Finding The American Dream

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What is the American Dream? Why can’t we achieve it? Every day we wake up and 80% of the people in America dread going to work. We work our whole lives to position ourselves to do what it is that we want to do and yet 80% of us are still unsatisfied with working the hours we have too.

I went to college for 4 years and got a degree in political science. I was sure I wanted to be a lawyer. It would have probably been a great move right out of college but my experiment at professional football failed miserably and by the time I returned to school things had changed for me. Continue reading

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Appreciated…

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Sometimes in life, all you want to do is be appreciated. Whether it’s work, in a relationship, or just among friends you want to be appreciated for your contributions to the situation or group. I’m old school and I make sure that I take care of the people who mean a lot to me.

It’s really hard for expectations to be met all of the time. People are so different that we often think that people think like we do. We very rarely step back and look at what a person is going through or why they made the choices they made and we’re usually pretty quick to judge them based on what we see without looking at the circumstances.

People get spoiled by patterns and when things drift off the norm we wonder if we’re the reason things went the way they did or we’re quick to point out Continue reading

Keeping The Things That Matter

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Have you ever had something that you wanted more than anything, then you got it and didn’t know how to keep it? Happens to me quite a bit. Not sure how or why I can’t get it right but for some reason it always appears to happen to me. It can be something or someone and I always and I mean always find a way to lose it.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s meant for me to have things I desire. Even when I take care of the things I cherish the most, they always find a way to disappear or become unusable. Why this happens is beyond me but it always appears to be the case. From this point forward, I will hold on a little tighter, give things more care, and appreciate the value of the things I want to keep.

Finding what you want is hard and keeping it is even harder. This past weekend I had a discussion with a friend. We talked about value and self worth. The main focus was that sometimes the things we value most don’t add value to our lives. When things we find things that add value to our lives we need to preserve them and when they don’t add value, we need to let them go or get what we can for them.  Continue reading

Getting Your MOJO Back

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I’ll admit that I’ve been stuck in a rut for the past few weeks. I’m very goal oriented and when I’m just a little off, I get caught in a whirlwind and lose focus on what it is that I want to get out of my daily routine.

Obstacles come in various forms and for me all it takes is a little nudge in the wrong direction and I end up all over the place. It can be something as simple as an accusation or as complex as a problem at work but anything out of the norm will set me back a little. Continue reading

Finding The One

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Looking for The One

How does one find what he/she is looking for? How do you know you’ve gotten what you’ve always wanted when your wants and desires change so frequently? Questions burning in your head about is one enough? Can you live with just one? When I find the one, how do I keep her happy?

Seems rather simple, but sometimes you have what you want, and you don’t even realize it. The small signs are there but you don’t realize that she’s that into you or you’re that into her. When she into you, she just want to be around you. Spend time in your space and look at you.Women are dope. When they are happy, they just bring good energy. The vibes they exude are everything to the soul and spirit of a man. The way she looks at you when you’re doing something you’re passionate about adds fuel to your efforts and the subtle encouragement of your accomplishments humbles you and makes you appreciate her even more.  Continue reading

Closing The Gap

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The world is getting crazier by the day. Too many people take for granted things that benefit them the most. They don’t capitalize on their rights to vote and they take their education for granted.

Access is extremely hard to come by in most instances. Getting the right to vote and obtaining quality education are not to be take for granted. Americans have fought viciously for the rights to do these things and yet generations of people have taken them for granted.

It’s time that we do whatever it takes to close some of the gaps that we have in society. There is a significant gap in economic conditions in American society. The only way to close that gap is to elect people that provide a platform for education and job advancement. The only way to qualify for that type of advancement is to be educationally prepared to make a difference. So step up and be a part of the solution and stop contributing to the alleged status quo.

In order to close the gap, there’s work to be done. Let’s get out and do it.

Another Birthday For My Princess

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Today I celebrate the love of my life. She came to me in a small package but she’s growing into the young lady I thought she could be. Every year she reminds me more of myself as my DNA becomes stronger inside her. As she continues to grow and develop, I am reminded of how life comes at you fast and that you should always relish the moments you have with those that you love.

Six years ago today I was given the opportunity to be a man, a father, a leader and I accepted it and you with open arms. I’ve never looked back and I don’t ever plan on it. So today I celebrate my daughter, Taylor Joelle Simmons. I love you baby girl. Continue to grow and prosper. My hopes are that one day when you are older this public journal of my thoughts will give you more insight on who your daddy was and that he lived, loved, and gave a lot of himself for others.

As we walk side – by – side in our walk of life, continue to be who you are and continue to prosper. Remember that your daddy loves you.