Overcoming and Empowering

“Some days I be like screw it all, then I recoup and press forward.” – Justin A. Starks

When you feel alone

Most days when we are so busy doing for others we forget that we have problems in this hectic world as well. This could cause a mental breakdown and be painful to your mission. Sure, I get it, we have to be acquired to have good people skills and look out for others, but that doesn’t mean throw your own feelings in the closet. By doing so, you are setting yourself up for failure. Learn to express your feelings and vent to people in your life who cares for you.

Learn to prioritize

Work, work, and work is all we know when we hear our alarm clock in the early morning. We spend so much time getting ready for a job most of us barely love, instead of working on our ultimate success plan. Learning to prioritize has helped me tremendously. Before hand, I would always tell myself I didn’t have time or I was too tired to accomplish anything I knew I had to work on in order to grow. I had to drop that toxic mentality and put my ideas on the agenda and stick to my plan.

Accept the challenge

We tend to run from a challenge. If we don’t step in the game we will never know how to play and just be a lost soul on the roster. No matter how bad it may seems or frightening, accept the challenge and prosper. Sometimes when I have a new challenge on the table for the grabs, I take a deep breathe and openly accept the position. I don’t run, I look at it as a stepping stone for improvement. Sometimes I complain and get frustrated, but I also tell myself it will all pay off. It never hurts to step up and try even if you are going to fail. Who cares! Keep it pressing and learn. That’s how you grow.

Become your inner thoughts

We all have dreams. We all have that 1 next big ideal that’s ready to change how we live life and experience growth. Just as a kid eyes lights up when he says he wants to become a doctor. Don’t we all have a dream? Don’t we all wish in some form or fashion that everything would go our way for the better?

Thoughts will guide you

Every morning you wake up your thoughts guide you. You change every situation. No matter how hard you try you are what you think about the most. In order to change your habits you have to change your thought process. Instead of saying I can’t do it, why not say I can do it. Instead of saying I don’t have time, why not make time. Positivity is the approach that should be made, not anymore excuses.

Better Version of you

What is it you are doing to become a better version of you? What does your inner circle look like? Remember, if your 5 closest friends aren’t making the right decisions than you aren’t either just based on association. I have seen it too many times when a young man follows the crowd and in up in prison or under ground.

Dig Deeper than Before

In order to change your mindset you have to dig deep. Dig deeper than before and create the life you always wanted. It takes much discipline and less procrastination to do so, but yes it can be done. Remember, days go by and dreams will die if you don’t make the corrective adjustments.

Question: Are you giving your all or complaining about time?

Money Discipline

It’s hard in this economy but it’s your fault. We have to take control of our income and run our money business appropriately. Think of your yearly income as your first business. You don’t want to lose everything, right? Of course not.

Money discipline is key to getting rich. Many of my peers and even you think it’s impossible but it’s not. It does take close observance of your bank account(s) and budget sheets. This is just the beginning of having the discipline of the rich.

If you can’t manage a measly 20,000 a year to live comfortably then how will you ever be trusted to protect and watch over thousands, millions, or even billions of dollars daily. It’s just not going to happen.

Stated above, I touched up on the root of having money discipline. Those two ingredients are simple – make a plan, execute, and diverse your money into money making income streams. My way is investing in the Stock Market and having a fully funded Savings. If you don’t make money in your sleep then you will forever work for the ones who does.

Money Tips:

1. Budget

2. Spend less

3. Invest

Question: Are you following a budget or being a fool and parting ways with your hard earned back breaking income?

You have to know….

Going into anything that will better yourself, you have to know from the get go that you are not going to have that much of a support system. When branching off from the majority you have to understand at the door that many unsuccessful dream killers just don’t want you to become a self-motivated dream chaser. It just doesn’t sit well with many people around you.

You will run into dream killers that will do everything in their power to stop you from continuing down the path of success. They want to stop you because they have dreams they were too scared to reach. While all the other little birdies jumped out of their mothers nest, leaving their sweet supportive comfort zone to chase the world, they stayed in leaving their own dreams and dignity behind.

