Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beer Budget Living; Champagne Lifestyle Dreaming

Bugatti Veyron L'Or Blanc
Price Tag: $2.3 million

Hublot Big Bang -
Price tag: $2 million

RocNation Skull Candy headphones.
Price Tag: $500

D'amalfi Limoncello Supreme (liquor)
  Price Tag: £27 million 

Movie Quote of the week

You're born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like. 

- Eddie Temple in 'L4yer Cake'

Endurance: A Lesson in refusing to quit

Extraordinary people that are looked up to and sometimes idolized arguably share one common trait: Endurance. It is often said that the path to success is long and winding with unending twists and turns along the way. If this statement is to be considered then an individual must be equipped with an infinite amount of endurance to reach their final destination: success.

Endurance is not accepting 'No' for a final answer, but using your vision, ability, courage and determination to keep attempting to turn a potentially negative outcome into a positive result. Most people crumble when faced with pain, temporary defeat or humiliation. They use this as an excuse to quit. Remember however, YOU CANNOT FAIL until you quit (Russell Simmons).

  • Nelson Mandela - 27 years imprisonment
  • Thomas Edison - 10 000 failed attempts 
  • Michael Jordan - cut from his High School basketball team
  • Colonel Sanders - KFC recipe rejected 1009 times before a restaurant accepted it
  • Oprah Winfrey - Fired from station because she was 'unfit for tv'
  • Oscar Pistorious - born without bones below the knee
  • Bruce Lee - Continuously turned down by directors and had such a severe back injury he was told he would never be able to practice martial arts again

The above mentioned individuals went on to make history because they refused to quit in the face of adversity. Oftentimes when we are faced with a difficult situation we take the easy way out, we quit because it's more bearable and comforting. We forget our vision and the reason why we kept fighting till this far. Here's a little motivation:

In fact pain is simply weakness leaving the body.

Next time you think about quitting a degree, a career choice, a job, remind yourself why you have come this far. Endure the pain and never quit.  Trying to fulfill your life's purpose and your dream is gonna be challenging. Along the way It's gonna hurt, it's gonna burn, it could reduce you to tears, it's gonna frustrate you at times, it could even come close to killing you but always remember tears and sweat are both salty but one gets you sympathy and the other gets you results.

Don't stop holding on, endure the pain and keep the dream alive, your heart and your mind will carry your body when your limbs get weak.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Movie Quote of the week

Don't get too cocky my boy. No matter how good you are don't ever let them see you coming. That's the gaffe my friend. You gotta keep yourself small. Innocuous. Be the little guy. 

- John Milton from 'The Devil's Advocate'

Sacrifice: Give in order to Receive

How do you feel about hand outs? If some one offered you $1000 for doing absolutely nothing at all would you accept it? To be honest I would, then I'd spend it and feel guilty afterwards because I hadn't earned it. But I'll be patient with myself God isn't finished with me; I'm a work in a progress. What's my point? Many times people expect results without putting in the effort or they put a little bit of effort and expect high results: greed. Robert Greene in 48 Laws of Power, names the 40th Law as 'Despise the free Lunch'. If you haven't read the book in short the chapter can be understood as this: The only free cheese is in the mouse trap.

In order to find yourself in a state of self-reliance you must first learn to sacrifice something in order to gain a reward and therefore be better off than you were yesterday. Betting on the lottery is a halfhearted attempt at trying to make lots of money. What are you sacrificing though $5? You need to put in the additional effort to  get a well deserved reward.

I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." - Muhammad Ali

You wanna be the greatest in your field? Great go ahead and do it but it's not gonna happen if you spend your time on social networks for hours,  or watching TV for extended periods of time and sleeping like you have retired. Maybe you don't want greatness perhaps you just wanna stand out and make a meaningful impact on your generation. The choice is yours.

