If you’re not working, well then what are you doing? I was always told and conditioned as a child to go to college, and after college start a great career. College and a great career was never an example in my family, except for my aunt Linda. My aunt was a radiology nurse that graduated from Malcolm X college in Chicago IL. with her degree in nursing. She was the only one of 8 siblings to graduate college, but after graduating she put her degree to use. A college degree and a great career was not only rare in my family but also in my friend’s families as well. We were following what America said was the only way to make it in America. Freedom of choice and entrepreneurship was a foreign language to majority of the world, but with us being poor and black it was from outer space. Success was a family, home, cars, a yearly vacation and some cash in the bank. Middle class Americans are looked at as successful, but how is that possible? If there is a low-class, middle class, and a high-class, why is middle class the standard of success? Now to those that feel middle-class is more than enough for them, well I will say I am proud of you and congratulations. I will never be acceptant of middle class when I know my potential goes much further than that.
I would first like you to understand that college and a great career isn’t a bad thing to have or go after in life. I feel that college and a career should be a stepping stone to eventually owning and running your own business. I know why being your own boss or owning your own company was not being taught to myself and other children my age growing up. Being an entrepreneur was unheard of in my community. I didn’t know a CEO or even a small business owner that had come from my community. No examples to myself meant that there were no examples to my parents as well. Empowering your child to be free from the constraint of a 9 to 5 just seemed like a pipe dream. The struggle of becoming an entrepreneur was not something a parent wanted their child to go through as an adult. Parents don’t realize that having a job even while making great pay, still has you making pennies on the CEO’s millions. Why are we working hard to become an athlete instead of working to own the team? Being an athlete is far more attainable in life than owning the team could ever be. Owners of franchises aren’t “cool”. Owners are “nerds” that have no social life. Owners also must sacrifice if they come from a poor background.
Now you’re an adult, and mediocrity is embedded in your sub-conscious. As adults, we consciously know that there is a higher class, but the thought of the sacrifices that are needed to gain access to this class is not appealing. This is how our brains are programmed by our parents, but of course its for the good which limits our growth. Parents limit your freedom as a child and it’s for your protection mentally and physically. This stays with you into adulthood and now failure and uncertainty aren’t really an option for you. Failure and uncertainty is necessary for growth and success. It is time to create your own way of life and live life and not just exist in it. You are currently working for someone that doesn’t appreciate your true talents and gifts. You aren’t allowed to spread your wings and fly in your workplace, because your boss controls your flight. We are in a time that becoming a boss is as simple as a key stroke on a computer keyboard. You can start a blog, create an app, start a fashion line, become a freelance worker in your profession, and there are a ton of other things that you can do as well. You don’t need to be rich to control your destiny or have freedom. Your life and future can be in your control, but you must recognize that power and put in the effort to accomplish what you want. Time to be and do more in life and set a greater example for your children and the youth today. Leave something behind for someone besides the debt that you’ve accumulated over your adult life.
Written By: Ronald Anthony Wilson.
What do you want is different from what do you need? There is nothing wrong with having a want in life and going after it. No person needs a Rolls Royce Wraith, but it is necessary that I have one. I could easily get a nice Lexus or even a Mercedes Benz but that is not what I want. It seems far fetched to go after a car that starts at $315,700. Total waste of money to the person that can’t afford it, but that is the car that I like and see myself driving. I have witnessed so many people go after what is in their reach and not after what they really want. I don’t want average or mediocre. I plan to be great and do great things, so I want some great things as well.
I see myself waking up and my bedroom overlooking a beautiful body of water. I see myself driving my black wraith with my logo stitched in the headrest. I see myself writing a check to my aunt to pay the remainder of the mortgage for her home. I see myself placing families in homes and helping educate all on how to achieve their WANTS in life. I will travel the world and give more of my time and efforts to others instead of my finances. My vision is clear. I will achieve what I want with my words, and that is on paper and verbally. 99% of people today are assuming that they will get better. Show me someone that assumes and I will show you someone that is disappointed daily. Create your vision, and live that vision daily. The key to having the things that you want is being grateful for what you have currently.
