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Bill Gates’s Leadership Style: 5 Strategies He’s Famous For

What started as a passion to bring “a computer on every desktop and in every home,” Bill Gates has become a household name, as well as one of the richest people in the world.  Through perseverance, innovation, and hard work, Gates turned Microsoft into an uber-successful software company before stepping down as chairman in 2014. 

Greatness is never by accident, and being a strong leader is integral to many businesses’ success. Rumored to be a demanding boss who makes unrealistic asks of his team, it’s also been said that Gates is reasonable and well-liked, always championing his team’s achievements and encouraging dissent. 

Here’s a rundown of five leadership strategies Gates is known for.

He adapts to any situation.

In the early days of starting his company, Gates was so focused on becoming successful that he was a grueling boss that policed his employees, making sure they were working as hard as he was.  Known for regularly pulling all-nighters, Gates would even walk around the parking lot to see what time everyone had come into the office. “I worked weekends, I didn’t really believe in vacations,” Gates told BBC’s “Desert Island Discs”. “I knew everybody’s license plate so I could look out at the parking lot and see, you know when people come in.”

Knowing that this wasn’t a sustainable model (and that his employees didn’t appreciate this), Gates relaxed as the company grew. “When I was at Microsoft, I was tough on people I worked with. Some of it helped us be successful, but I’m sure some of it was over the top.” Gates wrote in his annual letter in 2019. “Learning to deal with your anger was something we all related to. It’s an important life skill, part of becoming a mature adult.”

He encourages curiosity.
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If you’ve ever worried that asking questions might display your lack of knowledge, rest assured that curiosity is a strength. Harvard Business Review has found,, “People with higher CQ are more inquisitive and open to new experiences. They find novelty exciting and are quickly bored with routine. They tend to generate many original ideas and are counter-conformist.”

Also know that you’re in good company.  When Bill Gates went back to his former high school to talk to students, he was asked what skills they needed to acquire to thrive in the coming years. “For the curious learner, these are the best of times because your ability to constantly refresh your knowledge with either podcasts or lectures that are online is better than ever.”
As we saw in 2020, the environment we are in can change at any time, forcing us to quickly adapt with new processes, climates, and industries. Staying curious can help us adjust faster and also aid in creating new solutions for problems.  One good way to stay curious? Read.  It’s a well known fact that Gates reads about 50 books a year, and credits it as the best way he learns.

He gives feedback.

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge how you’re doing in a role if you don’t hear anything from your boss.  Scott MacGregor believed that was never an issue with his colleague: “A lot of people don’t like their jobs because they don’t get any feedback. You always knew what Bill thought about what you were doing. The goal, the motivational force for a lot of programmers, was to get Bill to like their product.”

Employees constantly seeking approval from their managers isn’t always beneficial either, but having regular touch bases and at the moment feedback can do a lot in aiding growth and keeping up morale and motivation.

He admits when he’s wrong.
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All leaders have made some mistakes, but it takes some real self-reflection to admit to it. 

Steve Wood, a programmer at Microsoft, believed that Gates’ ability to change his mind was unique. “He can be extremely vocal and persuasive in arguing one side of an issue, and a day or two later he will say he was wrong. There aren’t many people who have the drive, intensity and entrepreneurial qualities to be that successful who also have the ability to put their ego aside. That’s a rare trait.”
Personal matters weren’t the only thing that Gates admitted fault. When it came to business, he would admit that his greatest mistake was to allow Google to develop the Android phone. “These are winner-takes-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is,” he acknowledged during a Village Global event in 2019. He went on to say that mistake potentially cost his company $400 billion dollars. “We would be the company. But oh well.”

He promotes collaboration.

Finding a vaccine for COVID has been a priority for Gates; in December 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged an additional $250M to support “research, development, and equitable delivery of lifesaving tools in the global effort against COVID-19.” Gates also took this moment to call for global commitments and collaboration from different companies in various countries to help fight the pandemic. “…creating alliances, of Indian manufacturers and Western manufacturers, or different people working with antibody capacity, these types of collaborative forums have turned out to be super important,” he said in a video interview with the dean of Stanford School of Medicine. 

Working with others and utilizing different skill sets can be the difference in success and failure.  Gates knows that he can’t do it alone, even with all the money and resources he has access to, so he encourages partnerships in working towards a joint effort.

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Green Street’s Magic Hour Is The Best Cannabis Conversation Around

As the taboo around cannabis continues to dissipate, the industry’s business side is becoming increasingly complicated and interesting. As members of such a new legal industry, cannabis innovators are faced with numerous questions regarding how to build their brand and how to do it appropriately. The best way to learn is by asking questions and hearing from successful folks in the burgeoning space.

That’s where Green Street‘s “Magic Hour” comes in. Formerly a real-life party, the event has now found its home on the exploding social media app, Clubhouse. Clubhouse was actually a great medium for the event; speakers took turns answering questions from people in the industry, moderated by Green Street president Rama Mayo.

They covered a wide array of topics over the course of the three-hour Clubhouse chat last night, February 4th. Co-founder of Green Street/lawyer Joshua Shelton spoke a lot about the unique legal positioning of cannabis companies over the past few years. Jamie Feaster, the co-founder of Eaze and current CEO of Country, spoke about the emergence of data mining for cannabis companies. Team GaryVee’s very own D. Rock and Andy Krainak spoke about storytelling and its role in marketing a successful brand. The artist Greg Mike spoke about working with clients from the POV of an artist, his mural project, NFT tokens, and the future of art. Rapper Harry Mack did a themed freestyle for the event. The Hall of Flowers team jumped on to chat about some upcoming physical shows this fall and how brands can make the most out of these kinds of events. Comedian Mike Glazer pitched some unique business ideas to the Green Street team and Josh, the owner of RAW papers. The list goes on.

One through-line throughout the entire evening was federal legalization. How will it impact brands? Are brands preparing for it already? When do leaders in the space foresee it happening, if ever?

Magic Hour is just that, magic. Whether you work in the cannabis space or are an aficionado interested in learning more about the fledgling industry, keep your eye on Green Street’s IG to find out about future events. The next Magic Hour will take place on Thursday, February 11th, so make sure you get onto Clubhouse before then. You won’t want to miss it.

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Joe Rogan Book List: 35 Books He Recommends

This phrase gets overused a lot, but you truly must be living under a rock if you don’t know about the kind of impact that Joe Rogan has. If hosting Fear Factor and commentating for the UFC weren’t enough, his podcast that launched back in 2009 has since become the biggest and most successful in the world. In April of 2019, Rogan claimed to receive 190 million monthly downloads of it. When The Joe Rogan Experience moved to Spotify in September of last year, it was for a deal reportedly worth $100 million. The show boasts guests like Mike Tyson, Robert Downey Jr., Elon Musk, Lance Armstrong, and Kevin Hart, to name a few.

As you might be able to imagine from the versatile list of names above (which is just a small sample size), the conversations that take place on the show can go to a lot of places. A running joke is that the only topics that Rogan covers are DMT and hunting, but there’s so much more to things. Along with the clichés, Rogan is a massive fan of martial arts, working out, and, of course, reading.