The World around you doesn’t reward unmotivated individuals. Especially us as Black Men. We have to dig deep and be prepared to except ridicule from our own race and others as well. As a Black Man we are at the bottom and need to understand this before we even chase a dream. We have to know there will be many stressful days and nights but we can’t give up pursuing our dreams. We just want have much of support if we don’t do what the majority of the Black Men are doing in the hood; which is going to prison, rapping, gang-banging, serving drugs, being a uneducated fool and many other things that the majority see as the perfect negro. I know it’s hard but your work will pay off if you stick to the path.

As a Black Man you have to know that the world isn’t just going to hand you a pass to success. We have to work 4 times as harder than our oppressors just to be considered valuable. We have to understand that one slip up could cause us 5 times more of a punishment than the opposite race. We see how unfair the prison system is with us within the inner city communities. We know that to be successful we can’t be 40 deep in the club smoking gas toting pistols with negro’s we barely know. Before you even start your own journey it is imperative you know how to continually operate around people who will never value you.

Question: Are you putting in the work?

Don’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Never Hang with People who has No Goals!

“Your closet friends reflect you, don’t be that guy”. – Justin A. Starks

Growing up we meet people. We meet people who we were once close friends with and even treated them like if they were family. Over the years we part ways and some friends still remain in ones life because of the memories they have shared . Can’t speak the same for most, that’s why they are not around no more.

Some say people come and go for a reason. Which is true to some extent, but not entirely true. People come and go because of our desire, passion, and will to succeed. Our goals push us towards new crowds in spite that these new people have the same mindset as us. If you have a goal, I honestly say you should be surrounded by the ones who could help you reach your full potential, not waist your knowledge.

Hanging out with “Tommy and the Boys on the Block” who like going too prison & smoke weed is not going to help you any shape or form. Not saying all pot smokers are bad, but the ones who smoke and don’t do anything with their lives are awful for your wellbeing, if you are one your way to become somebody successful. It’s time to listen to mama when she told you since a kid that every one isn’t your friend or family. If your mama never told you then you have to really deviate who your true friends are.

It’s really a time and place for everything and cleaning out your closet isn’t a bad idea at all. Stop giving your time to people who isn’t doing nothing with their time. Eventually their wasted time become your new problems. You have to understand most people can’t keep up with your pace and have to be left behind. Old friends will feel a certain way but forget them if they don’t understand you are on the path of success. It doesn’t make any sense at all to hang around and stay!

Question: Have you ever had a friend that wasn’t good for you? What did you do?

Pick & Choose your Financial Battles !

Would you rather take out a loan/credit card to steal wealth from your future self & still be living paycheck to paycheck, but be happy with your overpriced impulse buying items or invest in the stock market to profit your future self and enjoy the fruits and labor of your wealth?

Look in the mirror and ask yourself that question. Matter a fact continue to do whatever you were doing, think deeply, and read this shit again. Even your own child could get this right but for some odd reason you can’t.

“Child: 1 plus 1 is 2, 1 takeaway 1 is 0 mama I can’t be left with no money.”

When are you going to understand that managing your income is top priority. No one knows you like yourself. Sure, you can go pay thousands on a financial expert but they are going to tell you what you have been known about yourself.

1. Cut back on spending

2. Set a Emergency Fund

3. Pay off debt

4. Expand and diversify your investments

It’s really that simple. Don’t make this shit complicated. Create a budget and stay on top of your finances. Nobody cares but you. It’s your money you could spend it however you want. Just don’t run to no one else crying about your money problems when you have nothing to survive off of before pay day.

