My colleague Jordan (hello sir!) says that most of my coworkers hate me because I’m always happy. That’s the best backhanded compliment I’ve ever received! I never really considered myself a happy person, I just assumed everyone was the same. Now that I’m more mature and not just an overgrown 12-year-old at heart, I can see how I stand out because of my seemingly constant happiness. Before I continue, I’d like to clear up a few things with my beloved co-workers and anyone else that wonders if I’m on drugs. [Read more…]
I’m tired man. [Read more…]
Jay Z’s 2001 album The Blueprint is considered by many hip-hop fans and outlets to be one of the best rap albums of its time. USA Todayhailed the album’s production, granting it four stars and saying, “The musical backdrop here is more soulful than before, and Jay-Z’s sentiments have a harder edge.”
The album cemented Jay Z’s place as one of the best rappers of the new millennium. Tracks like “Heart of The City” and “The Takeover”appealed to hip-hop purists, while casual, mainstream fans enjoyed frequent radio play of “Izzo (H.O.V.A).”
The majority of the album’s production had been handled by a then unknown Roc-A-Fella producer named Kanye West. He had signed on to the label some months prior. While he aspired to produce his own rap release, the company had mostly used him for his production prowess until this point.
The story might have unfolded far differently than it did for this young Chicago rapper and producer. Entrepreneurs and businessmen alike can learn the following three lessons from West’s trajectory: [Read more…]
‘What is the oath? You wear that under no circumstances will you disobey, press charges or find fault with God and His gifts. You won’t shrink from life’s essential tasks or trials. Can anyone seriously compare the soldier’s oath with ours? They swear to honor no one more than Caesar; we swear to honor no one more than ourselves.’
Epictetus Discourses and Selected Writings
For the past few months, I have been working with Adam Gilbert on my diet and fitness. With his help I’ve added muscle and have become stronger. I have a way to go, but Adam has set me on the right direction. More importantly he helped me realize that it is my ethical responsibility to be fit and healthy. [Read more…]
(This post originally appeared on entrepreneur.com)
In high school, summer school had terrible connotations, like failing algebra. Summer school was always reactionary, used to make up course credits.
Summer school for entrepreneurs is now in session. Yes, I know it’s almost August, but pretend you’re on the quarter system and that the fall session starts later. [Read more…]
“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.”
-Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search For Meaning”
If you ask any of my fellow alumni of The Great Recession what they want most out of life, chances are they will say that they “just want to be happy.” [Read more…]
The World Cup is less than three months away. What better excuse to fish out and share my favorite World Cup memories? [Read more…]