Mom,

Look what your little Corey is doing now. I got this. Just like you taught me; I am making it happen. I am building an empire for my family. You watched me every step of the way and saw each of my successes and failures even though you would never call anything I did failure. You would say I was just learning or there was something that was hindering it for now, but you knew I was about to overcome it. I can never express to you the magnitude to which you have inspired me or the depths to which you reached me when no one else could. You loved me and in everything I did, you supported me. There was struggles at times, but that was because of your love and protection of me… as a mature man, I thank you for all of that. But thank you isn’t enough… You made me, me.

You always told me that you wanted to be like me… You told me I helped you to know God on a deeper level… That was all what you taught me, Mom. I would tell you and you would never take credit. You taught me to love and know God.

You taught me to never stop reaching out to our loved ones and family even when they turned their backs on us. You taught me it was important to never give up. I have tried to stay connected to the family and reassure Jason that he is on his path and to stay strong and he will reach all of his potential like the good big brother you taught me to be. I have tried to be there for Kyla even though she has not really wanted me to be there; you know how that goes… I have picked up the battle where you left off. I have even tried with Gina and Bubba… They have not responded much. Tadpole stays in contact with me and who would’ve thought, Dad has finally gotten in contact with me. I told him everything you always wanted me to say. He was happy you said those things.

I miss you, Mom. There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t miss our phone calls. I just want to hear your voice. I remember you sitting on the edge of the couch singing your heart as you played records throughout the house. There has never been a sound so sweet. You were one of God’s angels that he allowed us to embrace and love, but he needed you back home, in heaven.

Mom, there are so many songs that have new meaning to me now… and movies that have a deeper impact me that they may have before… I take inspiration in my writing on a regular basis from the things that we shared as I was growing up. I think most people don’t even notice… But that always makes me smile because I know you would get the reference no matter how subtle it was.

There is a great quote that so many would recognize and catch right away. I have always thought it was such a powerful and beautiful quote; I think many would agree. This quote although it does not refer to a mom, but a friend… once I looked at life without you, I heard this quote, and it just hit me so much harder.

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more gray and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

You were more than just my mom… you were such an amazing friend to me as I grew into an adult and a parent myself. This world was truly so much more beautiful with you in it. The boys remember the things you taught them and we are trying to live the way you taught us and help to make this world around us more beautiful as you always did. You touched people in such a special way and changed them. We are trying to live in that legacy.

I love you, Mom. Kimberly and the boys love you and miss you as well. The boys require me to pray about you every night before bed and every now and then, they need an extra prayer because they miss you and the special bond you had with them.

You always felt as though didn’t do much with your life because of your health… you left a legacy on this world that many will never be able to match… something I know I am extremely proud of.

I love you, Mommy… and I am more proud of you than you ever knew. I will be talking to you again… later today. Never goodbye… talk to you later. Love you.

-Corey

Perfection isn’t a destination… It is the journey. If you are seeking perfection before you get started, then what is the point?

When you really get down to it, the lack of perfection is the reason to get into the game… the things that lack in life, business, in your idea of joy…. This why to get into the game… Get in the game and make the difference.

Sometimes, you need to make changes in your life… most of us do at multiple points in our lives or we get stagnant or stale… You never want to feel that in your business or your life.

You have to take a moment and decide what it is that you are missing and what you need to do to make things different. What is it that you need to do, to change your life… to get back on the track that you fell off some time ago… or the track that you never had the guts to get on in the first place.

You’ve got it in you… no one is going to come in and do this for you… You’ve got to do it for yourself…

I’m your boy, Corey B. I am more than willing and joyful to help you get things going in the right direction.

I offer business coaching, consulting, and mentoring as well as life coaching and brand development. Feel free to reach out and let’s make a difference in the world… let’s start right here with you and what you are going through.

There are no limits that you don’t put on yourself.

Life and the world are not holding you back… You are… Are you ready to get out of your way and do what it takes… just marinate on that for a moment.

“CAN’T”

I just took a week to enjoy some very big moments in my life… I took the necessary time to embrace them for what they were and enjoy them. I took time away from the hustle and grind.

For those of you trying to hustle and grind and grow your business, this is a critical part that so many tend to overlook. There are moments in your life that make or break you…that define who you are. Do not be so consumed by your business that you allow these to pass you by; you will regret it.’

