RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Yesterday was a sad day in the world of technology. Former CEO and Chair of Apple, Inc., Steve Jobs, has passed away.

The world will remember him for his ingenuity, the courage to start a company from his garage, leave that company, and return in ’95 to bring it to what it is today: Mainstream and Innovative. Others who knew him personally will remember his kindness, his brilliance, and the passion he brought to life and the technical world.

Steve Jobs was Apple and his spirit will be what the company’s foundation stands on.

Rest in Peace.

Change – Victim or Product?

Ahhh, change. It is the only constant in the world. Over the years, one can say that he or she is a product or a victim of change. The change happens, so what is the difference?

Well, it is indeed a huge one.

A victim of change is one who did not choose the changes of his or her individual world. Rather, these changes happened and were not accepted. In this standpoint, the changes appear negative to the person; thus, making the person a victim of change.

A product of change is one who is the result of the change within. It is the result of evolution, the positivity behind the constant change. The person accepts and embraces the changes within and/or to the environment.

I feared change, because of what it is. It is a different mindset, a different mentality, a different approach to the many things of life. As I began to change, the fear kept coming, but one thing was certain: Either I would be a victim or a product of the changes to come. I can say for years, I have been a product, but this year is more significant than others. 6 years passed since my high school graduation and I am not two months away from my college degree. Physically, I am perhaps the greatest shape of my life. Weightlifting has taught me so much about myself and my capabilities. Through it, I have mentally found myself at a state that I am more philosopical with my thoughts, relying on the things that are printed in scripture and the morals I have learned over the years. I do know now that I am a product of the changes that happened in my life. Some I set in motion, others happened beyond my control.

“I embrace change because I embrace myself. I am water, constantly flowing, constantly changing. Shapeless…..” – inspired by Bruce Lee’s quote

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless ”” like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

The Law of The Jungle

“The biggest, baddest lion stays on top until a bigger, badder lion comes along and eats him.” – Triple H

The unbridled concept of staying on top, of staying ahead, of being better is one that always stays on my mind. No matter what, there is room for evolution, room for improving.

3 years ago, I remember when I started the idea of LosEvolution.
1 year ago, I remember when I pledged Iota Phi Theta.
And on December 31, 2009, I remember when I made the decision to shut up every negative thought that came to mind. That I was going to change everything there is about this game. Everything that could be different, I made up in my mind that it was going to be different.
To become different…one must change everything there is about him.

It is a hard that requires a lot of thought and garners a lot of opinion. What is yours?

RIP Pontiac Grand Am – 2003-2009

For 6 long years, we rode up the road
Tore up the tread, in the heat or the cold
From Noxubee High, all the way to Ole Miss
Rolled to ATL in a flick of the wrist
Pushed to ya limits, with pavement to burn
If I knew this was gonna happen I would’ve made that left turn
Instead of going to make a turn at the next stop sign
Next thing I know…you got nailed from behind
Dented in the trunk, destroyed the taillights
A bad way to end a cold Monday Night
Now totaled and on the way to salvage you go
A stressful experience for me, now I finally show
That there is a lot more to me that misses the eye
RIP Grand Am, Ol’Red, hate to see ya die.