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  • Daily Word: Trust the Process!

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    Happy Monday my seekers of success! Welcome to the best day of your life… Everyday!! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to trusting the process. I recently had a conversation with a young man that I am mentoring and we began to speak about his frustrations around not seeming as if he’s getting anywhere with a few of his goals. After diving deeper into his process, we both came to the conclusion that his frustrations came partly from impatience and partly from not having full faith in what he was doing. This is a common theme that is usually shared by many people who have dreams and aspirations! What is important to realize is that in order to get any success in life, you must trust the process and do all that you can do. For example… If you are washing clothes in the washing machine, how many times do you stop the machine and check the water to make sure it is washing your clothes??? Or if you are driving on the highway, how many times do you stop the car and check the hood to make sure the car is functioning correctly??? In both examples you might (if there’s signs of any issues) check them prior to beginning the journey, but once you’ve started it wouldn’t make any sense to stop the process until you reached your end result. This is how we need to treat life. As you set out on your journey figure out what needs to be done and do it, but once you begin the process, trust it and go with the flow! Don’t stop the “car” in the middle of the highway to check if still runs, when the fact that you are driving is evidence enough to show you that the process is working! You know more than you give yourself credit for! Trust your decisions and allow them to bear you abundant fruit! Our purpose in life is to be the greatest version of ourselves possible. It is a process that takes hard work, patience, and determination! Stop allowing yourself to be your own victim! Know and believe that the process will take care of itself! Have faith and remember… All you can do is all you can do! Do your best and watch as success becomes part of your DNA! NOTHING CAN STOP YOU BUT YOU!! - Ash’Cash“Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life.” - Alex Noble

    “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” - Carl Rogers

    “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” - Winston Churchill

    “If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” - Anatole France

    “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” - Herman Cain

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

    “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard

    “Life is a process not an event,so keep on working hard with 100% determination and faith in yourself, because these two things will surely lead to success…” - Unknown

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website, www.IamAshCash.com

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  • Daily Word: Use Your Imagination!!

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    Happy Friday my dreamers of big dreams! Welcome to the day that you continue to realize that there is no limit to what you can have and do in this world! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to you and your imagination! They say life is what you make it! They also say that reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one…  Put these two sayings together and what you will realize is that you are in total control of your life! Accept reality as it is and you have made the biggest mistake of limiting your possibility.. On the other-hand, if you open your mind and allow your imagination to run wild you will realize that reality is whatever you say it is. At this very moment you can truly live out your wildest dreams! Use Your Imagination! Stop living in the so-called box that society has conveniently placed you in! Your mind is powerful beyond measure and the sooner you realize this fact, the sooner you begin to live in bliss! Imagine that everything you ever wished for came true! Imagine that all of your desires were fulfilled! and Now imagine that you had the power to make what you just imagined a reality!!! YOU DO! Thoughts become things with proper action! Stop limiting yourself and take more than you deserve!! THE WORLD IS AN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET! FIX YOUR PLATE!!! BON APPETIT’!!

    -Ash’Cash

    “To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.”
    -Anatole France

    “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
    -Edgar Allan Poe

    “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
    -Henry David Thoreau

    “Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”
    -Mark Twain

    “Things are only impossible until they’re not.”
    -Jean-Luc Picard

    “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
    -Albert Einstein

    “Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
    -Maria Montessori

    “Live out of your imagination, not your history.”
    -Stephen R. Covey 

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website, www.IamAshCash.com 
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  • Daily Word: Learn From Life Lessons!!

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    Great Morning my great people! Welcome to another opportunity to do it better than you did before! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to learning from your experiences! They say Life is a cruel teacher. She loves to give you the test first and the lesson later… Despite that, as long as you have breathe in your body you will always have the opportunity to learn from the lessons that life teaches! Stop doing the same things over and over again, then wonder why you are not getting a different result! In order to get what you deserve in life you must use the lessons of the past to guide you towards the future! What you are experiencing right now is part of your process! Embrace it, Learn from it, then do it the best way imaginable! Nothing can stop you but you! Do what you have to, to get where you need to go!

