Hello everyone! It’s been a while! When I revitalized my blog last year, I was in a different stage in my life and wanted to take a more personal approach to career/life balance. What I discovered was that although people appreciated my blog, they loved connecting with them more on social media and in person. My social audience then grew over 2,000% in one year (WHATTT?) and so did my brand and business. So, my blog had to hit the back burner until I built a concrete structure that allowed me more free time to write. Now, I’m back! What my team and I discovered as we updated my site was that even though my blogs weren’t updated on the regular, our traffic increased MOM. What started out as 1,500 monthly visitors quickly evolved into an average of 8-10,000 visitors now. No ads. No hacks. Wow.
Now that I’m back… NO, I won’t be making posts every day and I’ll be lucky to get one out once a week. But here’s a start. Also, if you want to stay up to date and contact me directly, just follow me and direct message me on Instagram.
Now, check out this powerful video I made featuring the new Ultimate Portable Wireless Charger (apparently fastest charger on the market), PRELUDE from @bezalelpower — Get yours now with their special deal here: goo.gl/XfVKC6 ⚡️
Let me know what you think in the comments and as always… I’m wishing you nothing but love, positivity, and gratitude for taking out the time to visit my site.
7. Make time to create – So, let’s address the elephant in the room… you REALLY want to travel… especially to exotic places, get paid to do it, eat/drink for free, relax, and look good doing it. But, the truth of the matter is that if this plan works out even half as well as you want it to you will have to find time to actually create premium content. So, be smart. Make a schedule for when you’re going to create and where you’re going to just relax. What I typically do for example is, make note of particular places I want to shoot at and see how far away they are from each other. If they’re close I will set aside a day just to create. This is where I bring out the big guns of professional equipment and showcase the brands I’m collaborating with. When I don’t have my professional equipment with me doesn’t mean I’m not creating. After all, we all have, don’t we? If anything I’m able to take two types of content: the stylish, premium, “holy shit” content and the authentic, in the moment “that looks fun” content (when I want to). I have both at my disposal and showcase my adventures.I also set aside time for editing content and when I’m going to post. The rest of the time, I’m really enjoying myself without lugging around my equipment or worrying about getting a shot. Also, as a courtesy, it’s a good idea to touch base with brands you’re collaborating with to let them know your tentative rollout schedule and a general message that lets them know you may be hard to get a hold of because of travel.
8. Pick the best time to travel – Now, if you want to travel when everyone else does (Spring and Summer) that makes perfect sense. But, it’s the off-season that you’ll find the best deals and get the most attention with your creative content. While everyone is at the grind of work or school you’re sipping on tequila in Tulum and everyone is watching vs you’re posting about being in Bali with everyone else. Also, during the off-season, it’s the cheapest time to travel which means the odds of you getting exactly what you want just shot up.
We live in strange times. There has been a constant barrage of anger, frustration, and devastating losses on a scale we've never witnessed before. Sometimes it feels like we stepped into another world that's on the cusp of the apocalypse. What do you do when the world is literally falling apart around you? It's something we're all struggling with right now. I think back in this moment to how I used to check my social media when I woke up in the mornings just to see what's trending, catch up with people and now... I get anxiety every time I log into anything in fear of the negativity that seems to be constant. I always try to see the light at the end of the tunnel and offer motivation to anyone I can. I feel like that's my true purpose in life. But, honestly, I'm just as drained as a lot of you are. But still... we all have to move on and I think now more than ever we have to live our lives to its fullest.
My challenge to you is to take at least 30 minutes to yourself and write down these questions and answer them as brutally honest as you can:
- What makes you truly happy?
- What are the Top 5 Things you accomplished in your life?
- What are the Top 5 Things you want to do before you die?
- Who means the most to you in this world?
And after you answer each questions:
- Do what makes you happy.
- Never forget how far you've come and what you've accomplished in life. Remember how tough it was to do. Try to remember every detail. Then remind yourself you can do anything you put your mind to. Keep this as a constant reminder.
