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Ready, aim, fire….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2015 by Jay Isip

10014541_866548826736279_9194109830566766145_nReady, Aim, Fire! Always move forward when you are ready to move forward. While it feels good to have the reassurance, consent, opinions, and the outside perspectives of others, it yields no results for us or our creative tactics. Listening to what others think about our creative process will only slow down progression.

We need to learn to take outside opinions with as small a grain of salt as possible because a majority of the time, the outside opinion is geared towards their own personal preference. The outside opinion is not part of our original creative process, hence why it is called an outside opinion. If we let others influence our original thoughts, we are allowing them to steer us towards an unwanted path.

Like my childhood friend Brian Davis says, “Sometimes in our path, there are forks in the road. Either you must choose to go right or left, but no matter which direction we choose to go, it was our original thought and not someone else’s. By listening to an outside opinion meant we chose the path of destruction by heading straight towards the fork and smashing into the divider.”

So, let us always remind ourselves that we must move forward at our own will and no one else’s. Never wait for reassurance that “you are doing the right thing” because it will only halt your creative process. Should you encounter someone who wants to interrupt the free-flowing, productive, and creative path you have chosen, tell him or her to scat! Who are they to interfere with your creativity?

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Your ideas are like curry–it’s hipster-trending but they stink…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2015 by Jay Isip

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Every restaurant is now adding curry to everything and I can’t stand it–let alone the smell. As the hipster-bee’s swarm around the freshly grown lifestyle of “it’s cool to be different” crops, the farm produce had harvested long sticky beards, under-shaved pompadours, flamboyantly colored  pants that are too tight, American diluted Japanese hair-buns, vintage only items that were actually re-produced this year, Lil-Weezy snap-backs and tattoo’s, and these crops need no showers–as if these trendy plants couldn’t stink the place up any more–they had decided to spice things up with some curry.

Their great idea, changed the world; created a new life-form of characters, and it flew through our generation like an ultra-violet gamma ray. Someone in the industry came up with an idea, and moved forward with it–which in turn, started a new culture.

I’m appalled that this idea worked, but….

I’m more appalled with everyone’s “great ideas” that people never move forward with. With our culture being so advanced, it has made it easier for our ideas to come into fruition–but at the same time much harder. Because of the easy access to information the world-wide-web had given everyone, it’s much simpler to learn, research, and get answers for our ideas to become alive. On the flip side, social media had developed a strong and valuable status-quo where everyone’s voice can be heard, and it counts (I know kinda sad right?). The abundant access of creating our ideas, terrifies us because anyone who has internet access (which is everyone) will see what we had brought to life–if we had at all. Also, there is too much information out there, too many opinions, and too many strategies–sometimes it’s just too much for one to handle.

So let’s keep it simple. To bring ideas to life, there are four principle’s…

1. Find a need, unsolved problem, or create one…

2. Master all of the essentials for the new problem…

3. Provide something different to an old standard…

4. Believe in what you have created, and take action…

Our ideas are great, and will only stay ideas until you begin to take some action–otherwise–it’s as useful as a hipster…

You see, one-day someone decided that they’re going to create a problem, and in this case, the origin problem was that it’s not okay to be different, nerds with glasses aren’t “cool”, and we should all be well groomed. But then, they said “hey, let’s all rebel against this standard outlook” which then made it okay. They began playing dress up with celebrities and slapping them with every vibrant color on the paint chart at Home Depot, giant nerdy framed glasses from Steve Urkel, and giving them grooming styles that looks like they had never been groomed before. They fashion industry made it cool to be different; cool to look like crap; and cool to look lazy. Kind of oxymoron, but it worked–and I can’t believe it. It makes me sick, and on top of everything–they threw some curry on it–everyone all of a sudden is a curry king.

Side thought: Personally, I don’t like curry. My friends and family love it, but there’s just something about it that makes my intestines squirm around like worms in dirt. I’ll throw up right now…

But…

If someone can completely change a worldview with simple tactics, create an entire culture with a simple twist, and have everyone change there outlook to think they are different when they’re actually all the same–why the hell can’t we?

Take your ideas, write them down, follow the principles, and start working on them–most of all–shut your god damn mouth. No one wants to hear your great ideas anyway–most of the time we only subjectively speak about our ideas, and swim for responses for our ideas to either; fluff our ego, or find an excuse to why we can’t proceed with our idea’s.

In conclusion, only share your ideas with people you want involved, otherwise—shut the hell up….

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The art of dying…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 9, 2015 by Jay Isip

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I’ve had swords swung at my face; I’ve had guns pointed at my face; I’d gotten into deadly street brawls; I’d been locked inside a cage to fight another animal seeking for blood; I’d attempted car crashing suicide; I’d drawn blood from people with my own hands; I’d seen people draw blood from me; I’d seen people die right on the pavement;  several times I had stared into the eyes of the Grim Reaper, but he never sliced me with his scythe–but each time was just as scary as the last.

Most of us fear death, we are terrified to no longer live in a life that we are accustomed too. We are programmed to be alive, using our senses, and walking through our everyday routine of monotony, progression, or regression.  All of us, live differently–none of us have the same lives–but all of us are scared to die.

