New Pants

I recently picked up a new pair of pants. Nothing fancy.

Fine linen from H&M.

I hate wearing shorts when I’m not training or in the gym.

So I opt to wear jeans in the summer.

Black jeans are my go to. But too hot for my state.

Switched to gray pants.

Mildly cooler but still hot.

Found linen pants for sale on the discount rack. Bought them and was hesitant at first.

Wore them today and dayum.

Get some linen pants for the summertime G’s.

Well worth the purchase.

Life Gets Harder, Yet Easier

The more your progress in life, the easier things become.

The more you progress in life, the harder those same things become.

It’s very easy to practice a craft or skill millions of time a year. Soon, that same craft will become second nature to you.

However, it is so much harder to progress that craft into a skill and take it to the next level.

Life gets easier as your progress but things get a lot harder.

Reply and share this post if you agree.

Thanks,

AOG

The King.

Working to live a great life

A higher life

A life worth living

A life filled with beautiful cars

Beautiful women

Beautiful destination

Warm weather

Sunny days

And no dismay

Made my family proud

Now it time to make the world proud

A 23 year old King

Preparing for the world to see

Me.

A true King.

The realest King.

Aaron OG

IG:aaronogundipe

weightlifting IG: aaron93kg

Learn to Be Independent

Learn to be independent.

It’ll save you in the long run.

When you are forced to make decisions on your own it forces you to grow. It is scary but it makes us whole.

In a short span of time, practicing independence will make you grow out of your comfort zone, make you smarter, stronger and powerful.

Especially for men. Gain your independence as quick as possible. You will thank me.

Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

 

I’ve been labeled compulsive, a work addict, obsessive, out of balance and impossible to work with. People have told me I’m unreasonably demanding and have unrealistic expectations for myself and others. Solutions have been proposed to “cure” me of this problem. Doctors throw labels at me  like ADD, ADHD, OCD and more. Friends and family have asked me to chill out, relax, calm down, take it easy.

The problem I discovered is not with me, but them. What is killing America is the disorder of being obsessively-compulsively average.

Even if I have ADD or ADHD, this isn’t a “disease” that is abnormal, nor is it something that requires medication. As kids, we all are obsessive. It’s only when society teaches us to tone it down that we give up on the things we crave. My success started when I gave myself permission to fully own my obsession and harness it for good.

Denying my obsession nearly killed me when I was a young man, trading in my dreams of being super successful for a daily drug habit. I spent a month at a treatment center. When I was leaving the counselor told me, “You have an addictive personality. You have a disease you can never recover from. You have no control over your disease or your life, and the chances of you never using drugs again are next to nothing.”

While the treatment center gave me the opportunity to get off drugs, it didn’t fully rehabilitate me or address the reasons I started drugs in the first place. I left the place fragile and broken, just as I had come in. Since I was no longer under the influence of drugs, my uncertainty about life and my abilities were heightened, but I understood that denying my obsession caused my problems because drugs became an alternative.

It was then I commited to using my “addictive personality” for success. Thirty-plus 30 years, five companies and hundreds of millions of dollars later, I can attest that you must embrace your obsessions to be a great entrepreneur.

Here are two tips I want to pass along today:

1. Stop blaming others.

In the late 1990s, it became popular to explore your to figure out the cause of your problems. A huge industry had grown around the idea that your parents gave you either too little attention or too much. The focus became your so-called dysfunctional family and your eternal search for your “inner child.” People were constantly talking about how broken they were and how their parents had messed them up.

Everything was labeled an addiction and a disease: work, sex, love, pets, drugs — there was even “addiction to addicts.” Since I have always been interested in improving myself, for some time I went to group meetings and looked for counselors who could help me find the root cause of my “problems.” This industry, regardless of your label, teaches that you are powerless and you were destined to never get over it.

This is a myth. Assigning blame to parents and factors outside your “control” and being focused on how broken you are will never improve your life. Stop blaming and making excuses for your life.

2. You have control.

When I started to turn my life around, I was surrounded by what seemed to be the whole world telling me I was powerless because I was an addict. People told me my obsessive nature was part of my genetics. If it’s part of my DNA, then what can I do? Luckily, this is false. Everyone has the ability to control things in their life.

My friend, Gary Vaynerchuk, says entrepreneurs are born, not made—as if to be a great entrepreneur you have to have the right DNA. I completely disagree with this. Being a great entrepreneur is about giving yourself permission to be obsessed, something that every child has but is squashed by well-meaning but misinformed teachers and parents. I have control, and you can too. Choose to be addicted to success.

Realize that you have control in life, stop blaming others, and simply give yourself permission to become obsessed with the right things in life. Every great entrepreneur is an addict—and this isn’t a bad thing at all. People turn to destructive addictions when they give up on their hopes and dreams of being super successful.

