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Russell said DO YOU & Start Today

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on January 7, 2016 at 1:05 am

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There are only 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success as written by Russell Simmons and they are each substantial, however, if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book just yet, let me wet your appetite with a new law. Russell is all about team #DoYou, so take away as much empowerment as you need in:

Law #4:
Stop Frontin’ and Start Today

Execute knowledge whether or not you went to college.

“I’ve heard of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  But I’ve never heard of Someday.”
— Reverend Ike

Always start your day (and especially your year) off on a positive note. Affirmations are a great way to make sure you get it in. Perhaps saying one or two during your first face wash of the day is a great time to reaffirm. Yes! Affirmations are the foundation that you put on before applying any basic cosmetic foundation. Russell doesn’t seem like much of a Mary Kay man, but when he’s on television I’m sure he’s a willing participant of the magic of MAC make-up.  There’s nothing wrong with it and it actually provides an even color enhancement when filming the subject under keno (+/-) lights.  So let’s touch up the foundation that concerns our core. The core values are instrumental in character building. Russell said,
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"Follow Your Dharma

Stalling is only one of the conditions that keep people from Starting Today. Another is that many people are unsure of what path to start on. They may be ready and willing to put in the work, but they can’t see the jobs that are waiting for them out there. Power, once you embrace your Dharma (it’s a noun, not a verb), you’ll understand that there are actually many for you and all you’ll need to do is choose one and start.

Dharma has taken on many meanings over the centuries, including “work,”religion,” and “duty.” But for this chapter, I want to focus on a meaning it has taken on in yogic practice, which is “purpose in life.” Essentially, Dharma reveals that without exception God has blessed each of us with a variety of resources and ideas. That means yu and I and everyone we know has numerous talents waiting to be realized. Not everyone’s Dharma is the same, but it does exist in all of us. Maybe your Dharma is to run a television network. Or maybes’ to be an architect. Or perhaps it’s to be a poet. Any of them is possible. You just won’t know until you start doing the work.

That’s because God’s not going tho tell you, “You’re here to be an architect. Now go design some buildings.” Sorry, but it won’t be that easy. However, he (or she!) will show you the signs. You might start to notice that you are interested by the way buildings look, and then one day start to make sketches of ones you really like. And by starting that process, you’re already getting closer to your Dharma, because those sketches will lead you to art classes in high school. And the ability you show in art classes might result in college scholarship. And after tiny excel in college, you’ll get into architecture school. and before long, you’ll be creating buildings that make other people happy too. But it only happened because you started acting on that initial Dharma.

To me, that’s what a good life is all about: taking one of the skills God blessed you russell-simmons-on-dealswith and actually acting it out. Conversely when you don’t pursue your Dharma, it’s very easy to become stagnant and unhappy. That’s why you must understand that you do have a purpose, and if you’re reedit do the work, it’ll only be a matter of time before you realize it. You don’t even have to make the right decision about which job to start. Any decision is the right decision as long as you start working toward it today.

Now some of you might say, “Suppose I’m ready to start today but still can’t find my Dharma?” My reply is, stop looking for your Dharma and start listening to it. Just listen to that inner voice described earlier and pay attention to what it tells you. All you have to do is lie in bed, letting the ideas come into and go important than the others, really listen to it. Because that one is to do something about it right away. If you hear that idea and never act on it, you’ll become one of those stagnant, sick people. Remember, your purpose is to act on the resources God gives you. If God gives you a bucket of fish, you have to distribute those fish. If you don’t , they’re going to rot, attract a bunch of flies, and start stinking up your soul.

After you listen to your Dharma, don’t hesitate acting on it. A person who doesn’t understand Dharma might stall by saying, “Man, there’s no way I could do all of that,” or “That looks way too hard.” Not because the job is so hard, but because he’s afraid of doing the work. Yet the truth is that no job is so difficult that you can’t start working on it today.

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Life is at hand – SCHOOL or Get SCHOOLED.
If you need the green light – Russell said, “Do You!”

You’ve got to, lest you get lost in lifes shuffle.
People who don’t grasp their purpose are the ones who live in struggle.

Living on the edge and feeling in trouble. Life is truly fleeting fast.
Listen to your Dharma and stop making ill karma. Your future is not your past.

