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When I first started blogging it was a while ago and I found a ton of gratitude in it.

It’s satisfying to write up a page in the books and get things off my mind. As emails go you and I’ve been receiving them for decades! But check out the power in them.

One email that I check daily is that if Jonathan Stark, he fires off an email daily at all times if the day. It’s almost like I’m waiting for them.

Todays was a really good one, something that really resonated with me.

He gets questions from his subscribers and folks all the time which say. Should I be starting a podcast or write an email list.

And his answer do both!

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

In the 3rd Quarter of 2021, I was introduced to the book The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. My friend had just finished reading it and he was so impressed that he decided to reach out to the Author to bring him on his podcast “Inspired Money podcast.”

How this all happened in a matter of days inspired me to go out and read the book to see what it’s all about.

Now the title of the book is self-explanatory take the leap, the most significant leap you think in your mind, and yes, it was enticing enough, but when I read the subtitle ‘conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level,’ it reeled me in like a fish.

It was a short listen just shy of 5 and a half hours on Audible. I listened to the book through car rides, chores, and lying in bed before sleep.

It not only opened my eyes to possibilities and my thought process, but I related to a lot of the stories he shared through the beginning of the book.

I talked about the book with at least 15 people in my circle and recommended that they read the book. I know a few of them went and grabbed the book immediately, which gave me such joy because I wanted the outcome for them that book provided for me.

Why was I so adamant? Because it unlocked things in my mind that I couldn’t think was possible. See, we’re all born with the capacity to learn and grow into who we want to become, but a lot of the foundational habits are built and solidified in the first five years of our lives.

These years are extremely critical and we absorb everything, all habits, all feelings that surround us. Growing up I have a very vague recollection of how my childhood was. I do know that being the oldest and firstborn in my family and firstborn of my mom’s siblings, I was handled and cared for by a lot of aunts and uncles. My grandmother and aunt watched and tended to my needs a lot more because my mom was carrying my sibling.

Why do these memories surface? Because after being a father to three children and watching them grow, I have data to see for myself the impact of the environment we put ourselves and our children in.

And this book helps resolve and overcome some of the things that might be holding you back. After reading this book and practicing Time Diet, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic people.

So if you’re on the fence, I’d recommend you take the leap and read this book.

I’m about to start the second reading of the book with a notebook to write down things that stick out for me and help me keep on the course to a fruitful future.

Somewhere out, there is a video where the speaker talks about how hard it is to make your first million. And how easy it is to make the second one because you’ve figured out what it takes. Just like when you bike for the first time, and you don’t know if you’re going to make it to the stop sign. The next time you’re on, you would count the miles, and if you got to the first mile.

But once’s you’ve ridden your bike for 50 miles every weekend, 30 miles every other day. It all becomes much more easier to tackle a 100 miles, 200 miles etc.

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the next one.

Greenlights something we love in life and road

Greenlights something we love in life and road

I bought the book Greenlights recently, maybe a couple of months ago even-though I’d been eyeing it for over a year, when the book came out October 20,2020.

Matthew McConaughey went on tour and how I discovered the book, I even tried to contact him through Instagram about studio setup, little that I knew that he’s been recording and shooting films for years before I even touched a camera.

Here’s the message I sent him over a year ago and finally reading(listening) to the book.

The book isn’t much long to read since it’s 300 pages, read and performed splendidly by Matthew for a good 6 hours 20 odd minutes. That’s been an amazing experience thus far.

Learning about someone from their own mind is something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed specially when I last read Kevin Hart’s book.

The thing I really love are the bumper stickers, note to self, prescriptions he mentions after each revelation from the story.

The mentioning of greenlight at each passing of a paragraph is also something I look forward to and think deeply myself what the story meant.

The deeper the story goes, the clearer the messages are, the more relatable the experience becomes as I walk my path and life.

I’ve gotta go back to the book and write down some of the anecdotes mentioned in the book to help me guide my own life.

The importance of introspection throughout his life gave him clarity when he needed it, keeping journals, learning from oneself what it means has been something else entirely., it was Matthew’s way of cleansing his mind and soul of the past and embracing the future.

I absolutely loved his stories of life on the road, and how ironic that I too listened to the book while driving.

Thanks for listening, I’ve got another two hours to finish reading the book, I’ll update as I go this post.

If you haven’t gotten a copy to the book, I recommend it!

Farewell to the 2018 MacBook Pro, Time for an Upgrade to the M1 MacMini.

Farewell to the 2018 MacBook Pro, Time for an Upgrade to the M1 MacMini.

I’ve been in love with my MacBook Pro 15″ 2018 model since I picked it up. It has certainly been the most expensive Mac that I’ve purchased to date. It was a custom order with 32GB ram a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 and a powerful GPU.