Why?

Based upon our beliefs, when death occurs, the outcome is different. Some believe we will enter a land of paradise, or a land of torture. Some believe we will be reincarnated into a new life-form. Some believe our spirits will break into a molecular wave and recreate from the atoms. Some believe we will just poof in the air into dust. These believes have all one thing in common–they’re all assumptions. There is no true evidence that any form of after-life had been proven. After-life is only based off of stories, theory’s, and beliefs.

The reason we fear death is because we are stepping into the unknown. We have no idea what we will enter when our heart stops beating. The fear of major change, is why we are truly scared of death. There is no way we can prepare for this moment. We could believe in all the theory’s, stories, and assumptions that are embedded in our minds–but none of that matter until we actually experience death. We will never actually know, until we die…

Yet, the same goes for life…

We are all scared to do something new; terrified to step into the unknown; afraid of challenging our minds to have our body enter a new life-form. We could have all the knowledge in the world, but none of that ever matters until we actually take action with what we know–what sucks is that most of us will never move forward with our knowledge because we’re afraid. Most of us would “rather die” than do something different that we know could possibly make our lives better–you’re a chump.

We don’t actually fear death–we fear change….

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Fear this….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2015 by Jay Isip

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Fear happens in our lives consistently, and we have no idea. We come up with great ideas, and then automatically shut them down with excuses. “If I only had the time” or “People would love my idea, but I can’t figure out how to create it.” Most of the time, we know what we have to do–but fear steps in the way and shuts us down. We are afraid to fail, be embarrassed, lose, or neglected. We’re also too lazy to deal with the outcome if we do fall down, the process of getting back up and doing it all over again–is to stressful for our lives–bullshit…

Personally, I had learned to deal with fears in an odd way. For entire year, I placed my self in situations that I knew would had made me uncomfortable. Every single day, I would do minor things to help me embrace the feelings of nervousness, timidness, anxiety, and anxiousness–so that when a larger fear comes forward, I am able to adjust to the feeling of nerve wrecking parallelization.

I would scratch my nails on chalkboards (we all know that sucks)…

I would go on amusement park rides (because I was terrified of them–yes its true)…

I would put my left shoe first instead of my right (because I’m used to the opposite)…

I would do everyday activities with my left hand (because I’m right handed)…

I would take opposite roads while driving and get lost on purpose (because I would have to figure it out–no GPS)…

Now when the larger fears would come to surface, it was much easier to deal with…

Stepping in the cage to fight…

Investing into a new business opportunity…

Building a true relationship…

These are just some examples of what helped me fight my fears, and now I’m addicted to fear. I enjoy the feeling of being uncomfortable. I love the feeling of bumble-bee’s swarming my stomach. I Can’t wait to get my palm sweaty again. I strive for it….

I suggest you do the same…

You see, for every second that goes by there is constant fighting going on inside of us. Some fights are so easy that we subconsciously do not even recognize there was even a fight going on in the first place. Then there are the tough fights, ones where we cannot even bear the mere thought of them because we might snap, so we decide the best solution is to retreat. Wrong, we chose the cowardly solution. What we must learn, as individuals who want to grow, is to transform the tough fights we retreat from into the easy fights we don’t even notice.

I know, easier said than done. We must do this because fear is the number one super villain and the kryptonite to our souls that exists in our solar system. This super villain is immortal, will never go away, will poison our minds and bodies, varies in size and power, and will hunt us down our entire lives as long as we decide to stay inferior. Our weakness gives fear the power to kill us at any speed it wishes with its ruthless actions. We can die a slow death, a fast death, or the worst kind of death—death while still alive. Fear can take our insides for keeps and leave us empty and incapable of growing. Fear is the kind of super-villain that will use its power to take away our power to love, rip it into shreds of confetti, and throw it in the air during the celebration of a new marriage.

“Do you take FEAR into holy matrimony until DEATH do you part? I do.” Yet, did you know that we also possess superpowers of our own that can be enhanced the more we search for it? That’s right, we have the superhero powers to crush fear dead in its tracks, diminish the thoughts of it, and suck the negative spirits right out of its heart. Enough is enough, let us start striking back at our fears and begin to develop the fighter that is inside all of us. So the next time we are asked to enter into matrimony again with fear, we will boldly say, “I do not.”

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The Four Aces of Life…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2015 by Jay Isip

 

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The Four Aces of Life…

Every experience in life can be broken down into four separate segments that we all go through. We must become aware of these four aspects in life so that we can properly deal with these experiences to the best of our ability, making the process of exploring our paths much easier.

1. Appreciation—I am not trying to sound redundant here, but we must appreciate all of the experiences we have faced. The truth is, whether the experience was positive or negative, it will never come our way again. So, appreciate each experience for all the new knowledge, new strength, and new wisdom we gained from them, for it has made us into the person we are today.

