People Who Inspire Me: Sir Richard Branson

I have never liked working for others, that’s a fact. I got my first job when I was 16 working for a guy who did a lot of odd jobs. Mowing lawns, installing docks, shrink-wrapping boats, things like that. I had a few other manual labor jobs because that’s the best I could get as a teenager and the pay was decent. I never had a great work ethic because these jobs were not careers to me, they were temporary jobs to help me pay for college and other expenses.

People Who Inspire Me: Chuck Norris

One of the first big role models I had growing up was Chuck Norris. The Chuck Norris 'Facts' came out around 2006 when I was in middle school. I didn’t know much about the man, other than he was a famous martial artist, movie actor, and tough guy. My friends and I would sit around the lunch table and exchange our favorite ‘Facts’ and got into the whole Chuck Norris hysteria that became a pop culture phenomenon.

Take the Jump and Be Adventurous: My Story

I had a fun year in Buffalo, but I had a cloud hanging over my head. I kept wondering ‘What if I had moved to Tampa?’ I kept thinking about the warm weather, beaches, night life, all the reasons I originally wanted to move down there. After a week in my new Buffalo apartment I was already regretting the decision and beating myself up for it. I felt like I missed the boat and was watching it sail away.

Super Bowl Sunday: Reflecting on the Big Game

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, perhaps the biggest unofficial holiday of the year. Millions of people around the country will tune in to see the Patriots and the Rams battle it out to see who will be this year’s Super Bowl Champion. I’ve been a big football fan since college, but what about the other millions of people who barely watch football? What makes the Super Bowl such a big, memorable event?

The Power of Brand Loyalty: Creating Connections and Values

Brand loyalty is defined as ‘the tendency of some consumers to continue buying the same brand of goods rather than competing brands.’ We see this every day in the market. Ask anyone ‘Coke or Pepsi?’ and they are sure to have an answer. Are the products really that different? No. But some people might get angry if you say that they taste the same or that you have a different opinion on which one is better.

Find Your ‘Hustle’ and Dream Big

I remember MLK day back in 2011, my senior year of High School. I had gotten my wisdom teeth taken out two days earlier and was still feeling tired from the surgery. I was playing around on my family’s computer and was seeing a lot of trending videos related to Martin Luther King, Jr. I never knew that much about the man, other than he was a preacher and fought for the black community and their civil rights for years. I also knew, like everyone else, that he was perhaps the most famous and impactful activist in American history.

Why Exercise is the Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

The new year has arrived and everyone is making their resolutions. I already wrote my stance on all that here so I’m not going to dig into it again. A lot of people, filled with motivation and drive, will get a gym membership. They will go religiously for a couple weeks, maybe even a month, then lose their focus. They’ll start making excuses about how they don’t have the time or energy to do it. Their gym membership will collect dust, in a sense, and it’s likely they’ll never use it.

10 Songs You Should Add to Your Workout Playlist

I wanted to do something fun and different this week. I was thinking about how everyone who works out, whether they are at the gym or going for a run, enjoys listening to music. The music you listen to can say a lot about your personality or just what genres and artists you like. It’s fun to share with others what your favorite tracks are because music is something that brings people together. The amazing thing about music is how each song can make you feel a certain way. It can bring out emotions based on when you heard it or what it makes you reminisce about.

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