Hate it or Love it the Underdogs on Top

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[Chorus (50 then Game):]
Hate it or love it the underdog’s on top
And I’m gonna shine homie until my heart stop

Go head’ envy me
I’m raps MVP
And I ain’t goin nowhere so you can get to know me

Intro

The NBA Finals are over. The confetti that fell from American Airlines Area is cleaned up. The lights to the gym are turned off, and the seats are empty. The locker rooms no longer smell of champagne and sweaty men. The fan section no longer has popcorn and spilled soda sticking to the floor. It is all over. The Miami Heat repeat as champions, and the off-season begins.

If you are a sports fanatic or NBA junky you knew coming into the NBA season what the headline stories would be. Will King James be dethroned from Championship number 2? Will his supporting cast be up for the Challenge? Is LBJ the best player in the NBA? Anyone could tell you that Lebron James would be the focus throughout the regular season. This young man has been in the spot light his entire career, dating back to his high school, The Fighting Irish. Since living in Akron Ohio, LBJ has had to deal with flashing cameras, over aggressive media and rude analysis since a teen, comparisons to MJ and Kobe Byrant, his place in history, his mark on the NBA brand. At the age of 28, LBJ has been given a lot of responsibility (A lot of which he has not asked for/Some of which he did). All of this, not allowing, Lebron to be Lebron.

The Expectations

On June 26th, 2003 the NBA was given an instant attraction. Though the draft was filled with 3 other superstars (Do you remember who they are), they did not receive the hype, in which the kid from Akron received. This kid was already given the crown, and an audience was waiting to see if the crown fit perfectly. At the age of 17 he was given the nick name “The Chosen One, by Greg Kelly an SI senior editor (NBA Players usually do not come up with nicknames for themselves/If they did it was whack or not really a nickname), talked to NBA superstars on a regular basis (Tracy MacGrady, Antoine Walker, and coach John Locus of Cleveland at the time) and also spent time with rap legend Jay Z. Not to mention the $100 million dollar endorsements deals before a game on the hardwood.

His path and hype was like no other superstar who has ever entered the NBA nor any other professional sport. The expectations from no other individual have been this high. The pressure from teammates, organizations, fans and media was at its all-time high, not to mention he was still 17-18 at the time. Entering something new is easy when you have nothing to lose. The world (for some reason) gives you 1-2 years to mess up and make mistakes. Everything after that is considered a fail or you will be highly criticized for your actions. It only took 1 year for the world to focus in on LBJ and his progress as a superstar, and what he has YET to accomplish. Or better yet what he has to accomplish to be considered great. How did he respond?

Doubters

All of this and the world still doubts what he can do:

NBA Championships Details:

2011-12 with Miami Heat

2012-13 with Miami Heat

Awards and Honors by Type:

Season MVP – 4 times 
2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13

Finals MVP – Twice 
2011-12, 2012-13

Scoring Leader – Once 
2007-08

All-NBA First Team – 7 times 
2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

All-NBA Second Team – Twice 
2004-05, 2006-07

All-Defensive First Team – 5 times 
2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

Rookie of the Year 
2003-04

All-Rookie First Team 
2003-04

Overcome

Everyone makes mistakes. We go through life and learn from the decisions we make as an adult and as a kid. If we did not make mistakes and go through ups and downs we would not learn as much as we learn and grow as much as we grow. Everyone has their reasons for why they dislike Lebron James. Moving from Cleveland to Miami. The Decision. The way he plays the game. The way he speaks. What he does in the community. Possibly even the things he eats. How he works out. Some simply have no reason at all. Some just like to follow a trend that is floating in the media (The Bad Guy). Some just hate hearing comparisons to him and other players.

Lebron is amongst very few players (in the world of sports) who have been hated for being so damn good. Hated for making life choices, he felt (key word “HE”) would be best for him. Everyone believes to know what is right for Lebron James. In the mean time, he continues to do what he feels is right for himself. There comes a time in life where you have to make choices for you, you can either allow others to dictate future goals and dreams, or you can decide to determine these experiences and expectations on your own.

