Sometimes we get so caught up with our everyday lives that we forget to focus on the more important avenues. Wealth is nice but be sure to take time out of your day to focus on the health and happiness too!
If there is one thing that you should always remember, it is that your time on earth is limited. Every moment you spend doing something is a time that you are not doing that other thing. As vague as that sounds, dig deeper into the meaning. When you are taking long breaks, you are taking out small chunks of your life that could have been used to better yourself as a person. Whether that be financially, physically, or mentally, choose to use every moment in your live to the best of its ability.
Planning ahead makes the process of time utilization much more efficient. Ponder your thoughts only during a set aside time. Any other moments should have already be mapped out. If not, you will find yourself wasting a large portion of your day pondering on your next move! Enjoy life in increments so that you don’t waste it in masses!
Everyday I step outside of my dorm room to the same exact environment. College students playing volley ball, socializing, mingling, having a blast. Then I open my SnapChat and witness something else even more frightening. Without getting into the exact details, all I can say is that procrastination is working at its finest.
Procrastination lacks the need of explanation but I’m speaking from a perspective that very few will take the time to look from. College is suppose to be the time where young adults go to receive an amazing education, graduate, and land that dream job but what I see too often is that this is never the case.
In reality, a college student comes to party, waste their parents’ money, then rush to cram for credit hours and internships towards the end of junior year. By this time, they realize that they screwed up their chance at landing their “dream job” and are now forced to settle with what they are offered, if anything at all. On top of that disappointment, their parents have relinquished the financial responsibilities of college debt to their children, who now have to spend the next 10 years of their life in a position of haul. They are literally working to pay off debts instead of working for what they believe would have been the ideal life.
Let’s take that same student and say that they did everything that they were supposed to do. They went to college, got good grades, landed internships and all of these jobs with their lives ahead of them. Upon graduating they enter the workforce to learn one very important thing the hard-way. The world is unfair and revolves around “who you know”. That position that they qualified for had just been taken up by a close friend of the business owner leaving them at a position less than ideal. A position with a salary cap and strict hours, a.k.a. “9-5”.
It’s not until this moment of “making it” that people either do one of two things. Become complacent or become pissed off and hungry.
When you realize that you are not where you want to be, you start to blame others, including the economy, bosses, and any other excuse that may have taken a toll on your lifestyle. What I want to stress is that life was not given to us for it to simply suck. We have the responsibility of taking advantage of it whenever possible and most college students don’t realize this. The world is not on their side and if they don’t strive to do the extra, they will be left with a sack of papers screaming “Extra! Read all about it!” How ironic.
Instead of wasting four years of your life, be different. Realize that the very same people that you see “enjoying” the college life are most likely going to come out average unless if they dare to be different. Once you dare to be different, you begin to start a trend that will continue to grow whether it catches on or not. Find something to do that will define you and give you more credibility than the average college perfectionist. More importantly, look to build a future that is run by you. One that a boss could never effect. Once you take on this challenge, you become dangerous.
For this reason, my roommate and Tristien and I have begun to dream much bigger than anyone would imagine possible for a college freshman. We stand out because we take the knowledge, utilize it, and capitalize. Who says we can’t start a business at 19 years old? Who ever said that you can’t graduate from college with a million dollar company? You are probably saying no one but honestly, everyone who isn’t anyone is saying that we can’t. It is for that reason that we desired we can and we will.
Dreams are amazing and without them, how could we ever make our visions a reality. The problem people suffer from is learning how to take action! Once you learn that anything is possible when you set your mind to it, you start to change lives around you. Everyday, people either tell me that the work I manage is amazing or that I’m working too hard. Exactly what I needed!
You have to develop the mindset that you want to be noticed for what you’re doing. When people see that you are separating from the crowd into a place in life that they have once dreamed, they too will become motivated. Nothing feels better than setting the example.
I am by no means an expert or professional leader, but the things that I take passion and pride in doing have labeled me as such. People ask questions and even look up to me. Some even older! Unintentionally, this has served as an incentive to continue to strive for greatness.
We live in a world within which people lose touch with opportunity and developed a tunnel vision to reality. “The reality of life is that the only way to live a happy life is to follow the school system”. The REAL reality of life is that if you don’t break out of the system, figuratively, then you will prevent yourself from doing so until later in life.