- Keep 2. in mind and go forth. Chasing after what you want the most in life. Move quickly as if there is no tomorrow because honestly it's not guaranteed.
- Contact that person that means the most to you in this world. Do it immediately. Tell them how much they mean to you. How much they affected your life. It doesn't matter if it's someone you lost touch with our someone you're having a war of words with... let love and honesty take over here. If you can, go see that person. When you see them, give them the biggest hug you've ever given anyone in your life.
I hope you can take on this challenge and take full control of your universe. In any case I'll be doing the same and rooting for your success.
Photography by Madi Mae
In a time where the world literally feels like it's ending, it's more important now than ever to remember to surround yourselves with the people you love. Challenge yourself today to find time to thank every person who inspired you, showed you love, or looked out for your best interest even if at the time you didn't think so. Live today as if it's your last and don't hold back. You never know what tomorrow holds.
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"Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one's journey is easy. It's how they handle it that makes people unique." 💯
Season change. People change. Time flies. Etc. Etc. I've had one of the toughest years of my entire life so far in 2017. Most people wouldn't know this because I've chosen to focus more on being outwardly positive and keep things moving forward. That doesn't mean there haven't been challenges that have tested by own beliefs and self-worth. I've had so many enlightening conversations, especially lately that always keep things in perspective for me. I woke up this morning, feeling like I should share some words with you if you have ever faced tough times:
- You are Special - At times you may feel scared, sad, unworthy, envious, downright angry about the obstacles life has presented you. But never forget how great of a person you are and you are in full control of your own destiny. Know that you are special.
- It's okay to be wrong - It's okay to be wrong. It's okay to accept fault. You shouldn't feel embarrassed to admit a mistake. Life is full of mistakes. You're going to make plenty more. It's how you respond that shows your true strength.
- Know your character - You don't have to pretend to be something you're not. This life is your own. If you want to be kind and generous, then show it in action. If you don't. Same. Just be true to yourself. We often make this mistake of trying to be someone we're not because we want to match the opinions or perspectives of others. We shouldn't though. The truth is no one will ever put as much thought into what you're up to with your life than you will.
- Show compassion (especially to the people who don't deserve it) - I'm not going to lie. This is the hardest thing for me. I can be a very vengeful person and if you challenge my well being or the people I care about... there will be hell to pay. But, I've learned that the best thing you can do is let go and show compassion for people even if they don't deserve it. We're all hurting in some way at different stages in our lives. Nothing makes that abundantly clear than to come in contact with someone who goes out of their way to hurt you. That's why compassion is the right response. It may not seem like it at the time but showing kindness is both liberating and a true test of character.
That's about it for now. Just wanted to share. If you have tips of your own, leave some in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you.
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Photography by Madi Mae
I've been thinking of ways to introduce more insight into what I do behind the scenes so I thought sharing my latest commercial with you is a fantastic start. One of my main goals with crafting this blog was to offer a bit of inspiration with my creative content and offer tips/advice for you. I wanted it to be more personal than professional. This is great and the responses I've been getting have been wonderful. But, I've been getting a lot more questions asking me to share more examples of what I do day-to-day and more examples of brands I work with behind the scenes. So, this post is to show you what that looks like. Also, if you're interested in learning more about professional work and brands I've worked with, just visit my agency's site here: www.janueljohnson.com.
This particular campaign is called "#enjoytheadventure", showcasing the brand-spanking new wireless car charger, OMNIA for a longtime client of ours, Bezalel. J+J is responsible for the visuals, marketing, and branding for the company. We always approach the tone/style of Bezalel with a "fashion meets tech", highlighting the lifestyle approach. We like striking a nice balance of highlighting users and product. We believe showcasing the experience vs a million close ups of product shots is much more appealing to people.
