Before I dig deep into this post, I want to say Rest In Peace to Virgil Abloh, 41, who tragically died of cancer. My heart is with your family, friends, supporters and anyone else who was inspired by your work.
You inspired a generation & were truly one of your kind.
The crazy thing about life is we never truly know when our time will be up. I didn’t even found out his passing until later on today. The modern day creative of African Descent has taught me something as I look more into his documentaries, life, philosophies, and so much more.
It’s not about the fashion, streetwear or the brand he was attached too, it’s about our vision.
You may be wondering, “vision”? “What could that possibly, have anything to do with this post?”
Good question, I will explain it right now.
This quote by Virgil really showed me that life is too precious to be wasted on the small things and worries that might trouble our day to day lives. The quote goes:
“Life is so short you can’t waste even a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do versus knowing what you can do” – Virgil Abloh
Being a creative that he was, he was bound to be subjected to criticism. People were gonna say something to him whether it was positive or if it could a grown man cry. Although, nobody wants to hear that their art isn’t good enough or song isn’t the best, they won’t care.
You know why? They have a vision. Picture a Lion in the African safari. Envision you’re the lion and you see zebra sitting in the distance. Will you rise up to the occasion or starve? Well, I will let you think about that one. Point being, he had a vision of what he wanted to do in life & he make it become a reality.
Many of the streetwear will see today in fashion shows & in the big retailers are inspired by him. Crazy to think about, right? All came from a vision bigger than himself.
Virgil is a modern day creative and the last thing he thought he should be doing is living life through a cubicle or the so called, “American Dream”. You know being stuck in traffic in the morning, fake laughing to your co-workers as you want to get off in the evening to see your wife and kids but too tired to even do anything.
You know what I’m talking about? Yeah, that sounds like a living hell. Here’s what Virgil had to say about it:
I was like never meant to, like, work and then turn it off and sit on the couch. I just have a vision, and I’m inspired by it. It’s sort of what makes me tick.
Doesn’t that want to make you want to chase your dreams? Damn right it does. I don’t want to go on the whole motivation schpeel where you feel motivated by this post to where you want to go run a marathon after this. I won’t do that to y’all. I’m just here telling you what he did & how he brought his work to life.
Virgil, you were truly one of a kind, even though, I never met you, I wish I would’ve. Rest easy.
If you’re my age or younger, you should be aware that technology will soon take away the majority of professions.
Many people interpret this badly, however, there is a good side to it all.
There are an inexhaustible amount of creative occupations available.
To me, the word “creative” connotes anything out of the ordinary.
Think about it: if your work is iterative, it’ll only be a matter of time until technology takes over. If you allow it, it’s a terrifying concept.
But it’s a good thing because creative professions are the only ones that are satisfying. And as time passes, there will be more surprises in store for the public. For example, I would have laughed if you told me that being a twitch streamer would be a full-time profession. But now it’s my turn to laugh. Working toward a career that may or may not exist is the last thing you want to do.
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The internet is constantly divided by two groups of people.
You see this people in your everyday life 24/7. It can be in the library, school, work, or at a sporting event.
We are constantly producing information by our smartphones or creating content and information.
As you would call them, consumers & producers.
Mindlessly scrolling on the internet, watching content produced by other people would make us consumers. Consuming various forms of media in our everyday life. You’re consuming media without even realizing it.
Did you read that right?
You’re consuming media without even realizing it. A stop sign, street lights, billboards, traffic signals, a TV, whatever it might be, you’re consuming.
Now, I am not saying it’s a bad thing to be a consumer, I am saying that we need to create more than we produce.
The internet rewards content creators.
You see content creators all the time getting rewarded for all their hard work & it’s shown.
The world never stops for content creators and maybe I see why people call me crazy constantly. Creating and writing stuff out of thin air.
No matter what, this is my crack like the 80s. Constantly wanting more and more. Creative roles flow through my veins and my bloodstream.
I will create till the wheels fall off. You can scroll and find new dress ideas on Pinterest while you’re sitting here and reading this post.
