THE NEXT UP
Last week, I posted on my Facebook status, "have you ever loved something and hated it at the sometime?" This is a serious true question for anyone trying to jumpstart there career professionally and struggle with trying to succeed... Trails of an entrepreneur!
When I wrote that status, it truly came from a frustrated place. i love everything about design, fashion, style, creativity, and how things are beautifully put together. But I love it so much that sometimes I can't see past it, it's addictive, repulsive, and one can easily get lost in the vibe of creation. When it happens, it effects reality, your livelihood, your responsibilities, your life....this shit take over me...
when I return to reality, I have to deal with the realities of life. My mind battles with what I really what with my life, my career vs. having so much more with a true 9 to 5. When your entrepreneur, time is money, which eventually leads to freedom to make your own rules, your own opportunities. 9 to 5, your alittle more secure, but your disposable, however, you don't have to work as hard. I'm mentality , sitting the middle of both circumstances trying to decide what is more important to me and my family.....I want more stability and consistency, but I also want my freedom to create, to have my own, and answer to no one....I often wonder way does anyone want this kind of entrepreneurship life. It's a struggle they only those Who deal with that on a regular basis would know. There's so much risk taking involved, so much negativity before positive results..but at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, is this all worth it!'? The pain, the lows the highs, inconsistencies, the freedom to be, following your passion, is it all worth it? Sometimes I feel like a failure, some days I leer as if there is nothing else I wonder rather do with my life. .... All I'm left with is to follow my heart. God gave me the gift and talent of creation, and universe makes the opportunities...
OK, so let me start off saying, that this blog was intentional used for style tips, trends, foodies, what poppin' in the streets and blah blah blah... I quickly realize that cool and all,..but I thought about how I could utilized this platform to tell my story... How I can share my interest and thoughts to inspire others. After all, that what Soulsimplicity was based upon; to inspire others with your gift(s). Everything I do, I try to do it with a purpose with some finesse...so if it looks goods, it appeals,.. If it appeals then it has your attention, if it has your attention then you'll pay attention and want more of it! Any you can all this entry, and from here on out... A reboot. I want people to get to know who I am, and my reasoning for what I do... And helpfully I can inspire them!
So with all that being said, I wanted to share my personal plans and ambitions for the remaining of 2016. This year has flown by. It's already August. It feels like I just picked up my daughter from her last day off school yesterday. Now, she's starting her second week of school for the new year. However, that doesn't mean I can't plan to execute some goals and interest I had in mind before the end of the year and have a fresh start for the new year:
1. Travel, travel, travel! This has been a hectic year! Most of you probably feel the same. As it gets close to the holidays, I want to invest some time getting to for a mental reboot. I want to relax and clear my mind for creative thinking and take off some stress. The great thing about these times is traveling has never been easier. There are several avenues in taking into planning a trip. Living social and groupon provide some great travel options and affordable destination rates. You can even get your passport a lot faster these days, if you do t have one. The only difficulty is having the time! ...And sometimes the money... However, I've learned to plan ahead. Before this year is out, I plan on taking a small trip not quite sure but I want to do something epic... In fact when I'm done with this entry, I'm going to jump on living social and groupon!
.2. Invest in myself. When I say invest in myself, I mean taking a personal look at my life and making some personal changes. Better exercising, eating better, reading positive and informative content, being more aware of my surroundings. The better I feel about myself the more I can be efficient to someone else. How can I become a better father, better husband, better at business, and more creative if I don't invest in myself. This may seem simple enough but some people forget to get to invest in themselves. People sometimes get so caught up in their daily lives, and there constant daily routine they forget to invest in themselves. I'm a try to remember this and to be consistent with trying to invest and make a better me.
3. Create my opportunities and wealth. Soulsimplicity is my brand and apparel company. But I am always trying to find ways to either make it better or two possibly create something new to generate my own wealth and opportunities. Over the years, I flirted that people are not going to give you anything unless you work hard for it or to show that you're deserving. One of the main reasons I wanted to start my own company and business is because I didn't want to have to rely or depend on anyone. I've always had a problem of people trying to control my destiny. So I will continue to generate and create my own opportunities when I see fit to take advantage of that of an opportunity.
So those are three things that I had in mind that I planned solely for the remainder of the year. One thing I've also learned, is no matter how much you plan, there needs to be some discipline and consistency to make anything work. That's just the way it is…
The Atlanta-based company behind the Super Soaker water gun and Nerf toy guns has been awarded nearly $73 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc., according to the law firm King & Spalding.
Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson have been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro since February, when the company filed a claim against the giant toy company. According to King & Spalding, which along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnson, Hasbro underpaid royalties for the Nerf line toys from 2007 to 2012.
“In the arbitration we got everything we asked for,” said Atlanta attorney Leigh Baier. “The arbitrator ruled totally in Lonnie’s favor.” The attorney also said Johnson “is very pleased” with the outcome.
Johnson could not be reached for comment Wednesday, nor could Pawtucket, RI.-based Hasbro.
The arbitration agreement resolves a 2001 inventors dispute in which Hasbro agreed to pay Johnson royalties for products covered by his Nerf line of toys, specifically the N-Strike and Dart Tag brands, King & Spalding attorney Ben Easterlin said.
In a separate breach of contract suit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta in February, Johnson accuses Hasbro of violating a 1996 agreement to pay him Super Soaker royalties of 2 percent for “three-dimensional products” based on the appearance of the toy and 1 percent for “two-dimensional visual representations.”
The suit says Hasbro sold water guns that were “visually similar and based upon the appearance of Super Soaker water guns that incorporate Johnson’s technology.” Johnson also wanted the court to force Hasbro to open its books to determine sales of Super Soaker products from 2006 to 2012.
Johnson, a nuclear engineer, Tuskegee University Ph.D. and former NASA scientist, founded his company in 1989. It was the same year he first licensed the Super Soaker, which generated more than $200 million in retail sales two years later, the company said. The toy was licensed to Larami Corp., which was later purchased by Hasbro.
Johnson holds more than 80 patents, with more than 20 pending, the company said, which said sales of the Super Soaker have approached nearly $1 billion.
As an Alabama high school senior, Johnson finished building a remote-controlled robot with a reel-to-reel tape player for a brain and jukebox solenoids controlling its pneumatic limbs, according to a 2008 profile in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
After graduating from Tuskegee he joined the Air Force, worked at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Sandia, worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Mars Observer project, among others. He also helped design the Cassini robot probe that flew 740 million miles to Saturn
He moved to Atlanta in 1990 before his Super Soaker invention made him wealthy. His inventions have included rechargeable battery technology and thermodynamic energy conversion technology.
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I not a big fan of the clothing of Kanyes, but these sneakers are bomb...get the first look from Adidas below...
In order to stay relevant, you have to learn how to stay with the current times and styles. I come from a generation where hip hop didn't except singing and rapping, but now times have certainly changed. Even when times change, you may not like it, but you have to learn to accept it. And when you do, make it your own! That's what Soulsimplicity's upcoming "Forever fresh" collection is about...constantly reinventing and keeping your integrity. If Soulsimplicity brand were to get "high" this collection would be outcome! Can't wait for you to see it!
Sitting at my computer working on Forever Fresh collection and I hear one of my favorite joints by Eric Roberson! Thought I share! enjoy!