AssBackwards Approach

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Doing things backward

I looked at starting or should I say re-branding my self hosted website Emmittmuckles.com. The reason was to have the freedoms I could not deploy on wordpress.com hosted website That Guy, Emmitt’s Weblog.

I really liked having my blog on wordpress.com, but the limitations prevented me from moving forward as a blogger and podcast, being able to manipulate my own content. To start, I have been a podcaster since 2007 on various platforms with various shows in iTunes and podcast directories. Podcasting the way I produce content did not lend itself well to the wordpress.com hosted sights.

I just could not figure out how to include worpress.com in the fold for my new information about wonderful living and the fruits of life.

My new selfhosted blog at emmittmuckles.com which is also directed to the theme thebillionairelifestylellc.com is running great. The one thing I miss is the connection to the wordpress.com community of bloggers, who are awesome for feedback and encouragement.

So what I should have done was start a new blog hosted under wordpress.com, then move to a self hosted.  I have come to the conclusion, That Guys Emmitt’s weblog. and The Billionaire Lifestyle Blog and podcast will have to exists as cousins.

So if you follow me here, please take the time to visit me on my new site, where I blog and audio podcast. You can find it @ emmittmuckles.com and thebillionairelifestylellc.com .

The site is not about money but value of Life.

Thank you all for your support.

 

Emmitt “The Billionaire Lifestyler” Muckles

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Follow YOUR Dream!

I am a proponent of not existing but living, but also appreciating the talents of others which I cannot find in myself. It is not hard to find excellence and passion if one takes the time to look around for it. On a regular basis I find the quality or potential in most everyone I encounter, even if they don’t recognize their excellence and virtue. Several years ago I can across a young woman with so much potential it was startling. Her name was Brianna McCarthy, the embodiment of talent and feminine and strength. What more is there to day except the short interview I had with her.

Check out her Art Her Passion.

Emmitt Muckles:Tell me what inspires you in your art?
Brianna McCarthy: I do a lot of work that focuses on our relationship with technology and the idea of us eventually merging with it completely: the inorganic and organic being fused.

Emmitt Muckles: What was the thought process behind your creation?

Brianna McCarthy: Thinking, in our digital world, at what point aren’t we human anymore? Will we all have “mods” one day (hello Johnny Mnemonic…and most sci-fi films)? This often leads me to robots and cyborgs (naturally). The imagery of wires and circuit boards and all that techie stuff is really appealing to me alongside the human form.

Emmitt Muckles: Where do you envision your art being on public display?

Brianna McCarthy: I was actually browsing through the shirts on threadless.com when the thought crept in that I wanted a robot shirt (I have this thought fairly regularly).

Emmitt Muckles: I know from experience and idea is just a starting point, then other external ideas add to the process, did you experience such a situation. It seem you took a little inspiration as did Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna and a host of other women artist from the movie Metropolis with the character Maschinenmensch.

Brianna McCarthy : Having looked through a number of art history books that week, robot venus jumped into my head. I’m a Botticelli fan and “the birth of Venus” illustrates the birth/creation of a being who was also a symbol of creation (goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility…). It was the right piece to be mechanized because of the themes of creation and birth. Eventually assembly and birth could be very similar concept for the human race.

Emmitt Muckles: What is next in your creative Mind?

Brianna McCarthy: Oh, and I have been itching to do something in an art nouveau style

Emmitt Muckles: What is the physical process for your creation?

Brianna McCarthy: Technique? I sketched her out, scanned her into the computer, then inked and colored her in adobe illustrator and photoshop.

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Job’s, Unemployment and America

We all complain about having to go to work. Work or having a job is necessary for the masses  to sustain a somewhat comfortable life. I too have these debates internally about working or a job. Most individual have never asked themselves, “What can I do for a living which would fulfill my life and soul with joy?”.

I have asked myself that very question and sought out that answer, except there is one problem. It’s not just one thing, or my opinions change depending on my life experience. This question is important for all of us to keep asking.

