November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving, vacation, work on holidays
It’s that time of year again! And if you are over the age of 30 it’s a wonder how it all just continues to sneak up on us year after year. And before we know it there will be another year upon us. This really has to be a day of patience and I mean God patience. This is the time of year where especially females get so emotional that they end up spoiling it for themselves.
This is the day of numerous mass text messages being sent back and forth, the Facebook montage of everyone giving thanks to the world, Redbox movies piled up and not caring about the extra day charge, the increased stress of thinking about Christmas being right around the corner.
One thing that I can’t stand about the holiday is the fact that there are many retail stores open that constantly force people to work on such a special day. I was one of those people a couple of years again and it was no fun to come in and work third shift after only partially enjoying my family. I must admit I forgot something this morning and I had to run back to the grocery store this morning. Thank God it was open! But, fundamentally, I am against working on federal holidays. There should be no work whatsoever. That means the CEO’s that don’t work anyway should not make others work because they want the cash flow to keep rolling. That is ridiculous. One has to think about the strain that it has on those who desire to travel. Its already hard enough to take a vacation day! Honestly, if I were an employee I would just boycott working on any holiday unless I was terribly needed like if I were a doctor or something. I would straight call off and not miss any other days.
Finally, we should be happy that we made it to today and that we do have a job. And if having a job is not a part of your vocabulary this year, then just be thankful that you have a life to live! A lot of people didn’t make it to see today, but by the Grace of GOD you are here to be witness in another day of God’s mercy. Thank you. And a very sincere Happy Thanksgiving.
November 23, 2013
facebook, followers, greed, numbers, twitter
I originally thought that being successful was measured by how much I would make or how much that I have made. It had to be a certain salary, how many Twitter followers I had, and even how many “Friends” I had on Facebook. Think about it. How much does your life revolve around numbers. In this culture I find myself counting way too much. I’m think about how much I have to spend, who’s number I need to add to my cell phone. This game could get you caught up when you play the numbers game. I’m not a gambler for the very reason that it is designed for you to lose! I could never the attraction of the casino or the lottery. I just could never fathom paying money to make money. I know some out there would disagree with me, but if I’m speaking of net worth…..I’m already negated buy passing the buck to the man that is collecting.
Let’s try thinking of something other than numbers that could help us. How about, I played with my kids today? Or, how about I fixed something in the house? Let’s not forget about moral victories too. Maybe you stopped smoking? Or drinking. Maybe you called someone that you have had hard feelings with and you got to actually talk about it like a human being to your adversary. There are so many things that could help us but we got ourselves so caught up in this numbers game that you would think that America would be ranked a little higher when it came to math and SCIENCE! In fact, it’s the complete opposite. It’s crazy when you really think about it. Somebody’s winning and it’s not us. We are so hell bent on trying impress people that we don’t like that we are going into debt over things that have no sort of eternal impact whatsoever.
How about something else crazy when we think about numbers? Sports! There’s no way around this one, but there are many out there that don’t even get recognized but many athletes live a quiet career simply because they are able to contribute. So what are you willing to contribute to this world? I hope it’s not money, because that will never be enough. There will always be a thirst for more.
November 13, 2013
calling off of work, Devil, fun goals, sincere goals, success, working
I often tell people that if they don’t believe in the Devil…try doing something great and see how much adversity pops up in your way! I got a call from someone the other day and he was sharing with me how well his career was going and all of the great things he had to look forward to in the near future. It is something to think about. After all, just think about all of the great icons in our world today. What they all have in common is that they have some sort of story that reflects and adverse background in some shape or form.
When I reflect on it I often feel like that if there is no adversity there is a major lacking of a prerequisite in the formula for success. As any athlete would confess is that they hate practice and love competition days. That way they can reap the fruits of their labors. Many of you have read before as I ragged on about goal setting and pursuing those things as early as possible, because tomorrow will be gone in less than 48 hours. It’s surreal to think about, but most of us have been out of high school and college for almost a decade and it feels like yesterday.
