This past week has been fantastic! Big thanks to the Women of the L.E.A.D organization for inviting me out to speak with them. It was a great session, I covered some seldom taught business basics and everyone really understood where I was coming from.
I also have a lecture coming up this November (possibly 2 lectures). I’ll be covering a lot of information about the Game and I guarantee you've never heard it like I’m going to bring it. I’ll make the official announcement next week so stay tuned.
So, moving on to this week’s post…
Atlanta is great! It really is. I've been out here for over 17 years now and there’s plenty to do and most importantly a lot of opportunities. I love opportunities. Seriously, I mean having a lack of opportunities makes for a pretty dull life, don’t you agree?
I learned tons out here. I learned to break out of my proverbial shell, I learned to Value the simple things in life and even with all the highs and lows of my experiences in the Game, I wouldn't change a thing. Regrets? Yes I have them but I've gained so much I really can’t complain. Life moves on.
It was here in Atlanta that I was first introduced to the real Game of business. It was a rocky road filled with dangers and pitfalls but I never let that stop me. The opportunity was there so I took it. Not in the best way possible, but I took it.
I talk with people and I can see their passion to want more out of life, but I also see their fear. Here we are, living our day to day life hoping, praying and wishing for better things. These better things are already laid out in front of us like a delectable buffet – But only a few of us sit down and eat.
I was once asked, “James, what is the secret to success?” It didn't take me long to respond. There is no 1 secret to success; it’s a combination of many little things done well with laser-like focus. Ambition runs deep in the young mind but as we get older we learn to settle for less. And if you haven’t already figured it out, settling for less sucks!
I desired many things when I was younger but the thing I desired most (other than the company of young ladies) was plain simple freedom. Freedom to make the best decisions for my life. Freedom of my time. Freedom to become what I dreamed of becoming. My whole life revolves around this and I can be extremely stubborn about it sometimes. It has its strengths and weaknesses. The concept of freedom is simple but getting yourself free is a long journey.
Opportunity and freedom go hand in hand. It’s the perfect marriage of ideals, values, goals, dreams and self-empowerment. But just like everything in life, this comes at a price. Getting away from fear and pushing forward despite of it is not easy, but necessary. It’s a skill that can be developed. Fear and doubt are real human emotions, but so is courage and assurance. There’s a choice, there’s always a choice. The concept of choice is simple, but at the same time actually making a choice often isn't.
We are so overloaded with information that often times we “know” 10 different ways to deal with 1 situation. We remember what our Grandmother told us, what our parents told us, what our teachers told us, what our friends told us, what we saw on Oprah, what we read in an article, etc., etc. It takes us so long to make a single decision that sometimes we end up doing nothing at all from fear of making a mistake. The dis-empowering side effects of information overload!
As I sit back and look at the misery people inflict upon themselves and the useless battles we all struggle with, sometimes I’m amazed. You see, a Hustler always moves towards beneficial things. But I wasn't always a Hustler and I didn't always look at life this way. My challenge to you is to keep simple things as simple as possible. A great teacher once said, “It’s very easy to make simple things complex.” And I can say without hesitation he hit that nail on the head.
Until next time… Keep it moving and keep it simple in the process.
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