In this particular concept, my partner and I wanted to showcase a romantic adventure set in Joshua Tree. When we're not filming big budget projects, we typically use skeleton crews when the project allows. This makes it easier for us to be more flexible and save costs. Usually I direct our video projects and occasions like this I'm also the Photographer. I try not to pull double duties but in some campaigns it's important to maintain a consistent tone and style. I always think it's smart to hire a Photographer for video shoots. This strategy usually saves time, money, and actually helps keep the energy up for everyone. In a world where creative content is a necessity you can never go wrong with getting more quality content.
You can see the full video with a few select photos from our campaign below.
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"Bootstrapped and scrappy." That's how the Pacific Issue team first defined themselves (still do, actually) when they created a company that's focused on creating the perfectly fitted and perfectly designed shirts. Their shirts are stylish but that "perfectly fitted" mantra is what sold me. The Pacific Issue team is really obsessed about getting the perfect fit for their customers and want to make the customer experience a good one.
Listen, I work with brands all the time and I feel that's one of the things that's been lacking in recent years. Too many brands focus on making money/saving costs vs. providing a great product/customer service. I never understood that. Simply create a great product. Deliver on great customer service = happy customers, thus great word of mouth... duh.
But I digress... the shirt I got fit perfectly and I was feeling those chill vibes. Check them out below and while you're at it, be sure to visit Pacific Issue here.
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I try my best to offer advice based on the knowledge that is been passed down to me by highly successful people and first-hand experiences. I do this to make sure I'm not bullshitting anyone and I can offer realistic expectations on what you need to overcome the many challenges life presents to you in your career and in life. This year so far has been one of the most challenging years I've experienced in my entire life. I was presented a whole new set of obstacles that I never faced before and put in situations that made it nearly impossible to move past. Even with the arsenal of tools that I have at my disposal I was still worn weary and taken back by some situations.
I'm also at a stage in my life where I'm becoming increasingly more comfortable with talking about my personal life as you can see here, here, and here. But, currently I'm still navigating uncharted waters that I'm not quite ready to share with the world. I also don't think any amount of passive aggressive posts or cryptic messages change the reality of one's situation. I would rather focus on embracing positivity and love. If there is one thing each of us are in control of it's our mind, body, and spirit.
I'm writing this post for those of you who are going through tough, confusing, and ultimately challenging times. Understand that you are not alone. At times, each and every one us feel scared. Sad. Angry. Frustrated. Lonely. Each one of us at one stage in our lives have asked ourselves, "Am I good enough?", "Can I do this?", "Am I loved?", etc.
I say this to you... "Nunca Te Rindas". Never Give Up.
No matter how many disappointments you face. No matter the failures that get you down and make you second guess yourself. No matter the cold toxicity of other people's insecurities and lack of self-awareness that gets thrown at you. No matter how overwhelming that sinking feeling of despair you have. Never give up. Keep moving forward. Stay positive (which may seem impossible at times). Always remember that life is supposed to be hard at times, that's why the "sweet is never as sweet without the sour".
In tough times, repeat this to yourself "nunca te rindas". Provide a random act of kindness to someone you care about or even a complete stranger. Accept love and positivity. Send it back out to the rest of the world. Love yourself. Respect yourself. Be kind to yourself.
Nunca Te Rindas.
Photography by Madi Mae
As seen in high-level publications like GQ and Vogue, MAHI Leather is taking things to another level with style while giving back to the world. Aside from the beautiful leathered goods they have, their mission is intriguing. MAHI Leather takes its name from the Mahi River. The coordinates, posted on their badge, "22° N, 72° E", represent the mouth of the river, where it joins the Arabian Sea in Gujarat, India. According to MAHI, this is a sacred river and in a country where 103 million people lack safe water it's also timely. So, this is one of the reasons why I love MAHI so much. From each sale of their product, they donate $1.50 to FRANK Water Projects (registered Charity No. 1121273), a UK based charity which has helped over 300,000 people gain access to clean water since 2005. If you're interested in supporting Frank Water, visit here.
