Posts tagged #Success

What If You're Successful?

     Watch the Video! "What If" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #37)

I woke up on Friday to a wonderful surprise: incredibly talented photographer  and my dear friend, Joe Martinez, was featured in the New Yorker’s article on the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. 

But then I had an even bigger surprise when I looked at Joe’s Twitter feed.

Posted on May 7, 2015 .

Redefining Failure In The Classroom

       Watch the Video! "Redefine Failure" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #35)

In my motivational assembly presentations, I talk about how we often interpret failure to mean, "I'm bad at something," or "I'm a failure," or "I'll never be good at this."

But what if we look at failure as information, not judgment? What if we interpret failure to mean, "This is where I need more practice to excel at this"?

It's hard to internalize that message. So much of our schooling is defined by the avoidance of failure, because it inevitably is accompanied by shame, criticism, and punishment.

Posted on April 23, 2015 .

Don’t Do It All By Yourself

     Watch the Video! "Solo" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #17)

Do you ever beat yourself up about not doing something you were supposed to do?

Have you called yourself “lazy” when you procrastinate, especially if you’re delaying something you actually want to do?

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from running a music production and motivational speaking company is how to create the conditions necessary for success.  But it took years of frustration to figure it out. 

Posted on December 4, 2014 .

Your Suffering Has Prepared You For Success

Watch the video! "Suffering" by Blake Brandes (Blog Rap #1)

In competitive areas of your life like school, jobs, and sports, your ability to endure temporary misery in pursuit of something you want will set you apart from people who need to be comfortable all the time.  The more you have suffered in your life, the better equipped you are to deal with the unpleasant aspects of any task, like studying or practice, that will distinguish you from people who aren’t able to suffer as much as you. 

Posted on August 7, 2014 .