Exactly Why You Aren’t Happy

For the last 20 years or so, advertisements for big name companies have gone on aggressive ad campaigns.

Nike told you to Just do it

Pepsi told you to Live for the moment

Burger King told you to Have it your way

And so many other companies have told you, your life wasn’t good enough, while planting seeds of consumerism. Essentially you can Only improve your life with their particular product.

Fast forward to the modern era, where “reality” shows, ladened with talent deficient people you hadn’t heard of before, seeming to be living glamorously, are on television living it up, and you just got home — from work.

Now lets take it over to social media, where people you know, have built successful fake lives on the internet. Yes, we have reached the pinnacle of your senses being under attack for decades now, with messages telling you how unhappy you are. Think about it.

When I was in fourth grade, I got teased for not having the latest brand name shoes on. I was unaware I was supposed to. I was told my family was broke, on welfare among many other things. This kind of teasing went on around America at every age, I’m sure. Today I realize, that this was learned behavior. It all starts at home. These aren’t things you innately have in you.

As a kid, you’re oblivious to a lot of adult themed topics, until someone makes you aware of it.

So it begins. A life of feeling you aren’t worthy. Feeling as though everything you have, and everything you own, isn’t good enough. A burden most people carry with them, deep into adulthood. However once you are aware of it, you can begin the process of gratitude. Being happy about the little things.

Good health, vision, hearing, and so many other things we need to be thankful for if we are lucky enough to have. Why? Because not everybody in the world woke up this morning. Appreciate life. When it’s over, or you’re at the end, you’ll wish you had.

These companies want your money. These reality shows and social media want your attention. For money. Most of the messages you receive have something to do with money.

So every time you feel unhappy, or you feel like your life hasn’t panned out the way you imagined, let this little article be a reminder, that you have live according to you. Your happiness depends on you, not them.✌🏿

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Everything is Business II

As I rolled past Detroit Metropolitan Airport this morning, I looked over to see the giant Delta building, and it hits me: The best businesses are those that provide a service. Transportation, parts and maintenance, for the vehicle that provides said transportation; food. Basically anything humans will always need, or have grown accustomed to.

Barbers, and hair stylist will never NOT be needed. Same goes for anyone who makes clothes (expensive or not), all the way down to coffee.

Business isn’t a bad thing, in fact I encourage many to become entrepreneurs all the time. Don’t be a consumer, be a producer. It’s better than sitting around complaining about rich people, and talking about who’s getting over on you, instead play the game.

All I want, is for you to think. I realize I won’t get to everyone, but I’m talking to a select few who are waking up to the fact that something isn’t right about not keeping your money in your pocket. Most people are taught from childhood to spend, spend, spend. Usually by those who were taught the same thing, thus consumerism is passed down to you, like a family trait.

I’m writing this because I see so many unhappy people, who spend all their money on frivolous things, and complain about being broke.

I’ll break it down the best way I know how:

Poor decision making = shitty results.

I’m sure many will want to give me a history lesson on why people are at the stage of life they are in, but at the end of the day, the simplistic answer is, if you know the game, and can see the playbook, adjust your strategy. And if you don’t, remember this: There are people out there adjusting their strategy as we speak, to part you from the true power you have to fight back — your money.✌🏿

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The Winning team

As we all know by now, anyone who attains fame is adored. Worshipped even. People will hang onto your every word, with that goofy look on their face, as if you’re really touching their heart.

In my armchair-psychologist opinion, it has everything to do with the insignificance one feels about their own life or accomplishments — or lack thereof. Something can be said about someone who works harder than everyone else to become good enough to “make it,” and vice versa.

For those who haven’t thought much of themselves since childhood and never went for any of their dreams because of it, are usually the ones who buy up every tabloid, watch TMZ, or consume all this television, that makes up this celebrity obsessed country. While the rest of us wonder, “who the hell are these people?!”

For example, President Trump can say whatever pops into his head, and his supporters will run with it, like God himself came down and delivered the message. Famous people are treated as if they are saviors all because they have wealth, and TV makes heroes out of people usually because of their money.

