Blog : Posts from June 2013

  • Daily Word: Get Back On Track!!


    Happy Tuesday my focused and determined! Welcome to the day that you realize why you started your journey in the first place and the day you understand that it’s always too early to quit! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to getting back on track! Life isn’t easy for those who dream! Those who want to live an extraordinary life will have many challenges that seem to stand in their way but what we need to realize is that those challenges are only temporary and will subside as we continue to venture forward! Sometimes when a train is moving so fast in the right direction and doesn’t anticipate the sharp turns, it may get off track… So What!!!!!! Slow down, Pick yourself up, and Get Back on Track!! Temporary defeats…. or derailments in this case, cannot stop you!! What is for you is for you and as long as you understand that fact you will ALWAYS get what you want out of life! Keep Pushing, Never Give up, and Take What You Deserve!!
    -Ash’Cash”Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?”

    “The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.”
    -Thomas Paine

    “Expect problems then eat them for breakfast.”
    -Alfred A Montapert

    “Have you hit a brick wall? Aim higher and jump over it.”

    “Think of yourself as a toy train. All toy trains de-rail now and then. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on track.”

    “Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.”
    -Robert Half

    “Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
    -Marcus Aurelius

    “A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”
    -Albert Einstein

    “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
    -Will Rogers.

    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,


  • Daily Word: Go Up in History!!


    Happy Monday my movers and shakers! Welcome to the beginning of a wonderful week and the day you continue to make your life mean something! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to living life intentionally and on purpose! I never understood the saying “Go Down in History” History isn’t something you want to go down with… History is something so precious that you want it to be remembered! As you travel through life and journey towards your greatness, always remember to make your life mean something! Don’t just live for the sake of living but live in order to leave the world better than how you found it! Go Up in History as someone who made a difference! Go Up in History as someone who made it easier for others to live an abundant life! The Meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away! Wake up everyday with the intention to be selfless and watch how great you become! Live intentionally and live your life to the fullest!!

    “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
    -Robert F. Kennedy

    “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
    -Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
    -Friedrich Nietzsche

    “The purpose of life is not just to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, -Steve Maraboli

    “The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”
    -Deborah Day

    “Live your life in such a way that when you get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw s#%t, he/she’s up!”
    -Steve Maraboli

    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,


  • Daily Word: Make Progress NOT Excuses!!



    Happy Friday my warriors of light and soldiers of purpose! Welcome to the day you continue to move in the right direction towards all of your dreams and aspirations! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to making progress! As you already know… You can either make progress or make excuses… But you CAN’T do both! Excuses keep you where you are with no hopes of getting out while progress takes you everywhere you want to go! Excuses are the nail in the coffin of dead dreams while progress is the seed that blossoms to a grand oak tree! There has never been a successful excuse-maker who has fulfilled all of their dreams and aspirations! Make sure that you are not falling into the habit of justifying your unwillingness to try harder! Those who really want something find a way, those who don’t find excuses! The ball is in your court and whether or not you win the game is all up to you! There is nothing that is standing in your way except for the doubts that you keep allowing to creep in! Forget being a cynic and ALWAYS look on the bright-side! The World is YOURS and Everything in it! Have Courage to Take what you deserve!!

    “When used as a tool, fear will enhance your preparedness; when used as a guide, it will stop your progress.”

    “People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.”
    -Norman Vincent Peale

    “The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo.”
    -Bob Iger

    “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
    -Shirley Hufsteddler

    “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
    -Oliver Wendell Holmes

    “You were born to journey in the direction of your purpose. Anything that halts your progress is contrary to your design.”
    -Steve Maraboli

    “We must begin where we are and move forward immediately by starting small and capitalizing on what’s at hand.”
    -Mike Schmoker

    “The word “impossible” is only in the mind and not in the heart. If we can remain in the heart, there will be no end to our progress.”
    -Sri Chinmoy

    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,

  • Daily Word: Accept Your EVERYDAY Blessings!


