I wanted to try something just a little differently this go round. Usually I prefer to be a bit structured and allow a flow of thoughts within the moment; this time, I wanted to be a bit rogue and just “feel” it. I’ll call this the “Freestyle” post that I look forward to doing more so in the near future. (a little more background noise, yes, with less audio equipment)

I have been inspired by many people over the past few weeks and a common theme that kept coming up during conversations revolved around feeling overlooked. Inadequate. Insufficient, lacking, substandard, useless…inferior. Well, none of us should perceive ourselves this way although there will always be that looming feeling deep down.

Here, I wanted to openly discuss it and ask ourselves some tough questions. Are you working your parameters? Are you in front of the right people? Are you doing work YOU believe in? Do you even have the stamina to make it in the long run? What are you willing to risk?

Listen with me as we dive into those thoughts and as always, would LOVE to hear yours.

  • Quote: “You’re imperfect, and your wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown

MyBrand

We’re always trying to put our best foot/image forward. You really never see somebody putting out a vulnerable photo on Instagram, for example. And yet, for many of us, we don’t really give our personal branding the thought and effort we deserve.

Today, I talk about why personal brand matters and what we should consider. It’s one of those interesting topics where many things are subjective and yet without it, we are doomed to blend in and never stand out while fading away in the background.

Please, as always, share your thoughts here, LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter. I would love your input/suggestions/thoughts. In the near future I will have on guests that will openly discuss future topics to make things more interesting. 🙂 (insert emoji!)

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I wanted to openly talk about why traveling is important to me. I had a GREAT time attending CES (my 4th time) and never get tired of seeing new tech that gives a peek into the industry and the direction in which many are going.

Aside from that, I traveled to Korea for work and always feel inspired by different cultures and different experiences. As I share my thoughts and journey, I really look forward to connecting with others, like you. Although I have 0 expectations of my learning in Podcasting, it’s one of those times I can truly let my stubbornness shine. 🙂

There’s something about travel that really rings home to the heart of exploration. It’s something that despite the advantage of modern life, many seldom take action.

Perhaps some are afraid. And that’s completely understandable. We humans like consistency and the idea of inserting ourself into the unknown can be scary as hell. To take yourself out of your routine and comfort zone is certain to shock any normal person. The unknown is typically associated with negatively due to sheer survival. I often wonder if this sort of thing separates those who achieve great life achievements vs those who prefer to stay in their box.

Fear in and of itself is pretty vague. There’s no context to the word fear. Perhaps anxiety of planning is paralysis to many. It could also be due to family. Missing those you love with that slight fear in the back of your mind that you may never see them again. Perhaps you fear the worst of getting stuck or snatched up by a group of people. Another common one is the fear of flying thinking your plane may just take a dip in the ocean (which is scary AF) and talking yourself out of an experience of a lifetime. It is often in our nature to calculate everything that COULD go wrong.

These risks are understandable although I would challenge this: HOW are they really any different than the risks we already take living our very plain, ordinary lives?! Accidents happen all the time and yet, it doesn’t stop most of us from living our lives. Maybe one feels there’s no other choice? Or perhaps it doesn’t even compute in our daily processes. Nonetheless, it’s always there and I don’t see the rational thought of letting any of that slow your personal growth and experiences. I couldn’t have taken these pictures and experienced any of this without being cognizant of all the emotions that play on these decisions.

Children often showcase the lack of fear due to inexperience. The irony is they take the plunge to do things that may be considered dangerous to learn. To explore. To experience experimental activities. Funny we speak of kids high intelligence and it’s as if we adults let our experience dictate everything we do; good or bad. The most difficult thing to learn is unlearning. This is something I can thank my travels for. Despite missing my family, (which I’ll come back to) I have to nurture my inner child. My desire to explore and learn. For when that day comes that my time is up on this blue marble, regret won’t plague my thoughts allowing me to cherish each moment.

We live in the best times as human beings (it’s not a perfect world but it also has never been better) and I want to stop and enjoy wherever my feet are planted at the moment. When I’m home, family comes first and I spend my time wisely with them. From state to state and even abroad, I ALWAYS make time to video call and speak with the ones I wouldn’t hesitate to give my life to.

When I am with my colleagues or alone, I take the time to soak up every second of these amazing experiences that map out my life. It’s these times that help define who I am and I wouldn’t displace these moments for any others. I respect those who can literally go anywhere their heart desires, regardless of the designation.

