Posts Tagged ‘Hip Hop’

“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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If you’re not closing, you’re not earning… if you’re not earning, what are you doing?

No matter what it is that you are doing, you’ve got to be closing. Making the next big sale, the next big deal, the next investment.

Today’s society, with the facebook profiles, twitter, and Instagram accounts anyone can label themselves and entrepreneur, but they’ve got no idea what it really means. You do not want to be one of these phony people who claim status that they can not back up. If you’re not closing, then you’re not an entrepreneur. You want something valid and real… so get yours and make it count.

These sound like harsh words, but they’re legit. Truth is that if you’re not closing, you’re not an entrepreneur. You don’t to have a label, you want to build something real… labels are for suckers. Don’t let ‘e m fool you. Do you want to be an “entrepreneur” that has an empty bank account and no deals in the works or a closer who is sitting on fat stacks? …Don’t answer that… You shouldn’t have to… and if you’re reading this blog, I know you’re real and you’re with me.

Let’s get it going, get it done, and own it.

There is no time to be wasted. You have got to step up your game. If you already have your business, let’s make it legit and grow it bigger. If you are sitting on a dream, let’s bring that to fruition and then go home and dream bigger.

If you just have a desire to develop a business for yourself but have yet to figure out what to do or how to do it, let’s talk.

I can help you get there… but you must want to get there. I can’t put the passion and drive in you. If you got it, I can help you to develop the ideas and the details.

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Let’s do this already…. It’s time to Get Cocky.

You want to be an entrepreneur, you’ve got to give all you’ve got. I’ve said it before… It isn’t easy and not meant for everyone, but anyone can do it if they truly want to. If you put all you’ve got into the successful launch of a lucrative business venture now, your future will be more incredible than you could’ve imagine today.

It isn’t easy to give all you’ve got into something. You have other desires and distractions in life… if you are single, this is the perfect opportunity. If you are not yet working for yourself, you have an obligation to your job which keeps you fed and keeps the lights on. Most of those jobs are 40 hours a week which leaves 128 hours available. You need to sleep which if you average 4 hours a night, that gives you 100 hours that you can grind and hustle. If you have a job that affords you some overtime, be grateful… many do not. And that just puts a little more cash in your pockets that you can invest into your business… and that overtime may not always be there. This is something that will take time anyways… It will not be overnight. Far too many think you will post on your facebook profile that you are an entrepreneur and the money just begins to pour in; these people are sadly mistaken. It does not happen that way. Now, that 100 hours does not account for time to shower and eat. You aren’t making money while you are in the shower or shoveling groceries down your throat; it doesn’t change the fact that these are vital to your health and hygiene. I am not telling you to neglect those things… I would never neglect them. Sometimes, we get wrapped up and may forget a meal… keep snacks around (healthy nutritional snacks). Keep things with substance such as nuts, jerky, granola… whatever you feel works for you. Something to keep energy in you. While you are giving up sleep, you should not give up nutrition. That 100 hours doesn’t account for these things. Do not neglect these things but don’t bother counting them; do them fast enough you need not concern yourself with them. And the reality is that many entrepreneurs account for an 80-hour work week, so you have 20 hours which is over 2 and a half hours a day wiggle room.

The reality is that this is totally possible. It will be challenging and take the most utmost dedication, but it can happen. You just must be willing to give your all into it. If you can’t give it all, then being an entrepreneur is maybe not what you were meant to do.