Many take his word as gospel, so if you want to share some of the same reading material as Joe, we’ve compiled a list of 35 books that Joe recommends and loves. Take a look at them below in alphabetical order.

1. American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
Amazon

As the name suggests, this one recounts Steven Rinella’s unique hunt for the rare American Buffalo.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/American-Buffalo-Search-Lost-Icon-ebook/dp/B001MYA396/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=american+buffalo+book&qid=1611805658&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
2. Best Evidence by David Lifton
Amazon

Joe called Best Evidence has favorite conspiracy book ever. It takes a look at the Kennedy Assassination.

Buy, $53
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Evidence-David-Lifton-1982-04-01/dp/B01N1XPV32
3. Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Amazon

Joe came across this one due to his fascination with Native American History and it’s the one to check out because he calls it his favorite on the topic.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Elk-Life-American-Visionary-ebook/dp/B01EROYPI2
4. Blood and Thunder West by Hampton Sides
Amazon

Hampton Sides’ offering takes a look at how the West transformed throughout the 1800s.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Thunder-Epic-American-West/dp/0385507771
5. Breath by James Nestor
Good Reads

We all breathe, but few of us have done the research into breathing as James Nestor has.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art-ebook/dp/B0818ZZNLR
6. Chaos by Tom O’Neill
Amazon

Chaos boasts some fascinating revelations about the FBI’s involvement in the case of the Manson murders.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Charles-Manson-History-Sixties/dp/0316477559
7. Coyote America by Dan Flores
Amazon

Everything you need to know about coyotes is covered here. Joe Rogan thinks it’s amazing.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Coyote-America-Natural-Supernatural-History-ebook/dp/B01BZ7XJ86
8. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Dr. Rick Strassman
Good Reads

No surprises that Joe loves this seeing as though he hosts the documentary version.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/DMT-Molecule-Revolutionary-Near-Death-Experiences-ebook/dp/B003N3U3J4
9. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
Amazon

Although other tribes are mentioned more often than them, the Comanches were the most powerful Native Americans that had an incredible impact in their time.

Buy, $10
https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Summer-Moon-Comanches-Powerful/dp/1416591060
10. Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
Amazon

This one explores the relationship between humans and plants and the roles of things like spices and spirits in society.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Food-Gods-Original-Knowledge-Evolution/dp/0553371304
11. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Washington Post

An insight into Scientology that Joe Rogan called “one of the weirdest books” he’s ever read.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Going-Clear-Scientology-Hollywood-Prison-ebook/dp/B00A9ET54E
12. Industrial-Strength Denial by Barbara Freese
Good Reads

Barbara Freese writes about corporations that negatively impact the earth but are still managing to thrive.

Buy, $17
https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Strength-Denial-Corporations-Defending-Indefensible/dp/0520383087
13. Ladies and Gentlemen – Lenny Bruce!! by Albert Goldman
Amazon

All that needs to be said about this is Rogan called it “required reading for aspiring stand-ups”.

Buy, $32
https://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Gentlemen-Lenny-Albert-Goldman/dp/0140133623
14. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Amazon

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell details the factors that make successful people successful. 

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017930
15. Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West
Amazon

A deep dive into debates about skin color in the United States by former JRE guest, Cornel West.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Race-Matters-25th-Anniversary-Introduction-ebook/dp/B071LRZ3X1
16. Savage Son by Jack Carr
Good Reads

Carr’s work appears on this list multiple times, which says all that needs to be said about what Joe thinks of it. He recommended it on Instagram last year.

Buy, $18
https://www.amazon.com/Savage-Son-Thriller-Jack-Carr-audio-cd/dp/1508299617
17. Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
Scribe

Sex at Dawn is about human mating systems, how they developed, and the idea of monogamy in the greater context of humanity.

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Sex-at-Dawn-audiobook/dp/B004ADQAPM
18. Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
Amazon

Rogan calls this both “excellent” and “perplexing.” It’s a look at why people misunderstand quantum mechanics.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Something-Deeply-Hidden-Emergence-Spacetime-ebook/dp/B07NTYJJDX
19. Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
Amazon

A non-fiction account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in the late 19th century. Rogan calls it “intense.”

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Son-Morning-Star-Custer-Bighorn/dp/B002HXDHTY
20. Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler
Amazon

A book about meditation, the limits of humans, and how and why alternate states of consciousness should be achieved.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-audiobook/dp/B01N2HREQU
21. The Art of Living and Dying by Osho
Amazon

A good read on living and dying that is not as morbid as it sounds—questions like how to approach death and reincarnation attempt to be answered.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Living-Dying-Celebrating-Death-ebook/dp/B0728G2YYP
22. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Amazon

A self-help book that endorses freedom from self-limiting beliefs, one of the only true causes of suffering.

Buy, $6
https://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319
23. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Amazon

An exploration into historical ideas about happiness from the likes of Jesus and Buddha through the lens of modern psychological research.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Hypothesis-Finding-Modern-Ancient-ebook/dp/B003E749TE
24. The Hustler by Walter Tevis
Amazon

A rare fiction entry here, The Hustler is about a young pool hustler learning the true ways of winning and losing.

Buy, $21
https://www.amazon.com/Hustler-Walter-Tevis/dp/1560254734
25. The Immortality Key by Brian Muraresku
Amazon

Here, Muraresku writes about the role of psychedelics in the formation of Western society. According to Joe, “it’s fucking sensational.”

Buy, $20
https://www.amazon.com/Immortality-Key-Secret-History-Religion-ebook/dp/B0818QJHKF
26. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Amazon

A look into the true life of Lakota Indian, Crazy Horse. It seems to have been enlightening for Rogan.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/The-Journey-of-Crazy-Horse-audiobook/dp/B0007Y9KCS
27. The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray
Blackwell’s

A somewhat controversial take on the political correctness of dealing with different identity groups.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Crowds-Gender-Race-Identity-ebook/dp/B07VK9J63L
28. The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross by John M. Allegro
Amazon

A unique take on the Bible and the linguistics of early Christianity.

Buy, $23
https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Mushroom-Cross-Christianity-Fertility/dp/B010EVUY4G
29. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Amazon

They say talent is something you’re born with. But is it? Daniel Coyle talks about rewiring the brain and the true benefit of the deep practice of any activity.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Talent-Code-Greatness-Born-Grown/dp/055380684X
30. The Terminal List by Jack Carr
Amazon

A story about a Navy SEAL by a Navy SEAL. What more could you ask for?

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Terminal-List-Jack-Carr/dp/1683249437
31. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Amazon

Another one of Rogan’s favorites, The War of Art is about the barriers that artists, entrepreneurs, and more face.

Buy, $31
https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/B002YNS0VC
32. Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Amazon

Junger writes about what a lot of us can learn from tribal societies, including true loyalty.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Homecoming-Belonging-Sebastian-Junger-ebook/dp/B01BCJDSNI
33. True Believer by Jack Carr
Amazon

The third Jack Carr book on this list, Joe binged all of his works in a month. “I’m hooked!”