Why do we let our current circumstances, people’s thoughts, and our minds stop us from knowing and going after what we want? All is possible and it can’t be attained if you don’t first believe it and see it clearly. The judgement of others has now created limits of what we can and can’t have. The greatest thing you can have is an imagination. Have an imagination that goes far beyond your current conditions, and your imagination staying consistent will lead to things aligning for you to have all that you imagine. My greatest image is me helping and changing the world. Oh yes, it sounds cliché but I could give two fucks what anyone else thinks. Love conquers all and I plan on spreading as much of it as I possibly can.
You already know what you want and how you want it. It is very simple, go after it! Stop fearing not getting it right away or being afraid that it may not happen at all. Stop the compromise and the procrastination of what will fulfill your life, and I am not talking about just the material things. The imagination must start with something that will lead to the things that you want in life. If you don’t have any goals, dreams aren’t achievable. There should be a start for there to be a finish. Your passion in life is that start and the finish is the things that you imagine. This vision of your life must be the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and in the dreams when you sleep. This almost sounds like an obsession and guess what, it is just that. You must be obsessed about what it is you want out of life. Without obsession, there is now way for success to enter your life. I know it sounds like a negative word but society makes many things sound bad that aren’t. Ignore the BS and embrace the obsession. Tape photos of your obsession all over your home, talk to yourself and others about it, and research it. Become “crazy” about what it is that you want, for you to receive what you want.
Written By: Ronald Anthony Wilson
I recently made the painting created by Jean-Michel Basquiat that was sold to a Japanese Billionaire for 110 million dollars one of my favorite photos. The photo was used as a draw to the attention of hard work and passion. Basquiat has been dead since August 12, 1988. He died at the age of 27, which is very young for such a great body of work that recognition has evolved over the years. Art, if loved by the elite become valuable over time and especially if the artist is deceased. Art is what you make it and what you value it. Basquiat is quoted “I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.” Art was therapeutic for Basquiat and a passion of his. The paintings came easily and naturally and wasn’t critic or thought provoked. Basquiat’s paintings have sold for over 500 million dollars to date, and I may be under estimating with that number.
The point being that when you put in the work and have a passion for what you do the success will come. Luck will seem to fall on your side and things will all line up as they should. Basquiat died from a heroin overdose in his art studio in Manhattan New York. This was one obstacle that he could not overcome in his life. He did however overcome great odds against him previous to his drug addiction. Basquiat was born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother. Brooklyn in the 60’s was far from gentrified, and that means it was the ghetto and he was a minority on top of that. At the age of 8 Jean-Michel was hit by a car while playing in the street. He broke his arm and had internal injuries, and he eventually underwent a splenectomy. Basquiat parents separated the same year and after five years of living in Brooklyn, he and his 3 siblings moved to Puerto Rico. They lived in Puerto Rico for 2 years before moving back to Brooklyn in 1976. Basquiat is now 16 years of age and being raised by his father. Basquiat’s mother was committed to a mental institution when he was 13, and she was in and out of institutions thereafter.
Basquiat found his passion at a very early age and started his work with very little resources at his disposal. What in the hell is holding you back from starting your passion and working your ass off? I know finding something that you are passionate about seems impossible sometimes but it is easier done than said. What do you love and what do you love to do and not be paid for it? What brings JOY to your life and a smile to your face? Think about these simple things the passion will be revealed. My passion for wanting to help others discover their passion came over time. I would cry tears of joy when I saw someone else accomplish their dreams. I would watch the show undercover boss, and at the end of each episode the undercover boss would give back to his employees in a great way. The bosses would give money and other things to help the individual move forward in life and accomplish their dreams. I couldn’t help but be overjoyed for the person that is receiving the gift and in awe of the person giving the gift. I also would have conversations with individuals that didn’t seem to have an imagination outside of society’s standards. This would greatly bother me and I would find myself wanting more for them than they did for themselves. Me paying attention to those things then turned into me developing my blog and becoming active on social media to deliver my message to the masses. I am now writing a book and continuing with that message through other avenues as well. Pay attention to yourself and be honest with yourself and your passion will be exposed to self.