Connect The Dots Like Steve Jobs

If you’re a big believer that everything happens for a reason  this is for you. If you’re not, this is for you too.

The other day I was reading “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon (a great book for the creative mind) I came across a quote in the book that stuck with me.

 “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

We all have things we can not explain at the surface occur which causes us to wonder why? Why this? Why now? Why me? Things that in our gut feel right, but in our current mind can not be explained.

What I have felt has always allowed me to get past any unexplained apprehension is trust.

To a lot of people (even myself) it was hard to understand my entry into songwriting and music in general. I had always had a love for music on a listener level but had never thought about it from the creating standpoint. I had all these people around me who were in one way or the other involved behind the scenes that I knew as personal friends outside of music. I picked up the pen figured I’d give writing a shot, with a goal of 1 placement. (this is a much longer story that I will get into another time)

When I wrote/c0-produced “Leave With You” I pictured a male pop vocalist. I wanted to get into the hands of an artist at the top of their game in order to maximize the songs marketing potential. I pitched the song for over a year to any A&R, record Label or anyone for that matter who would listen, to no avail. When I decided to release it as a my own single, it took a lot. I was scared. I spent money I didn’t have, and time I had no proof wouldn’t be wasted on a song I just felt had to be heard. So with a shy, unknown vocalist, with little experience named Bryan Bautista, who I felt had something… I took a chance.

Fast forward 3 years later..

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Bryan has gone on to do many great things for himself. He has grown as an individual and artist and I continue to root for him from the sideline. The attention he has gained through his own efforts has allowed “Leave With You” as his first featured Apple Music single to capture an audience it would have never gotten if I had never taken action. The song has been heard all around the world and is featured in the score of a upcoming film. At the time of conception neither one of us could of known what the future had in-store, but looking backwards, it all made sense.

  Even as I write this now therapeutically I have yet to understand the happenings of my current life. I liken it to the feeling of riding a bicycle downhill with no hands on the handle bars or feet on the pedals. Trying to gain control only creates more instability as I move forward, but, I keep moving forward. As you look for ways to make sense of your life as it unfolds find comfort in knowing that  “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” JUST TRUST. KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

Available Now on Apple Music & iTunes “Leave With You”

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What have been your connected dots looking backwards?  Feel free share below.

Give your life Attention

With all the distractions this world has to offer it’s easy to get lost in paying so much attention to what other people have going on that you don’t do anything to get your own life going. I found the best part of my day is the moments I take to do absolutely nothing. When all I have is myself, no phone, no tv, no ipod. My brain reveals so many things without me actually having to concentrate that  I’ve been tempted to keep a pen and pad handy. When I give my life attention I remember things I want to accomplish, come up with new ideas to be executed but most importantly I put things in perspective on how they relate to my life and no-one else’s. I give credit to where it is due to that of my own journey. I encourage you to sometimes ignore the status updates and the tweets for your own dose of mental rejuvenation. Your mind is begging for the attention, trust me. Its begging to show you how great you are and what your capable of doing if you just paid it some mind. So why not give into the pleading? after all it is,your life.

Just like that

You ever unexpectedly recieved an opportunity for somthing you really wanted. It felt like things were going your way only to have it fall apart. When enough of these instances happen you become wary of ever getting your hopes up.

Countless times I’ve been excited from the chance of great things to come. I’ve envisioned the possibilites only to have those visions fades as if they were just a dream.

Rather than get upset, next time it happens (because it surely will) look not from an angle of despair but from that of great optimism.

I think of it as a way to keep my fatih and ambition steady in the forefront when doubt is lingering in the background.  It’s a helpful reminder to follow through with aspirations & to not let doubt distract from accomplishing goals.

That unexpected e-mail, call, offer wasnt to get you hopes up but to keep your hopes up. You may have been slacking on your grind or losing focus on the goals. Whats for you is waiting, but not ready for you just yet. This is Gods way of reminding us that just like that things can change in our favor.  Turn that feeling of despair to gratitude because those who are left sleeping always miss their stops.

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-Grand Hustle

“Gettin Dirty” Lyrics

“Getting Dirty”