What typically occurs for most humans in America is we settle for what seems to be the easiest, like water down a hill. There is the problem directly. We get a job, putting our future and life and control in the hands of a few people. This is not a bad thing really, but there are alternatives. The alternatives depend on you method of thinking.

Once upon a time in America it was not necessary to attend college, that was then. Now being employed in the middle class requires most people to prove ones self by buying into debt with a college education, which still holds no promise of future earnings. For instance my daughter will exit college $140,000 in debt at the age of 22. WTF!

At the turn of the 19 century, a person could lean a trade as an apprentice. There one could test the waters, gain experience and perfect a craft. Your education was traded for time not dollars and time. Where can a person become a viable apprentice out of high school in today’s society.

Our primary education system is no help to steer individual in the direction of having many options for employment today. The American education was designed to prepare the immigrants from Europe and other parts of the world to have the basic qualification as modern work force. Many individuals immigrating to America had very low education and many could not do the basics of reading, writing or common math. Our education was designed to give citizens the basics, nothing more.

What is the American Dream today?

What is the American Dream today?

The dream for many early American citizens was to provide for themselves and their family. These people wanted to be their own boss. What happened to that spirit? We are trained to work for other, buy from other but not do for ourselves.  Many people use the biggest argument of having health insurance. It is an excuse for most of us. We must stop it.

We need to change our mode of thinking. We need to figure our what would bring us joy as an occupation, while serving the public and eventually employing at least 5 to 10 people.

Create a job don’t look for one. Live frugally. It has taken me years to figure this out, and now I can’t look back. I am constantly looking at the world to see how I can provide joy to the world and value in my life.

Think about a good business owner who has 3 employees. That business owner helps to feed the square root of 3 or 9 people minimally, no to mention how much positive influence the business owner spreads.

Create  more, consume less, create your own job.

Enjoy, your life

Emmitt

That is how change is carried out.

WOW it’s quiet…Then GOD Spoke…whispered

Life in my reality has been really noisy for years, and I did not know it. Thing about noise is we can get use to external sounds and not understand that when we think life is quiet, there is still too much noise. To name a few, TV, radio, people, engine, tire, ringing ears, emotions are all thing creating much noise.

Yeah, I know that last paragraph was a handful and kind of abstract to most people, but stay with me.

Everywhere we go there is noise. Sounds are assaulting our ears at any given time. I never understood this until I had to sit in my residence after removing all the excess physical belongings accumulated over 15 years of living in my so called palace. Life got complicated and I needed to get simple, you know go minimalism. As I sat in my empty house in the middle of the night I noticed silence has sound and it can be deafening.  I was determined to find true peaceful silence.

Can you hear the seeds move?

I did find there was a time, for me when the noise of the material world diminished to levels where I could perceive the intelligence of things unnoticed and everything in between. That connection to the absence of physical sound came one morning when the noise in my head had been too loud emotionally the night before. It was brought to me by whispering aloud to myself, “What and I going to do?” One morning  by my empty garage,  without a sound, for a lack of better description it came to being, “Do not worry, this time has passed you will be new.” All I had to do was ask. There it was in a microsecond, then it was gone. The feeling was permanent.

After that experience, the task of hearing without sound became extremely important in my life, the experience of  being able to feel and connect with a new dimensionallly or rarely tapped sense became  important. It is hard to put into words but some of you may understand what I am talking about.

One thing it made me act upon is shutting the Fuck up and listening more to people, and life. Let the organic speak to me.

After this experience, this polished media world turned grey, and the ability to see bullshit value in an instant became really clear.

God somehow spoke to me, actually whispered and continues to do so. I just have to recognize the language and message.

However you picture GOD,  it’s personal to you, and I respect that. Currently I believe internally there is  a better understanding of GOD being everything. Alpha and Omega is much clearer.

All I can say is if you seek the “quiet” enough to be able to ask your important question, please have the patience to let the quiet settle. The answer will come.

Emmitt

Not Creepy but Someone is watching you.