The leather bag I received was customized with my initials so... YES, I've been roaming around like a baller, pointing at my initials everywhere I go. Just kidding (no, I'm not). My bag is perfect for travel and for a digital nomad like myself. If you like to travel and do it with style, I recommend doing it with MAHI. Below you'll see some awesome photos I took in Playa Del Rey, California with Madi Mae behind the lens. She's got skillz.
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Game Of Thrones is hands down one of the best damned TV shows on the face of the planet (don't @ me). From the thrilling battle sequences to the Shakespearean like storytelling, GOT is not just a ratings/critical hit. It's also a cultural phenomenon. The best part of GOT is the world building and how detailed the locations are. That's why when I was told about the pop-up pub gracing the streets of Washington, D.C. with a Game Of Thrones theme I knew I had to hit that spot up.
I went on a day that an especially hot as hell summer day. The line to get into this place (opened at 5pm. We got there at 5:05) was insane. Wrapped around several blocks. The wait was an hour. So, if you hate waiting I'm just letting you know. Once we finally got in, the pub featured several areas that were meticulously laid out to provide you with various experiences. The pub span nearly 3,000 square feet, replicating settings from across the realms: the North, the Red Keep, Mereen, the House of Black and White, and the Throne Room. They're cocktails will get you hyped up with their names like "What is Dead May Never Die" and "The Lannisters Send their Regards". This is all paired with the show’s soundtrack. Swords, dragons, horns, and an Iron Throne help celebrate the show’s summer return.
The main attraction was a the throne that rules them all. You get scheduled photos to sit on the throne as soon as you enter the pub. So you get to have a good time before your name comes up. The drinks were overpriced and not particular amazing. The snacks were so simple and overpriced that it might make you "what the f^8k is this?". But, overall it was A LOT of fun. It was great to talk GOT with so many fans but even more interesting to see people that have never seen the show and just wanted to visit to see what all of the fuss is about. I recommend you check it out now because the themed pub will end on August 27th. So, embrace the GOT summer fantasy now while you still can.
- Monday - Thursday 5pm-12:30am
- Friday - Saturday 5pm-1:30am
- Sunday 1-7pm
What You Get: The Experience.
Disclaimer: If you have you have an interesting destination you would like for me to visit, please feel free to send me a message directly so we can talk about future collaboration opportunities.
I don't endorse skin care products unless I use them myself and see great results. So, when I linked up with Chimere by Clear Essence brand I took my sweet ass time to see its impact. I was impressed with the results. My skin was fresh, smooth, and I haven't experienced any razor bumps since I started using the products. Firstly, I used the bath gel, shaving/after-shave treatments. There's a cool breeze and awesome scent to all of the Chimere products that made my skin feel invigorated.
One of the most interesting tidbits about Chimere is their brand message -- the products cater to men of color because there aren't too many skin care products that currently do that. This is also a family business which you know how much I appreciate homegrown businesses. Chimere also prides itself in providing skin care tips for men. Here's a few tips they shared with me that I wanted to pass along to you:
- Always use a men's face scrub before shaving to help with a deep skin clean and prepare your skin to handle a closer shave.
- Always use fresh blades and change them regularly.
- Shave while showering because it makes your hair stubs plumper and easier to shave. The moisture also keeps the irritation to a minimum.
- Don't use shaving products with alcohol because that can contribute to ingrown hairs and razor burn.
- Use a men's after shave.
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I've been on a personal mission to visit the best coffee spots in Los Angeles. Those who have heard of this spur of the moment decision have supported me on my journey. I'm a digital nomad and my work doesn't require me to be beholden to any one place unless I so choose. So, why the hell not?