Yesterday, Donald Trump had this to say about Colin Kapernick,

“There was an article today … that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” the president said. “Do you believe that?”

Then the crowd went nuts, as if they were under a spell. As if it were the greatest thing ever said.

Let’s be clear about a couple of things: For starters, the combination of Kapernicks lack of quarterbacking ability, i.e. his lack of accuracy, lack of touch, and his inconsistency is the biggest reason for his current unemployment. However, someone will sign him. Mark my words.

Secondly, the first amendment right that is supposed to be enjoyed by all Americans really only applies to those who are adored by the media. Meaning if you are someone the mainstream media doesn’t give a shit about for any reason, they have the power to vilify you. Have you forgot about the Malcolm X quote:

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Chances are you either don’t know that quote or you were conditioned to forget about it because, you have always been conditioned to forget about people who have tried to wake up the people.

So while you’re on your $1300 laptop, sipping your, $10 coffee, while cyber stalking people that have a fake better life than yours remember this: Flint still doesn’t have clean water, the president still doesn’t know what he’s doing, that celebrity you are told to worship, probably hates their life, and the people who’s land really belongs to, may be extinct before your grandkids are grown.✌🏿

How Trump Budget will Affect Transit

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President Donald Trump’s budget has been released, and like many people I was waiting to see how it would affect my personal interest — or business.

When it comes to public transportation, Trumps budget mainly affects aviation, and long distance routes for Amtrak.

As far as Aviation goes the budget will essentially move “the air traffic control function” of the Federal Aviation Administration and its 14,000 controllers “to an independent, non-governmental organization.” In other words, because of “inefficiencies and lagging technology efforts” airline executives want to privatize  America’s air traffic control system.

Amtrak will have long distance runs like the Empire Builder, which spans from Chicago to Seattle, scaled back a great deal. The Federal Transportation Administration Department, overall, faces a 13% cut while defense spending and Homeland security will go up 9% and 7% respectively.

Funding will be eliminated for 19 different agencies who depend on federal money, including the Appalachian…

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Late Night Grand Marnier Rants

So Im sitting here sipping on my Grand Marnier, and it hits me: I moved all the way to Detroit,MI for opportunity. The opportunity to escape the California tax oppression, and cost of living to live how it was meant for all of us to live.

As a people we are programmed to want more. Dare say hard wired. Why not follow your instinct, and go where happiness takes you. I’ve had a few battles with home sickness, as recently as last week. But at the end of the day, I’m somewhere carving out my own destiny, and dammit I plan to win!

This is me just ranting so bear with me.

It just occurred to me — and by occurred I mean it really dawned on me, that a young man from the bottom, made a website, and taught himself how to: edit, write, record, create content (audio and video) design merchandise and everything in-between — got dammit I’m a full blown businessman. Now tell me what you can’t do, so I can look you in the face and call you a liar.

I’m talking motivation. Huh?

I’m saying, fuck talking about racism all day because that’s broke shit. Let’s put our money together or let me teach you what I taught myself.

It’s enough money out here for all of us, but we’re too busy being distracted, and taking the simplistic bait. One thing I’ve learned is, when you get to a certain level, folks only want to talk green. As in, how to make more of it. What doesn’t make more money is complaining. Plans, and solutions. Do I have your attention?

It’s late, I’m sipping my potion and I’m in the mood to hustle. I’m in here making flow charts, and figuring out my next move? What are you up to? Not being arrogant, but I’m asking a question. Time stops for no man, and no woman, so make time work for you.

I said all that to say this: You can’t listen with your mouth open.

Let’s get this money. It’s instrumental to gaining power.

 

The adventures of a kid Without Money Management Skills (17 yr old Dave)

Since I was 17 years old, I’ve held a job. As a society, you’re viewed as lazy, or labeled as someone not to be respected if you don’t work. Like so many people the idea of finding a “great job”  was instilled in me early on. Where I grew up, transportation is king among those who don’t go to college. Most people of color look to high paying blue collar jobs such as, BART, Muni, VTA, CalTrans, or some other government municipality.