Lebron James went through a variety of hatred. Scooter Magruder has it all in his 2012 skit Stuff Lebron James Haters Say

Scooter makes a point of emphasizes to show that no matter what LBJ does throughout his career, people will always find a way to hate him, or dislike his accomplishment. And this does not “only” go for Lebron, James, this is a fact for everyone. Know matter how good or great you are at something, people will always try to find a way to bring you down, or make you feel less of a person. It is up to you to manage this storm, and come up with ways to weather the storm.

 Focus

Spending 7 years in Cleveland without a ring left Lebron upset and hungry for better results. A Decision in 2010 rocked the sports world and easily gave fans and media something to hold onto for a lifetime. Another loss in the 2011 NBA Finals to Dallas made one think and take a better look in the mirror.

The lessons learned through experience have forced Lebron into one or 2 mindsets. He could either allow others to determine his future or take control. Lebrons latest decision was overlooked this year. Lebron decided to block out all of those who negatively affected his game. He used these (Haters) individuals as motivation to create one he best all time performances over an NBA season/playoffs. And he said it best when he received his MVP award in-game 7.

Last Thoughts:

All of your failures should be used as motivation. The pressure and outside influences are more reasons why you should want to be successful. This should be the gas for your engine. Never take a negative comment too serious. Never allow a word or gesture to go to the heart. Use it. And create something out of it.

#BeAwesomeNow

Help Us Help Others!!

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Well it’s been two years now (I think, maybe a little more) since  I’ve decided to try to change the world, one T-shirt at a time. How is it going? Well pretty good! I have a family of supporters who have helped me continue this journey and I am learning and growing every day. Since I started selling t-shirts from my apartment in Antigonish, during school, I have been through variety ups and downs. Negatives that I quickly turn into positives. And great friends I’ve found along the way.

Today, I live in Kuwait (If you didn’t know already) It has been a unique experience so far. This is a little country in the Middle East. What am I doing here? Well I teach grade 2 (Not just ENGLISH/Science, Math & Social Studies too). It’s been a challenge trying to manage two separate things that I love doing: Teaching & Spreading Awesome; but I some how keep both rolling. With experience comes learning, and I do not regret taking this journey for one second.

Help Us Help Others:

I’ve been thinking lately: What else can I do to make the world more awesome? I quickly thought about it. And thought about it. And came to the conclusion of reaching out to non-profit organizations, charities and programs. I want to give 16% of proceeds, and promote and raise awareness for their causes. ALL FOR FREE OF COURSE:-)

I have a written proposal ready to be sent to all organizations that are interested. For those of you who do not know who I am, I have university professors, doctors, lawyers, ministers,  teachers, friends, parents, aunts, uncles, dogs, cats and even rabbits ready to be my reference. I have given all of them notice that individuals may call or email them. I know it is hard to give a stranger a chance, but I promise you I am sincere and will try my best to help your organization reach its full potential, if it has not already. I’m just a young guy trying to make the world more awesome.

See Links:

Current Website: www.beawesomeapparel.com

Twitter: @BeAwesomeTm

Facebook Page: GaryGrayArt 

What to look forward to: 

Website: Be Awesome will get a fresh new look thanks to the gentlemen at Q&A, Orange County, CA. A new website will launch this summer 2013! Check out Q&A on the link provided.

Awesome Logo: Be Awesome will look a little different once the re-launch! A great design has been developed and we are excited to present it to you very soon!

My Mission:

My mission is very clear. I want to make the world Awesome. If I have to go broke doing so. SO BE IT. Whether that is giving T-shirts  away. Raising money for groups or individuals independently. I am ready to put my eggs in the basket. Be Awesome will find a way to give and make people smile. You can help too! Contact: garygrayart@gmail.com for more information on the concept and ideas. Follow us @ the links above!

How can you help?:

Repost. Retweet. Share. Like. Call. Write, ReBlog. This post to all of your friends and family. Please help Be Awesome Support Awesome Causes!

Until Next Time,

Stay Awesome;-)

BeAwesome

20 Facts About A Good Person

BeAwesome: #326 20 Facts About A Good Person

#BeGood

#BeGood

A good person is someone who cares. They care about themselves and the people around them. It does not matter if it is their best friend, family or even a stranger. Good people have a heart for everyone.