Buy, $9
https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thriller-Terminal-List-ebook/dp/B07GNTMB9F
34. Your Dad Stole My Rake by Tom Papa
Amazon

This one is a comedic look on families, and Papa’s specifically. Rogan says, “Tom is an awesome, hilarious guy, so if you’re looking for a great read, your search is over.”

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Your-Dad-Stole-My-Rake-ebook/dp/B076H8WVM8
35. Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Amazon

A study on a form of Japanese archery called Kyūdō. The German philosophy professor’s book is credited with introducing Zen to the West in the 1940s and 1950s.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Archery-Eugen-Herrigel/dp/0375705090
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Grayson Allen on Gaming, The Grizzlies and Getting Into Stocks

When you are a member of the Duke basketball team, being on the receiving end of brutal trash talk is just part of the gig. Some players wear it like a badge of honor. 

Now Grayson Allen finds himself dealing with a whole new type of trash talk. In addition to being in front of the eyes of thousands in an NBA arena, Allen now faces the nastiest of nasty in the world of gaming hate. He and ONE37pm’s Tyler Schmitt talk about all of that and more on the latest episode of our series, Huh?

“I think it can be similar, but it is usually in a different context. In sports, it’s usually the opposing team. It is someone you are playing against. With the trolls, it’s usually not the people you are playing against. It is random people hating for no reason. You’re not playing against them. The trolls on twitch are for no reason. There is deeper hate from that part.”

When talking on Huh?, the conversation was a lot less about Allen’s career in the NBA and more about balancing that with his passion for gaming and connecting with a community. 

Schmitt: When you’re gaming, do you get the same juices you do when you are playing hoop?

Allen: Yeah. Close to it. There are some days that are more chill than others and it depends on who is in your lobby. Today was a big tournament day. So the pros aren’t playing ramped right now, so it’s a lighter day. Some days you get every single name that you recognize.

In the gaming world, there are two basic questions that set the tone for the remainder of the conversation:

  1. X-Box or Playstation?
  2. What are you playing right now? 

“Yeah, I just had an X-Box. Because when Halo 3 came out, it was an exclusive. But Playstation has some good exclusives now that I’ve wanted to play. Like seeing some of the Spider-Man clips…” What’s the Grizzlies player streaming right now? “I’ve been playing Apex,” said Allen.

With a busy schedule and not a whole lot of time, it would be understandable if Allen didn’t consume a whole lot of gaming content, but the Memphis Grizzlies’ guard still sneaks it in. 

Tyler asks him how much time if he’s been spending much time consuming content on Twitch. “Yeah I do a little bit. My GF gets a little annoyed at this, but even youtube videos that people put up. ‘Best game from their stream’.” 

Schmitt: Do you have any favorite streamers? 

Allen: The person I check in the most is Courage. Whatever game he is playing, it is super entertaining. Most times I am watching Twitch live, it is for an event. I always catch competitive Apex tournaments. 

There is a difference between enjoying something, having a passion, and having fun, but that isn’t Allen’s M.O.

He wants to be legit.

Schmitt: Do you get the same juices you do when you are playing hoop?

Allen: Yeah. Close to it. There are some days that are more chill than others and it depends who is in your lobby. Today was a big tournament day. So the pros aren’t playing ramped right now, so it’s a lighter day. Some days you get every single name that you recognize. 

Outside of playing in the NBA and gaming, Schmitt wanted to know what caught Allen’s curiosity and attention. Allen didn’t shy away from the conversation and gave a genuine answer. 

“I actually got really into trading stocks about a month or two ago. Because my brain works in that math way, I’ve been watching youtube videos. I’ve been reading different things on how to read stock charts. So the first week I didn’t invest anything. I just drew lines on charts like the youtube videos told me to. It was oddly satisfying. To see on some of them that you predict movement. It becomes super addictive, quick,” Allen explained.

Schmitt: Does it feel like video games, but with real money to you? 

Allen: Yeah, so the craziest thing to me is that when I use to play FIFA ultimate team a lot, there used to be that currency in there. And then there is a market for the cards you have. So no matter what player it was, it was Monday or Tuesday and you could buy a card for cheap and then on Friday sell it for 50 percent more. For me, I didn’t want to put a ton of money in the game so this was the way I had to do it. That’s what it reminded me of. It’s crazy.

Schmitt: Whose content are you watching? 

Allen: Kind of just some random stuff on youtube. And then there are a bunch of Twitter accounts, which I completely found a new side of Twitter where people are talking about stocks all day long.” He goes on: “I have a super addictive personality, so once I figured out the charts I knew I was already hooked into it. 

Schmitt: Any companies that you have been diving deeper more into? 

Allen: When you are going around throughout your day, you see things differently. ‘What’s the company behind that?’ Electric vehicle stocks have been going crazy the past couple of weeks. I was coming back from the gym yesterday and one of the city busses was driving by and the side of the bus said “made with hybrid-electric technology.’ Which surprised me. I was thinking in my head, ‘there is this company called XL fleet that is creating something like that.’ They transform regular cars, trucks, bigger vehicles into electric. I want to get in on them. 

Schmitt: Are you in the crypto world at all? 

Allen: A little bit, but I am not trading crypto. There is a stock called MARA, I’ve been in it for a few weeks. It’s been going up as Bitcoin made its run. 

For Allen, he seems aware that he may not think the way that people expect him to. He’s okay and at peace with that. For the most part, he knows what he likes and tries to trust his innate curiosity to see himself expand outside of his existing passions. 

This episode was recorded on December 5th, 2020.

Since then, Allen has had a good start for the Memphis Grizzlies. He hit a game-winner against the Suns on January 18th. 

He is shooting 36% on three point attempts while averaging eight points a game.

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How to Clean a Bong (or Any Glass) in 10 Easy Steps

Using glass pieces is a top-tier way to consume cannabis, there’s no way around it. Knowing how to clean a bong (or any glass for that matter) is easier said than done. The seasoned bong users know the feeling all too well. You draw a milky hit, only to find the flavor tainted by a buildup of resin and other unwanted intruders. On the flip side, hitting a bong for the first time after a deep clean is one of the most supreme smoking experiences available to the modern stoner.

There are numerous ways to clean a bong, but they all ultimately boil down to the same thing: Soak it, shake it, and rinse it. If you’re smoking daily, it might be hard to remember all the steps (no hate), so I put together an easy step by step guide to help you keep your glass looking fresh, and most importantly, supremely smokable.

1. Take it apart!
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This first step might seem like a no-brainer, but many first-time glass-cleaners will overlook it. Whether you’re cleaning a bong, pipe, dab rig, or any glass, the first thing you’ll want to do is take out the bowl and downstem (some pieces might have a few more removable pieces, but definitely start with those two). Once you’ve got your piece down to its parts, you’re ready to move onto step 2.

2. Put all the smaller pieces in a ziploc bag, bowl or any secure vessel for soaking.

Once you’ve got your little pieces in a container, you’ll want to add your cleansing product. There are tons of options on the market, but essentially you’ll want to use isopropyl alcohol (the higher percentage, the better) and salt. Listen, I may be biased, but my cleaner, “Illcohol,” is definitely the best one on the market. It doesn’t have any frills or dyes to make it vibrant; it’s just a jug of alcohol that comes with salt to add for each cleaning, and that’s all you need. It comes in a huge gallon size, so just one purchase will last throughout multiple cleaning sessions. 