There is some who is observing what you do. Don’t get creeped out, but it is a truth. Ninety percent of the time we are partially aware of our surroundings. Like I said don’t be creeped out. In this day and age we put so much information about our personal lives up for grabs and then we freak when someone who is not on your radar give you a clue they are observing your life.

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This is a Creepy Picture, I took in Milwaukee!

That is not the point of my topic. The brainwashing continues to evolve in our society that things have to have a negative spin.

I am referring to admiration. There is a wonderful feeling to get confirmation about how you live your life has impacted another person as an example of how to live. I was an only child, therefore I really did not have a model to live by i.e older brother, sister, or cousin. Much of my early childhood gave me few examples I though were worth wild, so I turned to the thing in the world I felt were good and just.

I grew up in Detroit during the heyday of the Young Boys incorporated and the arrival of Crack cocaine.  I was an only child with a strong presence from my mother, I knew caution was my friend… actually extreme caution was my friend. I chose to follow the path of the narrow, since the path that was broad had too much risk.

I have followed this philosophy to this day. There were a few times in my life when I slipped and followed, but it turned out to be a lesson to fortify a reason to stay in my own lane of life., and just do  ME.

The reason I started to write this post started from a memory that put a smile on my face. There was a kid who I though had the world by a string when i lived in Detroit proper as a teenager. He was a musician, the girls loved him and he made friends easily. Some 20 years later, we met again and spent some time together over several months. ‘

I realized our lives had taken drastically different paths. His path led him to the penitentiary, while I had built a family and a career. Other aspect of our early child/teen years came to light as well. One thing that he informed me of was how for the longest time admired the way I carried myself and my life when we were young. Blew my socks off to hear that, because this guy is and was talented and displayed great confidence. I kind of looked up to this guy because during our teen years he had so much confidence, was very respectful, and had freedoms other could not handle.
To find out that He was looking up to me was a shocker. During our mid teens my path changed and we began did not see each other much.

Example # 2

I was a guitar player for a local church when I was 29 years old. During a revival the church brought in a young keyboard player and drummer from a different congregation.  They were AWESOME musicians.  I played guitar to fill in the sound and the keyboard player and I hit it off . I found out this guy was only 19 years old, but carried himself  like a man many years older.  He was marred with a small daughter, and played for his fathers church.  As time passed and we played more gospel functions together, I asked if his family would like to have diner with my family, I would cook.  We had a nice time., and we continued our friendship for a few more years. Then paths separate me from people again. The temporary factor set in.

Years later I had an inkling to visit the church where the young keyboard player father was pastor. Things had changed, II walked into the church, took a seat. Watched as my old friend played the organ with such grace and felt good that he was doing well. Just as he noticed me , he stopped playing, the music stopped and he walked over  hugged me, and introduced me to the entire congregation. Then he proclaimed this is Brother Emmitt. He changed my life,  then he thanked GOD and went back to the keyboard and began playing  for the rest of the service. (wait,WHAT!)

After the service he informed me that I gave him direction because of how I lived, and until that point he had not seen a young black man who had his own house, took care of his family and lives a decent life without being shady.  He told me that I let him know the dream was possible. GOD works in mysterious way.

My ramblings in this post are this, you don’t know who is watching and admiring what you do and who you are. Yes you are doing all the right things but the wrong things may seem easier. There is someone who loves you for who you are and what you can become . Live that life to inspire others to reach their potential, and your happiness will fill with abundance

Love you All

Be Bless and Happy

Emmitt Muckles

How does an Ant eat and Elephant?

The best I could find....What can I say you get itOne Bite at a time is how an Ant eats and Elephant.

Have you ever made a New Years resolution only to break it. Start a diet and not lose any weight, make a big personal promise and not keep it? Well that may be because you did not utilize the correct approach to obtaining your goal.

Sometimes we forget the most important lessons we have learned or that stare us in the face.  From years of trial and error I have finally resolved to lose my wanting for the quick fix approach towards personal endeavors.