After using it to do everything I love, graphics, video editing, audio editing, live-streaming, and gaming this has stood pretty solidly, whilst driving a Dell 34″ Ultrawide Screen over a Belkin thunderbolt dock and now the Dell 38″ Ultrawide monitor.

I feel like I need an upgrade. But maybe is it time to completely wipe it clean and start fresh? Just install the apps that I use daily. What’s also crazy is that I’m using Office products, Google products, AND Apple work products. It’s really hard to stick to one platform Because of the projects and people I work with.

MS Products are being used by projects I’m on, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for freelance projects, and the Google Suite for collaboration with folks around the world.

Maybe I just need to simplify.

I’ve been getting that loud fan noise issue on my 2018 MacBook Pro for the past few months. And it’s gotten worse. I did remove a lot of extraneous apps so it’s helped a bit more. But when I’m editing videos or running Ecamm Live or playing a game or two on Steam those fans kick up a storm. Now I did open it up and cleaned out the fans because I thought maybe it’s not able to move that air fast enough. After all, it’s just sat in the same place for almost 3 years. With the new MacBook Pro 16.2″ with the M1Pro/M1Max. I’m almost thinking the MacMini M1 would be an excellent replacement since I already get leaps and bounds more power with the M1 at the fraction of the price.

So maybe get the M1 Mac Mini?

We’ll see.

But the MacBook Pro M1Pro/Max offers 64GB of ram and 3 to 4 large displays (I only use 2) Maybe an overkill. Instead of the MBP M1Pro/Max for 4K.. get a new M1 Mac Mini every year for 4 years.. and it’ll cost the SAME.

The very first full-frame mirrorless by Canon

The very first full-frame mirrorless by Canon

Rumor Has It

The news of the very first mirror-less camera by Canon hit the newsstands back in 2018. Rumors of this device had been flying around and being an avid Canon user, I was plugged into the CanonRumors website that follows all the places where they talk about gear around Canon as well as competing products.

I placed my order as soon as pre-orders were available starting in September 2018. Backtracking a bit here, I’d been dreaming of owning an EOS 5D MK2, then 5D MK3, and then finally the 5D MK4. But the more I learned about cameras and where the technology was going I decided to wait to see when Canon would release their version of the mirrorless.

The Competition Had it

Now mind you, Sony has had the Mirrorless scene all to itself with 4K recording in-camera, low-light performance, and all that jazz! But I wasn’t looking to switch over to a new platform and update all my gear. I’m a loyalist and stand by the quality Canon brings.

It was finally here

Canon EOS R came to the market on October 25th, 2018 and I received my package the same week. I was ecstatic! This was my first Mirrorless AND 4K (on a full-frame) camera. We’ve had 4K on GoPros, iPhones and DJI Osmos for a while now.

A new Camera system also means a brand new Lens Mount placing the lens even closer to the sensor. Here’s a look at how close the lens is from the sensor from Canon USA:

Flange Distance between Sensor and Lens

This meant that Canon had to create a brand new Lens mounting system as well. With the R system of cameras, Canon introduced the RF Mount with some really sharp glass.

How the Camera Held Up

On to how the Camera has done for me. The Canon EOS R has a full-frame and a 30.1 Megapixel sensor is similar to what’s found on the Canon EOS 5D MK4. The Dual Pixel-Auto Focus is amazing and with the latest firmware has Eye Tracking available too. Making my photos super crisp and sharp. It’s enabled me to capture some epic footage of people, animals, insects as well as portraits in the few years that I’ve owned it.

As Covid-19 hit all of us, I started to build-out my home studio and found that this beast was ready to rock without any hiccups. Since then I’ve added a second EOS R to give me multiple camera angles.

What’s happened since then

Since the launch of the Canon EOS R, Canon also introduced the EOS RP on March 14th, 2019 (a limited model) with a 24-megapixel sensor slower shutter speed at 1/4000s. A great starter camera for those that want to get a full-frame mirrorless by Canon. Then on July 9th, 2020 Canon released a camera that went past everything we had imagined about Canon. The Canon EOS R5 with the capability to capture 8K in-camera and a full-frame 44-megapixel sensor alongside the Canon EOS R6 with a 20-megapixel sensor.

Where you can get it:

The camera has been around for quite sometime and you can easily pick up from Amazon using this affiliate links

The Camera Bodies with RF Mount

RF Lenses, there’s a total of 19 RF lenses as of March 3rd 2021. But these lenses are my top pick and ones that I’ve had great experience with so far.

  • RF 24-105mm F4.0
  • RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM

Some lenses that I’m looking to add to my arsenal:

  • RF 85mm F1.2L USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM

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