I first started with a simple online search for the best coffee spots in Los Angeles that evolved quickly into a long list of places to visit. I curated a master list from places listed in The LA Eater, Thrillist, Google Places, Yelp, and a few other outlets. From that list I cross-checked the names and if one spot came up more than once it made the cut. I selected a spot for each day. I visited a few more places not on my list too. When I began my journey I had fun discovering so many gems and meeting so many great people along the way.
With each place I visited, I was told of even more spots I never even heard of. People seemed delighted about this mission I had. It has nothing to do with the coffee brew and no I'm not obsessed with coffee. It has more to do with discovering new chill environments where I could enjoy myself alone or with company over a cup of coffee, get some work done, and cool ambience. I don't know if this is "Part I" of whatever because I'm still in the thick of this. But, here's what I have so far...
Bar9 - This is one of my favorite getaway spots. Tucked away in a Culver City neighborhood near my office. It's a fantastic spot to get work done. The staff is incredibly nice. Very chill atmosphere. A lot of open space. You even get to see how they make their coffee. It's all fresh.
Go Get 'Em Tiger - Great coffee choices. Food is just OK. This place is incredibly crowded all the time. Especially for brunch on the weekends. Not a lot of places to sit and chill inside so it can get crowded fast. It gets so busy that the service can be a little suspect. But, it's a cool spot to visit. If you want to get away and work for a little bit this is not the place. BUT, if you want to have a good time with your friends and cool vibes, I'd recommend this spot for sure.
Bardonna - The Bardonna is a small and can get a little uncomfortable on a hot day inside. But they have a big back patio that's a lot cooler and very chill. It's a great spot to meet up with a friend or get some work done. I saw a lot of college students there. More writers too. The staff was really nice and very funny.
Here's my first list of places and there will be many more forthcoming. If you have any recommendations or your own feedback about some of these places, hit up the comments section below and let the world know your thoughts. Until then to be continued...
The Republique - I have mixed feelings about places like The Republique. They're hugely popular which means there's always a wait to get a table, always crowded, and everything can get a bit pricey. But, dammit the food is good and so are the drinks. It's still a great place to grab a latte and get some work down. There's a lot of ambience and always an interesting story to hear and even more interesting people to meet.
The Verve - This was a great spot to chill and get work done. I saw a few famous faces come in and out of the spot during my visit there. They also have a fantastic menu of tasty treats and refreshing drinks. There seemed to be quite a bit of writers here so this is a great spot to draft your next great screenplay.
Milo & Olive - This cute spot on Wilshire has great food and a great coffee menu. Everything here was really classy and tasty.
More Gems (not pictured):
Blacktop Coffee - in the heart of the Arts District down town. This was an interesting spot to me. They had no wifi and the place is tiny so you'll end up sitting outside. But I guess that's what makes this spot so interesting. It's a great place if you just want to take a breather, catch up on some reading, or link up with a friend.
Pie Hole Los Angeles - Another Arts District spot. This place DOES have wifi and you can never go wrong with pie! The staff was really cool and this was a very chill spot to hang out at.
I love wristbands and bracelets. I'm not too big on jewelry but, in the past few months I've really opened up to accessorizing. I stumbled onto Franco Florenzi via Instagram and was quickly blown away by their overall style. I love the sophisticated yet imaginative style they have with their products. They've been featured in GQ, Esquire, and more. So, I knew I had to connect with them. I ended up choosing the MONZA OLIVO and LAZIO CARLO bracelets. I wanted to test out the various styles and looks they had. I ended up loving them both equally like a father who can't choose which child he loves the most (it's always the younger one btw). The bracelets add a little bit of flair to my overall wardrobe which I really dig. The detail to the craftsmanship and packaging really stood out to me. This is a brand that has a great sense of knowing what they're about. Makes sense, the concept was manifested on a beach in the South West of England. Sounds sexy doesn't it?