I had to get my Mind Right

I can’t go back to my old ways

Watching cartoons contemplating on making a move

Listing all my dreams down but not making a move

Kissing on different women playing myself like a fool

Letting everything get to me I didn’t realize all the time I would lose

Lost out on many ideas because I was scared to prevail

A black man who came from nothing they didn’t want me to excel

I had to learn quick that I couldn’t feel sorry for myself

I had to learn quick that no one felt sorry for me

As a black man I have to work even harder to be worthy of a mention

I had to get my mind and lead myself in a positive direction

The Art of Sacrifices

“They’ll never acknowledge your sacrifices, only your success.” – Justin A. Starks

Being Yourself

With so much going on around the globe and through social media influences I think many of us have lost our true identities. We watch what we say or how we display our true feelings because of others. Let me be the one to stay this has to stop. If you think about it people don’t care what you do. They will always have things to do and a life to live. By living in fear of what others think you are waisting your valuable time acting as if someone cares. This is why the graveyard will always win in the end because you are scared to live the life you envision within. Being yourself is the true key of happiness. Forget what they think, do you, pick a skill and stick with it!

Staying Committed

A reason why most of us fail in life is because we have to many plans for the same objective. I had to learn quickly that by starting something and switching was not only taking time out of my life but also holding me back, – let me explain. One year I started doing music and was pushing songs, videos, interviews, and etc. Eventually months later, I stopped and pursued something else. Sure, I did what I loved but deep in my mind I quit and pursued something else for security, like a job or another hobby of choice. This eventually took time, money, and MORE TIME out of my life, just to throw it to the side and give up. You have to understand that the mind is fragile and will always protect us. This could be good or bad during the fight or flight response. This is why I say stick to a goal, build, and stay committed. Having one main goal and building is better than 2 main goals and switching back and fourth.

Long Nights, Early Mornings

This one will take some heavy hitting sacrifices. I understand most just won’t grasp this concept of the early bird gets the worm concept or the long nights get the moon light perception, but the key here is you have to put in that work! It’s mandatory if you want to excel and stay aboard the gravy train. Even on days you wake up dreading life, you must continue to push and think of new ways to advance your business. The one thing that gets me motivated is the thought of waking up for a job someone else created. As I sit and think about how they started their business or became successful at their craft, I stop procrastinating and keep my dreams elevated. I get the brain flowing and WALLAH! I don’t give up! It’s imperative you wake up before everyone else and miss sleep to work on your deepest inner thoughts and knock out some goals that only you can see.

Never giving up

In the early stages of pursuing your deepest dream you will want to give up. You will hear many doubtful words and probably fall in the state of depression as if nothing seems to work out. This stage is perfectly natural but don’t let it for once make you give up. See people want quick success. Something that can hurry up and spark a flame so they could be a huge success story over night. Let me be the one to kill that concept for you. It just won’t happen that fast. Think about it. Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Micheal Jordan, Warren Buffet, Bill Nye the Science Guy, they weren’t over night success stories. They have many talks about defeat and almost giving up, but they didn’t for once take that as a option. Without people like the names I stated above most of us would have a dream in the first place. Train your mind to win. Train your mind to stay focused and never give up. Be the person you see in the mirror when you wake up. Don’t let others tell you “NO”!

The Your Fault Mentality

We have to stop blaming others for not being successful. Nothing works my nerves more than when people make excuses for why they didn’t act on a goal, task, or whatever the case might be. The your fault Mentality will keep you and your little mind in a cage forever until the day you leave this earth. Nobody cares if you don’t become successful so why play the blame game? You aren’t 2 years old anymore. No one is going to come pick you up because you feel. It’s time to get up, walk, and run to your dreams like no other. Don’t continue to blame others, blame the individual in the mirror for not taking ownership of their own life.

The Boss’s Conclusion

All I am trying to get across to you is keep striving the best version of yourself you have ever imagined. Never take the easy way out because we all know life doesn’t work in that order. Life bless the hard workers of the globe not the down and lazy. We have to keep our visions alive and die with what we believe in. We are all unique and come from many roads of life. We are Black Men of America. We have to stand firm and stay strong.