What is it that you want to do with your life? Who do you want to be?
I’m Qui
Happy in 2016 – Day 3, so DO YOU because I can’t resist DOING ME.

Ooo wee. Enjoy the journey.

DO YOU. Recap the laws review:

Law #1 See your vision and stick with it
Law #2 Always DO YOU
Law #3 Get Your Mind Right!

Russell said DO YOU

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on June 2, 2014 at 5:17 am

Russell Simmons DO YOU 2014

I’ve already finished the book, “DO YOU! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success,” it’s a great solo read, but in my effort to ‘grow along with you,’ I thought it would be cool if we at least got through the first three chapters together. If nothing less, to render us that, “book club” feel. No – I’m not Oprah, but I am moving into my OWN, so let’s get to it.

Execute knowledge whether or not you went to college.Recap:

Law #1 See your vision and stick with it
Law #2 Always DO YOU

Chapter 3 reads,

LAW #3:  GET YOUR MIND RIGHT!

All the things that truly matter — beauty, love,
creativity, joy, inner peace arise from the mind.

–EKHART TOLLE

Russell Simmons starts the intro of this chapter off by saying, “I don’t belong to any particular religion or sect. But I owe much of my success to finding time for prayer and meditation in my life.”

Page 69] IT SEEMS THAT W H E N E V E R we turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or pick up a magazine, we’re bombarded by the message that our life will improve once we get our bodyin shape. It’s a potent message, witnessed by the millions of people who get up every day and trudge off to the gym, hoping to find happiness through getting their abs flat, their chest bigger, or their butt tighter. And while ti’s fine to get your body in shape, I would suggest that it’s more helpful to get your mind toned first. Remember, your mind is your most powerful muscle. A six-pack on your stomach won’t really make ou happy unless you’re also keeping your mind in shape through prayer, reflection, and self-study. How you look on the outside doesn’t really matter if you don’t have your spiritual self in shape first.

One of the best ways to get your mind in shape is through the practice of meditation. while physical exercise makes you stronger by building things up– like muscle or stamina — the mental workout that you get through meditation makes you stronger by clearing things away. It clears away the distractions of the world and gives you the clarity to see and the focus to pursue the God-given visions that will be the foundation to your success. Building up your body or your bank account will bring you short-time happiness, but you can’t take those things with you on your journey through life. No matter how many weights you lift, eventually your bod will sag. No matter how much money you make, eventually it will lose it’s value and its appeal. But a clear and focused mind will last a lifetime. Getting your mind in shape is nothing less than the key to sustainable success in the world.

Page 72] H E A R I N G THE GOD INSIDE OF YOU
Before I embraced meditation, I used to have a hard time falling asleep because there was so much noise in my head. And by noise I’m not talking about car alarms, policed sirens, or the dog next door barking too loud. No physical noise was keeping me awake. Instead, it was my emotions that wouldn’t let me sleep. It was the noise bouncing around in my own mind that kept me from being at peace.

You might have experienced it yourself. Even though all you want to do is fall asleep, you can’t seem to turn off the conversation s taking place inside of your head. And to make it worse, it’s usually trivial stuff that’s keeping you awake. You’ll replay something someone said to you at work. You’ll worry about whether you locked your car door. You’ll worry about whether your gaining weight. I spent many nights lying awake like that, worrying and stressing over a million different things coming in and out of my mind. Was my new record going to sell? Did I get the right deal for one of my artists? Was that girl I’d been sweating ever going to call me? It was like there was a soundtrack playing in my brain tha tI couldn’t turn off. Those are common examples, but there are also bigger terms that we can use to describe noise. Doubt is noise. Criticism is noise. Insecurity is noise. The past is noise, just like the future is noise too. These are the sounds that slow us down.

Indeed, I eventually realized that all the noise in my head was doing more than just keeping me awake at night. More importantly, it was drawing out the most important voice any of us has, which is the voice of God inside us. The truth is, when you can’t hear God inside of you, you’re always going to struggle in life. there might be stretches when things are going good and you feel like you’re happy. But without that connection to your higher self, that happiness can’t last. Sooner or later that noise will creep back into your mind and you’ll be listening to the world, instead of the God in you.
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No LONG STORY SHORT, this book should be read in detail
Sometimes you have to DO YOU and shoot the rest to hell.

