof; tv, internet, social media, you name it. But there will be times that your progress won’t be visible. There may be days that don’t seem as productive as others and days that you may start to question why am I even doing this? Trust the Process. This is where faith comes in. Hebrews 11:1 says “now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Believing in something you can’t see is hard for anyone! But you must believe it in your heart, believe in yourself that you have what it takes to reach and conquer your goal!

Accomplishing your goal isn’t easy, it’s going take faith, time, patience and hard work. If it were easy you wouldn’t want it. Stay motivated and continue to Stay Solid!

 

#StaySolid

- Church

 

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