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I was on the hunt for a brand new wallet. I wanted something that had a classic vibe and represented my style. So, when I spoke with Brett, the founder of Baurdi, I was interested to learn more about the story behind his brand and how his goods were so special. One of the interesting things about Baurdi wallets is the emphasis Brett and his team talk about how a bad wallet represents "immaturity and a lack of worldly experience." I never thought of wallets that way and but it makes sense. The way you look and represent yourself from the smallest detail of what your wallet looks like does matter. So, say hello to Baurdi -- a New York City made company, representing the sleek ruggedness of the world of man.
"Every man has a story, and our wallets will help you tell yours." - Brett, Founder of Baurdi.
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It's one thing to wear a watch, it's another to design it yourself, and have it handmade by a team of specialists. Enter Tree Hut -- the San Francisco company consists of a 20-person team, dedicated to hand-making one-of-a-kind designs out of real wood. With Tree Hut I was able to design my own watch, choosing from a variety of options: Strap & Case Options, Dial Options, Dial Design Options, Second Hand Options, and the best part... a Personal Engraving. By the end of the experience, I felt pretty damn satisfied with myself. After all, I just designed my first friggin' watch!
The shipping was pretty quick, so it didn't take too long for me to receive my watch. When I first checked out my watch it was easy to see it was made with premium quality. I do know the Tree Hut team puts a lot of emphasis into how they craft the watches with a lot of attention to detail and it really showed. You can read more about their story and how they go about crafting their watches here.
If you want to design your own watch after reading this, just visit this link.
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Ever since I can remember I dreamt of growing up and inspiring people. I dreamt of moving to Los Angeles to be in the film industry my entire life. In my dream, I lived near the beach. I had a beautiful and sophisticated partner by my side. Cute kids. A motorcycle. A huge mansion. Two mustangs. Two dogs and one cat. A white tiger named "Gizmo". In my dream I would be traveling around the world, exploring cultures, filming various Spielberg type-films. When I wasn't winning Oscars for every other film I made, I was donating money to various charities. I envisioned this my entire life and everything I did since I can remember I tried to turn that dream into a reality. My story is still being written but, as of right now I do not own two mustangs, Gizmo does not exist, and I’m not even in the film business anymore.
BUT, I do live in Los Angeles. I do live near the beach. I did have a loving partner by my side. I do have a cute kid. I had a cat named "Jinxy" and currently on the hunt for some little pups. I do travel around the world, exploring different cultures. I do have a successful career. Except the dream is different than what I envisioned. But, that's life isn't it? Things never turn out the way you plan but that doesn't mean you still can't reach your goals and find happiness. When people ask me how I was able to become successful I usually say "luck", "hard work", etc. Cliche stuff. Not necessarily because I was playing coy but because I spend so much time making things happen I rarely stop to think about how I even arrived at this point. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not yet but I'll write more about that in another post, lol.
At first, I followed the J.J. Abrams Mystery Box philosophy. Never give away how the trick works, just let everyone be amazed and wonder. But, the truth is we live in a different culture now and that can come across as arrogant or selfish. Even more importantly, my dream was always to inspire people. So, if someone asks me how I found success and gets inspired by that… mission accomplished. Again, still living my dream. So, how did I do it?
Let me show you.
1. Inspire Yourself With Your Vision: Create a vision board of your ideal life. An easy way to do this is to create a Pinterest board. Some people practice being as detailed as possible. I tried that out and found it difficult when things didn't go according to how I envisioned it. A much healthier approach is actually being a bit more general. Next, to write out your vision. Grab a sheet a paper and get writing. Make it real with your words. Turn it into goals. Your goals, should be detailed with actionable steps with timetables. Don’t just say “Be a rockstar” instead write “I want to be a rockstar within the first year. I should talk to my buddy’s friend in the music industry and ask if he can listen to a demo next week."
