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This is sick! Yet another way the internet creates an entirely new metric of success.

Billboard Launches “Social 50″ Chart to Rate Artists by Online Popularity

Musicians and fans will now be privy to a whole new metric of success, thanks to Billboard, who is today launching the Social 50, a chart that measures an artist’s popularity based on social networking activity.

Source: http://mashable.com/2010/12/02/billboard-social-50/

An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked our to the pier to clear his head.

A small boat with just one fisherman had docked, and inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. “How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked. “Only a little while,” the Mexican replied in surprisingly good English. “Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked. “I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends, the Mexican said as he unloaded them into a basket. “But … What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican looked up and smiled. “I sleep late, fish a little. play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Julia, and stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American laughed and stood tall. “Sir, I’m a Harvard M.B.A. and can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. In no time, you could buy several boats with the increased haul. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats.” He continued, “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village, of course, and move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles, and eventually New York City, where you could run your expanding enterprise with proper management.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, senor, how long will all this take?” To which the American replied, “15-20 years. 25 tops.” “But what then, senor?” The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

“Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

This is right from Tim Ferris’ 4 hour work week, which I recommend all of you hustlers out there go grab asap!

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Just wanted to swing through and share this story with everyone on VibeThat … It’s taken me too long to get on here and support my man, Brett, but hope you all like this little post.  Makes you stop and think, what do we do it for?  If you’re out there grindin without a vision, you are #WastingTime!

Can’t get there if you don’t know where you’re going!

Learn what you love, love what you learn – Wealthy Knowledge

Art is a liberating process.  Apart from influence of the exterior world, you connect with the task at hand, engage and everything else fades to black.  Artist and pen, the mic and the spotlight, paintbrush and canvas, teacher and class, athlete and opponent, actor and character, board and wave, body and mind.  Passion drives all of this. When we’re driven, we realize everything connects.  Thoughts are lost without action so find yourself empowered through progress. Prepare yourself, our reactions are a clear indication of where we’re at mentally.

As a writer there always comes a time when you feel there’s nothing to write about; you’ve run out of topics. You don’t know where to begin and that’s really where the problem began all along. If you find yourself searching for a topic then you’re not reflecting what you’re actually thinking about. Shouldn’t have to look for what’s on your mind because it already is. Truly great writings and real expression come on their own terms, at their own time. They show up when you least expect them.  You’ll find harmony in your art once you avoid letting your mind get in the way of what your heart really has to say.

When I find myself at this place its often not that I don’t know what to write about, but what I’m capable of writing won’t properly explain what really needs to be said.  Sometimes I’m just not ready to write about certain things. The key here is to not let excuses perpetually serve as a solution.

“Excuses are a list of self imposed obstacles that prevent you from having a better life.”  – Tony Horton

This is one of the great beauties of life, art, poetry and music.  Sometimes we need to speak about things indirectly, allowing conclusions to be determined by the observer. Through messages, color, delivery, metaphor, tone of voice, vibe, body language and emotion we can portray what we feel aside from words or picture; the harmony of it all does the talking for you.

I’ve always enjoyed writing as it allows time for preparation.  I can work ideas out in my head then present them once I’m ready.  What I’ve learned is when applying your art to the present, live in-person and on the spot is when real talent has the opportunity to shine.  You could write hundreds of rough drafts, plan hundreds of routines, rewrite songs or speeches, rebuild things and “correct” your work countless times over; but being thrust into the moment shows us three very important things. One; we’re more prepared and talented than we lead ourselves to believe.  Two; even if you were to make a mistake, its not a big deal so long as you refuse to give up when you stumble.  Three; pressure can trap you, don’t doubt yourself.  Remember, you’re doing what comes naturally.

I tend to perk up whenever I hear any mention of life lessons, the big picture or more specifically a perspective on success and its attainment.  Especially from someone who appears to have it.  This isn’t the guy with the biggest house on the block, but rather somebody who is happy, enjoys life and shares good stories of their times.  Someone who surrounds themselves in laughter and positivity, friendship, kindness, family and sunshine of their own.  Nobody can tell you how to be rich if you determine what your valuables are.

What is the key to life? Passion for everything you do.  You don’t need money to be a millionaire.

“Existence is a sport.”  – Tim Napoli

9 Notes on Life:

  1. Stop making comparisons
  2. Wave hello to haters
  3. Do you
  4. Don’t stop building
  5. We’re all connected
  6. It’s a small world
  7. I’m pretty sure you only live once
  8. Never say goodbye
  9. Stand up and live

Love Intensifies Futile Emotions
&
Positive Energy Activates Constant Elevation

You’ll find harmony in your art once you avoid letting your mind get in the way of what your heart really has to say.


Happy Birthday Tim

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” - Chuck Drury

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18 Year old Pittsburgh & Newly Signed Rostrum Records MC drops his newest and most anticipated mixtape “K.I.D.S” This mixtape features mostly ALL original music and only one guest appearance from fellow label mate Chevy Woods. Salute to Mac Miller, Rostrum Records & Most Dope!

Na Palm is an aspiring rapper representing the Chicago club scene.  “Time To Rise” is my personal favorite of his tracks and comes from his mixtape “Dirty Girls Like Dirty Beats.”  In his music and interviews Na Palm consistently credits his brother for pushing him to persevere and succeed when his future was nothing more than a vision.  This track reminds me of my brother, who assisted and inspired me to continue pursuing my highest aspirations.

Na Palm – Time To Rise

It started as a vision,
Just me and my brother,
We’re sitting in the kitchen,
Lookin at one another
Chasing dreams out this one bedroom apartment,
Grab my paper, got my pen, that’s how it got started

Writing lyrics from my spirit hope these people hear it,
It’s us against the world, and I’m  gonna never fear it,
Say what I say cause I’m speaking what I’m feeling,
I spit it for the dreamers, I spit it for the children,
I spit 1,000 bars until I spit a million,
It’s coming from the heart, that’s why it’s so appealing

Artist Bio: Na Palm

Exploding onto Chicago’s rap/hip-hop music scene is Napalm – born Craig Steven Palm. Napalm delivers unique flows while staying true to his background and lifestyle. This underground, grassroots rapper emerged from solely basement-freestyling at after-hour parties to mesmerizing mass crowds at the largest clubs in the city. Smashing the mold of a stereotypical, sheltered suburbanite, Napalm uses his lyrical talent and cleverly applied one-liners to create and captivate audiences of all ages and musical appetites. Initially enthralling the party scene in Chicago, Napalm is now seeking to broaden his horizons and lash out to the widespread public.

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