A little is worth a lot!

As a businessman, business owner, partner, and board member many times it is easy to let your logic get clouded with your own thoughts. 

Many times it is beyond beneficial for you to disconnect from yourself and connect to another. Perhaps take another perspective or take another look at something from someone else’s point of view.

Continually try to instill in yourself to view something from another perspective.

A little bit of respect for someone else’s opinion and the circumstances around someone else’s feelings can go a long way. 

Many times it even provides you with more solidification one way or another!

Irma-gerd!

Currently, if you haven’t heard there’s a little rain storm named Irma that’s ripping a new asshole in the south-eastern United States. Most of the state of Florida was evacuated, and now this little gem has been “downgraded” from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Bullshit. I know. 

As a current Atlanta resident and native to this salad bowl of diversity and shit, there is one thing the south-east has not done well at all. Prepare for natural occurances such as snow, rain, storms, etc. 

A light drizzle of rain stops traffic like a monsoon. A snowflake causes mass chaos like a blizzard. You get the picture.
Atlanta is currently in a state of emergency for the most recent tropical storm Irma that is pounding down on us with rain and wind. It’s laughable to take is sincerely when almost every natural occurance in the south-east calls for a state of emergency because we aren’t prepared to wipe our own asses.

SMH. Pussies.

Labor Day – Who & Why

This past weekend we took our families out on the lake for a nice long weekend to simply cap off the summer in one last big bash. Here in the South though, there is this thing called “fall break”, which is honestly a bullshit school holiday where teachers and student get to take time off before a month and half of crunch time.

While on the lake you see all of the typical individuals you would expect. Everyone there is broken up into these categories…

  • Successful men that bought a family boat for their families to enjoy
  • Men that over-finances a boat for their families to enjoy
  • Rednecks that bought something for themselves to enjoy
  • Rental boaters who simply want to trash what everyone else has worked hard for

Labor day in itself has always been something that I have perceived as a nice break at the end of summer to celebrate some nice grind-time at the office. The first 3 categories of these boaters, i can say in some form or fashion do deserve to celebrate labor day….

There is one group of these boaters who simply are parasites and they always seems to be consistently the same types of people. The rental boaters are typically showing up with a group of about 8-16 individuals to rent a boat that can legally hold 7 people. The result is now two watercraft that have idiots driving them. Now, i understand some of you may be thinking why i call them such things, but when you show up to rent a boat and you’re sucking on a pacifier and you’re in your early 20’s…. You have no leg to stand on.

Typically, on the lake there’s the experienced boaters and then these rental folks who ruin it for everyone who come out rolling on molly with their 1-hitters in their pockets like they’re going to a 311 concert. I can appreciate both of those things, but when those things can cause harm to my family or put my family in danger, you can go fuck yourself.

It seems like every fucking weekend there’s the same TYPE of people showing up to rent boats, the same type of people who do not respect themselves to even begin respecting others, or other people’s property.

If they don’t respect themselves, how the hell can you expect them to respect someone else’s property or be mindful of someone else’s life?

Team Update!

So where the hell have all of us been?!

Traveling and working!

Two of us have been golfing every week for the past few months (which are our jobs) and then the others of us have been stuck in business meetings doing typical work bullshit however both have allowed us to collect a chunk of experiences to share with you!

Work has been decent as of late… typical clients that don’t understand, act like they do, ask questions, you answer honestly, then they try to screw you…. 

When in business did it become normal to screw your business or service provider? Did you know that nearly 5% of small business revenue is tied up in collections?! Not even ACTUAL REVENUE… cash money… Just ass jack clients that don’t want to pay their bills so they cost these companies more money…

Ask yourself what type of client you are being before asking ANYTHING of your contractor or service provider. You will likely change or tune or change the entire path of the conversation….

Think about it!! 

House Calls!

Got a hilarious telephone call from one of my college buddies and had to share it.

Blake is one of our friends who was the ring leader of our party circle. We would do everything together in high school, college, grad school, etc. This guy was literally the co-pilot to all of our greatest fuck ups. Literally.

Blake met a wonderful gal while in grad school and married her. They now have three kids, live in a very affluent neighborhood, and he has a job as a doctor that works on rich people. Literally, he makes house calls for rich people that don’t want to GO to the doctor. Needless to say, with his clientele he deals with a lot of absent minded individuals.

He calls to share a story with me about one of his clients that calls him at 11PM at night screaming because her six year old son is up screaming that his stomach hurts, and she thinks it could be something “more”. Whatever more is…

So, Blake takes the house call and heads over to their house, which luckily is only a few neighborhoods over from Blake. Luckily, his wife is very understanding and allows him to leave for all of these silly house calls. (Many of his clients are public figures, sports stars, etc. so almost ALL of his calls are house calls)

Blake gets to the house, pushes the call box at the gate, and they let him in.

Walks up to the house, and the Mom comes out (with cocktail in hand) screaming at Blake to hurry up and help her son who is upstairs and in lots of pain.

She escorts him upstairs to her son’s room and then leaves.

He finds this boy sitting on the shitter playing his game-boy. The kid who will remain nameless, looks at Blake while still playing game boy and shitting….. and goes “Hey man. I’m fine. I told my mom my ass was on fire because we had Mexican tonight, and she decided to call you”

At this point Blake is dying laughing and tells him “But you mom called and said you were in lots of pain and you were screaming”…..

The kids reply “Yeah, i was screaming at my Game Boy”

 

SMH.

Cut your losses!