For me, this was such a huge and significant week. My Dad whom I have only recently reconnected with was able to come down and spend the week with me, Kimberly, and our wonderful boys. It was quite the week… This past Sunday was Mom’s birthday, so we held our 2nd Annual Birthday Bash in her honor since we lost her a year and a half ago. It was both weird and wonderful… we celebrated with an awesome taco bar, disco lights, some great tunes, and most importantly….lots of fun, family & friends. It is the way Mom always enjoyed her time. It didn’t matter how much she had or who you were, if you came by while she was grillin, you got a plate. She truly personified ‘southern hospitality’ in all she did. She was such a special person and that is how I try to honor her; we cooked up lots of grub and set a great mood… others chipped in and brought some food and desserts and things but all I really wanted was them to be here. I can’t begin to truly express my thanks and gratitude to those who showed up for me. And Dad travelled and had quite the journey getting here to spend the week with us.

We were able to share stories with Dad, bond over memories, and hear stories about his work and his wife over the years. It was such a therapeutic time to be together…I think it was that way for the both of us. As I am still grieving Mom, and he is still grieving his wife of nearly 30 years. It was good to hear about his journey with her and it was great to share about my journey with Mom, Kimberly, and our boys.

Corey II started school this week…such a monumental moment as he went to school and began kindergarten especially since he has only been with a sitter a few times. He goes everywhere with Mom & Dad; he always has. He was such a brave little dude and went for it. He was excited for school even though he was nervous to be away from Mom & Dad. He knew he would miss us as we knew we would miss him …..so, so, so much. My little boy is growing up. Whew… that is such a challenging thing to wrap my head around. My little Colton is still at home, but it has most definitely set in now that he is growing up too and will be going to school next year as well.

This week has been huge for your boy, Corey B. I am so blessed that I took the time out to really experience these moments and I hope that you can take away from this that same perspective… You need these moments. You will only get a chance at them once in your life…don’t allow them to slip by.

You know me, I will be sharing more about Mom, my boys, Kimberly and my family as they are so dear to me and influence all that I am doing. Stay tuned for more.

So for me, I am grateful for my week and my time off… but now it is time to get back to the grind and the hustle. I’ve got lots of big things happening. It is Friday, and things are live and in color… Time to Get Cocky and get back to laying those bricks… I’ve got an empire to build.

I had several packages to get shipped out but most of them were small. My boys always love to help and take part in “making packages;” it is an awesome thing to witness them taking interest in my work and what I do… nothing could make Daddy more proud.

So, on this day, we gathered up the packages up and loaded them into my backpack and some in the bottom of our stroller. We turned my work into an adventure… I love my boys…and love my work.

We decided that we could stop at the little quick-e-mart and grab some snacks. My boys are such champs and hard workers; they deserved a little reward for all their help.

We got all our sales packaged and shipped out and had the most excellent afternoon working together.

I am truly blessed to have my business and have my boys to help me.

There are so many aspects of business that can be taught… There are many lessons out there that can change your business and aid you in productivity or efficiency.

You can also learn about marketing and targeting the proper audience at the right time and in the best possible manner. Managing, organization, customer/client relations, … ultimately the list goes on and on. There is so much to learn and no matter how great or successful you are, there is always things you can improve on.

And you should never stop… continue learning more and more all the time.

But what more of a challenge to attain is ambition, passion, and determination.

These are three things that are truly indispensable in the growth and prosperity of a new business venture. Unfortunately, as I mentioned, these do not come as easy.

Mom always taught me from the time I was little that “can’t” was a bad word. I was never allowed to say it. She believed that it was a word that held us back… She always told me that I could do anything. I have always known this to be a true thing… We can accomplish anything if we truly want to. If we are determined to do something, it can happen.

And that is where things become a little more challenging… far too often, people lack ambition or determination. Ambition is the drive you need to start something in the first place while determination is the drive you need to keep going in light of adversity… and believe me, there will always be adversity. These are attributes that are far more difficult to develop but they can… they just need proper motivation.

Now passion… comes from within… If you are lacking in the area of passion, you have got to have compensate by sheer determination until you can move on to something to which you have a passion for. The idea is that sometimes in business, you do what you must until you can devote yourself to what you love.

