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July 18, 2023

Alright, let’s get real here. For those who’ve been following my journey on Instagram and other platforms, you know I’ve been wrestling with a bit of anxiety lately. It’s nothing new, just a pesky guest that pops up once every few years, maybe even a decade.
I didn’t get here overnight. I didn’t wake up one morning and think, “I fancy some anxiety today.” It’s a slow build, a gradual process that brought me to this place of discomfort. And even though I’d give anything to shake off this uneasy feeling, I remind myself that just as it didn’t arrive in a day, it ain’t gonna disappear overnight either.
This is where our mental practices come in. Can we sit with the discomfort when it shows up? ‘Cause let me tell you, it’s gonna show up. We all have our battles to fight, our struggles to overcome. None of us are alone in this. What we’ve got to remember is that our troubles ain’t booking a one-way ticket out of our lives tomorrow.
Our minds and bodies aren’t like dealing with the common cold, where some rest and a vitamin boost have us back on our feet the next day. There’s a delay to this process. The actual anxious situation isn’t what triggers my anxiety, but it’s the aftermath, the comedown that gets me. It could even be the aftershock of stress piled up over years. Who knows?
The point is, it’s a process. The mental wellness practices we uphold – be it meditation, journaling, or anything else, they’re not one-and-done solutions. They’re like training for a marathon or nailing a basketball shot. It takes consistent effort over time.
So here’s the challenge: Can you sit with the discomfort? Can you miss that basketball shot over and over again, fumble your jiu-jitsu moves, botch your video edits, or even just feel out of sorts, but still show up? Still do the work? Can you keep going, keep pushing, so that one day, you can look back and say, “This too has passed?”
‘Cause that’s what the real winners do. They put in the work, even when it’s uncomfortable. They keep at it, knowing that the discomfort today is just paving the way for triumph tomorrow.

July 10, 2023

My grandpa, my “Zedi”. Dude had a signature move whenever someone hit him up with a “how you doing?” His reply? “I’m good. Nothing to complain about. Nobody cares.” Zedi’s no-nonsense response stuck with me, and now I’m passing the baton.

Let’s face it, most people don’t have time to sit around listening to a complaint fest. You yourselves probably tune out when someone else starts moaning. So here’s the deal: we’ve got the power to decide how we react, and we can choose to skip the whine session.

Don’t get me wrong here, I am not. saying bottle it up when you’re stuck in a bind. If you need a hand, holler. Strategizing, making tweaks, getting feedback – all of that’s solid gold. That ain’t complaining. That’s just playing smart and figuring stuff out.

But, let’s be real, we all know what whining looks like. It’s those pesky, negative thoughts that sneak in when we’re zoned out, just cruising down the highway or chilling at home. If we let them run wild, they’re nothing but trouble, nibbling away at our sanity, squashing our mojo, and turning our vibe into a bad B-movie.

Here’s the truth bomb: you aren’t ever gonna find a winner who’s also a constant whiner. Those two don’t mix. So, it’s time we ditched the whining and started grinding.

Starting today, let’s get on the Zedi train, quit the complaints, and focus on the good stuff. Now that’s a winning strategy.

July 3, 2023

In this podcast episode, I’m driving home the point that training your mind is as essential as brushing your teeth. We all know how life throws curveballs, especially when we start getting a taste of success. To be ready for anything, I share my morning routine, which includes meditation, breath work, prayer, and cold showers – stuff that gets my mind primed for the day.

Just like ignoring dental hygiene can lead to a mouthful of problems, ignoring mental training can land us in a tough spot. So I hammer home the idea that we have to keep at this mental workout routine no matter what – whether it’s a sunny day, a rough day, or even while you’re on vacation. Remember, our mind’s like a muscle; it needs regular exercise to stay strong.

June 12, 2023

Waiting for perfection or the perfect moment will only lead to inaction and missed opportunities. True greatness and epic moments are born out of imperfection, struggle, and taking action. Think of the best comebacks in sports or the most legendary game-winning shots. They were made possible by facing failure, trying, attempting, and not waiting for the perfect circumstances. If you want to live a fulfilling life, it’s time to stop waiting and start doing.

Perfection and epicness are not found in waiting; they are created through action. Embrace the fact that things won’t be perfect, and that’s okay. Take that first step, then another, and keep moving forward. Epic moments come to those who enter the arena, ready to give their all, with faces marred by blood, sweat, and tears. It’s through doing, trying, and attempting that you find perfection in your own way. I can’t promise you’ll be the next Michael Jordan, but I can assure you that by discovering your passion, finding your power, and embracing your purpose, you’ll unlock a life filled with meaning and fulfillment.

Don’t wait for perfection or the right moment to come. Just do something, take that first step, and keep going. Embrace imperfection and let it be the catalyst for your journey towards epicness. Discover what drives you, tap into your power, and unleash your purpose upon the world. Remember, true fulfillment is found through action, not waiting. So, go out there and live the life you want to live. Discover your passion, find your power, and let your purpose shine.

June 5, 2023

In a recent conversation with my friend Ryan Harris, a Super Bowl champion and former NFL player, something he said resonated deeply with me. We were discussing basketball and the expectations we have for ourselves and others. Ryan dropped some wisdom that left me inspired. He said, “Boys, expectations are a form of belief.” Those words hit me like fire. It made me realize the significance of setting high expectations for ourselves and how they shape our belief in what we can achieve.

Imagine if we didn’t have any expectations for ourselves or others. What would that mean? As a father, if I didn’t expect my kids to put in the effort, work hard, and do the little things that lead to success in basketball, it would mean I didn’t believe in them. The same principle applies to our own lives. We must start expecting greatness from ourselves. When we set expectations, we declare our belief in our ability to perform at our best, take action, and accomplish the little tasks that lead to significant achievements. Expectations form our beliefs, and we can bring our goals and dreams into existence with belief.