2. Acceptance—The power of acceptance is a strong attribute for our present mind state. By accepting the facts and flaws of who we are today, we will enable ourselves to not hold grudges on our past experiences. Accepting who and what we are in life today will only open the new doors for tomorrow. Accept and understand that we must not expect anything from anyone any situation, but rather just accept life for what it is. The only expectation we can have in life, is life itself. We have heard this saying many times, but the meaning is true, everything that happens in our lives, happens for a reason. Every experience in our lives serves a purpose and all that we can do is accept life for what it is, and what our life is not. Accept the present and only expect life to come in its own fashion.

3. Adjustment—Simple changes in our present lives will adjust the future. After accepting the present, we must make adjustments in our lives to enter the new doors we have just opened. In order to move forward with our actions, we must mentally adjust and prepare ourselves to erase our fears and step into the unknown. During this transitional stage of adjustment, our minds and bodies will fight each other and attempt to hold us back from proceeding. Each time we feel the struggle of doubt and fear, we have to continuously adjust our mindsets and remain focused on the bigger picture. As said before, whether a positive or negative experience, we must mentally adjust all of our thoughts into positive ones so we can enter our new journey smoother.

4. Adaptation—We have appreciated the past, accepted the present, and made adjustments to enter the future, so now it is time to adapt to the new journey we have chosen. We have to adapt to the new experiences we will face and mold ourselves into the new environment we have chosen by welcoming our new surroundings and absorbing the brand new atmosphere. Adapting into the new is a very exciting experience because it is a different kind of change and is exactly what life experience is all about.

Let the Four Aces of Appreciation, Acceptance, Adjustment, and Adaptation marinate for a little bit. Once we grasp this concept, we are ready to go through our upcoming life experience with a little more ease. Remember, this is an ongoing process and each time you live a new experience, the Four Aces will come into play.

You were dealt a good hand, so play your cards right.

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One Direction…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 31, 2015 by Jay Isip

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One direction, is not the direction we should be looking for–or is it?

Be aware of your surroundings. We all have certain goals we wish to accomplish yet the majority of us have no idea where to start and/or become discouraged along the journey. We have set a list of goals, ready to go after them full throttle with the intention of accomplishment, and all by ourselves, because we believe whole-heartedly that we can handle such situations. Day in and day out, we soon realize how tired, discouraged, and pissed the f@#k off we are getting at ourselves for not being able to accomplish certain parts of our journey. Now we find ourselves swimming in mud and before we know it, we are drowning in our feces from all the sh!t we have put ourselves through. Naturally, we begin to ask ourselves, why did this happen, how did this happen, and what went wrong. Easy, we did not place ourselves in the correct atmosphere. By not seeking help, we actually put ourselves in a situation further away from our goals only to aimlessly be walking in circles more confused than a foreign exchange student trying to find the cafeteria who ended up in the boiler room licking a melted, lint-filled Hershey’s kiss from his pocket as lunch.

So now let us think, how come the foreign exchange student ended up in the boiler room instead of having himself a nice lunch in the cafeteria? Simple, he should have asked for help! Remember people, we are only human. We often convince ourselves that we can do things on our own and that asking for help is for the weak. WRONG! Sometimes, we cannot do things on our own, especially if we have no idea about the subject of our goal. Every professional, every successful person, basically everyone in general, needs help to get where they are looking to go. We need guidance. Look at it this way: When we need to travel to an unknown location, we instantly seek directions. We are not going to get there unless we ask the GPS, Google Maps, or even pull over to a gas station and asking for directions from someone who is familiar with the area. Because we are driving to an unfamiliar place, are we just going to hop in the car and say “Eehhh let’s see what happens.” No! We are going to end up more confused than a fat kid at a Whole Foods; meaning we will have no idea where we are or what to do.

The goal we have set is for our best interest therefore, it is in our best interest to find someone who is a professional in the area of our goal. Those professionals will provide us with the directions to that final destination that is unknown to us but familiar to them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for directions, being lost is okay, as long as you know where you want to end up…

Is happiness a feeling?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by Jay Isip

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We all have had the worst of times, but also the best. We’ve all had long grueling moments of self-defeat, but also had moments of self-improvement. We all know the feeling that forces our head to nod downward and stare into hell, but also know the feeling to walk tall and stare into the heavens. We are ALL familiar with the feelings and moments of excitement, fear, desire, doubt, confidence, neglect, acceptance, sadness, laughter, apathy, and happiness…

In one lifetime or another, we will encounter certain moments in life that we will forever live with, as well as the next life. It’s the moment of feelings that drive us in life, we live every moment to feel a certain emotion. To feel the excitement of becoming a better person than we were the day before, or to feel the fear of doubt to set us backwards.

To move freely with confidence, or to self neglect.

To laugh in happiness, or to pity in sorrow.

Either way, we choose to feel for the moment—what do you live for?

Personally, I’ve had numerous of set backs in life (and I’m sure we ALL have)–but that’s what made me stronger. I’ve done my “fair share” of alcohol, drugs, and living life in the swamps of bottom feeders, but I slowly swam out–I knew I was more valuable. I became aware of what feeling kept me alive, apposed to death. But we are ALL valuable, we are all worth more than we believe. We are all a valuable asset to this Universe.

What moment do you live for?

What feeling are you chasing?

What is it that you truly live for?

Win, lose, succeed, or fail–always live for the moments you love. Do more of that, and your self-value will be priceless…

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