Here’s to great exploration and I wish you all the best in your life journey. Remember the world is at your feet, wherever you choose to stand so long as you take a stance. 😎❤️✈️

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As I sit down to do some work this morning I think to myself “Coffee or Tea?!” My mind is certainly clear and I’m well rested and energized this morning BUT I want something to drink in the coffee shop while I work. The issue for me (and wondering if this is true for you) is that coffee can literally cause me to get anxious. Like, I literally cannot sit still for long and feel the need to do more and more and more as if I cannot possibly finish anything. Where tea, on the other hand, is more calming to me.

It seems obvious that the answer for me should be tea. I choose tea much more often now for this reason. However, coffee has a great affect at times for my productivity and now I’m trying to find the proper balance between the two.

Am I alone here on this particular issue with coffee?! Regardless of whichever way you lean, sound off here (or Twitter: Terrance_Blount ) and let me know! Happy New Year and Happy Monday (er, Tuesday) while cheers to a GREAT week!

20171212_135910Ahh, time. You know, the one “commodity” that should be useful but many of us (including myself) typically waste?! Well, enough already. It’s officially 2018 and there’s no time to waste.

I say this coming from a place of excuses. My job is demanding and the more I accomplish, the more work comes in its place. I have a family and never feel like I get to spend enough time with them. I travel heavily (like, 80% of my time travel) and I barely even see the few friends I have. I force myself to at least get in fitness despite the lack on consistency regarding the place. The only constant that I have is time. And you know what?! That part of my life is going in the right direction for that very reason: consistent timing.

As caught up and frustrated as I can at times view this, I am starting to think I am viewing it all wrong; this is liberating! Let me explain my thoughts on time in today’s world in North America.

Let me first start with not when we wake up, but when we go to bed. In my past life, I would say that on average I went to bed at midnight. That is tough on me when it comes time to wake up early. Not happening easily at all. Meaning, waking up early to hit the fitness center simply won’t happen. I will slap that snooze button and later regret not going though I rationalized that sleep was far more important.

Instead, the way we start our day can be determined by the way we end it. I would suggest going to bed earlier than even the time we think we may need. My newer routine (mostly but not always) is in the bed by 9:30pm. You read that right. That way, I am typically up before my alarm sounds at 6:30am. This gives me a whooping 9 hours of sleep time on paper though it may take me another 30mins or so to fall asleep. My typical first commitment in the morning is using this time to be undistracted and focus on my fitness. It is important to me and my health. I feel that by accomplishing this first, I have already hit one of the harder goals of the day and I am feeling accomplished even before the work day begins.

Before I go any further, let me state that I totally understand this doesn’t work for everyone. Maybe somebody doesn’t really care about fitness. Totally OK. Perhaps another prefers the afternoon for fitness or in the evening. Also a great approach. The point I am trying to make is that you have to do what’s best for you and the one thing I can tie it back to is that we all just have to be consistent in performing what we want at that specific time to build a routine.

That is the tricky part that I have been battling for some time. I lost my way somewhere in my early 30’s for a bit letting life take the wheel instead of me steering it in the direction I want to go. I get that life will pull us here and there, but it is up to us to course correct. It is an action that requires planning and a bit of willpower to truly see through. I acknowledge that things will happen and get in the way that may take priority over your routine. And again, that’s OK! It is a nice shake up and can help you to balance out these life dynamics along the way.

So as we begin 2018, let’s be careful not to set ourselves up for failure. New Year Resolutions are a bit bogus to begin with and you know this is the case when you see, say, gym memberships going in hard during the New Year. They know our failure rate is high meaning we’ll sign up, show up a few times, and then keep paying those membership fees without showing up. History repeats itself so break the cycle by first choosing something you can overcome and change. Once you see you have success here, it can empower you to slowly but surely change your habits and course correct yourself into a successful 2018.

So…what exactly are my plans for 2018? First, blog daily. Seriously, daily. I refuse to enter 2019 feeling like I barely made a dent in my ambition to put myself out here in the digital space. Next, I have a few companies/people I want to help and so I will make this the year I go out of my comfort zone where I may feel a little anxiety. That’s where “no pain, no gain” comes from. Meaning, for us to grow, being a bit uncomfortable is necessary and there is no…other…way…

Have any tips and tricks yourself? Sound off here (or Twitter; social media in general) and let me know your thoughts. Here’s to a kick ass 2018!