    -Ash’Cash

    “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
    -Helen Keller

    “The past cannot be changed, forgotten, or erased. However, the lessons learned can prepare you for a brighter future.”
    -Unknown

    “There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.”
    -Laurence J. Peter

    “As important as it is to keep picking yourself up and brushing yourself off, it’s also important to stop tripping over your own two feet.”
    -Robert Brault

    “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”
    -Auguste Rodin

    “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.”
    -Robert Collier

    “Everything you’ve ever done, ever thought, ever experienced, and ever felt, has led you up to this moment in your life. Embrace the lessons and be thankful of how far you’ve have come”
    -Jarod Kintz

    “There is so very much that life has taught you. Now is when you can make good and valuable use of the lessons.”
    -Ralph Marston

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website, www.IamAshCash.com  

  • Lil Wayne: Not Allowed To Be A Human Being II

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    Another week, another rapper apology. Lil Wayne finally apologized to Emmet Till’s family for doing what rappers do. But let me stop myself. If you’ve paid attention to previous posts you know how much disdain I have for the lyric police and these trumped up scandals over rapper verses.  But let me address one thing that concerns me much more. The authorship of said apology. Because if Lil Wayne wrote this apology it’s the best verse he’s dropped since The Carter II.

    Dear Till Family:

    As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

    It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

    Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

    I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

    Best,

    Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
    Lil Wayne

    Anyone who’s seen HBO’s Entourage knows that PR agencies are supposed to save their clients from themselves. But then again Entourage took place before Twitter was TWITTER. And Hip-Hop artists are far from typical celebrities. Rappers more than any other profession other than politicians and reality TV stars (which they sometimes becomes) sell people exaggerated versions of themselves. To put it short hip –hop fans expect more truth from our artists not less. Even if that truth is based on ignorance. We sanction foolishness every day. By letting the politically correct cleansed world of Hollywood image consultants, record label marketing departments, corporate sponsorships, and outraged people who don’t even listen to the music control the discussion we compromise what makes hip-hop important.

    All emcees have their detractors. I’m not particularly fond of that Lil Wayne verse and yes I did think the line was crude. And maybe a simple “I’m sorry for disrespecting Emmet Till” would have been cool. So a PR firm writes the apology that Emmet Till’s family had been clamoring for? And what was accomplished exactly? Now there are sacred cows in hip-hop. What used to be no holds barred, take it or leave it, I am what I am, I say what I want, the last frontier for unsanitized, unsynthesized, unhomogenized talk in American Pop Culture has been destroyed within the space of a month. Hip-Hop went from 1970’s Time Square to the Walt Disney Corporation Presents Time Square that fast.

    [ALSO READ: Emmett Till’s Family Rejects Lil Wayne’s “Apology”]

    And I understand that the bigger the paychecks get the more people pay attention. But this utter and total defeat still saddens me. Lil Wayne is no free speech Martyr and SHOULD he have said that line, no I concede he probably shouldn’t. Hip-hop history is littered with lines, verses, hell even whole albums worth of songs that shouldn’t have been made. But everybody did what they were “supposed” to do hip-hop wouldn’t exist in the first place.

    The ironic thing about this all is that the civil rights movement didn’t completely succeed, certainly not in the part of the world that Lil Wayne comes from. His crude line on the Karate Chop remix is frozen in time. No matter how well ghost written this apology was it doesn’t change the fact that he was searching for a “clever” metaphor that could be used to illustrated just how forcefully he invaded a groupie’s lady parts and he chose to call back an image of the brutal horrors of the murder of an innocent teen during the height of the civil rights struggle. And that was wrong. And that’s where the story ends for me.

    It’s a peculiar thing the apology. Ultimately a meaningless gesture. Either what’s been done can be undone or it can’t. In the case of harmful words they can not be undone. What an apology does for the person being apologized to is the greatest magic of all. You have to grapple with the irrational belief that this person has actually had a change of heart. You have to believe that this person not only acknowledges that he or she is wrong but they care about how their wrongness affected you. Because if  you don’t accept that belief and you DEMANDED an apology and actually received it than what was all your bleating about in the first place?