From building my DJ business, and various other situation, I have come to understand how time and perseverance and planning are the way to reach your goals.

For instance P90X, I though I would buy the program, jump right into it and have a beach body in no time.

NOT!

Just the opposite occurred. I couldn’t make it 1/4 of the way through the first DVD. I started and I stopped for several months. Then I thought whats the rush, it’s winter and I have time.  Therefore I formulated a plan.

My plan was to eat the elephant one bite at a time. Instead of beating myself up and being discouraged  because I could not make it through an entire P90X DVD session, I mapped out my attack .  I figured some is better than nothing, therefore I planned to do each of the DVD’s workouts for a minimum of 30 minutes a day or half of the allotted time for a week  then adding 5 or ten minutes to each workout per week until I could perform the full routine. It’s working so far.

This is life’s biggest mountain to climb for most of us. We see the destination, but don’t anticipate the journey being so rough. Sometimes you just have to add some novice cushion until you get the experience at trying to be a pro. Things take time. Granted there are all sorts of naturally gifted people, who make life look easy. Trust me they too had to take small steps to begin the journey to the destination.

So the next time you try something and your performance is not exactly what you expected. Stop, plan, and implement a method to help you obtain your goal in your own time and space.

Really there is only one person to prove yourself to when tackling a new “IT”, and that is you.

How does and ANT eat and Elephant? One Bite at a Time.

Be bless

Emmitt

Pissed off and tired of being Broke as hell!

NO MORE!

Let’s face it, we all got hoodwinked along the way. We were all told that you are SUPPOSE to have everything you want when you want it.

I bought it, literally, hook line and sinker. Credit cards, multiple car payments, everything on installments. Then I got a wake up call. 2007 the bottom fell out like a size 20 as in size 12 jeans.

I got downsized. It was uncomfortable to say the least. Part of the problem is the word COMFORT. Living in this country we see it every day, everyone is living so dam comfortable, it makes us think to ourselves. “I should be comfortable too.

American is not about family values, baseball and apple pie. It is about comfort and entitlement. Look around and you will see it if you just take the time to look.

Comfort got US(A) into our current situation. and here they are:

  • Credit card debit of $5000.00 or more
  • Driving cars we cannot afford (Insurance too)
  • School loans that rival national debts of small countries
  • House payment more than half our income. ( and your house is not valued for what you owe)
  • Giving our children too much material and not enough virtue. ( I am guilty)
  • Not saving at least 10 percent of what we earn.

These are just a few of the item i took inventory of when I got downsized in 2008.  On unemployment ( which was a fraction of my take home pay, but thank you for it.) I realized that I was paying for things, which I could not remember buying, thanks to the ease of acquiring a credit card. I was able to barely hold it together for the 9 months I was “UNEMPLOYED IN MICHIGAN”.

I vowed that when I returned to the stable financial state of being, I would not do this again.

Credit card Companies….ASSHOLES  (that was harsh Emmitt) , They are the DEVIL…Temptation . They should be the 8th deadly SIN.

Believe it or not they are almost impossible to live without, unless you know the rules of the game.

During my temporary vacation, several of my credit card companies dropped my limits on my cards to lower than what I owed. Can you believe that! That made my payments on what I owed grow, and my credit rating go down.

Yeah…OK…UMMHMM.

I told one credit card during a collection call, I will pay you off when I get the money and never use you again. I heard her smirk.  That is exactly what I did. C.R.E.A.M. Cash rules everything around me, is never a better statement of wisdom.

As luck would have it I found employment. I took about three or four months for me to get kinda stable again. I put my plan into action. I told my wife, “I have no money for some time to come for pleasant things. I was on a mission. I did what I had too, every penny I had counted for a bill that had no immediate value. I took about 18 months but I finally paid off my credit card balances.

I bet your wondering how I stayed motivated, Cause it is hard to do. Suze Orman helped but her “GIRLFRIEND” banter made me sick after a while of listening to her podcast. Then I lucked upon Dave Ramsey’s podcast. That was a Blessing. Listening to his podcast everyday for 1 hour helped me stay the course. I began listening to his show, and it helped me to understand VALUE for what I bought.