3. Let them soak!
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You’ll want to use enough of your cleaning solution for the pieces to be fully submerged. Then just let them soak and let the alcohol work its magic! The longer you can leave them, the better. But if you’re feeling impatient, you probably only need about ten minutes in the bath. Remember, the longer you let them soak, the easier it will be to remove all the residue in the later steps. 

4. Fill the main chamber of your piece with solution.

While your little bits and bobs are in their bath, now’s your chance to clean the inside of the entire piece. Slowly pour your cleaning solution into the chamber of the bong—you can pour through any opening. Don’t worry about filling the entire piece. Just pour enough in that you’ll be able to get a good shake out of the liquid.

5. Shake it up!

Using your hands (you can also use a wine cork or other stopper you have lying around), go ahead and cover up all of the holes of the piece. Now comes the fun part. Shake it up! Shake the piece as hard as you can for as long as you can; the longer, the better. You’ll watch the resin miraculously begin to dissipate. Even if some resin remains after vigorous shaking, don’t fret. In the next step, I’ll be sure to cross the Ts and dot the Is.

6. Wipe down.

Once you’ve gotten a good shake in, you can pour out the solution. But before you rinse with water, now’s your chance to capitalize on the residual solution (which is still a powerful cleaning agent) and a little bit of elbow grease to get rid of the rest of the blemishes. For the largest openings of the piece, you can use a rag or piece of paper towel, and you’ll want to get in there and wipe away any remaining grime. When it comes to longer openings, you can use a drumstick or water bottle cleaning tool (if you have one) with a rag draped over it to really get in deep and smudge everything off. 

For the smaller openings (especially if you’re using a smaller piece like a pipe), you can use a paperclip, pipe cleaner (it’s in the name!), toothpick, or really anything that will fit in the hole. Don’t overthink it. 

After you’ve cleared all the grime out of the piece, now you can do the same with the little fellas that have been stewing in the bath. Most of the grime will have dissipated from the pieces after a long soak, but now you can go through with a rag or cotton swab and get to business. 

By the end of this step, your glass should be looking polished and should be pretty free of all residue. It’s okay if some smears remain, as we’ll be rinsing the pieces a few more times before returning the piece to the shelf (or loading it up).

7. Rinse!

This step is super important. Isopropyl alcohol evaporates really easily (in under a minute), so you don’t need to worry too much about it remaining on the glass, but to eliminate the chemical odor, you’ll want to rinse everything thoroughly with water. You can rinse the small pieces in their bath by refilling it with water and shaking them around. Then do what you did with the large chamber in steps 4 and 5, but this time with water instead of a cleaning solution. You might want to rinse them a few times with fresh water to fully eliminate any remnants of the alcohol solution. 

8. Let them dry.
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You’re pretty much done! Now you can just let all of the pieces dry on their own, or feel free to wipe them down with a rag. Once everything feels nice and dry, it’s time to put the piece back together and admire your handy work.

9. Smoke!

I know that I didn’t really have to include this step, but the experience of smoking out of a freshly cleaned piece is too magnificent not to include. I’m not going to sit here and explain to you how to smoke, but there are definitely some good ways to take advantage of your freshly cleaned piece. 

Bong-permitting, I suggest loading up your chamber with some fresh cold water and your favorite flower for a delightful hit experience that only comes around once every few weeks. If you have a strain that you love specifically for the flavor, now’s a great time to tap those buds, as you’ll get to experience the flavor in its purest form.

10. Do what makes you happy.
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You’ve got a fresh piece of glass, an absolute bombshell of a hit coursing through your veins and the whole world ahead of you. Next up? Do whatever makes you happy after a smoke. You worked hard, you deserve it. 

Some tips and tricks:

Don’t overthink it!

It really just comes down to soak, shake, and rinse. The steps above are great to refer back to if you have questions, but overall you can trust your gut. It’s not rocket science.

Clean all of your glass at once.

If you have multiple pieces, it’s a good idea to clean them all in one fell swoop. You can soak all of the removable items from multiple pieces at once, diminishing the time you spend cleaning. The goal is to get back to smoking, after all.

Save your best weed for the post-clean smoke.

I said it earlier, but it deserves repeating. It’s a great idea to save your premium bud for a session immediately following cleaning, as this way, you’ll have the most opportunity to taste the flower and savor the intricacies of its profile.

Clean your glass frequently.

The more frequently you clean, the less tedious the process will be each time. If you do it before a lot of residue builds up, you’ll be able to shake and rinse without having to worry about getting in there with a tool to wipe everything down.

Buy a reusable wine cork.

This may seem silly, but if you get a wine cork or any kind of stopper to pop in the glass’ opening, it will make it much more convenient to conduct your shaking. Rather than covering the hole with your hand while simultaneously shaking, you can just cork it and shake freely.

Clean before you smoke.

I know I said this already as well, but it too bears repeating. The last thing you’re going to want to do after a strong sesh is spend time meticulously cleaning your glass, so I recommend getting all of the pesky cleaning out of the way before you settle down for your smoke.

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The 35 Best Gifts for Photographers and Video Editors

The list of gear required for a photographer is truly endless. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why I compiled a list of the best gifts for photographers and video editors, so you don’t have to. From technical gear like lenses and microphones to more fun gifts like LED lights, this is my list of some of the best pieces on the market to buy for the photographer or video editor in your orbit. 

1. Tmango Camera Lens Coffee Mug
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083XHPNQH?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

I love filmmaking and storytelling; this is such a fun gift for creatives of all ages to fuel those long days behind a computer screen. Just don’t mix up the lens and the mug when you’re throwing your dishes into the kitchen sink!

Buy Now at Amazon, $13.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083XHPNQH?tag=davidrock-20
2. Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B43WPVK?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

I’ve used the Sony a7s ii for years, literally. Sony checks all the boxes for a do-it-all camera. The interchangeable lens capability means you can customize it how you want, while the built-in SteadyShot capability stabilizes all of your shots (which is great for that classic run and gun style us documentary filmmakers tend to shoot). I’ve been thoroughly pleased with Sony’s mirrorless cameras and I’m excited for all the things to come.

Buy Now at Amazon, $1,698
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B43WPVK?tag=davidrock-20
3. Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716RHXRB?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Say you’ve already invested money into your Sony A7III but you just saw an amazing Canon lens that you absolutely need to use. That’s where this adapter comes in; this handy adapter allows you to use Canon lenses on your Sony setup. Plus, I prefer Canon glass so I just use this metabones adapter—only downside is auto focus doesn’t work with the adapter, it’s all manual.

Buy Now at Amazon, $399
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716RHXRB?tag=davidrock-20
4. Sennheiser Pro Audio Sennheiser AVX Digital
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EYIH1U?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

You can’t underestimate the importance of good audio for creating strong video content. These are the most reliable wireless lav mics to date. You can plug them right into your camera, there’s no syncing needed. The audio is so good that you could use these for your podcasts as well!