I've put in hard work to get to this point. I came in to win, you know. This is why I stay up late while other people are sleeping. - Diddy

The world is yours, but what are you willing to sacrifice in order to get it?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Random Download - Jayz & Kanye West - OTIS

Beer Budget Living; Champagne Lifestyle Dreaming

Corum Golden Bridge Automatic Titanium
Price Tag: $19k - $27k
The Cuddly Bear Belvedere Vodka
Price Tag: $7240 a bottle.
Audi R8 Spyder (convertible)
Price Tag: $320k
Colorware Beats by Dre (Chrome)
Price Tag: $1k
Gresso iPhone 4 (Time Machine)
Price Tag: $6k

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Movie Quote of the week

Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse. 
Frank Abagnale Senior from 'Catch me if you can'

Friday, July 15, 2011

Impossible is Nothing

At one point or another in life we come across a situation where we're told completing a certain task is impossible or it's never been done so one should not attempt it. The people who give out this advice tend to think it's for your well being however if you take this advice on board it will be to your detriment. People often measure feats according to their own ruler and therefore set limitations to what is possible according to their own abilities. Thank the heavens for individuals with self belief who continually challenge the status quo and debunk the myths that certain things are impossible so, because of them there is hope.

*'Impossible' when broken up reads 'Im Possible' which is exactly what a task should be screaming at you when you attempt it:

Three (3) points on how to prepare yourself for an 'impossible' task:

Before you even begin you must first : VISUALIZE the positive outcome

1. Work longer hours. 
If attempting an extremely difficult task the only way to ensure a respectable positive outcome is to practice  and put in more effort than expected. Gladwell in 'Outliers' states that it takes 10 000 hours to master any craft which is about 10 years of continuous hard work and effort. In the case where it is a short term task such as passing a topic or preparing for a sports match you must push yourself to do more than you've ever done before. Self belief is important but it must be backed with experience in the form of long hours of continuous training.

2. David v Goliath Complex
When faced with an extremely difficult task or opponent ensure that you use your strengths when undertaking the task. In the story of David and Goliath we learn that David was said to have no chance against the giant. In fact had David fought Goliath by sword he would have faced a more challenging battle. What he did was take into account his weaknesses (his size in this case) and used non-conventional methods to defeat his opponent.  Impossible is nothing but one should not use methods that have little chance of success, instead be different, think different and fight to your strengths.

3. Down : Up Ratio
This is perhaps the most important point out of the three. ALWAYS get up more times than you get knocked out. If it means having to recuperate and better prepare yourself for a rematch so be it. So you didn't get the job? Find out what you did wrong, dust yourself down, go home adopt a DIFFERENT method and make another attempt in a week or month etc. So you failed your driver's license test 6 times in a row? Find out what you did wrong, work on the mistakes, make another attempt in a week. The winners are the ones who do not lose heart even after 1000 temporary defeats because they know in their minds that Impossible is nothing. Thomas Edison failed 10 000 times before succeeding, to some it would have been reason enough to quit but for Edison as he stated ' I have not failed I have merely found 10 000 ways that will not work'

You might lose a fight but do not lose a war - IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING

Beer Budget Living; Champagne Lifestyle Dreaming

Breguet (Marine Tourbillon Chronograph)
Price Tag: $151k

Bachelor pad with view of the city
Price Tag: Priceless

Epiphany Yacht
Price Tag: Not yet Available

Ultrasone Edition 10 Headphones
Price Tag: $2.7k

Isabella's Islay (Whisky)
Price Tag: $6.2 million

Maybach XENATEC Coupé
Price Tag: $971k

Please I'm begging you God, Please don't let me be pigeon holed in no regular job

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Difference.

What separates winners from loser? Given the same opportunities and situations why is it that some people succeed, while others barely survive? How is it that some people can go from having $0 to their names to ultimately having an abundance of wealth over a period of time? What is the secret to riches? Is there a secret to riches? A fundamental difference between rich people and poor people [not referring to the homeless etc] who want to be rich is this, poor people talk a good game, rich people play it. I am no self-help guru but I know this; while you're planning your goals, your competitors are working towards them. When you start working towards them, your competitors have already achieved them. The gap never closes it just keeps widening.

Talk Less Act More. 

When an idea comes to you or you make a conscious decision to change your life around for the better, don't spend hours, days or even years planning on how you're going to execute your plan to perfection, once the decision is made, in the famous words of the swoosh: Just Do It.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Listen 80% of the time talk 20% But if someone is down talking your ambitions, you better switch that equation around or play deaf