Experiments In Authenticity

Ha!!! Was just thinking…remember those Zune media players...


I don’t even think you can give those buckets away now.


You ever wonder why great product disappear?


I mean sure they had a few flaws, actually they were one of the better one’s if my memory serves me right…


Regardless…the reason why they are now better hockey pucks than music players is because the company that made them, thought that the people were buying music players, so they set out to make the absolute best music players.


But what people really were buying was a conveniently portable music experience


Welp Mr. Jobs –his friends called him Steve– stepped up and said that his “computer company” would produce this experience (with less song capability to boot) and the rest is iPod history.


So what can we learn from this?


Well I learned that if you really get to the core of what people want in life, be it more music, convenience, or fitness you can really start getting into the heart of what is truly innovative.


It’s hard to be authentic when you are focusing on what you are doing and how well you’re doing it.


It’s not about the failures and successes briznit.


It’s not about the “how” much you love her or “what” you do to make money.


Stay with me broham…


It’s about your purpose. Your very reason for existence on this planet. You were not put on this planet to work 90 hour weeks and be in debt, but still never see your family…


Freedom is what you seek


And It’s not the system.


It’s us that need to change.


Start with “why.” Simon Sinek said it best in his book titled…Start With Why (why, of course).


Why, is not where your complete your journey, but it can shed some light on certain issues that may need a new beginning.


Jerry “changemaker” Washington


P.S. When you’re wrong you’re wrong and sometimes it takes others to point out those mistakes. You gotta drink your medicine sometimes, right?


Anyhoo, I’m fortunate to have a supportive group of people that have helped me get to the point I am in life. I have a feeling that they might be able to help you too.


Project SELFFY is a Facebook group I created that discusses these same issues in life. I’d consider it a pretty good resource (if I do say so myself) Feel free to join the conversation. Talk soon…

That’s Why I Want A Billion $$$

What if someone gave you a billion dollars?

 What would you do?

 Pay bills?

 Give some to charity?

 Buy an island?


 I was just curious. 

 Personally, I would do what I could to

 Change the world we live in now.


 Think about it…

 You have a billion dollars, that’s more than

 Enough resources to make you happy.

 But if you’re happy and people around you

 Are still sad, broke, and uneducated

 What use is all that money?


 Like Kanye West says: 

“No one man should have all that power”

 And with good reason. 


 You see this everywhere, people with

 Money and power abuse it all the time or

 Simply use it improperly to keep other people



There are very few that actually understand

How a true legacy can be created not by

Placing your name on buildings, but in

Ensuring that long after death, your name

Lives on the tongues and stays on the minds

Of both strangers and friends alike.


Life is much more than complicated than  

 Simply making money and staying healthy

 And recently, I’ve found that truth to be

 Evident in my personal life as well as the 

 Lives of a few close friends.


You see, the thing is that I have

Rich friends and I have poor ones as well.

There’s not much of a difference between

The two, but I have to say that for the most

Part that my rich friends happen to be the

Kindest and most generous people I know.


It’s not because they are trying to show off

But it’s because they are people that I’ve

Selected to be in my life because they understand

The value of not only having money, but also the

Potential effect they can have on the world.


We’re all offered like what?

Maybe 100 years? (138 years if you’re me ;-))

But I mean this planet has been in existence

For something like 4.7 billion years.


Imagine having an impact on the planet that

Lasted even a quarter of that amount of time…


I personally believe that we are headed into

An age of selflessness and it’s going to be

One hell of a collaborative effort from everyone

That is going to catapult us all to realize that

We’re not just in it for ourselves.


This planet has the potential to be a beacon

To everyone that visits (if there really is anyone)

That shows what happens when people drop the

Ego and realize that we are all a part of something

Much, much bigger.


I encourage you today to think less about what

You can get and what you can have and think

More about what you can give to your friends

Your neighborhood and this planet.


We all know that it is better to give than to receive

But it’s not always as apparent if you’re always

Trying to figure out what the world owes you.


Jerry “Give>Receive” Washington


P.S. I felt that might have been a bit sappy

But you know what broseph, it’s my blog so

I can say what I want, but I do believe that

You think the same way and that’s why I

Started the private Facebook group

Project SELFFY. Join the conversation to

Discover how you can live forever in the

Hearts and minds of others. Talk soon…