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Dang, that’s going to be a good show! Still after all these years, Jay-Z is one of the artists with the most respect. Big ups to the man running the show.

No matter what kind of a scene Lupe makes, he’s speaking the truth– whether his truth is different than yours or not. I admire that he’s his own brand and always will be. Just like Jay-Z has built, Lupe empire will always reign. Good conversation here!

Nas’ 10 solo album– he’s still doing it! and doing it well. Coming from the era of Biggie and Pac, Nas still is respected in the real hip hop ring and nothing is more real than that. Awesome post.

You’re in Control!

If you think for a second that you can’t change your thoughts as they come you’re mistaking. I’ve learned that when a negative thought comes your way, all you have to do is replace it with another one. Although it’s easier said than done— It’s not impossible! We’re humans so it’s only right that we will have these negative thougths that we can’t control but because we are human, we have the ability to do just about anything we put our minds to. You will still have your good/bad days, regardless, but being more aware of your negative thoughts makes you better able to change that about yourself.

Controlling Your Mind

I began working for Foundation Financial Group, which is a full financial institution, but we specialize in refinancing homes at our branch in Indianapolis. When I first signed up for the gig, I knew I’d have to be nationally licensed in mortgages eventually in order to be a Loan Officer. The first time I started studying the book, I was overwhelmed. I actually told myself I wasn’t going to pass it and I failed the first time. I had negative thougths about it so I got negative results. I dwelled on the hardship of it– that I wasn’t a test taker and and that I would never be able to remember everything.  But some time passed, I heard other people’s success stories and that they had failed it the first time. It was the hardest test I was going to take so far, but that only made me want to work harder. I wanted to see my “congratulations” emails from the rest of the company when I passed my test. I envisioned that before I took the test. I KNEW I was prepared, but the test was purposefully tricky so I couldn’t say 100% but I felt good compared to the first time I took it. I stayed calm, unlike my first time, ate right, slept right, and took care of business. I stayed positive most of all and I passed that bad boy!

“The Secret”

If you haven’t heard of “The Secret,” I suggest that you watch it. It’s a documentary based on how to make yourself think more positively, however there’s much more to it than just that. If you’re a person who reads books or watches movies and documentaries that are self-help or motivational, you will come away from this knowing more about yourself and what you’re capable of!

Yeah if there’s a death in the family or something really serious weighing on your mind then there’s nothing you can do about that except work through it and obviously TRY to remain as positive as you can. Some people are just naturally negative people and that’s hard to overcome. But I’m talking, for the most part, on a daily basis there are negative thoughts we have all day that we don’t even realize because we are used to seeing out of our eyes only. We don’t think about the thoughts we’re having can actually be lethal to us. We may not find out til later in life though….

Service to Mortgage Industry

Transitioning to a Different World

When I had my first interview with John at Foundation Financial Group, I knew the culture would be a good fit for me. I could tell this would be the beginning of a new, successful career after getting the  first week under my belt. Transitioning from being a server to working with a mortgage company has been quite a change. But believe it or not, the skills I picked up as a server actually go hand in hand with what I’m doing at FFG.

Paying Attention to the Customer

Just because I’m sitting at a desk, calling people doesn’t mean I don’t get to use the same charisma as I did serving people face to face. As a server, I learned to “shoot the shit” with people basically as a way to show that I’m human and I can relate to them. If you relate to someone, they are more comfortable with you. In such an industry as both of these, that’s very important. What I discovered at Steak N Shake is how to use my humor and laid back personality to benefit me. I also learned that if you take care of the customer, they will take care of you. If my customer feels as though they are in good hands, then I’ve done my job. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by my customers that I was the best server they ever had. Even when I didn’t think I was doing enough, I really was.

The secret to being a good server is simply being attentive. What is the customer missing on the table? Did I forget silverware, napkins, or a spoon for their chili? If I did, I was the first to say so before they even got the chance to say it. I put myself in their position. What would I expect if the shoe was on the other foot?  One  rule I always followed was to absolutely make sure their drinks were filled. Anytime someone’s drink was half empty, I’d bring a new one. Even if they didn’t want it they could take it to go.

Mortgage Customers

Being attentive to customers in the mortgage industry is even more important because most of the time consumers have no clue what they’re getting into when they refinance. They are blind to their options because the banks are not taking the time to get to know them. They are not taking to the time explain that there are actually better options out there. And a mortgage is someone’s biggest investment. We’re talking whole life savings here. They have to be aware of what to look for and what to expect when talking to mortgage professionals. It’s like, at Steak N Shake, a customer has to ask for bacon on their sandwich or whatever else they want to put bacon on, but at Foundation Financial, we automatically tell the consumer of their options. What they can put bacon on, in a sense. Even if you think that’s corny, it’s true and that’s my perception.

My Mortgage Experience

I know this is lengthy so I’m going to end with this… Even though I never expected to do mortgages, I found something I really like to do. The thing is, I don’t necessarily like the job as much as I like the people I work with and the company itself. I’ve grown to like what I do, but I definitely didn’t see myself doing it. I’m glad I’ve been able to prove to myself that I really can do whatever I set my mind to. There is so much room for growth at FFG and I see this being my career for a long time. Provided that I’m good at it once I pass this National Mortgage test, or two or three 🙂

Drake came into the game doing his own thing. He didn’t have a record deal and was still making better music than artists who were already signed. Before he was ever signed, he received Grammy nominations. That tells you all you need to know. Supposedly some people think he was already signed to Young Money/Universal. His mixtape “So Far Gone” was one of the best mixtapes from him and one of the best mixtapes I’ve ever heard.

His delivery comes across drastically different than other hip hop artists. He is able to capture all the young people’s attention by songs like “I’m On One,” or “Best I Ever Had” because of the way he can tell a story. People are able to relate to him because he knows how to write to include all of us– What we go through in love and life. That’s ultimately what hip hop is supposed to do for us. It’s not supposed to just be noise. It’s part of our culture– it’s something we really follow. It’s not just music. He captures a young person’s story so easily and has us hanging on to every word because we relate to what he’s saying. He’s versatile in his voice which is why he’s able to sing R&B and why he’s able to rap, and is another reason we are able to vibe to him so well.

His metaphors and uses of language in his rhymes are unlike those around him. I don’t even think Wayne’s delivery is as good as Drake’s right now, but that’s because Wayne has lost sight of a few things. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen to Drake. He and T.I. both have this incredible way of storytelling which is ultimately what hip hop is. He doesn’t pretend to be anything he’s not. A lot of people think it’s Wayne who’s writing his lyrics, but Aubrey Graham can hold his own. It almost seems as though Wayne is copying him a little bit by trying to sing and try other genres of music. But the fact of the matter is, only Drake can pull off Drake.

The reason most people are vibing to “She Will” on Tha Carter IV is because of Drake’s catchy hook. That song gets everyone’s attention—girls and guys. The repeated chorus is what makes the song. He knows how to  make people sing along. He wants people to memorize it easily. The beat is tight. You can’t help but groove to it, and it’s a sexy song. Sex sales. That makes for even more record sales which is why he and Wayne do so well. Drake is also in “It’s Good” on Tha Carter IV. He kills his verse, no doubt about that. Rumor has it the two of them are supposed to make an album together. I’m not trying to be a hater, but Drake will make the CD. They work well together but Drake’s delivery is more appealing to me. Who’s do you prefer??