Good people do the little things that average people do not like to do: Opening the door for the elderly. Not judging. Being nice and compassionate. Telling the truth. Expressing how one feels. Charitable. Good manners.Being Positive. Being respectful and a good listener. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Being a good person ask you to be and do a lot of different things. Is it a lot?  Heck yes it is! And that is why only some people can do it. Am I happy with whom I am as a person? Do I love my self? These are general questions that are made up to see the bigger picture.

20 Facts About A Good Person

Fact: A Good Person accepts everyone for who they are

Fact: A Good Person never compares themselves to others

Fact: A Good Person is respectful to their elders

Fact: A Good Person is compassionate

Fact: A Good Person helps others

Fact: A Good Person tells the truth

Fact: A Good Person gives 110%

Fact: A Good Person loves to listen

Fact: A Good Person gives

Fact: A Good Person loves one self

Fact: A Good Person is trust worthy

Fact: A Good Person forgives (Never forgets)

Fact: A Good Person is tolerant

Fact: A Good Person is responsible

Fact: A Good Person humble

Fact: A Good Person is educated

Fact: A Good Person faithful

Fact: A Good Person is patience

Fact: A Good Person is friendly

Fact: A Good Person loves

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Being a good person is about trying to do the right thing

(Can we do the right thing all the time? Probably not. But we can definitely try)

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YouDecide

YouDecide

3 Myths about a Good Person:

Own Things

Sometimes we get confused about how to be a good person. We do things “just because” instead of “from the heart”. You do not have to be rich or live in a fancy house to be a good person. You do not have to be wealthy and own fancy cars, and eat fancy food either. The truth is, some good people have all of this while some good people have none of this at all. Objects and things do not make good people.

Religion

You do not have to be religious to be a good person. You do not have to go to church either. You do not have to read the bible. You do not have to do anything when it comes to  Religion, to be considered a good person. You can still be a good person without this. This is a personal choice. It does not mean you are a more or less of a good person if you decide to follow religion or not.

Conceited

Being conceited means: Excessively proud of oneself. Arrogant and vain. This means you believe you are above all. Good people are not conceited. Do not get this definition mixed with good-hearted people. Good people do not need the spot light. Good people do not care who gets the credit as long as someone is happy

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You be the judge.. Are you a good person? What are you doing to make others around you happy? Are you happy?

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #320 Top 5 Fist Pumps of All Time

BeAwesome: #320 Top 5 Fist Pumps of All-Time

How it works?

How it works?

Throughout history the fist pump has become a popular way to express ones emotion. These emotions are usually positive. The fist pump is a tool to inspire or encourage great action, acts or involvement in an occasion. It is a celebratory gesture in which your fist is raised in your own particular manner. Your body’s adrenaline is racing through your veins like a Nascar. Your heart is beating like an African drum. Enthusiasm. Excitement. Energetic. What is your fist pump? What get’s you excited to do more? Be more? Work harder? Strive for greatness at what you do. Find your fist pump and start changing the world.

Here are the top 5 fist pumps of all time:

Martin Luther King Jr


Watch and listen to the video R.I.P MLK

Michael Jordan


Fast forward to 3:20

The best basketball player to ever play the game. Need I say more? Sure why not. 5 NBA Regular Season MVP. 6 NBA Championships. 6 NBA Finals MVP. 10 NBA First Team. 9 NBA All Defensive Team. 1 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Get my point?

Tiger Woods:


Say what you want about Tiger, but when it is all said and done, Mr. Woods will go down as the greatest golfer to ever play the game. PGA Tour Wins: 77, European Tour Wins: 39 Japan Golf Tour Wins: 2 (to name a few)

Sidney Crosby

Over the past couple of years, Sidney Crosby has been criticized for taking time from hockey and dealing with nagging concussion like symptoms. I know it is a short season (2013) but Mr. Crosby is the Offensive Point Leader so far with 53(As of March 28th/2013). The Pittsburgh Penguins are also the best team in the Eastern Conference. Not to mention The Kids awards: 1 Stanley Cup. 1 Art Ross. 1 Lester B. And the list goes on and on.

Serena Williams

Miss Williams owns 18 Grand Slam Single titles, amongst many more. With this type of resume, Serena has the right to “come on” and fist pump up and down the clay, carpet and grass when suited up for action. (Sorry Sloane Stephens). 

