I came across this industry spotlight article I did some time ago and thought I would share. It gives some insight into what it's like to work in the Fashion industry. I'm very thankful for my time at Tillys. Working for a publicly owned big-box retailer is a unique experience and changes the overall approach to developing seasons and product based on a bigger scale and more eclectic demographic. It was fun, and also busy. I definitely learned a lot!
Had an absolute blast running the Silver Strand Half Marathon. The 13.1 mile scenic run was super flat and paralleled the beautiful ocean from Sunset Park in Coronado to the Imperial Beach Pier. The Hotel Del Coronado made a cameo on the initial opening leg of the run. It was amazing! I took a different approach to this race. I decided to train very slow and minimal. I monitored my heart and pace early on and finished strong by using the energy I conserved for the first 9k and hitting the gas pedal my last 4 miles. I kept a 9min pace for the first 10k, and pushed for a sub 7min pace for the remaining mileage. It proved effective. I could’ve edged a faster pace earlier on, but felt like I could’ve maintained that pace for much longer. Not bad for 4hrs of sleep! I'm looking forward to the Carlsbad marathon. This race proved to me that I'm conditioned both mentally and physically to handle a marathon and really go for it. It's crazy how maps are created in the brain. Once you complete one goal or distance, a map is created permanently and provides navigation towards the next goal. For this run, I knew I could complete the mileage and had done it many times before, so it felt like cruise control thanks to creating that map. I need a 26.2 mile map now to to continue the momentum. Overall, a fantastic experience. If I can impart any advice; TRAIN SLOW!
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I did it! I completed the SD Tri-Series! It was a huge accomplishment considering it was my first attempt at completing a race series, and well, being a triathlete hehe. I was really impressed with my overall time, hitting a new PR in each block. I was particularly impressed with my run time after biking 18miles. I can attribute that success to staying hydrated and also the Nike Zoom Vaprofly 4%. It's crazy what you can accomplish when establishing a goal. I put the right habits into place, locked in the patterns of success by modeling other triathletes and their training programs, and never gave up. I'm proud of myself! If you need help with establishing a workout routine that guides you to your first race. Feel free to hit me up! I have created a program that has me in the best physical and mental shape of my life. Onto IronMan!!! Onward!
HAD A BLAST FILMING REAL TALK SAN DIEGO AND TALKING ABOUT INCREASING YOUR PROPERTY VALUE BY MAKING YOUR HOME "SMARTER." SHOUT OUT TO RYAN TJ TUNER AND ELIJAH NICOLAS AND OF COURSE MEL. IT WAS A BLAST. CHECK OUT THE LIVE FEED BELOW IF YOU MISSED IT!
This was a race I was never supposed to be able to do. It was 3:45 am in the morning. Maybe the earliest I've ever gotten up for a race. Over the years I've adapted to a 5 am routine (Please Read 'The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod'), but this was new territory, and my body begrudgingly made it out of bed. My mind, however, was ahead of schedule as I had already doused my face in cold water and chugged down about 24 ounces of luke warm side table water. Side note, 3:45 am was initially my bed time in my previous life (and by previous, I mean before I had a life changing epiphany 3 years ago that eventually brought me to this race, and not to a Champagne brunch on a Sunday). I had "gone to bed" the night prior at 9:30 pm in hopes of salvaging 6 hours of sleep. And as tired as I was, all I could think about as I watched the hour's pass by was "...wow, I'm really about to do this.." and my stomach dropped as the scenarios ran feverishly through my mind like Friends re-runs on TBS.
“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” – Japanese Proverb
Although I had trained for a solid 12 weeks using a training regimen by the Elite Athlete and Triathlon Coach Phil Mosley, and had done ONE previous triathlon before this mind you that was only a sprint distance (0.5 mile swim / 12.4 mile bike / 3.1 mile run), there was part of me that held on to a little apprehension that I couldn't do it, but also, a bigger part of me that used that apprehension to fuel my desire to power forward.