My father, who shares both the same name and birthday as me, is currently 49 years old. Nearing retirement, he has only now begun to see the world as it is. Through countless undeserved layoffs, he grew tired. That’s when he started his first business, Mathis & Son Enterprise. Seven years later, he bought his first sports car. This is where people take on separate views on life.
Some see his sports car as luck. That somehow he was lucky enough to have that car magically appear in his driveway. Little do they know that this was the exact opposite. That car was the result of several blessings, a lot of sweat, and a new business idea. Having always wanted a nice vehicle, instead of wasting money, he desired to invest in one. There is a big difference! He invested into the start of a sports car rental company. The best of both worlds!
The point of the story? Life revolves around a mindset. A mindset that once you obtain, can steer you down an oath of success that will lead you to achieve your goals and dreams without sacrificing daily essentials. Chances are that the job you’re working for is filled with people at the very same level as you and your chance of advancing is so minuscule that you might as well forget it. Provide for your family but as long as you have time to work overtime, you have time to build something new. Something big that will pay off more than you will have ever imagined!
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We all have responsibilities and lets be honest, we all have been or are experiencing a time within our lives during which we feel overwhelmed with tasks. You may even find yourself putting off tasks due to the simple fact that you do not have enough time in the day. Stop lying to yourself!
I’d hate to come off pushy, but we all must come to the realization that there are 24 hours in a single day. Typically 8 hours, on the steep side, of a single day is allotted to sleep. With some simple math, you will find that 16 hours of the day remains for activity. During the a typical work week, assuming that you work a 9-5 job, your free time is cut down to 8 hours.
No matter the excuse you make, 8 hours is a good amount of time to work towards you goals and dreams. If your excuse is that you never have time in the day to read a book, then I beg to differ. If you can’t even allot 30 minutes of your day to some activity that you typically never have time for, then you have a major issue.
As vague as the post is, all I ask is that you stop making excuses for why you can’t and start making commitments as to why you will! I’ll go deeper into the concept in a later post but right now ask yourself a simple question.
“Do I still have the very same goals that I had set last year?”
If so, then you most likely made excuses that prevented you from working towards that goal during a full work year. If you do the math, you should have at least 2,080 hours of free time throughout your workweeks in a single year! If you want to start a business, don’t wait to retire. Start working during these 2,000 free hours instead of wasting them!
It is the 1st of April and Bernard Boulevard’s third monthly performance recap! If you were unaware, my blog’s official launch was January 1st, 2016 and a very exciting day for me. I spent the majority of December 2015 preparing the site. Instead of retelling the entire story of my blog’s birth, I’ve placed a link to the summary lower in this post. You can also click here to view the full blog post! Back to March’s performance… here are a few stats from this past month.
March Stats: 662 Views, 373 Visitors, 103 Likes, 40 Comments:
3 months old… Wow, time really is flying by. According to this month’s stats, Bernard Boulevard is continuing to grow at a constant rate! Compared to the month of February, Bernard Boulevard has seen a 41.8% increase in overall page views and 56.1% increase in blog visitors. This translates to a 48.911% increase in total traffic, as previously mentioned. As always, I’m truly looking forward to see how much the blog grows in April!
As always, I’d like to conclude this post and start this month of April off right by thanking Bernard Boulevard’s greatest contributors. Tai Lopez of the 67 Steps, and John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire have served as some of my greatest daily motivation but the inspiration dos not stop there! I must contribute a ton of this month’s progress to my mentors who strive to keep me on my toes everyday. Each rewards my day with a surplus of priceless knowledge!
As mentioned at the end of every post, the majority of my blog’s images come from the amazing photographers and users of Pixabay and I highly suggest that you go check them out! Also, I can’t forget to recognize my team. Without the help of my good friend Erin, editing would truly be a hassle! You can see exactly why on my former blog post (Click Here). I’d also like to thank my Graphic Designer, Leandis Patton, for putting together a beautiful logo for the blog! Feel free to visit Bernard Boulevard’s Facebook page to see some of his work!
For all of Bernard Boulevard’s new and returning visitors, I truly appreciate your time! Especially those of you who have supported our efforts by subscribing! Everyone that has followed and liked Bernard Boulevard and its blog posts are essential components to my daily drive. Each view, comment, and share make a huge difference in my blogging efforts by keeping be motivated!