Everyone needs to know when to cut their losses.

No matter personal or professional we all have losses that we all need to cut. It sometimes takes us getting our feelings and pride thrown up in our faces, but we need to have it thrown in our faces sooner than later.

In your professional lives if we keep an employee on staff for too long because we like them, we end up bleeding money on someone because we have blind hope that it will work out for the sake of our own pride, as well as the desire to see your employees succeed.

In our personal lives if you are not losing friends, you are not growing. True friends will understand your growth and will be only a phone call away. This is very true and it takes a lot of guts to realize this in our personal lives because our friends and personal interactions are what keeps us centered and bring us comfort.

If you have the same best friends for 10-20 years, you likely haven’t grown. Try to make yourself change and adapt. Change is necessary for growth, as a seed does not stay a seed.

Stop Complaining!

If you can’t determine if you are this stupid after reading this, you likely are the problem with today’s society. Let’s just put that out there before you even bother to continue reading this.

While talking to some people today i hear varying opinions on all kinds of topics such as religion, politics, social status, and much more. Typically, I remain opinionated because of the fact that I really do not care what people think, so why the hell does it matter?

Anyways, over the past few years we have been friends with this couple who are a complete train wreck and their relationship is solely based upon desperation due to them having a mid-thirties mid-life crisis. The husband was a Marine and served on three tours in Iraq and overall is a great guy. He is a God loving, gun toting, tattooed bad-ass from the United States Military that serves our country for over a decade. On the other hand is his wife, the bitchy divorced mid-thirties girl who has done a diligent effort in letting her political views cloud her success in life and devour her every ounce of logic. Literally, the kind of girl that can’t keep herself out of drama, because she finds it necessary to inject her liberal ass opinion on every situation possible.

Stop! Before you get ass hurt and get on the political views bitch here listen up… I have friends that are gay, black, straight, liberal, conservative, democratic, republican, libertarian, etc. The problem is not the political view associated with the individual, it is how that individual respects OTHER’s personal and political views. If you have no respect for others to keep your whiny ass shut because of the conflict it will cause, then go fuck yourself sideways. You’re the problem with the world.

Now, back on topic! They have been married for 2 years and have been together for 3 in total. One of them in very self-motivated and determined to be successful in everything they do. The other one has this entitled view of society and views everyone like they can learn something from them. (Guess who is who!?)

Now, they are married and all of these personality characteristics are coming out of the woodwork and they keep complaining about each other. On a weekly basis we hear shit about how the wife is so down in the dumps and has some new issue, and some new drama, and some new problem to deal with. At the same time we hear about how the husband is successful, motivated, and is busting his ass working 12-14 hours a day to help support his family… All while it’s a chore for his wife to sit at her desk for a bitchy 5 hours per day reading emails and answering telephones.

At what point did these two think that their personal characteristics were compatible? You have one person who is very respectful of others political views, beliefs, and all around is a good person which does not stem from religion or political association. Then you have the other part of this relationship that is an opinionated bitch that feels the need to insert her opinion into every damn situation every because it’s her “right”… Everyone has rights, not everyone has respect.

If you are one of these people who is a newly-wed looking at your relationship going “What the fuck happened!?”… Maybe you should have taken a step back and taken the relationship for face value and not dug in any deeper. Maybe dig in a few times, but then don’t call her for two weeks. Whatev.

 

Don’t be a megaphone!

This applies to most people unfortunately. If this doesn’t apply to you, I personally applaud you and thank you for your logical service to society.

In a whirlwind of bullshit at one of our offices today I have an employee run up to me and say “Hey, we have a problem”… He states the problem which obviously cannot be shared with all of you, but the problem is small in the big scheme of things. Literally, the problem equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of a fraction of a percent.

So, I of course ask the logical questions of… 1. are we required to take part in this? 2. what is this needed for? 3. have you asked anyone else about this to see if it is actually needed?

As I ask these questions, I get blank stare in return. To all of them.

I say this as a business owner, problem solver, and more so than that, a logical person who doesn’t like bullshit.

Please make it a point when seeing a problem and complaining about it, to actually have a solution to the problem when you are bringing it up to someone. Think of how the person must feel when you’re bring a shit little problem to the table, but no solution.

Don’t me a megaphone and state the problems louder than necessary. What are you doing? What are you solving?

Be logical. Be thoughtful. Be proactive.

Not an OUNCE of compassion!

Living in a suburban time warp you meet a lot of people from all different strides of like, which honestly many of which have not come from great up-bringings. Not like they were homeless drug addicts, but most all of our neighbors “made it”. This is pretty common in our neighborhood, as we are all in our mid thirties / early forties and we really didn’t come from anything close to what we have now.

With that being said it is however quite interesting to see how these people raise their children with a complete lack of common sense and respect for people around them. It’s almost like children today are so fucking self-involved they cant dislodge their heads out of their asses (cell phones), to take a second and actually communicate and be a respectful member of society.

Given the nature of where we live, this is a very common these not just with our family, but other contributing members to this blog as well. We all kind of live in suburban areas of Greater Atlanta, and it’s actually pretty funny that no matter where you go… Kids will all be the same based upon how society is bringing up our children.

The unfortunate thing though is kids now are growing up to be worthless members of society that literally lack every ounce of self-worth and motivation that we all had growing up. Kids today are coming back home, living with mommy and daddy after college, getting kicked out of school, being disrespectful. This shit NEVER happened in the 80’s and 90’s!

These kids in today’s world are lacking an ass whooping and a lot of self worth.