Do not allow things to be in your way, you have the potential to grow your own business and take to levels never imagined. You must be ambitious enough to take the initial steps in the first place… then have the determination to keep fighting for this business. Don’t allow things to stifle your journey… when things arise in your way, you fight back harder. If you are unable to do what it is you truly have a passion for and earn a living doing so at this time, do what you must to position yourself to where you can do it… there is always a way. Get there.

You hold the key to your future. In addition, never stop learning. There is always more to learn.

Believe in yourself… believe in your business… Get Cocky.

Confident, loud, and proud… These are just words if you don’t embody them in your work…

In whatever business you are doing, it is important that you are confident in yourself and your business. You need to know what it is you are doing and where you stand; with that comes confidence in your mission and what you’re doing. This is crucial to the success of your business.
Don’t allow anything to stifle you; you must be strong in your process and the steps you are taking.

Haters gonna hate… let ‘em hate.

You’re gonna be told that you shouldn’t do what you’re doing or that you should get something more secure for your future. Because they lack confidence, don’t allow them to break you.

You may hear how you are a fool or reckless or even irresponsible… these are all just words from an outsider’s perspective. You’ve got a plan, you’ve got a mission, and business model in place… You know where you are going and what you are doing. Don’t lose that… Be confident.

Tell everyone… tell them wherever and whenever you see them or hear from them. Go out of your way to find those you haven’t told and tell them. There’s no shame in your game… just keep spittin’ it.

When you are an entrepreneur, you have to be a shameless self-promoter. DJ Khaled has to be one of the all-time greatest self-promoters ever! He is a dj, rapper, producer, and a promoter He is actually really great at all of them but he takes promoting to a new level… Every song that he is featured on as well as many he produces, he shouts his name as well as his record label. As of the last year or so, he has actually began referring to himself as “Father of Ahsad” and shouts that in his songs. His son is Ahsad and is now the president of his record label and that’s the name of his latest album. This is a man who has built a billion dollar empire and past it on to his son at the age of two years old and he takes a lot of pride in promoting his business as well as his son. He has made sure that his name is known even if you are not a fan of his music. He also uses product placement with many of his investments as well as some of his friends’ investments in the music videos he produces.

Many people have a problem doing this… they get intimidated or just feel uncomfortable. You must become comfortable with promoting yourself and your brand.

The more who know you, the more your business can grow. This will continue to expand the potential of your business and client base in whatever you do. This is important. Take some pride in your business and in yourself.

You have to be willing to do what it takes to get your business out there and develop not just the brand for yourself but a presence for your brand.

 

Feel free to reach out to your boy, Corey B. anytime if you have any questions.

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Get out there…be loud and proud and confident in what you’re doing and… Get Cocky

“I’m going to have so many packages to mail out every day,” Corey II sad to me the other day. It was such a proud moment.

Corey and Colton both talk to me all the time about my work which is so awesome. They are only 4 and 5 and they are interested in what Daddy is doing which to those of you who are moms and dads know that is something so special. I love that they want to know. It is a great feeling, but I also want to teach them so they will be able to make great choices with their life based on my experience and knowledge, they will not go through the things I have put myself through; they will be smarter and wiser.

The other day, I found myself amidst a great conversation with my boys. They were in the back seat and telling me about my work. So, as you may already know, one of my many business practices is a reselling business. I have three different online stores that I buy/sell and flip products all the time. My boys are very well aware of this; they have gone with me to many auctions and gone with me to buy new products and even helped package things to be shipped out. Mostly Corey has been interested, but he is older… Colton has shown interest but not on the level that Corey has.

….so, back to our conversation… They were telling me about my work… Corey was telling me how he had lots of work to do this week. I responded expressing that I had much to do as well… Corey proceeded to explain how he had all these packages to get out and so much work to do. I asked him if he would like to work with Daddy. He said, “yes.” I told him that I could teach him and Colton what I do, and they could help me. One day I could be there job. Corey responded, “I’m going to have so many packages to mail out every day.” I was so proud that he knew he could do it and although he didn’t completely process it all, he was confident in his success as well.