    Yet Emmett Till’s family rejected Lil Wayne’s PR staff’s beautifully written apology. Why? Because the whole time this controversy has been about finger-wagging and self-righteousness.  No expression of remorse whether genuine or a piece of PR fluff will ever be enough to satisfy the naysayers and the lyric police. I don’t know anything about Emmett Till’s family and their tireless campaign for civil rights because …..well have they been campaigning tirelessly for civil rights? Just a question, I haven’t googled or wikipedia’d any of them so honestly I don’t know. Their status as the family of a civil rights icon has given them a megaphone to speak out about the most pressing issues facing the black community… Lil Wayne’s lyrics.

    [ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Emmett Till’s Family Plans To Relentlessly Pursue Lil Wayne’s Sponsors]

    At the end of the day I think Lil Wayne probably should apologize for a lot of things. The reckless impregnation of D-list black celebrities, his last two albums, helping to popularize wanton drug abuse. But hip-hop fans would never ask that of him. I don’t think we should. I don’t think the civil rights movement should be a sacred cow. Hell if it had succeeded Hip-Hop might not exist. The conditions that produced Lil Wayne might not exist. And that disrespectful verse might not exist.  Oh well I guess God Forgives, Emmett Till’s Family Don’t.

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  • A Tale Of Two Rookies: Jay-Z and Allen Iverson

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    With the first pick in the 1996 NBA Draft the Philadelphia 76’ers selected a controversial 5’11 Guard from Georgetown and forever changed the face of the NBA. Before Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal was the closest the NBA came to representing the true spirit of Hip-Hop. But just as a new era of Hip-Hop was emerging, a new Hip-Hop athlete would have to emerge and A.I. didn’t disappoint. The cornrows, the diminutive frame, the tattoos, the attitude, the gangsta rap demo, the entourage, the extravagant spending, the abandoning of the V.I.P. set,  the preference to party  in clubs with other black people his age regardless of the fact that he was a millionaire and we were broke. All of those things made Allen Iverson our hero. The soundtrack for this era was provided by……

    Jay-Z burst onto the scene in 1996 with Reasonable Doubt. The album was such an accomplishment that all these years later some hardcore fans argue that it’s his finest work and that even his best album since then doesn’t match the wordplay on display here. Prior to 1996 not many outside of New York had given much consideration to Jay-Z. His song “In My Lifetime” wasn’t considered a major hit but did get some play on the Friday night mixshow circuit. And super knowledgeable fans remembered him from his connection to Big Jaz (as Jaz-O was referred to on the D&D Project compilation album that dropped in 94).

    [ALSO READ: The Three Jay’s: Jay-Z Throughout The Years In His Own Words]

    Though both emerged in the year of 1996 Jay-Z has proven to be the far more successful more transcendent figure. Iverson heralded the full arrival of the Hip-Hop culture in the NBA. The old guard, the Tim Robinsons, Scottie Pippens, Michael Jordans and Karl Malones of the world were beginning their final descent. The players who weren’t particularly fond of rap and grew up in the pre-Hip-Hop world were getting ready to hang up their shoes. Allen Iverson’s crossover of MJ didn’t do anything to tarnish Jordan’s legacy but it meant a lot to us kids barely younger than Iverson. When he was booed by the crowd at the all star game for winning the MVP of the rookie game it solidified it for us. This was our guy and we had to circle the wagons. We absolutely tolerated no Iverson slander, about his game, about his image, about his off court problems, troubled past, or ratchet mother. A.I. was our guy. And the players that followed breathed a little bit easier knowing somebody had already taken the slings and arrows from those who lamented the Hip-Hopification of the NBA.  Sadly his personal demons overwhelmed his talent and ultimately led to a career that will always be debated about in terms of what could have been.

    The myth perpetuated by the media during the best of A.I.’s years was that Sixers team President Pat Croce and coach Larry Brown argued over keeping A.I. on the team after the 2000 season with Larry on the side of “no way”. And while they auditioned and traded many sidekicks for A.I.’s one man show none ever had any traction. His ultimate achievement on the basketball court may be the sheer force of will that he summoned to elevate a team consisting of him, Dikembe Mutombo and 10 role players to the NBA Finals during the 01’ playoffs to take on Shaq in his prime and Kobe during his ascendance.