This Christmas, my wife asked me what I wanted. I told her “Nothing baby, cause I cannot think of one thing you could buy me that would have enough value long term. ” I just wanted to be content with shelter, food, clothes and family.

I realized, I don’t give a dam with the Jone’s think, cause they are not paying for me anyway. My clothes are clean, I have a roof over my head, and if you read my last blog post you know I have had more than enough food.

Here is the MOTTO: Buy what you need and not just what you want. The simple healthy life is the best life.

With the money I am not spending, I am Saving. I have a number in my head to hit by mid-2011, I know I can do that. So by  2015 I will be looking at the world slightly different.

 

Michael Jackson …The Brightest Star

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I was engrossed repairing a Plasma screen 42 inch TV in my basement when my phone started blowing up with text messages. My first reaction was WTF!!! Did I win a million dollars and people are trying to let me know. NOPE! Michael Jackson had transitioned from this life to the next.

I though it was a joke, since I don’t watch much television, and had heard very little new of Mike in the last few years. Let’s just say it is still hard for me the phantom Michael Jackson has died.

Michael Jackson is the Elvis Presley times 10 of this generation. Let’s list what he has done.

  • Integrated MTV in the 1980’s
  • Sold more music than any artist.
  • Changed the landscape of media with video’s
  • Thought way outside the box.
  • Helped millions of people (we are the world)

These are just a few of the accomplishments.

The 1980 was a time of integration and transition. Segregation and separation was becoming a thing of the past. Michael Jackson and his family opened the eyes of prior generations to the fact that was are all just people at the end of the day. My earliest memories of the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson was when I was about 3 or four years old and the song “Who’s Loving you” I made my mother play the 45 over and over.

Mike had some issues in his life, but really we all do. This is a man who’s imagination and talent made the world a better place for so many people. It was not about color, religion, weight, or vanity. He was just Dam good at his craft. When I am DJing I can play a Michael Jackson song like “Don’t stop till’ you get enough” in any crowd and everyone will hit the floor, Does not matter if they are Black, White Asian, Latino or Blue. His energy poured into his craft was that good.

Hip-hop,and rap music of today should take a moment to thank Mr. Jackson for what he did. Because if it was not for the Thriller album and MTV these people may still be struggling to sell 500,000 copies of their music. Michael Kicked the barriers down to allow everyone access to music.

I attended a concert of The Jacksons back in the late 1970’s with a friend of my who was totally in love with Michael. She had every poster, album and article associated with him. It was a memorable event and made me just sit in awe.

You know, I don’t care what was going on in the mans (Michael Jackson) mind, because no one ever proved him guilty of anything, because when you make that much money the wolves will come after you anyway. I am not judging.
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I am just very very happy and excited to have witnessed the life of Michael Jackson and his contribution to the energy of this earth. I just wish I could have been able to experience more of his work before he passed away.

My prayers go out to the Jackson family.

Emmitt

The Divine Power Of Feminine: WOMAN!

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From the earliest stages of  life, there is one constant that stand out as being present to any individuals ; The  Feminine, Woman, Mother, Grandmother.

There is nothing closer to the Divine on earth as the physical presence of Woman. Everything a man does in his life is to garner the attention of a woman. He buys clothes, grooms himself, purchases a home,  builds a career, even the first car he purchases is to make an impression on a woman.

Remember there was a time when men would have to basically compete for women. Men had to prove they were able to provide and be of substance to obtain a woman to help them in this journey of life. That practice seems to be fading away. Now it is common to see men going to a strip club for the faux appearance of having a woman in their life. This attitude has permeated our psyche of American culture. Television show such as “The Tool Academy”  Bentley Farnsworth’s  “From G’s to Gents” and a host of other shows indicate the attitude of men have fallen way off the scale, even it it is graded on a bell curve.