Buy Now at Amazon, $699
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EYIH1U?tag=davidrock-20
5. Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQDORA4?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

For those moments when we need good audio quickly—and there’s multiple people in the scene—this is a great run and gun mic. While the Sennheiser requires you to mic up your talent, this model connects to your camera, increasing the audio quality from a remote recording location.

Buy Now at Amazon, $95.29
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQDORA4?tag=davidrock-20
6. Blue Yeti Microphone (Blackout) with Knox Gear Pop Filter
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SZ932T9?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

For voiceover or other standalone audio, Yeti is still one of the best in its class. It’s so simple to use, plug it in and go! Coupled with the pop filter (you don’t want those Ts to be too cutting), the Blue Yeti is a great option.

Buy Now at Amazon, $160
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SZ932T9?tag=davidrock-20
7. SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFG7T8F?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The worst feeling in the world: you’ve captured what you needed to capture, emotions are high and then the files are corrupt or, even worse, the card breaks. SanDisk memory cards have been the most reliable to date. This model is great for less extensive shoots, but if you need a lot of space, consider the next option on the list.

Buy Now at Amazon, $7.95
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFG7T8F?tag=davidrock-20
8. SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9DVLBB?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This disk is double the size of the above, which makes it a good option for longer shoots that require more storage.

Buy Now at Amazon, $34.80
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9DVLBB?tag=davidrock-20
9. JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DHG8WD?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

As far as “all-in-one” style kits go, you can’t really get better than Joby’s mobile vlogging kit. It comes with all the materials you need to create a semi professional vlogging setup with nothing more than your iPhone camera. This is an awesome gift choice for someone looking into starting to make video content. It can hold your microphones and you could even get phone extensions as well.

Buy Now at Amazon, $378
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DHG8WD?tag=davidrock-20
10. Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L
https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Design-Everyday-Backpack-Midnight/dp/B07ZTLV477/ref=sr_1_1?cs_asins=B07ZTLV477%2CB07ZTQQGLP%2CB07ZTP5CBQ&cs_colors=4C516D%2C555555%2C555555&dchild=1&i_fs=0&qid=1608065379&ref_override=sr_1_1&refinements=p_4%3APeak+Design&rrid=2
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Photography requires a lot of gear, so a vessel for your equipment might be just as important as the equipment itself. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is a great minimalist option for transporting your gear, all wrapped up in a sleek package. 

Buy at Amazon, $289.95
https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Design-Everyday-Backpack-Midnight/dp/B07ZTLV477/ref=sr_1_1?cs_asins=B07ZTLV477%2CB07ZTQQGLP%2CB07ZTP5CBQ&cs_colors=4C516D%2C555555%2C555555&dchild=1&i_fs=0&qid=1608065379&ref_override=sr_1_1&refinements=p_4%3APeak+Design&rrid=2
11. Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WC9YKL?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Joby makes a great tripod. This compact edition is amazing because of its convenience, but it’s also just an all-around great, steady tripod. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $47.76
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WC9YKL?tag=davidrock-20
12. Adobe Creative Cloud
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q5VDGSF?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The Adobe Creative Cloud is an often overlooked gift for the burgeoning creative. It’s fairly expensive, but it’s truly one of the best ways to help jumpstart someone’s video/photo editing career, giving them access to a wide array of tools, tutorials and more to help them start their journey.

Buy Now at Amazon, $52.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q5VDGSF?tag=davidrock-20
13. Apple iPhone 12
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZPKZSSC?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This is the most powerful tool on this list. Both the iPhone’s camera and internal editing software available should not be underestimated. In 2020, you don’t need an insanely expensive camera in order to take amazing pictures or videos. It’s wildly underrated. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $700.50
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZPKZSSC?tag=davidrock-20
14. Lume Cube Panel GO + DSLR Mount
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KL6NQ2X?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The Lume Cube Panel is a pocket-sized mounted LED light for shoots that require a little extra customization. You can adjust from 1-100% brightness and transition between warm and cool lighting, giving you a wide array of lighting options to get the right shot. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $119.95
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KL6NQ2X?tag=davidrock-20
15. UBeesize 10″ Selfie Ring Light
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFV72LK?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This Selfie Ring is an integral part of a strong vlogging setup. The ring light can improve the lighting of your selfie shot from weak to near-professional, giving you a bright light that will improve the contrast and detail in your shots.

Buy Now at Amazon, $47.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFV72LK?tag=davidrock-20
16. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076BNK30?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This is the all-in-one lens that I use the most. I love its versatility, it can be used at a great distance and provides superb depth of field. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $1,899
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076BNK30?tag=davidrock-20
17. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – Fixed
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00007GQLU?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

If you know anything about lenses then there’s not much explanation needed; the overall quality is insane! This lens is great for headshots and landscape shots alike.

Buy Now at Amazon, $419
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00007GQLU?tag=davidrock-20
18. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens – 9518B002
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8942SO?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

If you’re trying to add some fun wide shots into your shoots, this lens is unparalleled. Wide lenses are so much fun to shoot with. The shots come out crispy clear! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $1,099
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8942SO?tag=davidrock-20
19. Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q9MJKBV?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Proper video editing requires a good pair of headphones. Especially with the escalation of remote work in 2020, you might be needing a pair of cans that will cancel out the sound around you. Look no further than the Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, which feature great quality and can help eliminate the pesky disturbances of a work from home setup. These are my FAVORITE headphones so far, because of how lightweight and compact they are. The battery life is insane! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $339
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q9MJKBV?tag=davidrock-20
20. Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PXGQC1Q?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Airpods are controversial; some say there are better quality options on the market at the same price point. That may be true, but there are few options around that are more convenient to use on the go. That’s why they make our list; if you need something convenient for listening to music, a podcast or audio from a shoot, then AirPods are the best option for listening on the go.

Buy Now at Amazon, $124.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PXGQC1Q?tag=davidrock-20
21. Kiorafoto Professional Water-Resistant Anti-Shock Holder Storage
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B4GT4A0?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This is the best way to not lose your memory cards. Memory cards are fragile, so a good protector for your cards should not be overlooked. This water-resistant option from Kiorafoto can hold up to 12 cards and is easily connected to a carabiner. This is an affordable but priceless purchase. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $8.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B4GT4A0?tag=davidrock-20
22. Manfrotto Travel Befree Live Aluminium Tripod Twist
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077J11CCW?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

While some of the JOBY tripods on this list are convenient, mobile options for your iPhone, you’ll also need a true tripod for your more serious shoots. This is one of the best options on the market.

