Relationships with Grandparents

The older I get the more I come to value those conversations with my grandmothers.  As a kid I didn't truly appreciate them as I should I just knew that for most of my life I was their favorite grandchild as I was the only one for so long.  Lol that right there put me in their good graces.  

My grandma on my moms side has always been very loving, attentive and pro-me, but she has also always been brutally honest with me since I could remember.  I never took some of her spats or disagreements with my decisions the way I took it when those same comments may have come from my mom.  Maybe her approach was different?  Or maybe I just knew better than to test my granny? lol  Either way she always stated reasons why she would feel a certain way, that made it easy for me to accept and reconsider my approach.  I mean, she was and still is highly respected in all facets that she involves herself in so I definitely appreciate that she has helped mold me into a listener.  I know that I can call my grandmother any day at any time and just talk, about life, about love, about anything.  It is quite a satisfying and calming feeling because I get the feeling that my transition from a child to an adult is respected and considered when she has conversations with me.  I tell my granny I spend to much money and she can combat that with stories of her not being financially responsible after first making some real money to make me feel better.  After the story she tells me what she did to start saving too lol.  

As I get older I understand certain things and the dynamics that go along with them, the relationships that I have with my grandmothers is something that I am grateful to have and understand.  I hope that for all of you, your relationship with your grandparents is something that is truly valuable.  

 

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The Food Court "A Trip To Miami"

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A recent trip to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida seemed to be of great adventure and great benefit to me who is as of recent a huge fan of Cuban food.  Upon arrival, fresh off of a flight, a friend and me ventured off before checking in to our hotel at the famous Nuevos Cubano's.  You might be saying that you never heard of it but guess what, Scarface knows and that's what matters lol.  No seriously, the movie Scarface used this restaurant as a scene in the movie and it wasn't until several bites into my Cuban style steak sandwich that I realized the Scarface picture hanging on the kitchen walls.

What did I eat?  Well as stated earlier I delighted myself to the steak sandwich with fries.  I also added the hot sauce because I enjoy hot & spicy food lol.  The sandwich was quite tasty although I wish my steak was cooked a bit more.  The seasoning was able to overcome that small issue.  The fries were fries but the level of freshness in the sandwich made this trip worthwhile.  No alcoholic beverages for me this time lol, but I enjoyed not only the food but the scenery as well.  Enjoy these pictures and shouts to FLL!

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Are You Ready To Take The Next Step?

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The next step.  Are you ready to take the next step?  Are you prepared for what comes with your added responsibility? The challenge is to prepare yourself mentally as that has to be the mainstay of your continued growth.  Mentality is everything and for myself, I have always believe in energy, positive or negative.  The energy you put out to the world is the energy you will get back.  Now there are times when you may receive the opposite of what you give off but then it goes back to mentality.  Are you a mentally positive person?  Do you believe in yourself and your abilities to conquer whatever it is you set your mind to?  A challenge is just that but the overall outcome depends on you.  The next step is only one step away, but in that one step you must be prepared to take on the road less traveled and be ready for the obstacles that are included with that.  Everybody talks the game, not everyone can play it though.  Push forward.

 

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Nike Slated for a Huge February

Art Of The Hustle

The Art of The Hustle can include many different components as to what can make your hustle(s) successful but the one thing that is a must, is indeed, mindset. It is easy for tons of people to talk about living the life through the hustle and grind, not so easy for anybody is actually putting in the effort.  This is why there is importance in mindset.  You must understand that within the hustle, an L is all part of the game.  Like Meek said, wins and losses are a part of the process.

From the information I gather listening to different interviews or reading articles that include whom I consider muse's, something that points out is one not limiting themselves to a certain area.  If you research these two, you will clearly see their hustle is spread out.  I don't believe in placing limits on opportunity and in the same sense, I am learning not to place limits on ideas.  The hustle includes being open and that may mean using different exports, actually taking those ideas that pop up in your head and planning them out to success.  I look at a business mind such as Maverick and see that he has been able to seek and utilize the moment at the right time.  The aspect of even understanding when the timing is right to bring an idea to fruition is something we underrate, let alone preparing yourself to be ready when it's time.  The business moves he has propelled for himself and others in his camp such as a LeBron James is a testament to his study of what he can bring to the market.  As it comes to Big Shaq, yes the retired NBA Hall of Famer, he is involved in everything.  Being an brand ambassador, partial owner, etc., his name is involved in tons of not only profitable businesses, but businesses who have claimed stake in the market so that they have been  and will be around a while.  Reading about Shaq and what he calls his 10 rules allows me to see what has made him successful even off of the hardwood.  His hustle is definitely respected.  Find some sort of muse, believe in yourself, and take advantage of your ideas!  The hustle never stops!

Shaq's Top 10 Rules for Success and Business

1) Follow Your Heart

2) Use Criticism As Motivation

3) Focus On The Solution

4) Master Being Different

5) Dedicate Yourself 1000 Percent

6) Be Motivated By Competition

7) Value Partnerships

8) Make Them Remember Your Name

9) Be An Inspiration

10) Have Fun

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One thing that I would certainly suggest in building up your mindset, motivation, confidence, etc. is to find a muse or few.  A muse is important because as you aim to push for a better you, whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually or whatever, you need to have a space of thoughts to help push you.  When you seek to create, finding pits of inspiration is key so maybe it is just meditation, or maybe you have a physical muse.  For myself, I have noticed that I have found muses in the form of businessmen in the sports world, more specifically Maverick Carter and Shaquille O'Neal.  As a source of inspiration for my continued journey of growth, business, and brand influence, I look and listen to how these two move within the various industries they are in.

 
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