    Happy Wins-Day my Blessed and Highly Favored! Welcome to the day you continue to realize how special your life is and why you should give thanks everyday for being YOU! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to accepting your blessings! They say the things that you currently take for granted, someone else is praying for! Sometimes we get so comfortable and used to the good life that we don’t take the time to realize how good it really is! We are ambitious and want more out of life but in doing so don’t be ungrateful for the gifts and opportunities that are currently in your life! The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…. The Trials, The Tribulations, and The Obstacles… They all serve as stepping stones for the greatness that you are! Life is like an all you can eat buffet…You can have ANYTHING you want but you first have to finish what is currently on your plate before you can have seconds! Appreciate all that you have right now and that gratitude will open the door for more abundance! Live life with a grateful heart and take all that you deserve…. HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO….
    -Ash’Cash”Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!”
    -Jeff Dixon”The problem that we have with a victim mentality is that we forget to see the blessings of the day. Because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished.”
    -Steve Maraboli,

    “Blessings sometimes show up in unrecognizable disguises. “
    -Janette Oke

    “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
    -Charles Dickens

    “You have been blessed with immeasurable power to make positive changes in your life.”
    -Steve Maraboli,

    “Each new day greets us with no rules except for the rules we place on it. Greet this new day with open arms and endless possibility.”

    “Don’t count your blessings, let your blessings count! EnjoyLife!”
    -Bernard Kelvin Clive

    “You were created from greatness, with the capabilities to be a blessing to the world”

    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,  

  • Daily Word: It’s All In YOUR Head!!


    Happy Fearless Friday my movers and shakers! Welcome to the day that you realize that you are the master of your fate and creator of all! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to fixing your mind! Your fears, your doubts, the haters, the naysayers, the backstabbers, stealers or dreams, and blockers of success are all in your mind! This might be hard to accept but the fact of the matter is that all the negative things that currently exist in your life were created by YOU! You allowed that energy space into your life to even exist! The moment you stop feeding your fears they stop growing! The moment you stop accepting NO as an answer is the moment you begin to get everything you want in life! GET OUT OF YOUR WAY! As Sally Kempton so eloquently put it… It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head! What you think is what you get! Think negative and get negative results… Think positive and get positive results… Don’t think at all and get whatever life throws you! Stop being at the mercy of yourself! Get your mind right and do everything in your power to take back control! It is absolutely unacceptable to not live out life to the fullest extent possible! Forget Mediocrity and live an abundant life! And as my good friend Derrick McDaniel once said to me…. If you keep chasing mice you’ll never be able to catch lions! Catch the Lions and Take all that you deserve !! NOTHING CAN STOP YOU BUT YOU!!

    “A man is but the product of his thoughts… What he thinks, he becomes.”
    -Mohandas Gandhi

    “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

    “There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.”
    -Anthony De Mello

    “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”
    -Gautama Buddha

    “No matter what, ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Any doubts must be put out of your mind. If you find yourself thinking something negative, figure out who it was who put that thought in your head… then acknowledge that it’s not your thought, push it out of your mind, and say, I’m awesome!”
    -Christine Anderson

    “When all the guilt that’s in your head, turns its back and plays for dead, you scorch the earth and torch the sky, conscience low and head held high.”
    -Def Leppard

    “If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
    -Vincent Van Gogh

    “Trust that little voice in your head that says Wouldn’t it be interesting if…; And then do it.”
    -Duane Michals

    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,    


  • Daily Word: STOP Conforming!!

    Happy Thursday my talented tenth! Welcome to the day that you realize that you move to a different beat and the day you finally embrace yourself for it! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to not conforming! They say a broke clock is right at least twice a day! Think about that saying and reflect on why it is important to follow your own path! Many of us do too good of a job conforming and following the well beaten path! What we need to realize is that who we are and where we want to go will always lead us to our bliss ONLY if we follow what naturally feels right! Stop doing the unnatural then wondering why we are NOT getting the results we desire! Our unique ability to be ourselves will ALWAYS lead us down the road that needs to be taken in order to achieve all of our dreams and aspirations! We must be willing to trust and believe in ourselves and our decisions. As George S. Patton said… “If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking.” Stop Conforming and maximize your full potential! NOTHING CAN STOP YOU BUT YOU!!
    -Ash’Cash”Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.”

    “Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path.”  -Unknown

    “If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
    -Anatole France

    “One who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints.”

