Month: June 2015

Mr. Solo Dolo

The transition from having someone always around into solidarity is a shift towards adult life that is a somewhat undiscussed and unwritten topic. Parents or friends just say “oh it’s a part of life” or “you’ll get used to it in time”, but it’s an odd change regardless. Going from having roommates or having adults around to living alone is not an easy task.

When I first trekked down to Miami, I was filled with pure excitement and a readiness to start my summer internship. But as my parents and my brother left, I sat in silence for the first time in a very long time. No one around, no one bugging me to clean dishes or make my bed, no one to say what I could or couldn’t do, but most importantly, no one to talk to. It was an experience unlike any that I had faced before and can say it was the first time when I truly felt alone. I slept a total of 45 minutes the first night in anticipation of the coming day and realized that experience wasn’t going to be shared with anyone unless I was to call them or hop on my phone and update my social media.

Although it was a culmination of excitement, nervousness, and maybe even a slight amount of fear, for the first time, I really thought about all that was going through my head. I had nothing to do but think. Quite simply, it exposed me to thinking on a deeper level about all areas of my life. When you self-analyze without any interruption or advice from others, you realize that big problems become small and good things become even more cherished. It prioritizes the important things in life and lets you focus on what means most to you.

Being introspective is not a selfish act, but rather one I encourage. Being able to find what makes you most happy is something you deserve, not something to be chasing in your own mind. This is a little long winded, but I want to stress the importance of investing in yourself and giving yourself a break from daily activity and the constant commotion of life. Be by yourself for 15 minutes, put your technology away, and just live in the moment. Think about all you want, all things positive and negative, and think about what you can do to change your life and those you surround yourself with.

Be great, you’re nothing short of it.

What I’m Listening to: (Song of the Week)

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

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Monday Motivation

One month of intensive and always varying work. I’ve been in South Beach for a month working with one of the top sales training companies in the world and learning the ropes starting at 7 in the morning until the time I go to bed. This summer has consisted of learning in mass amounts and learning the material presented in front of me quickly. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work alongside Grant Cardone and his entire team and know the skills acquired will directly affect my life, but the area I want to focus on is the initial jump you have to take into the real world.

I think the best way to learn is being submersed entirely. I say this because although it is taught to doggy paddle first, being thrown into the deep end requires you to figure out ways to stay afloat. As the time passes the muscles used to swim, or even stay afloat, become stronger and stronger until it is a conditioned response to swim. I am at the point in which the swimming has become easier and the surprises are not so surprising anymore. But this is the point where a lot of people make a fatal mistake. When the swimming becomes a normalcy, boredom and other emotions come begin to surface. People will take this as an opportunity to just stay afloat and stay in the same position. It’s important to remember how difficult it was at first and how far you’ve come, but not slow when normalcy settles in. It is your choice entirely to swim and push forward re-training the muscles and pushing onward and upward. This is an opportunity to grow into something you previously may not have even imagined, but you have to ignore the complacent mindset and want more. The motivation of knowing that you can single-handedly change the course of your life is something that can spark a change of thought, a difference in self-motivation, or even a change to your personality.

In regards to complete submersion, it isn’t solely about figuring out how to stay afloat, but also using what is around you to further excel growth. One thing I’ve learned this summer is to surround yourself with success and surround yourself with those who want to be successful. Imagine being on a row boat and there are two people that rely on the rest of the team to carry the load of the work and kind of sit along for the ride. Apply this to your life and realize there will be people who will try to stick on to you only because you are creating a bigger wake then them. They will try to take credit for your hard work and your accomplishments and say that they were carrying the weight just as much as you. It is important to acknowledge those people and to simply get rid of them. The negativity they bring about and the lack of motivation they have will prevent you from reaching your full potential. This process may be difficult, but blocking out the bad from your life and encouraging self growth is the best investment you will ever make.

I hope you guys enjoyed my take on complete submersion and encourage you to go out and grab what is yours. Be a difference maker. Be the person others want to surround themselves with. And finally, just be the best version of YOU that you can possibly be.

What I’m Listening to: (Song of the Week)

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham