New Life Before Next Life

I read Joe Rogan makes 30 million a year for podcasting
I watched the impact Kobe Bryant made on the world being 3 years older than me
I was inspired by Nipsey Hussle’s plan and execution and I am 4 years older him.

Two of those men are gone. One of those men I’m inspired to be compared to. I won’t do that doing what I’m doing.

What have I been doing? Looking for jobs. Working on my shows maybe 2 days a week. Not creating marketing plans to build awareness of the brands that I hope to make profitable and independent. I got to stop all of this. I got to start a lot more.

I’m only 5 episodes in on a show that I am calling “My version of the Joe Rogan Experience”. That started last summer. Regardless of the circumstance, I should not only be 5 episodes in. I feel like I’ve let my respective teams down. I’m just glad I recognize it. This is supposed to be an everyday with no breaks thing. I’m just not putting in the adequate effort to get what I want.

So now, it’s time to execute by any means. I’m logging out of indeed. I’m going to start working daily on what I want. I have an outline. I have a structure. It’s time to execute and complete. If I’m as truly inspired as I feel I am, I expect to see great progress by Summer 2020. Talking is BS. Let’s see what the work do.

Post Up and Write Again

As a writer, environment is everything. Where you are, what you see and who’s around all determine what comes out. There was a period of time where I would go to a Starbucks and just create. It was cool because I wouldn’t go to the same one all the time. It would be on different sides of the city, sometimes different counties or suburbs, but the experiences were unique. That uniqueness would inspire different ideas and results.

Lately, I just write at home or jot ideas down at work. It works, but I’m not constantly stimulated to write and the ideas kind of fizzle out. I have 3 books I am working on and I would like to finish them. No particular order, just get them done so I can move forward. I’m thinking about taking some time to venture out, post up somewhere and write again. I should probably stop thinking and just do it. Getting that new interaction, driving to that place, ordering that item and getting in a zone might be just the thing I need.

For disrupting my routine, even a small thing like this will help.

Inspired By Quincy Jones

I waited for the hype to die down from all the “scandal” and “hoopla” from Quincy Jones’s Vulture interview and I must say I was thrilled to soak up some music game and history from one of the greatest producers of music ever. His words were riveting and it makes me wonder why so many people were hung up on Marlon Brando and his escapades.

Quincy Jones said something so profound in this interview that it made me reevaluate what I am doing with my life and passion.

I have never in my life made music for money or fame. Not even Thriller. No way. God walks out of the room when you’re thinking about money.

That is an incredible statement from a man who helped create the biggest selling album in music ever of any genre. It made me think about my writing, broadcasting and future. My passion has been greater than ever for media after leaving a paying job for media. I’ve enjoyed writing more for myself than I have for any other outlet. God is definitely in the room when I’m in my own wheelhouse and just enjoying myself. The things that feel right don’t have to come with a price. I’ve learned that over the last year and his words hit me so hard that it let me know, I’m definitely in the right frame of mind as I continue to create.

Moving forward I don’t know what to do besides create. Create for me and for the love of the craft. Would I like to be back deep into the media game? Yes! Will I work towards it? YES! However, the dollar amount attached to the opportunity won’t matter as much as I made it matter years ago. There is something to be said about being in this industry for “the check” or “the bag”. It’s truly a reason why we get so much fluff and crap in regards to content and people. I never wanted to be that. Quincy Jones made me realize, to be great, remembered and successful. I won’t have to be.

Thank you, Quincy Jones.