Note: Tommie Smith should have been mentioned in this blog as well

Honorary Mentions:

#ThePresident

#ThePresident

#SandBaby

#SandBaby

Nadal

#Nadal

#Sorry

#SorryHad2DoIt

Find your fist pump and work it to perfection. All the greats have one;-)

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #316 Schedule (Tips on how to make a successful Schedule)

BEAWESOME: #316 Schedule (Tips on how to make a successful Schedule)

WhatComesFirst

WhatComesFirst

Scheduling (for me is great) it is something I use daily to keep track of what I want to complete and what I want to start the following day. A lot of us hate to make schedules because they are reminders of the things we technically “ do not “want to do. It does not have to be this way. Create a schedule of things you like. And look forward to as well. But never put things on the back burner that are important.

Do you need a schedule?

It depends how busy you are. And rightfully so, do you want to start it. Anyone can create a schedule, but not everyone is going to follow through now are they. Schedules depend on life and responsibilities, priorities, interest and commitments. You may not need a schedule. Some people simply have no matter worth keeping track of.  They like to do what ever they like when they like and it often never affects anyone.

Benefits:

Those who are successful (often/not all the time) use schedules. Why? When using a schedule you are able to organize a variety of things at once. It helps you coordinate a variety of activities with the rest of your life. For starters, remember to write down important dates. When you see important dates, you are reminded of how much time you have before this date will arrive, and what you can do in between before this date finally comes.

 What really matters vs what kind of matters

A schedule takes away the surprise of forgetting and remembering (followed by panic or hyperventilating) It gives you time, or and outlook on what you need to do in this amount of time.

When creating a schedule you often run into conflict or trouble. Things do not always go perfectly. The good thing is, you’ve already thought about this conflict 10-20 days before it has happened (if you created the schedule). The juggling, mixing and matching, the perfect order is tough to manage and put together but it works when done correctly. The fact of the matter is, sometimes you cannot do everything you want. Sometimes you forget and spend too much time on something that should only take a few minutes. Creating a balanced schedule is not easy.

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WhatIsYOurGoal

How to create an AWESOME schedule:

–       Write down what is important (On your schedule-Circle/Highlight/Underline)

–       Needs vs Wants (On your schedule-Circle/Highlight/Underline)

Do you need to get this done? Or is this something you want to get done?

Understand the differences and what is important to you at the time.

–       Remember within your schedule you have to eat and sleep

(How much and how long is entirely up to you) I will be different for everyone

–       Make sure your schedule is full of things you love to do

If your schedule is created and you see that the “don’t want to do’s” out weigh the “love to do’s”, you need to really think more about your scheduling

–       If you cannot do something, say you cannot do it

A lot of people will take on too much, and find themselves in a jam by the end of the week or month. Do enough to be satisfied. But leave enough to keep you motivated.

–       Go through with it

If you create a schedule, follow through with it. It is giving you the responsibility and ownership of what goes on in your life.

– Find time for friends and family

Very important

       – Remember to be nice to people and believe in yourself

BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #313 I Get #HIGH

313. BeAwesome:  #313 I Get #High

Work hard & achieve anything. Aim higher. Dream bigger. Fear less. Love more.Look after yourself. Be grateful. Stay blessed. Trust your struggle. It’s now or never

MySmokes

Unfortunately I quit smoking when I was 10 years old

I get high all the time. Of course my high affects me differently. I spend my life in the clouds. I feel weightless. I am amazed by pictures and the things around me. Sometimes I go really fast. Sometimes I walk in slow motion. I get extremely happy. Sometimes I feel sad as well. My highs change every year. It makes me laugh. Often by myself. But sometimes with friends. I see great detail most people usually overlook. A small fly on the wall. A piece of lint on the pillowcase. A curved line or mark on a book or a piece of paper. I get absorbed into an object. I think deeply. I go on random journeys and spend time with my thoughts. My mind flows differently. I think deep and long about the things around me. These thoughts bring ideas. I understand magic better. I am able to write and sing a bit better as well. I get lost in success. I get trapped in my world and surroundings. I experience thinking and problems I have never faced before. It let my mind go off in its own direction. I look at words and conversation differently. My high doesn’t harm me. Not the least bit. My high doesn’t cause the munchies (well sometimes it does). My high is legal (around the world). My high smells good. My high allows me to see clearly.

My high is not a drug but it does the same thing. My high is #LIFE. What is your high?

-BeAwesome