Another formula I would add to your wholeness is to create fun goals for yourself. We’re so good at finding excuses as to why we shouldn’t do something fun, but why can’t we give ourselves the opportunity to think otherwise? Believe it or not it is more than vital to our overall health to laugh and create great memories. In some cases I have studied that it is essential to those that suffer from amnesia and dementia. Not something great to think about down the road I know, but it is worth it. The last cross country trip I took was to California on the road and it is something that I think about all of the time. It was crazy when we drove out West and recorded all of the sites and sounds. Setting fun goals with your sincere goals often go hand in hand. Something I’m trying to do this year is to hit at least 2 NBA games and no matter how tired I am from driving or working it is going to happen. Not only that..I may even call off one day just to make sure that I enjoy the entire experience. Sure some boss out there will tell you that the job is the source of the end all meets all, but if there is no work and leisure balance there must be a high turnover rate there. It’s just a fact of common sense.
So if things aren’t going your way. Step back, do something fun, and laugh your way through it. It’s essential to have all of these intangibles intact before you drive yourself crazy. I often tell others to embrace “the suck”. Once that happens you can make it through anything.
If you run into an obstacle and it drives you crazy….it simply means that you are on your way to success. No matter how small of a level it may be on.
October 28, 2013
December release, free book, New projects, preston brown, What is God to A Non-Believer
The last month and a half has been very exciting. I have been busy every weekend with my kids hitting church after church and bonfire after bonfire during the season of Harvest. I know I slept like a baby on Saturday night after being out in the community for hours on end and keeping myself warm in 30 degree evenings .
Although I have been busy with the little ones there was still time to get a lot of writing done. My latest book, ” What is God to a Non-Believer” is done and off to the editor. From what I have heard that novel should be back to me by Wednesday, which should make it available for sale by Friday. The book was actually a lot of fun to write as there were so many unique situations in there with the protagonist Lionel being severely humbled and really learns how blind he was in terms of not only his decision making, but his entire lifestyle. But, he also learns that everything was not his fault. Of course he makes some mistakes just like everyone else does, but he learns not to carry the guilt that weighs him down and realizes that it is all part of the life process of learning.
I know the majority of my readers out there are wondering about the old man Preston Brown! Well, you are all in for a long awaited treat! That’s the good news. The bad news is that it will not be available until December. I really wanted this to be the last book in the series and end it with a bang that would sit in the hearts of every reader out there. So I am really taking my time to craft this project and make sure that the story line is error free. I know that my readers pay good money for the products that they purchase from me and I really want them to get their money’s worth. Not only will I be releasing the last book, I will do a double release with the book coming out as an omnibus; all books in the series released as one! So if you have read my free book here; then you might want to wait and read all of the books at one time! There will be group study questions, discussions, and even a preview of some of the other projects that are brewing in my life.
Yeah, I’m busy. But, who isn’t in America. So we might as well make some money doing it. Don’t every let a Monday get you down. Instead, use it as a base for your new goals.
October 23, 2013
education, google, internet, millionaire, syllabus. monetize blog
As a self taught reader and philosopher I can’t help but to extrapolate some of the innovations on the learning scale. The digital age is an age of convenience where we all can do everything with the tap of a screen. I was in Starbucks yesterday (not something someone on a budget wants to do everyday) and found myself in the middle of a conversation about the rising costs of education at my alma mater; The Ohio State University. Of course it’s normal for prices to rise, but is it really worth it?
I would argue that for the long term that it isn’t. There are many reasons to go, but unless there is something that is as specific as Medical School or Law I wouldn’t touch it. So Ahmad why wouldn’t you pay the costs for a high class education?
Simply, because it is way too accessible. Thirty years ago, there some things that you couldn’t think of finding unless you found yourself some type of auditing fee to sit inside a classroom.
Here we are in 2013. I am an avid reader and there is nothing I love to do more than reading and feeding my mind with useless information and empowering information that I could use in some sort of story or column that I am invited to write for.
I have been doing an experiment for the last couple of weeks and I began to research some more philosophy works. What I ended up learning was that there is no reason for me to pay for an education that only requires reading and writing. This is not to say that sitting inside a classroom is dumbing down the effect, but one has to be cognizant that there are serious repercussions in today’s world for not making the money that you put out.
Any financial guru will tell you that you should never spend more than you make. Well..What do you think that most college students are doing today? The accessibility gap is getting wider and wider for kids that don’t have the financial resources to sit in brick and mortar schools.
Like I tell everyone else. I have never met a millionaire that went to college. This brings me to my next point The social and party factor. Millionaires have enough money to throw parties and have fun wherever and however they want to. They simply have the money to do so.