How did I get here? If you are new to my site and to my story, in a nutshell, me doing a 70.3 triathlon is nothing short of a miracle. A little over 3 years ago to the day, I was flaring from severe Ulcerative Colitis (see pic below. My entire intestine was lined with ulcers that bled out). I was bed ridden and out of work for months at a time, depressed, and physically out of shape. I was mentally and spiritually in a stagnant state and craved a revival desperately. I felt doomed, condemned to this new life; a prisoner to my autoimmune disease. After leaving the hospital and prescribed handfuls of medication that I was told I would be taking for the rest of my life, I had a moment of clarity that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I made a declaration to change my life, for my family and for myself. I wouldn't let it be a crutch. They say your greatest pain can be your biggest launch pad...if you let it. That day I let it. I decided to turn my life around and start from scratch.
So how did I go from Bed Ridden to finishing 19th in my division in a 70.3 mile Half Iron Triathlon with only 3 months experience under my belt? (see below)
These 3 things:
1). Taking Action. “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.”
You, at any point of time in your life, can innovate yourself. It simply takes action. I remember fondly how badly I didn't want to be confined to my condo when I was sick years ago. So I put on a pair of air jordan's, and started to run. I ran as fast I could down the street until I could barely breathe. I made it about a mile and a half before I slowly walked back panting, which did mostly nothing but burn a few calories, but more importantly, it was my first initiative to get moving. from 2 days a week doing 1-2 miles at a time. To 3 times a week doing 2-3 miles at a time, I simply just made sure I took action towards a goal. My goal was to take steps to a healthier life. I was sick of being sick and running was the easiest and most logical way to start for me. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
2). Belief. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary
I think our biggest barrier in life is ourselves. I was a prisoner of this mentality throughout my 20's. I let bad habits, self-doubt, and fear paralyze any significant progress and potential that hid deep within me. I was forced to take action when I got sick, which led me to better habits. And once I made a routine of those better habits, I saw results. And the results created a pattern of belief. I noticed my mile time getting faster, and my breathing getting easier. I went days, weeks, months without alcohol/caffeine and junk food; quitting them altogether. They say it takes 21 days to establish a habit. I was well beyond that point. I started to believe in myself and there was no turning back! From running, I carried that confidence into weight training, reading books, whatever I could do to make myself better; I became a self-development junkie. It all started with belief!
3). Conviction. "It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." - Muhammad Ali
A conviction is a beautiful thing. Why? It overpowers a belief by linking emotional intensity to the idea. It will take you through obstacles. Belief makes you hungry. Conviction makes you ferocious. I can honestly say I woke up every day for the last 3 years with conviction because I was emotionally invested in keeping myself healthy for my wife and kids. I physically saw myself get healthier, more focused, more accomplished and activated towards my goals. It positively affected everything around me and changed my environment to support who I was becoming. Obstacles became easier because I knew the challenge would only fortify my character, so I took pride in facing them with conviction. It is an omnipotent feeling. Until this day I'm energized daily and it's because my beliefs have become so deeply rooted, they've woven into the fabric of my character, and have blossomed into deep convictions. And that inspires me and has slowly inspired others. What a blessing!
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." -Thomas Jefferson
These 3 things carried me across that finish-line on Sunday for the race I wasn't supposed to make. All I did was make a decision to take action, which created belief in myself and empowered my conviction towards my goals. I'm certain my doctors wouldn't believe me if I told them I completed this race with the shape I was in. Especially without any medication :). I was able to beat that too. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING separates you from accomplishing your own endeavors. Whatever they may be. Find what motivates you, what empowers you, and let it fuel you towards where you want to go. I decided 3 years ago that I didn't want to settle for ordinary anymore. I wanted extraordinary. I wasn't going to let my autoimmune disease defeat me. I was going to battle back! You see, we're built with the potential to do the extraordinary. We just tend to doubt ourselves and not take action and fail enough to learn or adapt, and try again, to build belief in ourselves and let conviction take it from there. From bed ridden, to unstoppable, skies the limit for me. On to the next...
I've been really inspired by Tony Robbins as of late, especially with pushing my boundaries and taking risks. He says you need 3 things to achieve anything you want. I thought I'd share. Here's the general consensus:
1). Zero in on precisely what you want to do. "Wherever your focus goes, your energy flows."
2). Take massive action. A lot of people dream big but never get started!
3). GRACE. Life is not about me; it's about we. Anytime you do something that is greater than yourself, you get a different level of insight. ... Life is really about creating meaning — and meaning doesn't come from what you get; it comes from what you give.