If you have been labeled or drugged or are addicted to the wrong kind of obsessions, I recommend checking out my new book Be Obsessed or Be Average and get addicted to success! I will be donating 100 percent of my author’s proceeds to two non-profit charities that empower youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. Pre-order here.

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Source: Entrepreneur.com

Curation Is The Next Wave Of The Future

Being a a creative entrepreneur, it is hard to always hard to create something new. You almost feel that after a launching new business venture you’re already thinking of and ready for the next. Well in this case you are and it may be the thing of the future..A Curated Business.

Have you ever been on sites like YouTube and Vimeo trying to find the best videos to watch. Ones that inspire and uplift you, or its was the best cat video you’ve seen that you haven’t seen 1,000 times on Facebook. That’s the future that YouTube is headed in. So one channel showcasing your favorite YouTube videos all in one place. No need to search for new channels, no need for racking up countless subscriptions. You’ll have one subscription and you will find everything you want. It’ll be the Netflix of YouTube.

This concept of curation also fits prfectly with business. Not every business need to chaneg the world. It can mearly be a simple improvement to an alreay existing roduct and just makes it more valuable to it consumers. This include follwoing the paths of others that have done that. Thi sha been done by the likes of magaznes, TV shows, libraries, but not in YouTube, talk less the online video space. The inly that comes close is Netflix.

A Forbes article on this concept:

YouTube has a big problem. It simply has too much video.

Until 2011, YouTube was a massive stew of how-to videos, squirrels on skateboards, and some wildly popular but relatively underground self-made video entrepreneurs.

What wasn’t widely reported was that the volume of video being uploaded to YouTube was growing tremendously. In June of 2007, users were uploading 6 hours of video every minute. Then, two years later, it was 15 hours every minute.

By 2012, it had grown to 72 hours of video per minute, representing a more than tenfold increase in the past five years. Today more video is uploaded to YouTube in a day than all 3 major US networks broadcast in the last 3 years. This turns out to be both a blessing and a curse.  YouTube is the worlds largest repository of video – but finding a video in that massive content collection has become remarkably difficult.

So – quietly, YouTube has embarked on a mission to evolve beyond its history of clips and clicks into a full fledged channel. Actually, a channel of channels.

To do this, they’ve made one big public bet – and launched a super-secret project at the same time.

It’s easy to forget there was a world before YouTube. A world where video was hard to find, hard to share, and impossible to publish, unless of course you were a huge television studio.

But, happily – those days are long gone.

Today, rarely a day goes by when a political candidate isn’t dealing with the fallout of a YouTube gaffe, or a foreign government isn’t blaming YouTube for some sort of insult or injury.

You’d hardly know YouTube is at the center of a firestorm when you enter the large, airy lobby in San Bruno. Sure, the front door is locked – presumably security after the worldwide protests from the Innocents of Muslims film trailer – but other than that it’s serene.

The photos of “our founders” Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, are prominently featured in the lobby. Ironic? That’s up to you. And humming through the building – an army of video reviewers, engineers, and project managers happy to continue to foster the growth of a service that is roiling governments, movie studios, publishers, and Madison Avenue.

The new video royalty is a growing community of “YouTubers” who are creating videos that connect with a new web-connected video audience.

Simply put, this former headquarters of The GAP is now ground zero for the future of what used to be known as  ‘television’.

Two YouTubes Emerge…

The new YouTube is in many ways the new Hollywood. ‘YouTube Originals’ is now a 300 million dollar bet,  partnering with the best known content creators, celebrities, and YouTube channel stars to fund and produce video channels.  Now, a year later – the first hundred channels have been launched from partners including; The Onion, Bonnaroo, NewsCorp’s Wigs Channel, and Motor Trend.

The top 20 of these big sexy titles are now drawing over a million views a week.

The channels that are succeeding are however, not particularly highbrow.  Scantily clad women, hot cars, music, cartoons.  Much like cable TV itself, mass audience fare with a special focus on young men.

But YouTube has also been secretly looking down the road to a world of millions of clips in high quality collections of deep, rich content. To manage it all, YouTube is quickly evolving from a creator to a curator of content.

Which is why Dror Shimshowitz is spending all his waking hours trying to figure out how to attract a whole new kind of user to YouTube. Shimshowitz leads a team of product managers, building out YouTube’s Curation roadmap. As he explains it, curation has the potential to be the secret sauce for YouTube 2.0.

“YouTube used to be all about uploading content, but now, going forward, a YouTube channel – you’ll have a hard time discerning content that was uploaded by the channel and content that was curated from other sources.  At the end of the day – I don’t think the viewer really cares.“

But how does YouTube go from upload center to the engine that powers the video-curated web?  For that, Dror looked to today’s TV formats for a clue.  And what he found may surprise you.

