Too Afraid To

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If you’d invested 1,000 in Bitcoin in 2008 you’d have over $40,000,000 today.     But in all fairness you likely did not know about Bitcoin in 2008.  Well, if you’d invested $1,000 a year ago today in Bitcoin that investment would be worth a little more than $15,000.

Nearly a year ago I personally told all of my closest friends about the success I’m having with Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.  Only one leaped.  And although Bitcoin and crypto currency has been on just about every major news outlet most people still fail to leap.  Why?

Fear!  Because people have been conditioned to be afraid to leap.  To be too afraid to risk even a small portion of what little they already have in order to get something more.

That same fear is what’s prevents you from starting a business, charging what you’re worth, starting a movement, starting or leaving a relationship, speaking up, or standing up.  Fear of losing what you already have.

I shutter to imagine what America would be today if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and countless others had given into fear and been too afraid to start, too afraid to speak up, too afraid to stand up, too afraid to sit-in, too afraid to march, too afraid to go to jail, or too afraid to die.

It’s completely up 2 you.  You can choose to have a spirit of fear, or one of power, love, and of a sound mind.  Your fear of leaping will subside with practice.  Bitcoin and crypto currency is just one way to practice leaping.  There’s a plethora of opportunities to leap, start, stand, and speak-up.

Fear is not totally useless.  Fear whispered in the ears of our ancestors ‘run’. Obeying that fear kept them from being eaten by dinosaurs.  Fear of not making the mortgage payment pushes commissioned sales people to sell.

Fear is a good barometer to determine if you’re doing work that matters.  Renaissance artist ignored the fear of starving to paint what they liked thus giving rise to the phrase ‘starving artist’, and Steve Biko actually died for the right to write what he liked.  If you’re living on the edge, making a difference there ought to be something you’re afraid of.

The trick is not to get rid of the fear but to learn when to obey it and when to ignore it.

“…And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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rodney goldstonI remember reading Bill Clinton’s autobiography.  There’s a section where he mentions JFK coming to visit his school and shaking his hand.  He says that moment profoundly influenced his direction into a life of public service.

As I was walking through the back streets of Falmouth, Jamaica snapping away I noticed a young man sitting in a old chair watching me.

Would you like to try?

That’s all it took, next thing I know he’s right beside me ready to go.

I only spent a few minutes with him but the whole time I had the Clinton story in the back of my mind.  You see you never know who, or when it will be your turn to influence someone to do something worthwhile, to do work that matters.  A simple hand shake from a President, or some small act of kindness from a photographer can change someone’s entire outlook.

Get out and be a ‘positive’ influence on someone today.

Too Much

In just a few days Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Ironically, the holiday does little to reinforce either the position of thankfulness, nor a posture of giving. Instead it serves as the home stretch to wrap up a yearlong messaging of overconsumption – which is another way of saying do ‘too much’.

The problem with a constant indulgence with ‘too much’ is that we don’t train ourselves to turn it off. ‘Too much’ has become the American way. We work too much, we eat too much, those with little spend too much, and those with excess keep too much.

If you’re going to do ‘too much’ here are a few things worth over consuming on in the upcoming year. It’s not exhaustive list, feel free to add on.

  • Try spending too much time with family or a loved one
  • Try giving too much to someone in need
  • Try saying I love you too much
  • Spend too much time on a project that will make your block, town, state, or world a better place.

I Write What I Like

The real test of relevance is if someone will miss you when you’re gone.  Miss you when you stop showing up.  It’s always surprises me when someone says to me you haven’t made a post in a while.  What they’re saying is that you haven’t showed up and I miss that.

When I started this blog I wrote mostly about marketing.  Although I love the business of marketing I don’t really like solely writing about it.  Marketing is what allows me the freedom to write this blog.  I don’t mean marketing the blog, or selling stuff on it because I don’t market it and nothings for sale on it.  The marketing I’m privileged to do for clients that pay me to market their brands funds the time and expense of maintaining this blog.

The amazing thing about writing is that if you do it enough, and just let it flow you can find your self…your true north.  Today I write this blog because I want to influence you (the reader) to take action (where ever you see fit), to connect with another human in a meaningful way, or to start something new.  That’s what I like to write about.  Those things take me in different directions, and different trains of thought.  It’s an important work…not because I think so but because when I don’t someone misses it…and that humbles me.

Many top bloggers, and social media mavens don’t write their own blog or social media post…they outsource it to agency’s like mine, or to freelancers.  This blog and what I’m trying to accomplish with it is far to important for that.

So is what you’re trying to do.  It doesn’t take long at all to write something that can change someone, show an act of kindness, share an insight, to give beyond your resources, or to take a leap of faith.  So what are you waiting for?

A Message To the White Supremacy Groups and All Other Color Struck Folks

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Turns out white folks, black folks, yellow folks, and all the other color struck folks have got it wrong.  We are all closer in color than we realize.  You see your eyes aren’t the best tools you have for picking up on someones skin color, it’s actually your ears.

If you could  pick up on the sound waves human skin gives off, as the worlds first cyborg Neil Harbisson does, you’d actually realize we are all shades of orange.

Since it’s not likely that you’ll end up cyborg, you could simply take the Bible’s word for it.  Turns out the Hebrew word Adam which in scripture denotes both the person Adam and mankind (that’s U and me) means Red or ruddy (reddish person/reddish people).  Ruddy is defined as a healthy red color.  So when Neil says that he hears all humans as some shade of orange he’s in the right place in Gods color wheel (orange is next to red on the color wheel).  Thanks to Samsung you can watch a short documentary on the the worlds first cyborg and how he came to hear colors…I’ve posted it below.

Camera lenses also do a much better job at actually showing us how similar we all are on the color wheel.  Many thanks to Angelica Doss for her Humane Project which proves how close different races of people are along the Pantone.  You can see her project here, you can listen to her TED Talk here.  Really check them out its fascinating.  Thank you Angelica!

Something To Make You Go Hmm!  Looks like Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five somehow also knew this truth way back in 1982 when they rapped the lyrics to Survival the Message 2 “…blacks and whites don’t realize that they’re really pink and brown”.  Guess what you get when you combine pink and brown?  Yea, a ruddy color.