You are the captain

Imagine your life works like a ship.
That ship needs a captain.
But who is it?

You should be the person at the wheel.
Imagine what would happen if you let a passenger take the wheel?!
Would he even know how to steer? Where the ship is going?
Your ship would be damned to sink. There wouldn’t be any chance to save it.

But you, as the captain of this ship, would intervene before it’d be too late.
You are the only person that knows how your ship works.
That knows where your destination is.

Now ask yourself: “Who is steering my life right now?”
Are you, as the captain, still at the wheel?
Or did a passenger take it a long time ago?
If so, you should act before it’s too late.

How long have other people been steering your ship?
Are you still on course?
Are you still responsible for it?
Is it still your ship?
Why did you let it come this far?

You wouldn’t want a ship to sink but you want your life to?
You should better act immediately to prevent the catastrophe.
You only have this one life.
Would you rather be a bystander of your OWN life?
Or would you like to take control and responsibility of your OWN life?

Get back what is yours.
Take course on the destination you wanted to arrive at.
Design your life how you desire it.

As the real captain you know how to steer your life.
What it needs and what it doesn’t.
Get it back before it’s too late.
No person other than yourself is going to do it!

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Wealth

We all want it. Each and every one of us.
Maybe some more than others.
We all know that we want it.
There is no denying it.
But we all want it a different way.

To be wealthy.
But rich in what exactly?

Do we want to be wealthy to escape our worries?
To have no responsibilities?
To be free from guilt?
To be free from grief and desire?

Why are we only talking about wealth when it’s about money?
Isn’t a person who can do every single day the things he love wealthy too?
Isn’t it him who is wealthy because he is free from restraints?
Isn’t a person who is filled with happiness for the rest of his life wealthy too?
Isn’t it him who is wealthy because he recognized what really matters?
Isn’t a person who is blessed with health wealthy too?
Isn’t it him who is wealthy because he is able to move and think freely?

Why is a person only wealthy when he’s accumulated a huge amount of money?
Why is said person so proud of having a huge amount of money,
while having nothing else?
Aren’t those who only have the most money in reality the one’s who are the poorest?
All that money without realizing what really matters.

Driven by greed, power, satisfaction, social status, and approval.
Those people are supposed to be wealthy?
Even though they’ve forgotten what gratitude is?
What it means to be humble?
What appreciation is?
What it means to love?
What it means to be happy?
What it means to be healthy?
They are supposed to be wealthy just because they have money?

Yes, it sucks to have no money in a money driven society.
Yes, it sucks to be regarded as poor.
It sucks to not really live in freedom but just in a small zone of possibilities.
It sucks to not be able to pursue one’s dreams.
It sucks to always face the same recurring problems.
It sucks to live only from paycheck to paycheck,
instead of being able to enjoy the richness of life.
But the truth is we got to eat shit first to be able to enjoy being wealthy.

But if being wealthy means to sell one’s soul,
then I would trade in my money for my older life any time.
I rather die broke but happy and aware of what it really means to be wealthy.
Then I would die rich but spoiled without having lived one single day being actually wealthy.

Love or Hate

In the end it’s only about love or hate.
We’re making things way more complicated than they actually are.
It’s only about deciding who you want to be.

Will you become a loving person to make yourself and your surroundings happy?
Will you become a hating person to make yourself and your surroundings bitter?

In the end it’s only you who decides how your life will look like.

We either begin to love each other and become happier.
Or we begin to hate each other and spend the rest of our lives in anger.

We could change so much just by understanding that.
Be it the way we interact with each other.
The way we perceive things.
The way we teach things to future generations.
But most people won’t realize that.

 

The Message Behind JAY-Z’s “The Story of O.J.”

Today I want to talk about JAY-Z’s newest Gem. But before that I got to give him props for going platinum with his 13th studio album “4:44” within 5 days of release. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to “4:44” yet, you should definitely wait until it is available on Spotify and iTunes because it is really worth listening to it. But today I don’t want to focus on JAY-Z’s entire album.

Today I want to take a closer look at one track especially and if you are a clever reader you might as well have already figured out which track I’m talking about. It’s “The Story of O.J.”. So without further ado let’s get to it.

The first thing you notice is the sound. Some say it sounds like elevator music but if this really would be elevator music you would find me riding the elevator 24/7 because it’s just so nice and relaxing to listen to.

Once you go deeper and actually focus on the lyrics the hidden gem gets uncovered.

“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga”

But Maurizius what does that actually mean? I am just seeing the N-word a lot. Well, glad you are asking!
He critisizes that in a society/system of white supremacy you are at the end of the day still a “nigger”. No matter how unsuccessful or successful you might have become over the course of your life time. Point-blank.

“I bought every V12 engine
Wish I could take it back to the beginnin’
I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo
For like 2 million
That same building today is worth 25 million
Guess how I’m feelin’? Dumbo”

“You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit”

“Financial freedom my only hope
Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke
I bought some artwork for 1 million
2 years later, that shit worth 2 million
Few years later, that shit worth 8 million”

Financial freedom is what we’re all after. We don’t really want the life of the rich but just the freedom they have. If you have read my latest book recommendation post, you’ll see that Tony Robbin’s “Unshakable” will give you the perfect guide to achieve exactly that. What JAY-Z is telling us is that instead of buying unnecessary stuff just to flaunt (on social media) you should start investing your money wisely. Invest in assets that will yield long term results like artwork, real estate, bonds etc. By doing that you make sure that you not only live rich but die rich as well. Like he said “Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke”.

“I told him, “Please don’t die over the neighborhood
That your mama rentin’
Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood
That’s how you rinse it””

Last thing I want to focus on is that you should invest in your community. Why is that? Well, to provide jobs, security, and economic empowerment for the one’s you care about.

Now some might say this is all common sense but really who are you kidding? As with anything in life one doesn’t know anything unless he educates himself on those topics. And then there is still a huge difference between knowing something and actually turning it into reality.

Hope I could really lay out the greatness of this song for you and that you will implement some of this for your future well being.

Oh and of course you can give it a listen right now down below. Did I mention that the visuals are really impressing too?