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  • Overnight sensation syndrome

    It seems these days that everyone wants to blow up into some sort of international sensation overnight because they saw Snooki and the Sitch do it. The unfortunately popular American pursuit for fame and celebrity is destroying todays youth and depressing the more seasoned. Kids, teens, and young adults are having trouble removing their faces from the pie in sky and are slowly waking up with an awful stomach ache. Middle agers and baby boomers remember a time when folks consistently invested in something that mattered to them over a period of time. When people lived a good life by waking up every day, working hard, and coming home to family. I would like to boldly encourage the masses for a brief moment, if I may.

    First of all, get over yourself. You aren't nearly as great and worthy to be watched and listened to as you think you are. Quit imitating people that lack purpose and let yourself be influenced by people with God honoring vision.

    Secondly, work that matters fulfills you. I believe fulfillment is found in understanding a call/purpose from God on this earth. All other pursuits will satisfy for a moment but eventually leave you empty.

    Lastly, be patient. Statistics that people would hurl at me as a short white kid who wanted to star in the NBA frustrated me as a child. Now I get it. Perspective is everything. It only meant that the journey would most likely be long and hard for me. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your dream. Be patient. Be consistent. Be courageous.

    Be encouraged. You can do something that matters every day regardless of your platform.

  • 1000 Rotten Eggs

    I don't know if anything sounds worse than being in a room with 1000 rotten eggs except knowing that you are the one that produced them.

    I have a practice of taking Thursday evenings and Friday mornings to be devoted completely to unhindered God releasing creativity through my simple brain and heart. I write down crazy idea after crazy idea. From website ideas to business ventures in fields that I have nothing to do with. From new album ideas to fun things to do with my family. As a creative, this is a major release for me each week. I am also finding that something is happening in this process.

    Last night I briefly developed, in writing, a business leadership mentoring venture. I won't go into detail because a.) I'm secretive like that b.) it's not the point of this post and c.) you probably don't care. What I realized as I looked back over the dated folder of ideas that have sprung forth is that they seem to get better and better the more I allow myself to write and release them. The purpose is more powerful. The model is more fluid. The appeal reaches further. I am more confident to create something incredible for the world.

    This small moment gave me insight into a tiresome process we each must go through. We all desire to be respected and known for something great but the painful process of creating failure and flops is daunting enough to make any man give up. So remember this on your rollercoaster journey, you may have to lay 1000 rotten eggs to lay 1 golden one. And when you do lay that golden one, that is what you will be known and remembered for. Happy laying my friends.