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Sunday Snippet: Johnny Depp

September 27th, 2015

“If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.” As a social species, humans have an intense desire for belonging. […]

Sunday Snippet: Eminem

September 20th, 2015

“The writing process, the way I go about it is I do whatever the beat feels like, whatever the beat is telling me to do. Usually when the beat comes on, I think of a hook or the subject I want to rap about almost instantly. Within four, eight bars of it playing I’m just […]

I Complain Too Much

September 15th, 2015

This might come off as a humble brag, but that is not my intention. Honest. Something that has always bugged me is when people who clearly come from a position of great privilege and good fortune complain about how crappy their lives are. A recent example would be the Minecraft guy saying how he’s so […]

Sunday Snippet: Kendrick Lamar

September 6th, 2015

“The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you’re making a mistake but let you go on with it, that’s when it ruins your mind state as an artist.” Having grown up with the so-called “gangsta rap” of the early […]

Life Is a Difficult Game

September 3rd, 2015

Life is a difficult game. It’s filled with many rules and these rules keep changing. And not everyone plays by the rules. Some people twist the rules, exploiting loopholes that go against the spirit of the already difficult game. We think we start off on equal footing. We don’t. Round and round we go this […]

Sunday Snippet: Mike Rowe on Rejection

August 23rd, 2015

“You can’t separate your successes from your failures until you look back, and even then, there’s not much point in putting each into a separate column. It’s all a part of whatever path your [sic] on.” Something that popped up on social media shortly after the Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show was […]

Sunday Snippet: John Wooden on Reputation and Success

August 16th, 2015

“Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be; your character is what you really are. And I think that character is much more important than what you are perceived to be. You’d hope they’d both be good, but they won’t necessarily be the same.” As we make our way through our personal and professional lives, […]

Sunday Snippet: Beki Kazazian

August 9th, 2015

“I’m the happiest I can be. I got my two boys. My family. The greatest friends. The dream business. My health. And many more dreams to accomplish. Life is really what you make of it. I have [bad] days. And trust me, things don’t always go my way. But at the end of the day, […]