Making $30+ an hour sounds great for someone with only a high school diploma. Thing is, jobs such as these are subconsciously viewed as secure. It’s what I call majority rules thinking. However, nothing in life is guaranteed. Nothing.

My first job came when I was at John F. Kennedy high school in Sacramento, Ca. It came through a program the school had, called R.O.P. Basically you skipped  out on your last 3 classes to go work. That was fine with me, I spent all 4 of my high school years having a teenage sized attitude about my family leaving my native Oakland, Ca. I was amongst a bunch of ritzy, Benz driving, bratty fucks (in my teenage mind),  I wanted to be where the action was. So I wasted 4 years (that I regretted until my 30’s), being angry — so making a little money while skipping class legally, sounded great to me.

So,  the Sam Goody era began. Yes, the music store. I chose that over working at Foot Action, because i didn’t want to be Al Bundy. First dumb decision of my young adult life.

I spent most days organizing C.D.’s in the pop section, and by organizing I mean alphabetizing artist by last name. Then finding albums that were thrown in random places — disregarded by someone who was too lazy to put it back where they found it.

Perfect job for a teenager who didn’t even organize his own room right? I can remember my first time getting a paycheck, which was also my first lesson in finding out how  hourly pay really worked.

My first check was $500. It took about a month to get that check. Until this day, I still have no clue what took so long. But there I was, with my first earned check in my hand, feeling rich, smiling from ear to ear. Trying to get my buddy Garry to come with me to the Ford dealership because I was going to buy a brand new 2000 Ford Expedition. I hadn’t a clue what it really cost. Not once in my life, did someone sit me down, and explain to me how much things really cost in the world. So, imagine my surprise when he openly laughed, ( for about 10-15 minutes) about my bold proclamation.

Turns out, I needed quite a few of those $500 paychecks to even sniff that SUV.

Time for Plan B. I needed something to show for all my hard work at the music store. So I did what most black kids from the struggle do when we get any amount of  cash in our hands. Went on a mission to spend it all, on things to show off. Or as they say where I’m from, stunt.

First stop was Foot Locker. I needed these Nike Penny Hardaway sneakers I was in love with, that moms couldn’t afford. Shit, Sam Goody has plenty of checks they’re dying to give me. Besides, I deserve these shoes, right? I got $500 smackaroos in my pocket! At 17, that kind of money makes you feel like no one has got it like you.

$500

-$175

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$325

I’m good, the Allen fortune has plenty left in the tank. Next stop, the pager store.

We leave Florin Mall, and head west down Florin Rd. to the strip mall. There I proceed to purchase a clear blue, Packbell Pager. I didn’t even know that many people to begin with, and the person I was around the most was with me. But 17 year old Dave could’t be told anything. In my young head I was a grown man. A soon to be sought after grown man, with a new pager, and some Penny’s on his feet. All I was thinking was, these cats better hide their girls.

$325

-200

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$125

Funds looking kind of low. When is that next payday again? Well maybe I should think about what my next move is over something to eat. As with any growing young man, I was hungry — often. I preceded to blow tons of money on fast food “Value” meals, and an assortments of snacks. Maybe a shirt, a video game and a few magazines. I was broke within 2 days. I had about 12 more days until payday so what was I to do? Well, I had one bright idea. I decided to clean to the Penny’s until they looked brand new, and of course never worn, and brought them back where I got them. After close inspection, they granted my return, and I had $175 back in my pocket. Lesson learned. Well, not really, I spent that money well before my next payday. Money in hand was money spent. Something that I would repeat for nearly two more decades. ✌🏿

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They won’t let me.

They won’t give us any money.

They won’t accept us.

They have it out for me.

You know They not gonna let us do that

They, They, They

Who the fuck is They?

