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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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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?

Brian Tracey Motivational Speaker

Brian Tracey Motivational Speaker

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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