You see what I just did there? Of course you did, it’s the point of the whole post.
So, welcome to the New Year. A year of blessings and gratitude. Now, we all have goals to attempt to accomplish. Then, we will put all of our effort in attaining those goals. So, let’s get straight to it.
First, have a list of goals that you want to achieve. It may be losing weight, getting a raise, or developing better friendships. Once you have that list, measure a time a frame for those goals. Essentially, the time it should take to achieve those goals. So, make a time schedule for every task leading up to the goals you want.
Resolutions for New Year’s
New Year’s Resolutions.
In addition, of making goals that are measure. They have to be attainable. For example, you can’t just aim for a 100k year goal without hitting $100-1000 first. Not saying its impossible, just make sure its achievable to your standard. So, make it clear and reasonable. I am in no way shape or form discouraging you. Just be realistic.
Now, we are getting closer. Close like we are in a marathon race. So, we have figured out goal setting and organization. Then, comes time-relevancy. This means relevant in a specific time frame for goals you want to achieve.
So, you can achieve the goal in that specific period. Always make sure to see how far you have came from the beginning. Attack the goals like a pack of wolves. Hungry and ferocious for more. Now, make sure they’re relevant.
Relevant in terms of objectives you want to achieve. Make sure they align with your values and long-term goals. Ask yourself why the goal is important to you and how it help you get closer to your goal. Then, you will truly see why the goal is important to you. Follow these goals for the new year.
Studies show its about direction and not speed. Lack of direction, not a lack of time, is the problem. Now, the problem is we don’t have enough time, its where we are headed. Attack each and everyday like its your last. Proven that you achieve more by being on the right path. So, this free information I am giving you will convert your life for the better.
Next, think about the next immediate step towards your goal. It’s mind-blowing to think about. So, picture it this way. A triumph of climbing a ladder and if the steps are too far apart, its hard to climb and easy to quit. Reason being, studies show its about direction and not speed. Then, you will divide steps in order to reach that goal.
Do whatever it takes
Once you find out what has to be done, you will do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal. So, what matters if an inner perception of progress towards your goal. Have a driving force to be generated from within. Be programmed to be better than yesterday. Set the sail of judging your progress only based on if you have achieved that goal. I am the captain of my fate, and the master of my soul. I will do what it takes to win. Even though, it’s about the long term game I will attack everything that’s in my way. It’s never about how fast where going but where we are headed.
Time can be artificially created when we realize whats important, allowing us to home in our journey’s. Now, you need to separate your panic from execution. Then, ask yourself the reason behind all of this. Is it to make more money, to improve lifestyle choices, etc. We have to know why exactly we are doing something that’s going to benefit us.
Having a bad day makes all the difference on how stressful life can get. So, for every lost opportunity, i find peace knowing some people marry prison pen pals. To attest to the truth, my life choices aren’t all that bad either.
So, if the day isn’t going as planned for you, just smile. It will give a trigger response to the brain thinking you’re happy. Don’t worry if you’re having a bad day, it won’t last. Then, we remember one thing. There are people in this world who tattooed their old partners name on their body and they’re not even together.
Although, I have bad days, it doesn’t mean I won’t laugh it off. You either might be worried or confused to hear me laughing. I wouldn’t confuse someone having a bad twenty-four-hour period as a sign of weakness at all. Then, you can really see what change feels like. Often what feels like a challenging place is just a stairwell to something greater.
Now, think positively. You have been in this predicament before. Being able to survive bad encounters like this before and I don’t think this one should stop you. You’ll make it through this one. Hell, the Avengers made it through Thanos, what’s your excuse? All jokes side, its not like this forever and won’t ever be. Don’t even sweat it.
As a result, you just need to keep on laughing. The average human only laughs about 4 times. Its simply not enough at all. Why would I only laugh 4 times in a twenty-four-time period when there is so much to be grateful for? Then, you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt. Laughing so much its the only problem you should have instead of being down in a twenty-four-time period.