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A lot of movement toward freedom has a lot to do with self. Self confidence, self reliance, and how one sees themselves. If you hate what you see in the mirror, or don’t believe that you can, chances are you never will — until you gain respect for you.

Until you learn how to love you.

Chances are you grew up around others who have the same issues, but you never knew it. And you know what they say: Birds of a feather…

Essentially you are who you hang around.

In a nutshell, if you believe you can’t you’re right. But, if you believe you can, you’re right. I truly do believe in the power of the mind.I’m living proof.

You need to get out of you’re own way

Because you won’t let you

You won’t put in the work.

You can generate your own money and create your own path, by doing the above

Because you don’t need them

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One Time For the Culture

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I thought about NOT posting this piece, but I believe you should celebrate your culture and history everyday, and not a designated damn month. A month in which, others are forced to acknowledge your existence. And yes it’s in the same family tree as Valentines day. You don’t need a got damn day to show someone you care! You SHOULD be doing that anyway!

In this current era of blatant culture appropriation, main stream media publications (who’s staff members probably know exactly how many black friends they have) as well as people doing shit for ReTweets and eValidation, are abundant.

I’m growing ever frustrated (by the day), of watching not only so-called media personalities, but those desperate to get noticed — steal from hip-hop culture and things they associate with blackness. They try want to be cool, and rise to the top of the heap in what is a crowded — reality show style free for all, in the battle for real estate in your mind.

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I’m actually upset I just found this article. Here’s the actual link if you’re curious

In todays All Inclusive American Society, it’s funny that people can take — if it benefits them, yet act offended, and hurt when you want answers. I see the game. So maybe, just maybe I should’t hate the player. The Rules are simple

  • Say plenty of cool sounding, hollow/uneducated/unfounded rhetoric 
  • Get said rhetoric co-signed
  • Act cool and obnoxious 
  • Repeat

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What I’m most upset about is, what has been conditioned in people as “acting black” is  synonymous with the above. In other words, people try to imitate rappers, ball players, and whoever is rich and has peoples attention.

Mix that in with the new American phenomenon of: Become famous at all cost and…

sports apps backed by the machine can make fun of the Charles Oakley situation:

You see, I realized something when it comes to social media, and todays society. If you gain enough popularity, people will cosign based off of popularity alone. In other words, the more “followers” the more credibility you suddenly attain. It’s a seemingly endless cycle of bullshit. 

 

This is less about white supremacy, and more about the power the cunning have over sheep. And right now the sheep, are eating out of the cunnings hands.

This piece was actually supposed to be all about the celebration of black culture, but in a way it kind of is. You see, this is my way of opening the eyes of those still sleep.

No, this isn’t me being “Brotha Too Deep” but I want those melanin enrich individuals on the fence to realize your being used for riches. It’s the proverbial — not laughing with you, that I want you to see. And when you see it, those who get rich from laughing at you/us no longer have an audience.

Most so-called cool pop culture references involve someone/something black. Slang, music, fashion, and everything else that’s supposed to be cool.

What I’m saying is: The go-to move is go find something black to entertain the masses. That is the thinking.

Are we not done with being the entertainment? We are and have been so much more!

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List of Black Owned Banks I had to search for, but glad I found.

Thanks to Michelle Singletary the financial guru, I’m inspired to teach the people about how to manage their finances. I keep telling you the fight is economic.

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Here’s where you can find Black C.P.A.’s since we are force fed all the different ways to detach from our money. Not have a savings account, yet reminded a few times a year about our “Trillion dollar spending power” is more than frustrating.

That’s all for now. I decided to make this a series. So there will definitely be more to come. I just needed to get that off my chess. As you can see, I’m growing more comfortable with my role as a motivator of the people, on my mini — yet growing platform. Until next week… ✌🏿

 

The Power of being Broke

The lack of economic power can make one feel less than.

It can make or break a persons self esteem. It can drive you to great heights, or leave you in a funk, not able to put your finger on why. You just know you are upset, about something.

Past bad decisions lead you to the very path you are currently traveling. Until you recognize and acknowledge that, the depression cloud will continue to linger.