When I face daily challenges, I always remember these 3 Steps by Elliott Hulse to Create the Strongest Version of Myself. Here they are for you to inspire yourself as well!
1. Understand that purposeful adversity and suffering leads to greatness
Part of the human experience is pain. Don’t let anybody tell you differently. Anything that is worth doing in life will be challenging. Get up off your couch and take on a 10k or a triathlon, or even pick up a class or hit a book!
“When you participate in purposeful suffering, your happiness level actually rises.” – Joe De Sena
2. Realize that your past mistakes cannot dictate the quality of your future
Don’t let other people’s perception of you be the excuse that you use to avoid going for your dreams. Empower yourself to believe that you are capable of this as well and write yourself a permission slip! Past mistakes were made by an entirely different person. These mistakes were made by a person full of uncertainty, doubt, regret, and devoid of purposeful direction.
“The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence.” – Eric Thomas
3. Recognize that patience and persistence are the key ingredients to lasting success
Thanks to social media it is very easy to believe that success came overnight for so many of the flashy and beautiful individuals that you see on the Instagram recommend page. Nothing in life that is worthwhile comes easily. If you want to be successful you need to get out there, put yourself in positions where you push yourself to see the long term as opposed to the conflict in the moment. Success is persistence and patience. Challenges are an inevitable. “My obstacles don’t define me, my goals do.”
“You are not patient enough. Your lack of patience is killing you.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
Did a H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) run this 5A.M. Club morning - I highly suggest them if you want to work on overall endurance and tempo. Try a 35min run, with a 30-second sprint 4x's every 4-5minutes. Always warm up with a mile, and cool down with a mile using a pace that is very breathe-easy and mellow. Great way to start off a day! The sunrise was breathtaking. Truly a spiritual experience! Happy Tuesday! cc: Nike Run Club
I'll be posting a Motivation Monday video every Monday for a little inspiration and spark of motivation for your day. Why? Not out of righteousness, but experience. 3 years ago almost to the day, I was unhappy, out of shape and even worse; sick and succumbing to my autoimmune disease. Now I'm in the best mental, physical and spiritual shape of my life. It would be a travesty to not share my journey. Why Monday's? Because it is the hardest day out of the week by far to get motivated. Check out my facebook live below and add me on Facebook (click here)! I'll be going live every Monday and you can always check back here for updates. Have a great week and stay motivated!
Whether you would like to believe it or not, research has shown that hope and despair are self-fulfilling prophecies. "You are what you think" has never stood so true in life and has never been more important for your own mental well-being. Life is neither negative or positive, but simply your interpretation of it. Our minds are the coffee filter before the brew hits the pot. However, we cannot rely solely on our thoughts; we must translate them into words, then put them into action and manifest our own destinies, which is why choosing our words wisely and surrounding ourselves with those who cultivate a positive and enriching experience for us is incredibly important.
Thus affirmations are born. What are they? The word "affirmation" comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady, strengthen.” They are statements that verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions. They instantaneously empower us. They give us a deep sense of reassurance, and most importantly, they make our wishful words a reality. Affirmations help purify our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible.
Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.
The art of the spoken word is critical in crafting our futures. Being very spiritual, it is my firm belief that we influence the universe word by word. If we dictate to it our wishes, it will respond. When we utter a sound, we emit a sound wave into the universe. This sound wave pierces through the air and becomes a real object. It, therefore, exists in our world, intangible and invisible. No words are empty words, as every syllable we speak engages energy towards or against us. If you constantly say “I can’t,” the energy of your words will repel the universal force against you. But if you say “I can!” the universe will endow you with the abilities to do just that. So speak away; relinquish your fears and purge your anger, predict your own future and live up to your potential with the 12 affirmations that will change your life:
1.) I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
2.) Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
3.) My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
4.) I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.
5.) I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.
6.) I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
7.) A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.
8.) I am guided in my every step by Spirit who leads me towards what I must know and do.
9.) (If you’re married) My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day.
10.) I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
11.) (For business owners) My business is growing, expanding, and thriving.
12.) My life is just beginning.