If you have a family, things begin to get a little more tricky… but at the same time, you have the best possible motivators right in front of you every day. The moments you must run on fumes and balance all the things going on in your life… trying to get time with your family and build your company will be the most challenging thing you have ever tried to balance. Trust me from experience, it is not at all easy… but it will be a more exciting adventure than you could’ve ever imagined. I have my own company; my wife has her own company as well that we balance together. We have the two most amazing beautiful boys that are about the rowdiest two Texas boys you could ever imagine; they are 4 and 5 years old. While running my business from home, hanging with my boys, doing typical housework and chores, running errands, and just living life, I am building an empire. It is such a delicate balance, and I never stop running. I lose sleep as do many parents… haha. I am literally working on a continuous basis. I always have my phone and can grind from my phone. I am running so many programs and apps from my phone which keeps my business running and at the tip of my fingers. There are many things that I can not do as effectively without sitting down at my laptop, but I can get so much done right from my phone. I take the boys out back to play and take my laptop with me. I even set up my laptop on the kitchen counter and make dinner and get work done while cooking. Whatever it takes, I never stop my flow until those moments we sit down to have family time or when the boys ask Daddy to play. As a husband and a father, I have to take that time that they need; it is crucial for them as it is also for me. We need that. That just means I grind harder when they don’t need me. The flow is never slow… a constant sprint. There is no jog in my stride. Believe me, it is worth it. Every time I look into their eyes and see their sweet faces, I know this is for them. When I look into my smokin’ hot wife’s gorgeous eyes, I know that I’m doing this for her… for us. I know that the sleepless nights when we grind together and the exhausting days when we run the hustle together all day, that this is for our future.

When you are working another job and trying to make this happen, you will never know the pleasure of hanging it up and letting your supervisor know that it is time for you to go off on your own. That feeling is one that is incredible, and you will appreciate all the hustling and grindin’ and the sleep lost to make this opportunity a reality.

I know from my own experiences, that all of this will be worth it. I never stop hustlin’, but I also never leave my boys. They are always with me. They are also learning from me how to do things. They soak things up like a sponge especially at such a young impressionable age. It affords me the opportunity to lead and guide them through my example at a young age to never get to the point I did. They will have better opportunities and be able to take over the empire themselves one day… or build their own if this isn’t the path for them. This brings me great joy knowing that I can do this for them.

You can do this too… if you truly want to.

I’m that guy… Some of you knew… Some of you saw this coming. You have been with me since the beginning; my ride or die homies. You knew the future wouldn’t be bright… It’d be electric. Sadly for some of you, you were the ones sleepin’ on your boy, Corey B. I’m that guy who’s been hustlin’ since day one. Those who’ve been here know I was hustlin’… just some thought that it was an endlessly futile hustle. They thought the grind would never pay off… Those who knew… those who believed… they are the ones who’ve rode with me and elevated me opposed to try to diminish my success. I am fully aware that I have had many getting my back and showing love from the jump. Those will never be forgotten; I will sing their praises every day as they have always sung mine.

Those sleeping need to be woke. This is the dawn of new day and new era. I am building an empire. One, the likes of which have not yet been seen. Time for you to break out a pen and a pad and get ready to learn a thing or two…or maybe even more if you’re truly ambitious.

Not being bold just speaking these things out… You need to know if you are going to trust in the advice and wisdom I spout. There is merit, drive, ambition, and experience in the endless driven cadence that I shout.

Either you’re with me or against me; either is fine. Only to you, may it matter; in the end victory will be mine.

You may see it too as many have done in the past. Although you may hesitate, skepticism never will last.

As I said, I said it before any steps were even taken, an empire was in the future. Today, I stand and continue my daily grind with an empire on the rise. Keep sleeping and the things you will miss, you’ll never get back.

Get woke and pay attention. … Never again will you make the mistake to sleep on your boy, Corey B.

I’m live and in living color… I Get Cocky all day everyday… no matter what happens, I at the end of the day, I am still Corey B., and I hold my future in m hands. Do you hold yours? If not, take control of it. It is yours to take.

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It should be obvious if you’ve followed my writing or if you know me at all; I am a fan of hip hop… It truly is a part of who I am… It has been for as long as I can remember. I respect and understand that it may not be for everybody as nothing ever is, but for me, I find it empowering… There is truly something special about it… My Mom raised me with an incredibly wide range of musical influences. I listened to everything from AC/DC to Air Supply, REO Speedwagon to Earth, Wind, & Fire, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, Prince, Tone Loc, the Bee Gees, Lauren Hill, Boston, Tupac Shakur, Elvis Presley, & Chicago… and on top of that, we were raised in a good old fashion Southern Baptist church so we were brought singing right out of old school hymnals. I can tell you honestly that all the music touched me in special ways… Music has always been such a powerful thing in my life. Hip hop has always just had this powerful impact on me… but just like any other genre of music, it’s not all good… sometimes, a song isn’t good… sometimes, an artist isn’t quite the artist people build them up to be… and sometimes even a great artist or lyricist can just put down some bad lyrics… It happens.