The old saying of, “We all have to do things we don’t want” still annoys me ’til this day. One of the things I do like about millennials, is they challenge that notion. One can do what they want and be happy despite anyones else’s opinion.

That’s right opinion. Much like advice, most things, including rules (written & unwritten) are an opinion. So if anyone feels they can make a million dollars from the internet, they’re probably right. The opposite is true as well. If you feel like nothing is possible because of the “powers that be” than you’re probably right…in your mind. It’s all mental. That’s what I want you to focus on.

Being broke is a mind state, similar to depression. Being broke too long, and feeling helpless is more so a gateway mentality though.

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We have to start somewhere. And that somewhere is on a piece of paper. Write down your 1 month goals, your 6 month goals, your one year goals, than the big dreamer style goals you plan to hit by the end of your life! Look at them 3-4 times a day to help change your mind state. Yes it does work! You have to change how you look and feel about you before everyone else outlook changes about you.

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I’ll give you a few more minutes to hang your head, than you have to pick it up, and march forward. You know my philosophy on time. We don’t have it to waste. Even when you’re off the work plantation clock, your still — on the clock. ✌🏿

 

 

The Steph Curry Effect

What’s the best way to score a basket?

When I was growing up, the answer to that question was, you needed to get as close to the rim as possible. Get the highest percentage shot you could. Boy has that changed.

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We have 12 Players who have already taken over 200 three point attempts — and 3 more on the cusp.

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As you can see no one shooting that many is all that accurate. It’s a good thing the NBA brass is so good at individual player marketing. Something they mastered in the mid-eighties when they made Michael Jordan their cash cow.

Am I being old man Dave? Am I being slow to adapt to this new wave of hoop?

Hell yes to both questions!

But Dave the NBA has never been so popular than it is now. They have a Billion dollar tv deal.

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Kim Kardashian is famous because the media told you so, Donald Trump is is president because of shock value, TMZ made a lane because of Americans failure to mind their own business. My point? Most people will consume whatever is on a glowing screen. Hell, we have 7 foot tall players who no longer play tough inside basketball, because it’s easier to get noticed for — occasionally — knocking down a long distance shot.

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All 7 foot tall players! Disgusting ain’t it?! If you’re wondering Brook Lopez averages just 5.3 Rebounds per game! That’s it. What happened to our beloved game?

 

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This guy happened. Wardell Stephen Curry. This is not by his design no. Technically he did nothing wrong. But the NBA is a copycat league. It’s human nature. Curry took the league — and the world by storm.

The 3-point shot was introduced to the NBA in the 1979-80 season. It was a concept borrowed from the ABA, whose commissioner at the time, the prophetic George Mikan, suggested that the new line would give smaller players “a chance to score and open up the defense to make the game more enjoyable for the fans.”

Well, I guess that worked. Much like the way we, as Americans are desensitized to violence because of movies, tv shows, and more recently the internet — we are also desensitized to bad basketball. Mostly because we see so much of the same. The same style of play, day in and day out. We are programmed to seek out the exhilarating, aesthetically pleasing plays. That’s why most people think the San Antonio Spurs are boring. LeBron James ( can’t believe I’m referencing him) may be the most effective player in the league, and most people would agree the most popular. He only attempts 4 three’s a game.  And at 6’8  has more rebounds then the above mentioned Brook Lopez, and averages more assist then the majority of these shot chucking point guards. Is it talent that puts him ahead in the two categories? No. It’s the willingness to do what it takes to win.

If you do what you love the money will follow

Not the other way around.

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Players are chasing deals like these by trying to take the easy road there. Taking threes so often, is in the same family tree as settling. As refusing to put in hard work on other aspects of your game. Not realizing you are becoming more one dimensional by the day.

By todays standards I’m considered a hater, but I’m stating my truth how I see it. And if you do think I’m hating, then you enjoy dumbed down entertainment.

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Do you see what’s wrong with this picture? If you don’t you’re part of the problem. ✌🏿