    Jay-Z on the other hand while being an insider in the Hip-Hop world began getting his school of hard knocks MBA under the tutelage of some of the greatest executives in entertainment history. I’m sure Harvard Business School doesn’t offer a better education than watching Dame Dash and Kevin Liles scream at each other in a Def Jam Boardroom in 1998. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on a wall during those years. Is there any wonder Jay-Z is a business, man and not just a businessman.  Thus Jay-Z is fully prepared and well positioned for a life “after rap” the opposite of the way that A.I. isn’t fully prepared for a life after basketball.

    Some have argued that Jay-Z’s artistic achievements post ’06 (the year of his comeback from his first retirement) have been inconsistent. And a few will assert that his tenure as President of Def Jam was negligible at best. And the way Roc-A-Fella Records ended never sat well with fans. Similarly Allen Iverson’s production on actual basketball court post ’06 was never that great. And the way he left his original team definitely doesn’t sit well with fans.

    Jay-Z hasn’t really truly failed his fans though. I mean never. There have been low moments in a career of mostly highs. There was the disappointment of Blueprint 3. But the most hardcore Jay-Z stans (myself included) could argue that Blueprint 3 has some great moments. Some of us weren’t happy with the luxury brand rap of “Watch The Throne”. Some of us were less than thrilled when we bought a ticket to see him and Kanye perform “N—– in Paris” eleven times back to back to back.

    [ALSO READ: President Obama Gets Funny With Jay-Z and DJ Khaled At Correspondence Dinner]

    But Jay-Z has accomplished so much. He basically destroyed the Roc-A-Fella brand and created the upstart label/management conglomerate  Roc Nation. He helped bring the Nets to Brooklyn. He dissed the Yankees so well in that New York song that they didn’t even take it as a diss and invited him to perform it… at YANKEE STADIUM.  And when it was time to take his brand to the next level he displayed zero fux about dropping his ownership stake and turning Roc Nation Sports into the Roc Nation of sports. (See how deceptively simple that is).

    Allen Iverson has had a rough time of it. His alcoholism, his gambling, his ugly home life, his horrendous divorce, his money issues, his failed stints in Memphis, Philly, and….Turkey!!!. All of those things have us looking at our childhood hero s’ing our mfh’s . Washington Post articles and other recent profiles show us a tattered soul. It makes us sad to know that sometimes even money can’t save us from the ghettos in our mind. While Jay-Z continues to surprise us by innovating and reinventing himself, Iverson meekly  accepts that he may never play basketball again and continues to dress like he did 10 years ago when super baggy jeans and throwback jerseys were the height of urban couture.

    So while we are forced to look back to the early 2000’s and late 90’s to relieve the A.I.’s greatness, we can almost certainly look forward to great things from Jay-Z and his movie scoring, athlete contract negotiating, Hip-Hop, rock and pop management company/record label. All that and he still had time to thug out Beyonce. Meanwhile until Time puts out a list of the world’s 100 most tragic figures we won’t see A.I. on any magazine covers anytime soon.

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  • Daily Word: Live Out Your Passion!

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    Happy Wins-Day my lovers of life! Welcome to the first day of May and the day you begin to put fire to your passion! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to living out your passion! Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is the best advice that anyone who is really interested in living a happy life needs to follow! Too many people are so concerned with a paycheck that they are willing to sacrifice happiness not realizing that doing so is a terrible mistake! Any truly successful person will tell you…. Money CANNOT buy Happiness but Happiness CAN give you money! The happier you are with life, the easier your dreams and aspirations WILL come true! Stop putting the chicken before the egg (Or the egg before the chicken) Know and understand that the moment you LOVE your work is the moment that your life begins to pan out for the better! LIVE OUT YOUR PASSION! Stop allowing fear to force you into a situation that is pulling you back from happiness! Live a life of purpose and Take what you deserve! - Ash’Cash

    “The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.” – Unknown

    “Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” - Buddha

    “Purpose is the reason you journey.  Passion is the fire that lights your way.” - Unknown

    “Live what you love, and love what you live. Anything less is a painful and frustrating waste of your precious time.” - Ralph Marston

    “Hard work becomes easy when your work becomes your play.  Never underestimate the value of loving what you do.” - Tim Ferriss

    “When passion and skill work together, the end result is often a masterpiece.” - Chris Guillebeau

    “The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, style, compassion, generosity, humor and kindness.” - Maya Angelou

    “Life is short.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.”  - Unknown

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website, www.IamAshCash.com

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