Truthfully, if you have gotten started building your business at an earlier stage in life, before you have a family and children, you have nothing on your plate and no excuses for not reaching great success…. But if you already have a family and children, you have something greater that you are fighting for. You are growing and developing all of this for them. They deserve you giving all you’ve got to your business… In no way am I saying to neglect time with them as that is crucially vital. But do not allow your business to suffer because of it. Dig deep, forgo sleep, rest and leisure, and fight and build this company.

Grow your business not just for you, but for them. Even if they chose to walk their own path; having seen you grow your business, will teach them discipline as well as ambition and so much more. They will learn from your actions and the way you grow with your business.

You are growing more than a business… more than an empire… You are growing a legacy to pass on to your little ones as they grow.

If you don’t believe in you, who is going to…

You have got to go all in… Whatever your station and what your status is with your business, you have to strive for more. There is always more out there for you. To truly achieve something great, you must never settle where you are.

If you ever think you are at the top of your game, you got things twisted; there is always more. There are always greater heights you can reach. You must want more… and believe for greater heights.

You also mustn’t find yourself attempting to build greatness out of one income source. The most successful and wealthy people in the world have multiple sources of income and you need to grow and adapt.

You must be wise and mindful in how you grow…. Be calculated in your decisions; do not act blindly based on emotions or false hope. Know what you are getting into but grow and diversify. We all have somewhere started; those of us reaching for greatness, are not resting there.

I have known I would be working for myself one day since I was a kid… Mom would tell me stories of how her and Dad had multiple businesses over the years. They were so amazing. I was always so proud and amazed by them and wanted to be even better having learned from their teachings. I wanted them to be proud of me.

As an adult now with a beautiful wife and beautiful children, I want them to be proud of me the way I was of Mom and Dad. Even more than proud, I want our boys to see their true potential through my success. I want them to see and know just what they can accomplish. There is nothing out of their reach.

One of their favorite Grandma stories that they have me tell them over and over quite frequently is about Grandma’s car. When I was little, about 4 or 5… Mom had this car that she liked but ultimately had some problems. At the time we lived in this trailer park community; it was nice but had these gravel driveways. I got some crayons and asked Mom for a shoe box. I drew a picture of a car and put it in the box. I told Mom I was going to collect screws and metal from outside and build her a car that she deserved to have. The awesome part is the way she responded to me… She told me that it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her, and she knew that I would build her a cool car. I collected any pieces of metal or screws or anything else like that I could find outside or anywhere and put them in my box. I never did build that car for Mom… When I was a teenager, I worked on her car a lot whenever there was anything wrong. Even though, I never actually built it, she instilled in me the confidence and belief that there was nothing that I couldn’t do. My entire life she always believed I could do anything and always reminded me of that.

If you want to grow your business beyond anything you have ever dreamed, don’t settle and don’t hold back. Give it all you’ve got.

Be audacious! Think big… I’m a good ‘ol Texas boy, I don’t know any other way… and I owe a lot of that to my Momma. She taught me that there was nothing out of my reach.

 

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You know me, I’m all about the hustle. You gotta grind, hustle, and Get Cocky.

But sometimes, you must take a moment to sit back and breathe…and there is no better way to take a breath than on a beautiful beach amongst some good company.

I enjoyed four days on the beach with my lovely wife and our amazing little boys…They would quickly correct me and remind me they are BIG… haha. Which was most definitely what I needed. Sometimes, we really just need to breathe and take some time away from all the hustlin’. This is something easily said, but can you really take the time and make the difference?

What I mean is… Can you get away for a moment? Take the time and breathe and really make those moments count?

It is hard to walk away from your business that you are growing, but at some point, you really need to. For your own sanity, you need a moment…

With that being said, it needs to be a productive moment.

A productive moment is one literally absent from work. You must be able to shut down and disengage for you and your family; this can be both therapeutic and refreshing.

Once you have your moment, you must return refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to hustle like never before. Those moments are critical to your sanity and to your motivation. Don’t get it twisted; those moments do not come without a cost. You earn them before you take them and pay for them when you return.

When you return to work, you can not return as though you had a day off or an extended weekend. You are an entrepreneur and growing an empire. You are building something far too large that needs your attention. When you come back rejuvenated and revived, you’ve got to come in fully joy and ready to hustle!

Now you’re back and need to capitalize on every moment.

Stay strong. Keep Hustlin’ and Get Cocky.

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