I’d also like to once again thank a fellow blogger, Poet Rummager, for keeping me motivated and entertained with brilliant poetry along the way! If you love poetry, you should really go check out her blog!(Click Here)
By the age of 25, Senator Bob Corker managed to start his first company with only $8,000 and a truck. Corker specialized in construction but stood out from the crowd of similar companies. His motives were far from “by accident” and led his construction company to grow into 18 additional states outside of Tennessee. Although he had advanced to become the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bob Corker has mastered key traits of a true businessman and entrepreneur.
In February, both the students and faculty of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga had the amazing opportunity to have Senator Bob Corker come speak. Corker addressed important ideas and key concepts for UTC’s College of Business to utilize. Although not overly complicated, every aspiring business man and women should take note of his three major points: mastery, vision, and hesitation.
The first concept that Corker stress was the importance of mastery. As mentioned in my previous posts, the value of actually mastering, or becoming an expert, at something is mandatory to building a successful lifestyle in whatever you do. You want to get to the point in life when you can humbly say that you are the best at what you do. Be willing to learn and put forth more effort than the average Joe, and you will begin to recognize the light at the end of the tunnel.
Secondly, goal setting must be mastered as soon as possible. Actually accomplishing your goals comes during later phases. Corker states, ” when setting goals, think big”. As advised by John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur of Fire, in order to accomplish goals, you must first create “smart goals” which are smaller in size but attainable. When combining the ideas of Corker and Dumas, you can see as to why one would not want to start out with a relatively small goal. You would end up breaking it down until your working in increments that truly aren’t bringing you closer to success. Senator Corker calls these goals “Bold”. By setting bold goals, you are opening the doors to make a larger impact in your mental to do list. Completing 80% of your bold goals will leave a bigger impression than simply completing 100% of your much smaller goals.
The last point that Corker makes is taking action. Hesitation is the worst of all of our enemies and should be avoided at all costs. The fact of the matter, despite your fears, is that you will never actually be “ready” to start working on your goals. As the old Chinese saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now!”.
Bob Corker is well known for implementing his own advice regularly. His construction company grew successfully because he didn’t waste time. While in college he knew exactly what he wanted to do; that was construction. Upon graduation, he went straight to work on launching his construction company. By leading the life of a go-getter, your goals become much more visible and, more importantly, attainable. If you would like to stay up-to-date with Senator Bob Corker, feel free to follow him on twitter. Also, if you enjoyed this post please let us know with a like or comment!
It is the 1st of March and Bernard Boulevard’s second monthly performance recap! If you were unaware, my blog’s official launch was January 1st, 2016 and a very exciting day for me. I spent the majority of December 2015 preparing the site. Instead of retelling the entire story of my blog’s birth, I’ve placed a summary lower in this post. You can also click here to view the full blog post! Back to February’s performance… here are a few stats from this past month.
February Stats: 458 Views, 233 Visitors, 71 Likes, 41 Comments:
For only being 2 months old, I feel as though my blog is making pretty decent progress. Compared to the month of Janurary, Bernard Boulevard has seen a 49.2% increase in overall page views. This translates to a 43.125% increase in total traffic, as previously mentioned. As always, I’m truly looking forward to see how much the blog grows in March!
The Birth of Bernard Boulevard
Bernard Boulevard, in a sense, was born in early December but was not released from the hospital until the 1st of January. Beforehand, I actually had just begun working on another site of mine, which was a complete failure. It took me only a day to create and looked pretty, but it lacked in a strong blogging foundation. A major theme of Bernard Boulevard, that my other website lacked, is quality. My old website was rushed and did not have any form of planning, scheduling, or attractiveness to it. While working on the old site, the name Bernard Boulevard simply popped in my head! Bernard is my middle name, which is what gave rise to the thought. Other than that, I could not tell you anything else that would have influenced the blog’s name other than luck. I truly found the name appealing and more appropriate than naming the blog “traceymathis.com”. After coming to that realization, I wrote the blog name in the Notes app of my iPhone, not really sure of what I was even going to do with it. Since I liked the name so much, I decided to purchase the domain name through Namecheap while I would wait for ideas to pour in. The thought of actually creating a blog came to me while I was listening to John Lee Dumas speak on his podcast Entrepreneur on Fire, also known as EOFire!