Buy Now at Amazon, $239.88
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077J11CCW?tag=davidrock-20
23. Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Video Head
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDR8K49?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

If you’re seeking a bit more agility and freedom on your shoots instead of the stable tripod above, you might want to consider a monopod—this is great for some of your more “run-and-gun” shots! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $299
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDR8K49?tag=davidrock-20
24. Apple Macbook Pro
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081FV1Y57?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Another Apple product to make this list, the MacBook Pro is a great option for photographers and video editors to revise their content. Couple this with the Adobe suite and you’ll be making professional quality edits in no time. I mean, come on, it’s Apple! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $2,499
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081FV1Y57?tag=davidrock-20
25. LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01789QMUW?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

While the SD cards on this list will hold your images locally on your camera, you’ll need a larger hard drive to house all of your projects. The LaCie hard drive is best in its class; the 4 TB version is a great option to store tons of projects, and the drive’s durability makes it easier to carry around than some of the more fragile options on the market. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $129.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01789QMUW?tag=davidrock-20
26. SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GV9M64L?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Although this drive isn’t as large as the above LaCie (1 TB vs. 4 TB), it’s extremely portable, making it a great option for a drive you take with you everywhere. If you travel a lot and you’re tired of all those clunky drives you’ll love these hard drives! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $229.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GV9M64L?tag=davidrock-20
27. DJI Mavic Air 2 – Drone Quadcopter UAV
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086X7QKHD?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

In 2020, a videographer’s setup isn’t complete without a drone. If you want to get those jaw-dropping aerial shots, you’ll need a good drone cam. The Mavic Air 2 is an amazing option; from its tracking capabilities to its ability to capture high-definition shots, this drone is a great choice for anyone needing to get some images from a bird’s eye view. Safe flying! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $799
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086X7QKHD?tag=davidrock-20
28. Neewer 2.6M x 3M/8.5ft x 10ft Background Support System
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GTCNXC?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This kit from Neewer includes pretty much everything you need to set up a studio. Between the backdrops, lighting options and all the necessary stands, with one purchase you’ll have everything you need to complete amazing product shoots or interview-style content in front of a green screen. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $169.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GTCNXC?tag=davidrock-20
29. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHDFW5V?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The job of a photographer and video editor doesn’t end with the click of a shutter, you’ll also spend copious amounts of time on your computer poring over your images. For those days, a good mouse is paramount. This entry from Logitech is comfortable, responsive and easy to set up. THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOUSE! And it’s not even close! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $69.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHDFW5V?tag=davidrock-20
30. SmallHD Focus HDMI 5″ Touch Screen Camera Monitor Kit
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0752VP3N6?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Depending on the camera you’re using, you may need a supplemental monitor during your shoots to get the best real-time picture of your subject. Look no further than the SmallHD Focus, a 5” LCD monitor that provides great picture, even in harsh daylight.

Buy Now at Amazon, $299
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0752VP3N6?tag=davidrock-20
31. Led Lights Smart Led Strip Lights
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089D3WDNS?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Although these aren’t intended specifically for photography, the potential uses for LED smart lights are endless. You can use them to create interesting color palettes in a shoot, or just hang on to them to spruce up the lighting in your home. Who doesn’t like a moody vibe when editing? 

Buy Now at Amazon, $42.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089D3WDNS?tag=davidrock-20
32. Autonomous Ergo Chair 2 – Premium Ergonomic Office Chair
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087L48G41?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

For those long days of editing, you’ll want a great office chair to keep you comfortable. The Autonomous Ergo Chair fits the bill; sit in it once and you’ll never want to go back to your old hunched-over lifestyle. I didn’t invest until this year and I wish I did it years ago. This chair is a life saver. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $300+
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087L48G41?tag=davidrock-20
33. Fully Remi Standing Desk
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FWH3V9P?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

I’m a big fan of standing desks, but why not enjoy the benefits of standing and sitting? Being cooped up behind your monitor can take a toll on your back, so wouldn’t it be great to get to stand up and work for a bit? That’s where the Fully Remi Standing Desk comes in. You can sit behind it for as long as you want and then adjust the height to standing-level when you need to get on your feet. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $499
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FWH3V9P?tag=davidrock-20
34. Apple New Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0862HNWGK?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The iPad is a great tool for drawing, sketching and ideating on your productions as well as creating graphic assets. Why not have something you can use to watch Netflix on while simultaneously editing graphics? It’s basically a second monitor and an easy way to remain mobile and take breaks from working at the desktop all the time! Change up your scenery! 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0862HNWGK?tag=davidrock-20
35. Apple New Apple Watch Series 6
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J5R3K3Q?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The Apple Watch has numerous capabilities that allow for more freedom on your shoots. It’ll keep you off your phone, so that you can focus on your gear and the shoot ahead. I use it to timestamp a lot of my shoots. If I want to remember something at a specific time, I’ll capture the time but also be able to monitor my calendar for those high paced days. Hustle mode on! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $449.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J5R3K3Q?tag=davidrock-20
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30 James Baldwin Quotes to Inspire You in Your Everyday Life

James Baldwin was a man of many talents. A novelist, activist, playwright, and essayist, Baldwin was an important part of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Words have a way of being more powerful than we think, and Baldwin used his voice and writing to provide hope to people in a time where hope seemed bleak. 

Decades later, Baldwin remains an influential figure whose work has been championed through generations. As a celebration of his life, we have put together a list of some of his most inspirational and heart-tugging quotes. Remember that it’s not necessarily about the amount of time you live, but what you do with the years here.

1. “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
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2. “People can cry much easier than they can change.”
3. “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”
4. “You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.”
5. “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
6. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”

7. “Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.”
8. “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle. Love is a war. Love is growing up.”
9. “It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
10. “Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.”
11. “A writer has to take all the risks of putting down what he sees.”
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12. “True rebels after all, are as rare as true lovers, and in both cases, to mistake a fever for passion can destroy one’s life”
13. “Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.”
14. “Drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.”
15. “I’m beginning to think that maybe everything that happens makes sense. Like, if it didn’t make sense, how could it happen?”
16. “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
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17. “If you’re treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they’re real for you whether they’re real or not.”
18. “You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”
19. “A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.”
20. “One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
21. “Love is like the lightning, and your maturity is signaled by the extent to which you can accept the dangers and the power and the beauty of love.”
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22. “If one cannot risk oneself, then one is simply incapable of giving. And, after all, one can give freedom only be setting someone free.”
23. “Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.”
24. ” Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
25. “The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
26. “People can cry much easier than they can change.”
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27. “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.”
28. “The betrayal of a belief is not the same thing as ceasing to believe. If this were not so there would be no moral standards in the world at all.”
29. “Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.”
30. “The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”

Sometimes we are so caught up in the whirlwind of our lives that we forget to take a moment to reflect and analyze. These quotes are a good reminder that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. James Baldwin will always be remembered for his historic contributions to the world.

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A Bronx Tale: Overcoming Survival From The Streets To Achieving Major Success

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On October 20, 2009, Grammy award-winning artists Jay-Z and Alicia Keys teamed up to release “Empire State of Mind.” In the song, Keys sings this line from the chorus: “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of; there’s nothin’ you can’t do.” The song became an unofficial anthem for many New Yorkers who were born, raised, and taught to master the art of the hustle and grind—myself being one of them.

These lyrics were a perfect testament for me (a Brooklyn native), as well as for a young man who overcame major odds to be where he is today: Tyreek Moore. Moore is not your average New Yorker. He’s an example of how being a “product of your environment” can fuel your success. In Moore’s case, to become a role model for the next generation of movers and shakers.

Moore, a native from the South Bronx, is currently the president of the Diversity and Sports Divisions at Handel Group—an international executive, life, and performance coaching firm. With five different divisions organized to provide a strong sense of accountability while maximizing a client’s potential, this firm provides amazing techniques and advice to help big-name corporations and well-known public figures produce amazing results through culture-shifting exercises and plans.

