Life Just “Lifing”

Good life

I was sitting down talking to some of my buddies a couple of days ago. We were hanging out in my new studio after doing some “remodeling.” We spent the night talking about everything in life. It is interesting to me because most of my buddies are immigrants or children of immigrants just like me.

Personally, I kinda feel like a double immigrant, because my mom’s from Jamaica and I went to school in Alaska. It’s kinda of like a different country up there.  For me as just a normal dude from Alaska, being an entrepreneur in the city of Philadelphia is kinda mind blowing.

I know a lot of people can relate to my story. In fact, I’m almost positive because you are reading this, that you’ve probably done the following yourself. I tried a lot of different jobs, but I always felt like I just wasn’t getting what I needed in terms of fulfillment.  I just couldn’t figure it out, but what I kept thinking to myself is that I need to make more money.

It Was Not About The Money

Everyone has their thing that they believe will make them eternally happy.  For some, it’s fame, some money, others time. Depending on who you are, the value you place on each is variable. For me it was money. I would say to myself. As soon as I have more money I’ll be happy.

That all changed when I started training people that had the millions I was looking for. These people had it all (or at least all I’d be happy with) and they somehow were still unhappy. Some of them complained about how much they have to work, how little they’d see their kids, or even the health of a family member.

It was then I realized that it was never about the money. It’s actually all about balance.

One thing I want to caution you about. Balance is different for everyone. So if you find someone telling you exactly how much of anything you should have in your life, reconsider their advice. There is never any good in being too extreme in your practices. Then you aren’t living an authentic life.

It’s so complicated, but yet so simple. I’ve heard over the years how people search far and wide for the meaning of life and they find it when they come back home to self-discovery. I have to admit that I didn’t follow that belief at first, but the further I explore on this journey, the more I realize that it involves a lot of playful discovery.

I’d like you to consider this before we part ways today. Whatever you believe you need to be happy is wrong. There is nothing outside of yourself that can make you happy. It is when you understand that life simply happens that you find genuine enjoyment in that each experience that comes. Life will “life” with or without your approval, so it’s just better to approve, appreciate, and move on.

 

Jerry “living it up” Washington

P.S.  Once you stop expecting and simply start being open the world changes drastically. At least that’s what it did for me. I realized that when you have money it doesn’t really change you. It just exposes you and if you’re aren’t happy, it just amplifies it. I’ve Seen it hundreds of times and I’m seeing it in myself as well as I begin to become more aware. Something that you might want to think about for yourself as well. If you’d like to chat about it and how you can stop worrying and start winning, just email me here and I’ll do my best to get back to you soon. Talk soon…

Time + Effort = ?

value, time

Hey, d’ja miss me? Gone for a day and I get a random text from someone telling me that I forgot to post today lol! I’m glad to see that my lack of presence is well accounted for (at least by one person) That’s actually what I wanted to talk about today. No, not that one person, but what we sometimes get (or don’t get) as a result of the use of our time.

I’ll try to make this one short. I realize that my passion sometimes gets the best of me. So I’ll cut right to the chase…

As I am sitting here after just returning from the hospital, I thinking about my grandma. I think about how granny bear is laying there right now, breathing her last breaths and I wonder what’s next. You, see granny bear lived a pretty hard life and as my family is getting ready to prepare for her passing, I’m getting a little uncomfortable.

The thing is, she was a VERY good person. You like one of those people that went to church every day and would give the shirt off her back to anyone. In fact, I believe she’s done that once or twice. But what makes me uncomfortable is the fact that although she had the best attitude about just about everything and everyone, she still could have had more.

Is it really worth the time?

My grandmother was always poor. My mom used to tell me stories about how she used to boil water in the community cooking area back in Jamaica so the other neighbors didn’t notice when the didn’t have anything to eat. And that’s fine, everyone has their struggles, but the problem is that she kept that mindset throughout her life.

The thing I’d like you to consider here is that although she worked hard and put a A LOT of time in at work (16 hour days until she was 65) she still remains in the same tax bracket. Why?

One word…mindset.

You see if your mindset is set to expect to gain little in exchange for hard work, then that’s exactly what you’ll get. You’ll work your butt off, but something will always be there to hold you back. It’s a little something that some call the law of attraction, others just call it getting what you deserve.

Some people would say if you put in the hard work and enough time, you  DESERVE everything you get. And that’s true because if you’re suffering along the way then that’s what you’ll get back…more suffering.

So in closing I’m gonna end this one with a profound statement (if I do say so myself).

You can’t suffer your way to success/happiness/fulfillment.

Read that again brozilla ^^^^^

What you put in is always what you get out (plus interest). So if you want greatness your only option is to work to be great.

Jerry “working on my greatness” Washington

 

P.S. I know that may seem a little obscure, but I’ve got backup. If you are in the Philadelphia area, I would encourage you to jump in my group on Facebook by clicking here. Otherwise, I would love to continue this conversation with you. I’d like to talk with you more about how you can live the good life. If you’d like to discuss a few simple tricks I picked up over the years, just email me. Talk soon…

This One Is NOT For You If…

I was talking to a friend the other day who is like the king of conspiracy theories. Oh man is he entertaining. Sometimes I just want to sit back with a nice merlot and listen to all his fun stories about past presidents, aliens, bigfoot, and the twin towers. I mean who needs a t.v? I’ve got a friend that can talk for hours. And he’ll entertain you with stories with presidents that conspired with other countries to drive up food prices. Or organized attacks on our country to give us reasonable cause to enter a war so that rich elite could control America.

I’m gonna put this bluntly. Yes, the Illuminati does exist, but not in the way you would think of some rich elite. The Illuminati are not these evil people hell bent on destroying the earth, seriously how could you cover up a conspiracy like that for so long?? I mean with the internet and all?

talented dog

Look, I get it briznit, it’s easy to blame others when things don’t turn out the way you imagined. It’s the government, it’s secret societies, it’s Bob down the street that keeps trying to show you up with the ridiculous things he keeps teaching his dog.

I get it, but man…if there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the years it’s that you are in complete control of your own reality. Everything that you feel is a decision. A choice.

I would like you to think about the thing that you feel is holding you back from success. Be it time, money, lack of skills/knowledge, whatever. Now consider this, unless you’re a freak like Michael Jordan or Bo Jackson, or even Lebron James you were born more with pretty much the same talent as everyone else. You have the same amount of resources everyone else does, in fact, if you’re reading this you’re at an advantage. There’s probably at least a third of the world that doesn’t have internet.

Look, this isn’t for you if you believe there’s a secret elite society that is controlling us all. It just isn’t possible. The issue with that type of thinking is that it trains your mind to not take responsibility. It’s like racing with your legs bound up and your arms tied behind your back. When you inevitably lose, all you will complain about is how hard it was for you to run the race.  You would complain about how you were limited, but the fact is that you really weren’t. You’d have had a chance if you didn’t show up to the race already at a clear disadvantage.

So I understand that some people think that there is some secret society out to get you. But what I would really have you consider is that they ultra elite are just like you (with more money of course). They do business deals, have friends they’ve known for years and take vacations. They might be able to do more stuff with their money, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want you to have anything.

In short, it’s really not a secret society that’s holding you back, it’s your limiting beliefs about your own potential for success.

Jerry “not sent by the government” Washington

 

P.S. I’m not trying to rag on anyone here. The hope here is that you wake up and see that we all have unlimited potential. Ok maybe not all of us, but you…You broham. You have unlimited potential, but the question is will you ever stop blaming others long enough to utilize it. Talk soon…