Lyrics by: Nicolus Brown, Victoria Perisico, Isiah Forde

Mixed and Mastered by: Papa Asante

Intro

We like to Rock this Party all night long

We Pouring drinks until the break of dawn

Ladies is looking Pretty, fellas lets get these biddys

People we getting silly, people get your hands up

We like to Rock this Party all night long

We Pouring drinks until the break of dawn

Ladies is looking Pretty, fellas lets get these biddys

People we getting silly, getchya get your hands up

Verse1

i see u over there all alone

ya head down on your iphone

not knowing which way to go

got ya girl i dont care nobody has to know

see u looking me up and down

better hope shes not around

pull me closer dont make a sound

hold me tight make it right and lets hit the town

Bridge

dont hold back give me some more

leave your heart on the dance floor

tonights the night that we go strong

you and me well do it all night long

stay in the the zone till the djs gone

with your fresh kicks and my louboutins

feeling good djs playing my jam

screw all the haters this is who i am

Chorus

tonight you dont have to worry

we’re on the floor and its getting blurry

bottles popple like were in a hurry

goose in the cup and we’re getting dirty

Verse 2

swing ya hips from side to side

raise your hands cause you feel alright

put your body in the spotlight

turn around break it down we only got tonight

let the music take all control

while the rhythm seeps in your soul

pull me closer your on a roll

turn around break it down come on lets go

Chorus

tonight you dont have to worry

we’re on the floor and its getting blurry

bottles popple like were in a hurry

goose in the cup and we’re getting dirty

Verse 3

Can I go slow with the flow, drinkin that goose but its mixed with the coco

Fly as hell, tags on everything, polo. Cop chicks and you know I do it solo

Cancun and even in the pocnos, think shorty wanna poke

Uh-Oh

Wanna kiss with no, misceltoe, wanna lick my stick Ri-ri-real low

But you know how I get  Yes Ima pro.

Two chick Tuesday check the flick yo

Nick Brown Online baby click go

When I do what I does bet yall know

That the swagga wont stop making hits yo

Not a rapper but I does spit tho

Ladies looking right so we’re bout to take a flight cuz I love em all night and your know we’re getting dirty

Chorus

tonight you dont have to worry

we’re on the floor and its getting blurry

bottles popple like were in a hurry

goose in the cup and we’re getting dirty

Intro

We like to Rock this Party all night long

We Pouring drinks until the break of dawn

Ladies is looking Pretty, fellas lets get these biddys

People we getting silly, people get your hands up

We like to Rock this Party all night long

We Pouring drinks until the break of dawn

Ladies is looking Pretty, fellas lets get these biddys

People we getting silly, getchya get your hands up

Download Song Here: http://www.mediafire.com/?aftgjw6r1ccyawa

He Has Never Failed You

 

 

No matter how long it has taken or how it came about, God has never failed me, ever. Every single thing I have felt and saw myself accomplish has happened. I’m not talking about playful hopes and wishful dreams, but the real deal feeling and knowing of something actually taking place. As I am about to embark on new opportunity I can’t help but thinking “wow, I actually envision this very moment a while ago”.  There are many things we want that don’t end up happening for us or the way we intend them to. Think about the things you have actually felt happening before they did. The things that meant so much to you it would be all you could dream of. It might not have played out the exact way you intended but that was only in order to make the end result even better than envisioned. He has never failed you. Remember that. What are some things you have wanted to happen and saw come to past miraculously? Share your stories if you believe he has never failed you.

 

Nick Brown

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How Do You See Your Life?

 

 

In my readings today I was made to ask myself the question of how do I see my life. I feel that throughout my life I have been consistent in the way I have perceived it. I grew up hearing many different views on how life was. The older people in family view life as being “hard”. To them your always a victim of the things happeing around you. I’ve realized that mindset can actually be true if you believe in it enough. What happens is when you view yourself as the victim and never having control of your surroundings, you actually do become a victim of life by your own doing. You do very little to change outcomes and assert your will. That lack of optimism keeps you in a state of submission. You submit to all that happens, constantly blaming life.

Some may view life as a dance, with twists, turns, highs and lows. I think whatever metaphor you use to view life is fine as long as it contains hope. The older I get I change my views on life. When I was younger I didn’t think much about life to be honest. I thought about the day to day operation and what consisted of living, but never a worldly spectrum. I always felt that we are had  destined to do something but never gave much thought on how the discovery of what that was took place. Everyday we awake is an opportunity to come closer to the manifestation of that destiny by learning and growing from the day before. In what a friend once perceived as a head to head competition in sports, I said to him “Im not trying to be better than you, but a better me from yesterday”.

There is no one way to view life. There are many. Take note of the journey. Approach everyday with greater insight than the previous. Strive to achieve. Trust in yourself and your faith. Knowing that the possibilities are endless is very important. Whether you make the best of a bad situation or the best of a good situation..life is what you can make it from whatever situation. Life has many trials and tribulations that test you. These test are there to sharpen your sword of character. Change your view on the world as you know it, and change your life, the world will surely show it.  ( I didn’t mean for that to rhyme lol)

I’d like to know how do you see your life? What are the metaphors you use to describe it and how does that shape the way you carry on living.

Grand Hustle,

Nick Brown

@NickBrownOnline

The Crippling Options

 

Options are good. When I was child multiple choice test use to be my shit. At 16 I started driving, no longer was I subjected to just the metro north, but I had the option of taking my car into the city. Options are cool for the most part. What happens when your options don’t share a vast difference? When the multiple choice test answers all look as if they could be the right one? You get stuck. If your like me you leave the answer blank thinking “I’ll come back to it” hand in the test only then realizing you forgot to go back and decide on a answer for the question. That 25% chance you had at a correct answer went to 0% simply because your options crippled you in making a decision, but why? Is it your lack of decision making or fear of failure that pulls the rug from under your feet of options.

The map of life becomes a pleasurable road to travel when there are not that many of them to wear you out. Your options are blessings. Wether your options bring your comfort or confusion behind each one is the path to the right choice. It’s up to you to choose. You can fail yet grow, but if you never go, you never know.

Grand Hustle.

Nick Brown

http://www.NickBrownOnline.com

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