So, how did Moore get here? Let’s start from the beginning.

The Benefits of Tough Love

“Omari—it was bullets that flew by my head multiple times,” Moore told me as he showed me a tattoo of the street he grew up on—just one building over from 1620 Sedgwick Avenue, home to the birthplace of hip-hop. “We used to live in apartment 3H and bullets came through our window so many times that my mother moved us up to apartment 18E. Notice, I didn’t say move us out of the building. Leaving the ghetto was not an option.”

Moore knows how it feels to be surrounded by an environment that is not conducive to productivity. His mother worked hard to not let her four kids fall victim to drugs that were so prevalent in New York City during the ’80s. Moore used to question his mother’s sensitivity as he would describe her as very mean at times. But as he got older, he grew to understand why she had been like that with him—it was only in order to prepare him for the life he would face in adulthood.

Add a strong religious faith to that tough love upbringing and a breakthrough happened for Moore. Known for being an excellent student whose potential was brighter than the lights of Time Square, Moore got attention from educators like his literature teacher, Ms. Sherry Brown from CIS 229 who made sure he was pushed to reach his full potential through a program called Privates for Success. This initiative was created to help promising students in neighborhoods with a high crime rate garner assistance and the opportunity to attend a boarding school. Moore, who always an outstanding student, was one of the recipients and was able to attend The Kent School in Connecticut.

Everything Is Mine

While at The Kent School, Moore was a two-sport athlete in football and basketball. He was so talented that he receives interest from top tier Division I programs, as well as playing for the storied AAU national powerhouse hoops program, the New York Gauchos. This program has produced many NBA greats such as Jamal Mashburn, Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson, Chris Mullin, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and the man he competed against growing up—Stephon Marbury.


But it wasn’t until Moore was sixteen years old when a simple conversation with his friend made him reevaluate his thought process and get even more serious about his pursuit of being successful. One day, he saw a neighborhood friend driving a BMW. He asked his friend how he was able to get that car. His buddy replied, “My dad got it for me.” Now hearing this during the plight of the drug epidemic in the ’80s, Moore became skeptical. He asked his friend again, “How did your dad get it?” It was his friend’s answer that it changed Moore’s perception of the hustle and grind forever. His friend responded, “The same way we are going to get it—we’re going to go to good schools, get a good job and make a lot of money.”

A young ambitious Moore did some self-evaluating and felt that if he could see it, the he could achieve it. He proceeded to go through a mental revamp and told himself that “everything is mine.” From that point on, Moore applied and was accepted to some of the top colleges in the country.

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Shoot Your Shot

He went on to attend Boston University and joined the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and eventually got a job at an IT company. But wasn’t fully satisfied. After realizing that he wasn’t being paid what he felt he was worth, he started his own IT lab: Absolutions IT. His hunger and the memory of that conversation he had with his friend added more fuel to the fire and he decided to shoot for the stars and apply to graduate school at Harvard.

While living in Virginia, Moore sacrificed his time to take a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts to network and meet individuals at Harvard University. He was able to develop strong relationships with faculty members and board members, as well as students. After a year of consistent visiting and networking, he applied and got admitted to the School of Business. “I remember when I went there, somebody asked the question and I was ready for it. I was waiting. ‘Like, what’s the main reason, you know, people don’t get into Harvard?’ The guy who gave the answer was the director of the Technology Innovation and Education Department, Professor Joe Blatt. He said the main reason that people don’t get into Harvard is that they don’t apply. I was like, that’s it?”

Like the EA Sports slogan, “If it’s in the game, it’s in the game,” we miss 100 percent of the shots we don’t take on life-changing opportunities because we were too afraid to see the results. This mentality would stay with Moore as he continued to try different areas of entrepreneurship throughout his life.

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Supporting In Leadership: Discovering Your Calling

Life was good once Moore was able to open his IT business, despite the country going into a recession. His company never hit a deficit, he was receiving consistent business and he graduated from Harvard with his Masters.

But Moore still wasn’t happy.

“I grew up very poor. Now, I’m making real money. I always thought the key to happiness was getting out of this poor state into a more financially comfortable state. But I still wasn’t happy. I was experiencing real bouts of internal conflict. I had a crisis of conscience.”

After a long conversation with one of his best friends, he discovered that he’s a natural supporter. He realized that he came from a close circle of people that helped support him, and he wanted to pay it forward. After brief stints of motivational speaking in the Northeast region, Moore decided to put his Master’s degree in Technology Innovation and Education to full use. After realizing certain students don’t learn the same way, Moore decided to introduce a new initiative that creates engagement with students as they comprehend new information they are learning. While doing that, he decided to become a professor at Monroe College in the Bronx teaching Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Management.

His newfound passion for helping and positioning people to win experienced another upgrade when, in 2013, he became the Chief Operating Officer of the New Heights Charter School in Harlem, New York. When Moore arrived at the school, the fifth graders were reading two grade levels lower than the standard requirement. His program helped create dramatic improvements which led to students being accepted to Ivy League institutions. After this amazing breakthrough, Moore felt that he could elevate his game yet again. After he looked back at his accolades, he felt like there was a push for one more major accomplishment.

He had an epiphany and told his wife that he wanted to be a full-time life coach. With experience working as a Nurse and Director of Esthetics at Evolve Science, his wife had a conversation with a client who was a life coach. The client his wife was talking to was Lauren Zander, the co-founder of the executive life coaching company Handel Group.

And the rest was history. 

After completing the rigorous two-year training program to become a certified Handel Group coach, Moore joined the ranks of the corporate coaching division and quickly worked his way up to executive status. Today, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, and athletes, teaching the principle of Personal Integrity and accountability, and helping each and every one of his clients get out of their own way and reach their desired results and highest ideals for themselves in record time.

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Life Coach Tyreek Moore Wants You to Be the “Pro” in Productivity

One thing we can all agree on is that the path to reach the peak of your career can be a rocky one. Some of your favorite CEOs, entrepreneurs, and businesspeople have sacrificed a lot to get to where they are. One person who can attest to this is Tyreek Moore—the President of the Diversity Division and Sports Division of Handel Group, one of the top corporate consulting and life coaching companies in the world today.

Handel Group provides wildly insightful executive life coaching for organizations and individuals looking to achieve success through “in-your-face” practices of accountability and productivity. If you’re looking for a group of inspiring individuals who are pioneering new standards of Personal Integrity, leadership and honesty in business and have what it takes to get you and your company to the next level, this is the team you want to call and Moore is your coach.

Check out the rest of the interview with Tyreek Moore for more advice and life lessons and access Handel Group’s coaching methodology for yourself with Inner.U CAREER.

    Moore knows what it takes to reach the top. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he grew up during the 1980s, one of the most turbulent eras in the city’s history. Moore struggled to make a living and, to put it frankly, simply survive. But with strong role models and good faith, he knew he was bigger than the environment he grew up in. A graduate of Boston University with a Masters from Harvard, Moore made his dreams a reality and turned that success into real-world results.