“If you think about TV shows like ESPN Sportscenter, that’s essentially what these formats are. Clip shows. They have some hosts, talk for a few minutes and then they go to some content that they didn’t create but are pulling from other sources. Now we’re making that format available on YouTube. Anyone can use the giant library of video content and start to create these hosted Programs.”

YouTube wants to turn audience members into creators of curated TV programs. Sports, Music, Entertainment. In fact YouTube has discovered thatmakers of content aren’t necessarily the best curators of content. Makers tend to gather up their own content, while pure curators will explore the wide expanses of YouTube – and curate content.

And just what does this new breed of YouTube Curator look like? Maybe someone like you.

Shiva Rajaraman is a first-generation American, born in Chennai, India.  The product of UC Berkley and Wharton, a lover of both stories and technology – he found himself inexorably drawn to the world-changing power and impact of YouTube. Today, with a warm smile and crisp eye for details – he is the Director of Product Management at YouTube.

“My Dad, who’s in his mid 60′s, he grew up in this tiny town in India, almost like a village. He hadn’t been there for ten years and he was about to go back.  My mom had been sick, so they hadn’t been able to travel. He just wanted to see how things had changed” explains Rajaraman.

“Someone had posted a number of YouTube videos, they’d walked through his old town, year after year, and there’d been all this change.  Each one of those videos had maybe 10 views.  But he found them on YouTube and has this whole flashback to his early days and starts sharing them with everyone he knows.  Every social network he uses.  He signs up to social networks just to share these videos.  That was the moment I was like ‘this actually has an impact on people in small places and plays a role in documenting history.”

It’s also the moment that his Dad became a curator of videos about Thiruvarur on YouTube.

So – it seems like a Curated YouTube is on the way, and the reason is pretty interesting.  Web video is moving from the desktop to the flatscreen. And the TV viewer has a very different expectation of how video behaves.

“If you think about what you do when you come home at the end of the day and turn on the TV, you don’t go searching for programs” says Shimshowitz.  “You pull up your DVR – where you have 10 / 20 shows recorded and put one of them on.  Or you go to your favorite station where you already know it’s channel 264 or your bookmarked channels on your set top box. That’s how easy we want YouTube to work.”

Curation is a meaningful shift for the YouTube team, having spent the past 7 years making themselves the world’s biggest repository of video content. But with TV sets on the horizon, there’s a curate or be curated wind blowing at YouTube.

“A curator is the best one to tell a ‘meme’ story, because all that content comes from hundreds if not thousands of creators” says Rajaraman of videos like the Rebecca Black meme.  That right now is an element of YouTube that we’re focused on.”

And focus they must, because as web video shifts to the living room, viewers watching programs or channels, is much better than clips.

Curation, as Rajaraman sees it: “having users curate content in channels is one of the best ways to get people watching more YouTube on TV.”

Already – with the Channelization project just beginning at YouTube, the numbers are massive. The web metrics company ComScore reports that YouTube served videos to more than 143 million unique viewers in July of 2012 and had more than 1.8 billion viewing sessions. The average viewer spent 282.7 minutes– or more than 4 1/2 hours–watching YouTube videos during the month.  YouTube ‘views’ could be on their site, or on one of the hundreds of thousands of sites that ‘embed’ YouTube players. In the world, it hardly matters.

As Dror Shimshowitz explains, “Our business model is the same no matter where the video is played. Our perspective on YouTube is we want to be on as many video screens around the world as possible”.

What accounts for the growth? It turns out it’s no single thing. First, the company increased video lengths, then raised file size limits, but most importantly the growth of mobile phones and tablets as both content creation and consumption devices have driven usage through the roof.

The result is what Dror modestly calls: “the first truly global video network in the world.”  And he’s right.

70% of YouTube’s 800M monthly viewers are from outside of the U.S.  And a stunning quarter of all views are from mobile devices. Just to put all this in perspective,  In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views — that’s almost 140 views for every person on earth.

As Chris Anderson, the Curator of the TED Conferences, wrote recently: video has the ability to accelerate knowledge. And already YouTube has changed the world in ways large and small. It’s turned far away places into digital neighbors.  It’s given us to tools to share personal stories. It’s helped shine a bright light on bullies and gay-bashers. It’s given individual educators like Sal Khan the platform to build an educational community. Almost everywhere you look, in the arts,  science, politics, justice, music and entertainment, the modest video web sharing site that Chad Hurley and Steve Chen began in 2005 has shaped how we tell stories,  and how we see and hear each other.

Now YouTube is embracing the next phase of video. It’s called curation. A uniquely human activity that brings together often-diverse things, creates new experiences, and makes content contextual.

Curators are sometimes creators, but often not. The skills are related, but different. And if YouTube gets it right, the job of video curator could truly be a whole new job that turns the noisy YouTube video fire hose into an elegant and accessible video gallery. One built and organized just for you.

Source: Forbes m