Don’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Scrolling your life away

“Too much time is spent scrolling your life away on social media sites.”- Justin A. Starks

Since my space and other various social networks was invented, we have been giving too much of our precious time, giving away our time. These social media platforms are making us react in a while different fashion. Most of us are now hiding our true identity just to impress the public. It’s like going viral is all we care about inside the community. We sing, dance, fight, and even commit murders all over these social websites. It’s a shame how many individuals I see just want to become rappers thinking it will gain them instant fam, women, and infinite wealth. I don’t think social media is helping the community but instead harming the community.

Bye Bye, Time

Americans spend on average a total of 2 hours on social media a day. Let’s say you aren’t promoting a business for monetary reasons. Let’s just say you are scrolling down your time and posting pointless selfies. This means you are just a consumer to a world full of marketers and producers. These marketers spend billions of dollars on ads a year just to control your brain waves and behavior. In fact, you are just another individual who doesn’t know what to do with your own time so social media gives you something to do. By the way, those two hours in a lifetime equals up to 5 years in 4 months in a single lifetime. Wow! That’s bonkers!

Spend more time building

Just imagine everything you ever wanted going down the drain because of this wild urge to constantly feed your social media addiction. Some claim they could get off at any giving time and do something else, but let’s be truthful and understand that is a lie. We have to start capitalizing off of our time spent on social media and build a brand.

Don’t be another follower

Everyday you wake up the first thing you do is grab your phone and scroll your morning away. Let’s say you woke up and put that same energy towards a dream of yours. Woke up early to do a workout and read some pages out of that book you always wanted to accomplish. Woke up before work and mowed the yard your wife has been nagging to you about all week. Just something else instead of tumbling time down these timeless social media websites.

The Catch

What’s the catch for this blog you ask? It’s all about using your time wisely. It doesn’t make any sense to sit around and scroll your life away. That time could be used investing in what you love! Do something you love and share your tactics with the world. Just don’t be another user, be someone with substance that could possibly turn the world into a better place. A better place with your vision leading the way. Don’t let someone else vision control your life.

Don’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Respect Your Vision

“If you can pull overtime for a job you hate, you should never give your vision a break” – Justin A. Starks

Through the good and also the bad times we need to understand that we still have a vision that needs to be fulfilled. Stopping now isn’t going to do any justice for you or myself. Life is hard as it is now but the long road awaits every last one of us. Let’s be completely honest here, most people aren’t meant to go down this road of loneliness, betrayal, in-denial, and discomfort. The road that allows you to grow and see life as what it truly is. This is why most of us will allows work for the top 3 percent.

Vision Board

1.) Set a goal

2.) Write every plan of action down

3.) See the vision and breathe them into reality

4.) Continually feed the beast; no f*cking days off.

If one doesn’t wake up everyday and see themselves living the moment then that person doesn’t have nothing to live for. Not saying you aren’t doing good but you are just following the days with nothing big to look for but a weekend off and extra vacation days. The one with a vision will always do what it takes to make that bleak glare an ultimate reality. The vision in the individual mind will almost drive him crazy just to bring it to life.

Vision Disrespected

Many of the worlds population will not respect your vision. They will down you and torture your sensitive mind into giving up. That’s why it isn’t meant for everyone to know your vision or get close to your most inner thoughts. Not saying you can’t inspire the majority but one must not reveal its whole plan to the surface. This allows the majority to disrespect your plans way before you even start and this is why most people take their wonderful life changing idea’s to the grave.

Conclusion

In conclusion, your vision is what keeps you motivated throughout life. You owe it to yourself to keep pushing and live for something as a human being. Without those who create, we will just be following in the line of defeat; which is go to school, church, that crippling 9 to 5, have a family, and just die. That’s why it is important one must not give up. Keep the vision alive and do whatever it takes to make it a vision come true! It doesn’t make any cense not achieve success and see your vision grow into something incredible. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and tackle everything you said you was going to do!!

Question: Are you doing everything in your power to make your vision come alive?