The week of December 14th, 2015 was the week that Bernard Boulevard was finally put under construction. I spent the rest of December formatting the website and leaking out small bits of it to my Facebook profile in order to give its official January launch a boost in traffic from people waiting for the first blog post. It wasn’t long after building the blog that I started writing blog posts. I had a notebook with a ton of ideas and was able to come up with 7 blog posts that would be scheduled and ready to be post during the first week of 2016.
When January finally came around, it was time to place some of my focus on the marketing strategies in order to generate some form of traffic, even if it was a pea size amount. I’m going to make it clear that I did not purchase advertising for my blog during this month and do not plan on doing so until much later. I have created a few blog posts that go in depth on how exactly I approached building an audience. To be brief, I used word of mouth and social media to get the word out. Facebook provided me with a social media page for my blog that would show my blog’s updates while giving people the opportunity to like and share with their friends and followers. I applied the same process across Twitter, Google+ and Instagram while making sure to stay consistent throughout the entire process. In my opinion, scheduling posts in advance and actually sticking to a posting schedule helped solidify my blog’s foundation and allowed it to gain the exposure that it did.
As always, I’d like to conclude this post and start the month off right by thanking Bernard Boulevard’s greatest contributors. For those of you wondering, Kristen Hadeed of Student Maid, Tai Lopez of the 67 Steps, and John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire have served as some of my greatest daily motivation. They have broken boundaries in the world of business and have so much invaluable wisdom!
The majority of my blog’s images come from the amazing photographers of Pixabay and I highly suggest that you go check them out! On a more technical side, I feel as though editors do not receive the proper recognition that they deserve. Without the help of my good friend Erin, editing would truly be a hassle! You can see exactly why on my former blog post (Click Here). Lastly, I’d like to thank my Graphic Designer, Leandis Patton, for putting together a beautiful logo for the blog! Feel free to visit Bernard Boulevard’s Facebook page to see his work! I’d also like to make it known to all of my new and returning visitors of how much I appreciate your time. All of you that have subscribed, followed, and liked Bernard Boulevard and its blog posts are the reasons that I’m still working today! I’d also like to thank a fellow blogger and our most active subscriber, Poet Rummager, for keeping me inspired and supporting me along the way. If you love poetry, you should really go check out her blog!(Click Here)
Everyday people approach me with the same question,”How do you manage to run a blog and keep up with your classes?”. Most of the time I simply tell them that I plan ahead and try to get things done. It is actually fairly simple, but I found that people truly didn’t understand. So instead of laying out the step by step guide, I’ll revisit my encounter with someone who had all of the motivation in the world but still struggled with properly managing her time.
One day, a friend of mine asked me to literally teach her my ways. I gladly agreed and we scheduled a time in the library to go further in depth. What I had originally expected to be a brief session with tips here and there grew into a rewarding two hour session. First off, I laid out the premise of the tutorial by showing her my planners. I keep two planners by my side at all time. One allows me to plan for multiple weeks ahead while the other focused on one specific day at a time. By planning for the future, there is never a day that I go into blindly. In order to be more precise, the second and much smaller planner gave me the ability to dissect these planned weeks into specific days. On top of these organizers, my schedule would be broken down even further with my iPhone’s Reminders App. Each day, I would have preset reminders that tell me exactly when it is time to complete a task and how long I have to do so. A lot of my time management is actually just taking the time to diversify my entire schedule. In a way, having several tools that essentially perform the same job, just translates my schedule into various languages that prevent my mind from missing a single step.
So how did my friend respond? She was amazed and unintentionally began to project her newly birthed inspiration. When I thought her original question was answered to the best of my abilities, she hit me with another and then, in the words of DJ Khaled, another one! This was my first experience in my life of taking the position as an inspiration to others and can honestly say that it feels amazing. It reassures me that I actually am helping others with the advice that I provide. I truly hope that this story outlines exactly how I am able to balance college work with the responsibility of being a daily blogger. If you still have questions, like my friend, feel free to ask in the comments below! Special thanks to Annie for inspiring this topic and if you enjoyed this post, please to Like, Share, and Subscribe 🙂