Last night, on June 23, 2015, I went to see Eric “The Hip-Hop Preacher” Thomas speak.
I’ve been a fan of E.T. for about 2 years now. I won’t take the time to explain who he is, because it wouldn’t do him or his messages any justice. Google him, YouTube his videos because in his words, “I’m not a motivator, I change lives”. And he has changed mine. In your life, if you allow it, you’ll have continuos paradigm shifts. Shifts in how you perceive the world and your place in it. You will discover adjustments and changes necessary to propel yourself to the next level.
One of his mottos are, “what would your life look like, if you went 120%?”
If you follow my blog, you’ve seen my posts, titled “Entries from My Golden Diary”. A few people think that those articles are real. Unfortunately, not yet, but thats what I envision my life looking like. I want to be a major philanthropist to African-American children. I want to use modeling to take me to a level of Legendary status. I’m not sure on what’s after modeling or what I will segway into but I know today, I love modeling. However, I find myself having days and weeks between jobs at times and I don’t understand it. But last night, E.T. said something that if his words were physical, it would’ve been a slap to my face,”They aren’t calling because you’re not great”. He wasn’t speaking to me directly, but man, I hung my head in shame.
So I started asking myself, what can I do to make myself better? As a model, how can I get better? I can take more pictures on my own. I can learn how angles work from a photographers point of view. I can study fashion. I can find out why in some pictures my face looks fat after eating clean the week before and in others even after eating bad, I look amazing. I feel like I’m giving 95% effort most of the time. I’ll pay for test shoot, I’m not afraid to empty my account on traveling to another city for work or investing in something I believe that can benefit me. Sometimes, I go 100% and at times, I max out at 120%. I feel the difference. I see the difference. I have the information, now what am I going to do?
I’m so inspired I feel like I’m wasting time writing this article. However, I implore you to check out his message and I’ll leave you with this. I’m paraphrasing but, If you’re chasing money you are a fool. If you’re chasing legendary status, you’ll bypass the rat race. What will be your legacy, once you’re dead and gone? Think about it. Not just kind words from people friends and family but what will the world say about you? For perspective, Martin Luther King Jr. has been dead for almost 50 years but he is so legendary that we has a nation celebrate his birthday. How many people celebrate your birthday?