Back to the classroom point. Here it is. You can go to virtually any college that you want. Let’s say that you wanted to access a Philosophy course at Temple University. All you have to do is Google the professor and go to his or her homepage. Nowadays most professors have their own personal websites. Once you are at the website it is more than easy to access their page and then download the syllabus. Too easy. Just dedicate yourself to it, learn it on your own time, self publish a book, make sense, and you are officially accredited to enter any sophisticated discussion of your choosing.
But, what about the social interaction? Easy. Start a blog or a website. There are enough internet heads out there that would love to get in with a blog and you could participate in other blogs and discussions as well. Not to mention there are many associations out there that would love for you to register and pay your hard earned money to attend their functions. It is more than accessible to do and plenty of fun! Now if you really want to make money. Just monetize the information that you learn on your blog and have a few workshops or webinars. We’re still in the Wild West with this internet thing so take full advantage!
October 15, 2013
audience, GLBT, Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes
Every Friday I have to hear my wife tell me about Scandal over and over again. Then, I have to watch the DVR to the same series I slept on and off of the night previously. I must admit, that sometimes I am taken aback by her creativity. She has a knack to spark curiosity in the minds of her audience. She is not only a masterful writer, but a very creative mind that has not ceased to amaze.
Sometimes when I hear those in my community; more notable writers there is always a tendency for someone to do a ____ version of something that has appealed to a greater audience. I have a couple issues with this strategy. For one, someone who is in business wants to appeal to as many on the global scale as possible. There is simply no room for segregation and there is no room for a black version of this, a Hispanic version of that, nor an Asian version of this. Shonda Rhimes is simply original. She created work for many actors that also appeal to a global audience. Although, I am not a fan of GLBT, I can appreciate the fact that with business there is no discrimination. The cast on Grey’s Anatomy is from virtually every racial group in the United States. Men are not only the stars, but the women are at the helm and doing a very good job. Can some scream Kerry Washington for me? How she pulled it off to get it on during primetime is something that I will never know.
She didn’t have to take an original or some other famous clip and try to recopy the thing into a small niche. Her mind was elaborated and maintained her sights on the greater community. There is nothing like an original. She has also influenced me to write some things out of my comfort zone and open up my audience as well.
So if you are someone out there thinking about your next business venture, don’t hesitate to think about how much is out there to actually be gained. I’m not saying that you need to be millionaire, but it sure does help to have a few more eyes on your product.
Something to think about.
October 8, 2013
American West, Comanche Warrior, Exercising Your Mind, Michael Wallace, Quanah, Red Rooster
Happy Monday and I know it’s late, but I just finished reading an amazing book about the Comanche warrior Quanah; in Empire of the Summer Moon. There are really some great books out there that need to be read and I can’t even remember how I came across this one. I’m pretty sure that it was the cover. It had a picture of a Comanche warrior that looked like he was ready to kill and take over any white men that wanted to step to his tribe. I read this thing in a week and leisurely reading for me that is fast! I usually leave all of my intense reading back to my days in grad school, but this was definitely grad school reading material. Not only could it have been a history text book on the American West it also told a great story that kept me interested.
So Ahmad, what the hell does this have to do with me? Well, I’m glad you asked! Most days are spent watching television by most Americans and all we ever do is listen to cable news or sports stations babble about how in some crazy way they are an expert on the government shutdown or the next Super Bowl winner. In other words, they exercise their minds to twist some angle to justify their stupidity of consciousness. They crazy thing is we watch it everyday! Yes we are all suckers for the same thing and the producers know it. It’s our crack!
With this knowledge I took the opportunity to do something new this final quarter of the year. I plan on reading 50 books. Not just some comics, but 50 real books. As a writer it is a rule of thumb that we all read four to five times more than we write in order to stay sharp. And it works! Reading just makes you smarter. It stirs creativity, expands vocabulary, and creates new ways of wanting to live. I can’t explain the feeling of turning on the Easy Listening station on Pandora and sitting back with a great book to read. It really does slow down the rest of the world and really makes you feel a sense of accomplishment once completed. How much better can life get? So the next book I have on the list is The Red Rooster by Michael Wallace. Nothing like a great thriller novel to read.
But all in all, get your brain turned up. We only get one and it’s one of the best ways to keep yourself sharp into your older years. Happy Reading and see you next Monday.