Start expecting great things from yourself. Believe in your potential and set high expectations for your actions, habits, and achievements. Whether getting up early, investing in personal growth, saving money, or pursuing your passions, let your expectations drive you toward becoming a true badass. Expectations can shape our belief in what is possible and propel us toward success. So, discover your passion, find your power, and let your expectations guide you toward greatness.

May 30, 2023

Sharing good news with the wrong people can sometimes lead to disappointment or even exploitation. It’s crucial to be mindful of who we confide in when it comes to our accomplishments. This episode explores the importance of selecting the right people to share our success with and how it can impact our well-being.

Genuine support means having friends who celebrate our victories without expecting anything in return. Unfortunately, finding such individuals can be challenging in today’s world. Some may pretend to be happy for us but harbor hidden agendas or envy. By keeping our inner circle small and trustworthy, we create a safe space to celebrate our achievements without fear of exploitation. We also emphasize the importance of focusing on our passions and purpose, as it helps us align ourselves with those who genuinely support us. When we choose the right people to share our success with, we can confidently navigate the journey to greatness and protect our well-being along the way.

Choosing the right people to share our success with is a significant decision that can impact our happiness and growth. Surrounding ourselves with genuine supporters who celebrate our accomplishments without hidden motives is key. By being mindful of who we confide in and focusing on our passions and purpose, we can create a supportive environment that safeguards our well-being and nurtures our journey towards success. Join us in this episode as we delve deeper into the importance of selecting the right people to share your success with.

May 22, 2023

Welcome back to this week’s episode.  Last week of How to be a badass financially. Today we’re going to talk about the last piece of truly becoming a financial badass. But first, let’s remember why we’re doing this. We’re not doing this to be rich. If it brings you riches, then great. But it’s all about what you want. If this isn’t for you, don’t worry about it.

So, what’s the last piece? It’s detaching your dollar from your hour. You need to acquire assets that pay you even when you’re not working. This is what we call “mailbox money.” But how do you do this? Well, you need to acquire assets. There are a couple of books out there that can help, like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” This book changed my life and taught me how to acquire assets, how to spend money skillfully, and how to separate my dollar from my hour.

When money is coming in, even when you’re not working, you get to do what you really love, what fills you up with purpose, and what gives you energy. You get to set your whole life based on what you want.

So, there you have it – acquire assets, detach your dollar from your hour, and be a financial badass. Remember, if you find this helpful, share it with a friend.

May 15, 2023

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Welcome back to the podcast, we are continuing with How to Be a Badass. Today we’re continuing our journey toward financial badassery. So, what’s the next step? It’s simple: save money. Why do we want to do this? So our lives aren’t controlled by the man – our boss, the government, the bank, and so on. We want to have the freedom to spend our time doing what brings us joy, happiness, and fulfillment.

To achieve this, we need to save money. Aim to save 3 to 6 months’ worth of bills. How do you do this? It’s just like getting out of debt – you save it. Don’t accumulate debt again just because you got out of debt before. We’re trying to be badasses and live with purpose here.

If you’re already debt-free and aware of where your money is going, then you need to figure out how to save. Cut out the unnecessary things in your life that give you a quick dopamine spike but don’t add any real value to your life. Save money so you can be financially free, live a life of purpose, and be happier.

I’m no financial expert, but these are the basics. The most important thing is to remember why we’re doing this – to have control over our lives and live with purpose. So, let’s keep saving and working towards our financial badassery!

May 8, 2023

Welcome back, where we’re talking about how to be a badass.  We are continuing with being a financial badass. Why am I talking about this? Because everyone wants to know how to be a badass and live a good life. And part of that is financial freedom. Last week we talked about tracking your income and expenses, and now we’re moving on to the next step: getting out of debt.

Bad debt is any debt that’s accumulating interest over 5%. So, focus on paying off that bad debt and stop spending money on things you don’t need. You can’t save money while carrying debt because the interest on your debt is greater than the interest on your savings.

To become a financial badass, you need to shift your mindset and prioritize what you actually need in life, rather than just spending money on what you want. So, get out of debt, stop spending on unnecessary things, and start discovering your passion, finding your power, and giving your purpose to the world.

Remember, being a financial badass isn’t about being rich; it’s about being in control of your finances and making smart decisions. So, let’s work towards being debt-free and living our best lives.

May 1, 2023

Welcome back to my podcast! Today we’re talking about how to become a financial badass. We’ve already covered the physical stuff, so now it’s time to talk about your money. You can’t be a real badass if you’re stuck in a job you hate and can’t take a break from it when you need it. I’m not saying you should quit your job tomorrow, but you gotta start working towards being a financial badass.

So, the first step is to figure out where you’re at financially. How much money are you making, and how much is going out every month? Are you spending more than you’re making? Are you barely breaking even? Or are you actually saving money? You gotta know this stuff before you can make any changes.

The best way to do this is to make a spreadsheet of your finances. Just list out all your income and expenses for three months. And I mean everything, every penny that comes in and goes out. Don’t judge yourself or stop doing anything; just track it.

Once you’ve got that info, you can figure out where you need to make changes. Maybe you need to cut back on eating out or find a way to make more money. Whatever it is, you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on and how you can improve.

Remember, being rich and being a financial badass aren’t the same thing. It’s not about how much money you have; it’s about being in control of your finances and making smart decisions. So, start by tracking your income and expenses, and we’ll talk about more ways to become a financial badass in future episodes.