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Daymond John’s 6 magic steps for Achieving your Dreams!

Posted in Business, For Entreprenuers Only, Motivational with tags , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by HaZiQ aLi

Read a book nixxa, read a book... not a magazine, not a sports page...

If you dont know who Daymond John is- shame on you. He and his partners are only responsible (along with a cat named Karl Kani) for starting the whole urban clothing industry!! FUBU (For Us By Us) is the grand-daddy of most these urban street-wear labels u wear today. They got so big they even bought Coogi! Among other pioneering moves, he was the first to plot out actual product placement in music videos and if you read his book Display of Power you’ll find he actually “gangstered” his first endorsement from a celeb (LL Cool J) by pretty much camping out-outside the mans house!! The stuff of which legends are made. Especially when LL took such a liking to the guy, his partners, and their company- that he eventually raps the now infamous “For Us By Us- On the low” line in an ad for the “GAP” clothing brand commercial he was being paid to star in!!! Is this not proof that miracles happen?

In a song on my album called “Watch My Wrk” I talk about how thru ‘sheer force of will’ you can create your reality…” Well, here are Daymond’s 6 steps to making it happen. I found these on his twitter page by the way. Archived in his “favorites” section (BTW checking out peoples’ “favorites” on twitter is an AMAZING way of seeing who you’re dealing with. They are usually SOOOOO telling. LoL & SmH) At any rate- let me know if you like these..

@HaZiQ

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Stephen Kings’ Top 7 tips for Becoming a Better Writer

Posted in Business, MusicBusinessJewels with tags , , , , on July 8, 2010 by HaZiQ aLi

I love Stephen King.. but I LOVE Stephen King’s work ethic. The man is a writing machine. And if u google him and discover just how many of his books short stories and ideas have become movies, films, mini-series etc etc it will blow your mind.

On a song called “Live Larger” on my album i talk about making everyday better than the last so needless to say, Im looking at it from a songwriting angle but obviously there are a few things we can ALL learn from him… Enjoy. Let me know which are your favorites too….

@HaZiQ

1. Get to the point.

Don’t waste your reader’s time with too much back-story, long intros or longer anecdotes about your life. Reduce the noise. Reduce the babbling. In On Writing King gets to his points quickly. Get to your point quickly too before your reader loses patience and moves on.

2. Write a draft. Then let it rest.

King recommends that you crank out a first draft and then put it in your drawer to let it rest. Now, how long you let your text rest may vary. King puts his manuscripts away for several months before rereading and start the editing process.

I often let a post rest for a day or two before I start editing (as I’m sure many other bloggers do from time to time too).

This enables you to get out of the mindset you had when you wrote the draft and get a more detached and clear perspective on the text. It then becomes easier to edit, add and cut in a sometimes kinda ruthless way. The result is most often a better text.

3. Cut down your text.

When you revisit your text it’s time to kill your darlings and remove all the superfluous words and sentences. Removing will declutter your text and often get your message through with more clarity and a bigger emotional punch.

Don’t remove too much text though or you may achieve the opposite effects instead. King got the advice to cut down his texts by 10 percent from an old rejection-letter and has followed this advice for decades. While editing my blog I’ve found that 10 percent seems to be a pretty good figure not just for mammoth-sized books.

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