    Fast forward to 2020, Moore was able to give back to his community by opening one of the most successful charter schools in the nation as well as becoming a professor at Monroe College. But his main calling came when he was recruited to be a part of the Handel Group, providing life and career-changing advice to business executives and sports athletes.

    In this eye-opening episode of #OpenDialogue, Associate Editor Omari White chats with Moore about his journey and dishes out some of his personal secrets to success.

    Omari: “Currently, you know how we live in a society where it’s a very competitive, ‘dog-eat-dog world.’ There are people who’ve joined organizations or done business with establishments that, unknown to them, have participated in shady things to help them get ahead. Can you tell me how you were able to stay true to yourself and not fall into this competitive trap?”

    Tyreek Moore: “Everybody has their own agenda and are willing to do somewhat unscrupulous things, in order to achieve that agenda. What I know is this—there’s going to be a sacrifice in anything you do and if your integrity is the thing you’re sacrificing, what you’re going to wind up with on the other side will be something that’s sub-optimal in some area of your life. That’s just how it works and I would love to say to you, Omari, that I have been a saint my whole life. I haven’t, I haven’t in those moments. Now this is years ago, right? I haven’t always seen the path that inevitably follows from me, not yet doing that, which would allow me to operate with a certain level of integrity. So I’m not willing to sacrifice it. I’m just not. That’s not a win for me.”

    Check out the rest of the interview with Tyreek Moore for more advice and life lessons.

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    35 Instagram Captions For Guys

    We’ve given you indie Pop lyrics for Instagram captions, we’ve given you Rap lyrics for Instagram captions and we’ve given you lyrics for summer Instagram captions. Now, it’s time to cast a wider net and pull from not just songs,  but movies and other captions for your social media needs. Just because these are guys, that’s not to say that a lot of these captions won’t work for anyone either. There are selections for lines aimed at your significant other, selections for when you feel like bragging, and selections for when you just want to post a random picture and need something cool to go along with it.

    Music:
    1. “I just call her bae to get her hyphy”

    Travis Scott, ‘FRANCHISE’

    Cactus Jack is on top of the world right now and it’s only fitting that we kicked off the list with a line from his newest single, ‘FRANCHISE’ with M.I.A. and Young Thug.

    2. “Dreams of living life like rappers do”

    Kendrick Lamar, ‘Money Trees’

    An oldie but a goodie. This K. Dot line from his first album good kid, m.A.A.d city beautifully sums up how we admire Hip-Hop culture and the things we aspire to.

    3. “Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now… baby”

    Drake, ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’

    A Drake pick for a list of Instagram captions is always a lock.

    4. “This is hard but I love you, we fuck up, that’s just life”

    Russ, ‘Take You Back’

    If you’re looking for something from a lady’s perspective, check out Kehlani’s portion on this same song.

    5. “Life is such a fucking rollercoaster, then it drops, but what should I scream for? This is my theme park”

    Lil Wayne, ‘Forever’

    ‘Forever’ featured an all-star cast of Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem and we might never see something like that ever again. They all had great verses, but Wayne’s verse might have the most caption-ready lines.

    6. “Don’t talk to me like I’m not me, graveyard, I’m up late as shit, I’m with the zombies”

    Big Sean, ‘Lithuania’

    A fan favorite from Sean Don’s latest album, Detroit 2.

    7. “Bitches calling my phone like I’m locked up, nonstop”

    Drake, ‘POPSTAR’

    DJ Khaled and Drake with Justin Bieber in the video? Money.

    8. “Being happy is my goal but greatness is the mission”

    Childish Gambino, ‘I’m Alright’

    This is a line from way back before Childish Gambino was known to mainstream America as Donald Glover and had big acting placements, but it holds up to this day. 

    9. “My n*ggas pick me up and we gon’ light the city up as if the sun had a night shift”

    J. Cole, ‘The Climb Back’

    Something feel good from Cole’s next album, The Fall Off.

    10. “They say people in your life are seasons and anything that happen is for a reason”

    Kanye West, ‘Heard ‘Em Say’

    Whatever you think about Kanye’s recent antics and music, don’t forget that for years he was dropping classic album after classic album. Late Registration is one of those and ‘Heard ‘Em Say’ was a big single from it.

    11. “Your bitch a four to me, I’ma take my girl to Dior this week”

    Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Expensive’

    Instagram captions allow for you to flex without having to necessarily tell the full truth. If that’s the case with this Ty Dolla $ign line, don’t worry about it.

    12. “A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson, appreciate the pain, it’s a blessing”

    JAY-Z, ‘Smile’

    4:44 was the refreshing piece of music that fans had been wanting from Hov for years and on it came gem after gem. This is just one of our many favorites.

    13. “Where my ladies at? Let’s find somewhere we can go crazy at”

    Lupe Fiasco, ‘Go Baby’

    ‘Go Baby’ isn’t one of our favourites from The Cool. It’s one of the light-hearted songs, but that’s what makes it a great choice for Instagram captions.

    14. “My chick could have what she want and go in any store for any bag she want”

    T.I., ‘Whatever You Like’

    One of T.I.’s biggest hits has some of his best caption-ready lines on it.

    15. “They’ve been tryna stop the wave but the wave don’t stop”

    Meek Mill, ‘Uptown Vibes’

    Meek was rejuvenated with his Championships album and the big single with Fabolous and Anuel AA had some heaters on it.

    Movies:
    16. “Remember who you are”

    Mufasa, ‘The Lion King’

    This quote is simple, but that’s exactly what’s great about it and makes it work so perfectly for a caption on Instagram. The Lion King’s effect on the world and pop culture cannot be overstated…

    17. “Hakuna matata”

    Timon and Pumbaa, ‘The Lion King’

    …and that’s exactly why this quote makes it too. Though it’s the classic line sung by Timon and Pumbaa and Disney owns the trademark, it should be acknowledged that this actually a phrase in Swahili that translates to “no worries”.

    18. “Our lives are determined by opportunities, even the ones we miss”

    Benjamin Button, ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’

    Perhaps it’s too deep for your average selfie, but this line from Benjamin Button (played by Brad Pitt) is special and sobering.

    19. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”

    Ferris Bueller, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

    An undeniable classic, Ferris Bueller can be as insignificant or significant as you’d like it to be but there’s no debate that this quote from it is special. It’s perfect to put on Instagram early in the day or week to start your followers’ days off right.

    20. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary”

    John Keating, ‘Dead Poet’s Society’

    Played by the late, great Robin Williams, this one is a spin on a classic and cliché phrase.

    General:
    21. “It always seems impossible until it’s done”
    22. “A man who never tries is like a warrior without a scar”
    23. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”
    24. “Nothing worth doing is easy”
    25. “Wins and losses”
    26. “Being happy never goes out of style”
    27. “Catch flights, not feelings”
    28. “Everything you need is already inside you. Get started”
    29. “A man without confidence has nothing”
    30. “Some girls want Superman but walk past Clark Kent every day”
    31. “Tomorrow isn’t promised”
    32. “Be anything but predictable”
    33. “Wander often, wonder always”
    34. “If you were looking for a sign, here it is”
    35. “Life is too short to have boring hair”