    “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
    -Doug Floyd

    “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
    -Rita Mae Brown

    “Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul.”
    -Robert Ingersoll

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
    -Dr. Seuss

    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,

  • Daily Word: Cherish Your Difficulties!!


    Happy Tuesday my centers of influence! Welcome to the day that you realize that winners never quit and quitters never win! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to cherishing your difficulties! Whoever said life would be easy is a liar! But whoever said it wouldn’t be worth it, didn’t tell the truth as well! Know and Understand that what makes life worth living is the difficulties and your abilities to overcome them! The satisfaction you get when you accomplish what you or others thought was impossible is priceless! Your challenges are here to make you stronger and are the essential pillars in building a life of greatness! Cherish Your Difficulties! As I always say… NOTHING CAN STOP YOU BUT YOU!! Take back your power to make your life great and… MAKE IT GREAT!! You can either make excuses or make progress… But you can’t do both! Make a decision to maximize your full potential! Greatness is within YOU!!
    -Ash’Cash”Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”
    -Newt Gingrich

    “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
    -Frank A. Clark

    “The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.”
    -Alexandre Dumas

    “Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”
    -William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

    “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
    -T.S. Eliot

    “Set your goals high, and then commit to reaching them through your actions. It won’t be easy. It will be great.”
    -Ralph Marston

    “Arise awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”
    -Swami Vivekanand

    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,  

  • Are Mixtapes Making Hip-Hop Music Too Disposable?



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    In the calendar year 2013 Gucci Mane has released six mixtapes. Well let me be more accurate… “six mixtapes that I personally know of”  and there might be more. In the last few years artists like Tyga, Wiz Khalifa,  The Weeknd, Smoke Dza, Mac Miller, and The Game have released multiple album length projects of original music (that’s songs with original production not just jacking an existing instrumental) and called these creations “mixtapes”.

    These are basically free albums but their ubiquity in the genre and the frequency with which they’re released lead one to question the amount of effort the artist puts into the tracks. Way back in the pre 50 Cent era artists driven mixtapes were rare and usually comprised by DJ’s based on b-sides, remixes, and material that was never intended to see the light of day.  But now the frustrating process of relying on a label’s marketing department/ street team to keep your name relevant between proper budgeted releases can be avoided by savvy emcees looking to keep their fanbases interested. So the mixtape model flourishes. And we continue to listen because sometimes these mixtapes are genius. But the risks associated with a mediocre or wack effort are little. In 2013 after all it’s not like anyone actually pays for mixtapes.

    [ALSO READ: Hip-Hop Rumors: Gucci Mane And Marilyn Mansion: Best Friends?]

    So emcees check into the studio daily and turn making music into something akin to a 9-5. The result can vary depending on an emcee’s creative process. Some have a cadre of frequent collaborators at the ready to offer support. Some prefer to work in solitude brooding over even the most insignificant ad lib and some can walk into the study at 3am on a Monday morning and have the mixtape on datpiff by 3PM Monday afternoon.  What this leads to inevitably though is disposable raps. Some rappers can reach their creative peak before the first album even drops. Some can have very inspired moments on these mixtapes where they are basically workshopping ideas for their main releases like a comedian building up their set  before an HBO special. Rick Ross for instance had a mixtape called “The Albert Anastasia EP” that was basically a rough draft of what the album “Teflon Don” became. (It also was the first place to hear massive hit single “BMF”).

    But when an artist drops a mixtape every quarter, or sometimes even more than that, it can be hard to distinguish what makes their proper releases special. Two artists in the past that have fallen victim to this in recent memory have been Big K.R.I.T. and Currensy. Both of whom dropped major label debuts that failed to distinguish themselves quality wise from any of their “Street Albums”. While consistency can be great it begs the question is the money I’m paying for this actual CD or am I just rewarding the artist because of their entire body of work?

    In the greater scheme of things great emcees or even halfway decent ones know that creating a great body of work and making timeless music is important. Other emcees rush the market to stay relevant and can sometimes inundate us with throwaway raps. When this bleeds over from their mixtapes into their proper releases (I’m looking at you Lil Wayne) it can severely damage an emcee’s creative reputation. Maybe in 2013 those artists with the proper work ethic are the ones who use these mixtapes to promote their touring efforts. After all albums were originally meant to promote performances not the other way around.


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