It seems to me that something has been lost. The feminine is not held on the plateau they once once occupied. In an effort to become regarded as equal to men something was lost in translation.  Woman’s standard for Man has dropped, ( here comes the catch 22), therefore men have taken the easy route. It is easier to jump a twelve inch hurdle than a ten foot hurdle, so why try to just the ten foot mark.

I am a adult male above the age of thirty. I can attribute much of who I am as a person to the collective of Woman. I learned how to communicate , read, groom, socialize and become a function part of society for the most part from the women in my life, most of which I learned before the age of 13.

Women make this world in more ways  than one. Women bring life to this planet, not only do they bring life to this planet but they can nurture any life they did not create from their own seed, which naturally is an obstacle for men on this planet. Meaning; it is difficult for a man to rear a child that he does not have biological ties with, it is found in most male species of the animal kingdom. The difference with men versus beast is our higher emotional and reasoning abilities. It still stands to reason;   Women are the most important facet in the evolution and propagation of this planet.

Let’s say for example there was a machine that hovered on the planet and created life, but produced only men. That machine would have to be so busy and efficient producing men. The reason; because men would just cause total chaos to be relevant, killing each other at an alarming rate for control, falling out of trees and playing in mud to build something to be admired for. You get the picture.  Basically it would be similar to the modern American prison system.

Women create the balance in the masculine energy. Woman is the counter balance to man, women are closer to the Divine creator than man could ever attempt. Woman is present creating full life, nurturing the possibilities with love and compassion, and understanding the Infinite Possibilities of this human existence.

Woman sheds blood for her flock and the ability to create(Divine connection).

Women are wrestling with the prospect of being equal to a man. To me that is back sliding, without examination exactly what that means equal rights. First woman must understand that they hold all the cards. A woman with good game can make most men do her bidding. Women are still the only species who can be “taken care of ” for her entire existence, by a man. A kept man is still considered a sign of a weak individual, or a pimp.

In an equal relationship men and women have equal say in matters of their combined life. Let’s examine if this relationship is severed. Typically a male will have to give compensation to the female, especially if children  are involved. Unless predetermined a man will be required to relinquish a portion of his assets, which includes control. If a woman deems a man  unfit to be present in the life of her children….done deal, he’s out. The opposite is rare unless a man can clearly prove a woman is an unfit parent, or a male has goo gobs of money. Because society understand the Divine nurturing aspects of Woman. Momma’s baby, Daddy’s maybe.

There are so many disjointed thoughts in this post because I  clearly see the Divine power of woman. I truly believe if women really had a grasp on how special they are as beings and lived in that divine light our culture would prosper a thousand fold in a short period of time. In an upcoming post I will delve into why women have been deprogrammed from their true Divine path. It’s all about the struggle of power.

Women are beings of Divine Power, prove me wrong.

Emmitt Muckles

OMG! Did you Listen to what you just said!

I cannot believe the things people say about themselves and towards them self. People are so demeaning, , not toward other people but about who and what they are subconsciously. Here are just a few things I have heard people say when referring to themselves:

  • I am So F%#King Stupid.
  • I always mess stuff up.
  • Sorry that is just the way I am.
  • I can’t loose this weight, I’m just fat.
  • Why would anyone want to be with me.
  • Sorry,sorry, sorry.
  • I CANT DO THAT!

The list goes to infinity.

OMG! It is depressing  so many people have such a low value placed upon their person. I am not taking about depressed people either. I am referring to the average everyday individual. These are people that you know too. For Instance; the worker at Boston Market, Guy sitting next to me at the bar during a dart tournament, Woman I was speaking with about DJing her wedding,  or some person asking me how to work the eliptical machine at the gym.
These are average everyday functional people. It does not end there everyone does it and if you do it enough those statments become truth.

Exercise: On Going

In the future listen to the statements that come out of your mouth. Then analyze them by asking yourself if it was a positive or negative affirmation.

Your best friend in your life is you. Treat yourself that way.

Liv-4-Now

Emmitt