Utilize these or create your own combination based on your own personal dreams, ambitions or desires. Don't be afraid to yell these out with conviction. Believe it! Conceive it! MAKE IT A GREAT DAY. LET'S GO
I'll never forget the day it happened. Almost 3 years ago to the day, feeling unaccomplished and generally stagnant in all aspects of my life, after trying to run in a pair of Air Jordans, I decided to buy new Nike running shoes, shorts, and a dri-fit tee and decided "I'm going to run today!" That's all it took. After a mile of sprinting, panting, and flailing my arms wildly to get as much "exercise" as I could...I walked back home, drenched in sweat, but proud that I made the effort. I never stopped after that point. I would play the song "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears each time I ran because it gave me goosebumps and became a spiritual experience for me...fast forward 3 years later, on my second half marathon and easily keeping a 7:41" pace, I thank God for the journey and where it has taken me...need tips on how to run? I can show you here. Excited for the next Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and proud of my bro Jared for being the ultimate wingman. Onward!
Know anyone who wants to buy or sell a home? Hit me up, or send them my way, and I’ll buy you a cup of coffee from Starbucks just for the referral or inquiry! Text, Email or DM and I'll send you a digital Starbucks gift card just for hitting me up. Life’s Good!
Have you ever thought about becoming a millionaire? Of course you have. Everyone has. It’s basically engrained in our DNA. I’m sure you’ve played Monopoly, daydreamed with friends what you would do if you won the lottery, or even schemed the “hard work will pay off later” route of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Business Insider thinks they can teach you how to become a millionaire through an infographic. Unfortunately, the title of the infographic is “9 Things to Do in Your 20s to Be a Millionaire by 30,” so if you’re already over 30, I hate to break it to you, but you’re basically screwed (kidding).
Becoming a millionaire only happens overnight if you were born into privilege or if you really did win the lottery. For everyone else it takes hard work, planning, making the right decisions, and probably a smidge of good luck.
This infographic offers tips from three people who have been there–who have paved their own paths to success. Grant Cardone is the owner of multiple businesses (Cardone Acquisitions, Cardone Enterprises, and The Cardone Group), as well as a motivational speaker and author. Daniel Ally was a self-made millionaire by age 24, and is now an international business expert, best-selling author, and keynote speaker. Tucker Hughes is a real estate expert who received his broker’s license at the age of 20 and is now the director at Hughes Marino.
The 9 tips to becoming a millionaire by 30:
- Focus on earning
- Save to invest, don’t save to save
- Ask for help
- Be decisive
- Don’t show off – show up
- Know when to take risks and act
- Go for $10 million, not $1 million
- Master soft skills and cooperate
- Invest in yourself
Crushed my first Triathlon, never participating before, and couldn't be more stoked! I had written down "Become a Triathlete" on my 2017 goals, with no time training on a bike or swimming under my belt, and simply put that goal into my subconscious and it manifested faster than I had imagined. Just a few months ago I could barely swim 4-5 laps without being exhausted, and my first experience with a road bike and cycling shoes, I fell over having difficulty clipping out of my cleats. I didn't let that hinder me, and I kept going. After placing 35th overall in my division (never thought I would be even close to that), I learned that we have a tendency of underestimating what we are capable of accomplishing. To simply "JUST DO IT", commit and believe in yourself, can yield such amazing results if you just focus on on your ultimate goal and never stop. Cheers to my first triathlete and excited for much more to come. Next off is another half marathon and then a half Iron Man. Next goal? Become a sponsored athlete. It's in my sight and I won't let down until it's accomplished. 3 years ago, I was suffering from severe ulcerative colitis flares, was overweight and could barely run a mile. Now, my UC is in remission and am in the best mental, physical and spiritual shape of my life. If I can do it, you can too! Onward!
"The most successful people, in the world, wake up some mornings with no clue 'what to do today'." - Grant Cardone
Had a blast filming Real Talk San Diego today with some amazing company and fellow Entrepreneurs SDSU hall of famer & NFL draft pick J.R. Tolver, Sabine Shapiro the barre boss & owner of The Dailey Method Carlsbad http://www.thedaileymethod.com/studios/carlsbad/ and of course the incomparable host Melissa Sofia 🙌🏼. Inspired! Grateful! Check out www.facebook.com/realtalksandiego for the live feed!