In hip hop, there is a lot of ego that gets thrown around all the time… many have this idea of a lifestyle they must live up to in order to fit or compete… There are so many who break that mold and don’t fit in this idea of what the lifestyle is… The reality is it about the music or at least it should be. It should all be driven by something meaningful and then it is what is sustainable, and the money will come.

“I get money,” “I get paid,” and “got stacks on deck” are all phrases that have been spouted again and again… You may be able to drop bars, but are those bars paying in dividends? Are you really getting paid? Do you got stacks on stacks? Are you fronting? Are you playing like your bankin’?

It is one thing to drop bars and spout rhymes about getting cash all day long; it is an entirely different thing to actually get paid.

Jay Z has said it time and again, he ain’t about livin’ rich and dyin’ broke. He is all about financial freedom… That is what we are preachin’ here today. You’ve got to make better choices. You are here reading now because you have ambitions of running your own business and growing something great; be sure you’re doing it wisely. You have your entire life to live the life of luxury when you have made it. When you’re trying to make it, don’t burn through the money coming in on appearing rich and wealthy.

Make wise choices and make it happen. Make it happen and get there and then live that luxury lifestyle.

Ain’t no sense in appearing rich if you ain’t never gonna make it there because of your reckless irresponsible choices today.

Whatever your passion is, make it happen and get there be sure you are properly motivated and going where you want to be going…

At the end of the day… You can sing it… Can you bring it…

Get Cocky

In light of the recent controversy surrounding last night’s Grammy’s, I find this to be a perfect topic. There has been drama surrounding the Grammy’s for as long as I can remember. A good majority of the time, it is something silly… at least that is my opinion… considering that people will argue these things endlessly at nauseum, I suppose it isn’t silly to them… All of this is perpetuated by social media… I digress…

In my opinion one of the most relevant moments in Grammy history was in 1989 when Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff were nominated and ultimately won Best Rap Performance for “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. They chose to stay home and not attend, boycotting the event because the hip hop portion of the award show would not be aired on tv. When questioned, with Jeff backing him up, Will simply said that they intended to sit at home so one day, others wouldn’t have to. They took a stand because they felt in unfair that their genre of music wasn’t being respected. This was a key moment when Jazz and Will took a stand and said they were not only proud of who they were but were willing to walk away from accolades in which they felt they were not being given proper respect.

I would like to enlighten you to the fact that there isn’t much new to launch… Everything has been done… maybe I’m wrong, but when was the last time you saw something new? It is just new versions and dressed up a new way or presented in a new manner…

This is both a disadvantage and an advantage… What can you offer that isn’t already out there? What can you do that no one else can? Well, the answer is simple… Give them you… Just you. Whatever business it is you are marketing or what skill you are promoting… Give yourself in it. Give it your twist. Everything I do, believe me… It has all been done. There are plenty of people who can sell products, plenty who advertise or market ideas, plenty who coach people in their lives as well as business…. Everything I do, people have done before me… But what I do, is I give them me, Corey B. There ain’t no other good ol fashion, God Lovin’, hip hop thumpin’ Irish Texan that does things quite the way I do… that speaks in quite the manner I do. I have a special way that I speak…I have a way I talk… I have a background in psychology as well as statistics and experimental design which gives me a special perspective that many business minded people do not have. I’m Corey B. I’m loud and proud, I ‘Get Cocky’ on the regular…. Matter of fact I’m pretty cocky presently… Are you feelin’ it?

There are so many ideas out there and it is easy to sit back and think, “Oh I could do that” or “they should be doing that better”…. There is only one of you… The particular combination of your skill set along with your personality, your background, the who and what that makes you, you. Embrace who you are and give all of you in what you are doing and that is how you make your mark and set yourself apart from the others. If you are on the few who can do something completely new, that is freakin’ awesome… but if you can just give yourself permission to be you and make your mark, you are light years ahead of the masses and there you have it… you have a legacy… and that is how you build your business and build your brand.

I hope you have gotten a little more insight in to who Corey B actually is… if you are still not clear, stay tuned my friends… and Get Cocky