I mean it when I say, stay in concentrate and be strong,
the journey is not for the faint, and if you’re lucky – you’ll go long.

“Only the good die young” – Billy Joel said it in a song.
But I didn’t buy into the lyrics; ol’ Billy Joel is wrong.

Bound to the charge with skill, talent and integrity,
I’m Qui
Siding with Russell on this one. DO YOU and I’ll DO ME.

Russell said DO YOU

In Book, Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

Do youLaw #1 encouraged you to SEE YOUR VISION and STICK WITH IT. Law #1 begins with the words: “Never Change for the mainstream – stay in your lane, and if you’re talented  and resilient enough the mainstream will come to you.

Law #2:
ALWAYS DO YOU.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. — E. E. Cummings

Russell lays it out: “I’ve been credited deservedly or not, with several innovations in my career. But none have earned me as much respect (and created as many new opportunities) as my perceived ability to identify and build brands.  For over twenty years, I’ve been blessed with a reputation as a tastemaker, someone with a finger on the pulse of what’s cool in music, film, clothes, technology, and even politics. So how has an old bald guy like myself been able to maintain such a precarious perch in the hot-today-cold-tomorrow world of hip-hop? It’s simple.  I always try to follow the Law of Do You, which stresses staying true to who you are and what you like instead of following trends.

That’s something I learned growing up in the hip-hop nation, which has always put a priority on integrity and respecting what’s real.  Over the years, I’ve tried to apply this law to all my endeavors, making sure I only promote products that i believe in, rather than those that seem to have the most profit potential.  Adhering to this law is what has allowed the Def FJam and Phat Farm brands not only to survive in the ficklest of markets but actually to thrive ever year too.

Pursue and execute knowledge whether or not you went to college.

Out of all the laws in the book, this is the one I feel the most confident about, because I’ve seen it work so many times, not only for myself but for the people around me as well.  I’ve seen Kimora Lee find tremendous success with Baby Phat and her other endeavors by Doing Her.  If you choose something with Kimora’s name on it, whether it’s a pair of jeans or a TV show or a perfume, you know you’re going to get her fabulous attitude.  Even if the fashion gods announced tomorrow that fabulous was “out” and shabby was “in,” Kimora would still be fabulous.  She’s going to personify that attitude no matter what’s trendy at the moment.  So if that fabulous attitude is what you’re looking for,  you’ll always know that Baby Phat or Simmons Jewelry is where you can find it.  By always Doing You, Kimora has been able to build a strong, lasting brand.

But while there will be considerable discussion about business in this chapter, never forget that, like every law I promote, Do You really is a spiritual law.  When I talk about Doing Yo, I’m really just asking you to listen to that voice of God inside of you again.  Because without that voice, you’ll never be able to tap into the resources God has blessed you with.  Instead,  you’ll end up following the world, which will never be as rewarding as Doing You and following the path God has blessed you with. Instead, you’ll end up following the world, which will never be as rewarding as Doing You and following the path God has laid out for you.

So if it seems at times during this chapter I’m using material success to prove this law, keep in mind that the toys are just one of the many rewards you’ll receive from staying true to yourself.  Most importantly, you’ll get the happiness that comes from having a positive impact on the world while doing God’s work. From Gandhi to Bob Marley to Tupac, so many people throughout history have been able to change the world by Doing You.  Not even because they’re confident in their own ability, but because they have such a strong faith in the ability that God has put inside them.  They take the time to listen to that voice and have faith, you can use Law of Do You to take yourself to tremendous heights as well.”

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Happy Holidays dear readers, allow me to encourage you to
put on for no man and Always Do You.

The world is filled with too many mini me’s, similars and seems alike.
Come strong in who you are. Variety is the spice of life.
Don’t get caught up in the ‘we do it like this’-type trife.
Set out to be distinguished in your unique life stride.

Me? I’m well on my way – there is no other
that blogs and rants in griot chant
than me, the word loving mother.

My style of conversation is not popular and I am not up for change.
I’m Qui
Welcome to Qui Entertainment
where Doing You is everythang!