2. Adapt: Like I said before, Nothing ever goes according to plan. Your dream will not come to fruition the way you envisioned it. There is no way around this. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s the truth so understand that in the beginning. Which is why I think you should be general with your vision. Actionable steps, yes. Vision, no. You don’t want to be disappointed when things play out differently. You have to adapt. The world changes and as technology keeps evolving it's changes faster. Don't get left behind. You have rebound to missteps and learn from your mistakes. You even have to adapt to things going when they go right. This sounds strange but my business partner and I experienced too much success too soon when we started our agency and were not prepared how to handle it. You’ll always have to adapt. Another example, I started out as a filmmaker, but photography is what most people know me for. I hated marketing and now I’m considered a marketing guru. I once thought self-help s*it was cheesy, now I'm writing a self-help blog post. I adapted because I saw opportunities forming and I didn’t dismiss them as they came.
3. Stay In the Know: Most common question during my consultations and meetings, “how do you know all of this?” Easy, I "stay int he know". I pay attention to what's going on with everything. I don’t dismiss or belittle anything. No, I do not listen to Selena Gomez but I know who’s she’s dating. No, I don’t know the names of everyone in Donald Trump’s cabinet but I do know the policies they’re trying to accomplish. You should always read the popular trades within all industries. I use Twitter as a great tool for staying in the know. I typically discover breaking news slightly faster than most people. It ended up being a great timesaver too because information came to me from one source vs seeking it out from various sources. Regardless of how you do it, stay in the know and DO NOT fall into the trap of being dismissive. Being dismissive is always going to set you back. Example. As soon as I mentioned Twitter and in your head you thought... Did he just say Twitter? I don’t get Twitter. Waste of time. Don't do that. Instead keep an open mind and look for ways to stay in the know.
4. Do Not Fu*8ing Wait - I love this step. This step defines if you’re really going to be successful or not. Are you the person who is waiting for the perfect moment? Timing needs to be right? Not now but tomorrow. Well… fu8k. that. Don’t wait. Not even for a second. This scares everyone. They freeze when they hear me say this. Let me explain why you shouldn’t wait… the perfect moment does not exist and whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish to be successful is not some “no one has ever thought of this before” concept. What makes your dream so special is YOU. Which means YOU have to put yourself out there. If you have nothing to show? Put yourself out there and get feedback about your ideas. It’s done but not ready? Tease it to the public. Tease it to your friends and family. Drive them nuts with talking about it so much. You feel like you’re rushing things? You are. That’s the point. You’re putting yourself out there. Putting yourself out there is going to be scary anyway. Might as well get it over with. Januel+Johnson was a joke between me and the person I was madly in love with. It went like this, “If we did start a company, what should we call ourselves?” “How about Januel and Johnson? I like it!” then when we actually took the steps to thinking of something we just said “fu8k it”. It was just a placeholder that became our brand.
5. Go Hard and Have Fun - Yes, stay up late. Yes, skip social functions. Yes, you will miss out on things. But, remember this is YOUR dream. So have fun. Enjoy it. If it’s too much work and your dreading it then what the hell are you doing it for? Remember you are making your dream REAL. Again, YOUR DREAM. REAL. Don’t hesitate.
Taking these steps really helped me and I hope they help you too. If you have some steps of your own you'd like to share, leave a comment below. If you're interested in learning more ways about how you can reach your dreams and goals, contact me for a consultation here or shoot me a message on social media.
It was another sizzling summer day in the heart of the arts district in downtown Los Angeles. On this day, I visited a few local coffee shops and went all in on a morning filled with brainstorming sessions and meetings. I did it all with style, sporing a Ledbury shirt.
One of the best things I like about Ledbury is where they're located... Virginia. Which happens to be a place I used to call home. I like the classic and slim fits to their shirts. Comfortable and classy are two words that come to mind. What's especially unique about Ledbury is that they revived one of America’s oldest bespoke shirt makers in Richmond, Virginia. Today, they carry on a century-old bespoke tailoring tradition in their workshop, where craftsmen make their shirts by hand. I love it when brands support carry on traditions and support their roots.
What You Get: The Linen Bohler, available for $109. Get it here.