You know, I wasn’t too sure about this blogging thing, but I wanted to talk to people and tell my story as I write parts of each chapter daily. I wanted to encourage people to live Lyfe to its fullest, by sharing my lyfe in pictures, words, and maybe even video.
So who am I, and what makes me think that I’m qualified to tell you about how you should live your lyfe? Well, when you lose your lyfe on 2 separate occasions…yes I said lose your lyfe, as in pronounced dead, but somehow came back…that makes you pretty much willing to talk to anyone about living lyfe AND appreciating it.
My name is Antonio Holloman. I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I graduated from THE Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I’m currently a travel agent in my part-time, while working the usual 40 hour a week job, and while for some that would be pretty boring, my lyfe is full of adventure. Hey, I’m a travel agent that actually travels, so the 40 doesn’t bother me as much as not getting on a plane lol.
Now I know you’re like: Sir, you just said that you died…twice, Please get to that. Ok I will. In May of 2001, I was shot 5x. I was hit in my heart, my lung, my left arm, and both legs. The bullet still remains in my heart, and NO I do not have issues with metal detectors lol, I wasn’t into any drugs, gangs, or other derogatory things like that, but I did have a reputation of someone that you did not want to cross hands with. In my neighborhood, you’re either the hammer or the nails, and everyday you had to prove which. The person who shot was once a close friend, but how else would he have been able to get close enough to light me up like that, right? 2 years later, I jumped in front of some people that I was pretty close to, and took a bullet in the a vital part of my back. Dead again, but I was the only one. Trust me, I’ve broken the premature dying habit *Fingers crossed* lol
So what does ME dying have to do with me telling you about living? Ask yourself this question: What’s the worst thing that I’ve ever been through? My response to your question: But did you die?
I’ll be back soon to chat with you guys, and more importantly I’ll explain exactly what The JetLyfe is. I hope you’ll have me.
Knock Knock!! Did you miss me?!? I know its been a while, but I’m back to pay a visit. The last time you guys saw me, I was here because my professors told me I had to come, well guess what.. Yea, same thing this time too lol. I’m sorry its been so long, but my head’s been in the books. Just so you know, it’s paying off. I got invited to the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS), I have a 3.6 gpa, AND…. I’ve been having a good run in the shoe industry. See, its not like I’ve just been neglecting you.
So lets talk. How many of you guys have heard of the Robinhood App or Stockpile? They’re two very cool apps that revolve around the investment space. Think stocks, etc. Stockpile has always been my go to because they allow you buy stocks in fractions (pieces). Kind of like layaway for stocks. That way I could invest in a company on my budget, and still be considered an “owner”. Klutch right? Well Robinhood recently decided that they want to get in the fractional shares game, but whats interesting isn’t that they’re competitors in a space, its how they use social media to compete.
Robinhood uses twitter in away that invites users to come in an actively participate, much like Cashapp. They give you a share of free stock just for joining (via someone’s link) and they focus on things like the card (debit) for their new cash management system as away to differentiate themselves from the competition, but also use memes and slang terms to speak to the younger generations.
Stockpile on the other hand runs a very no nonsense social media account. They do not engage in the ways that Robinhood does. No memes. No witty slang or one liners, and no high fives either lol. Their page is essentially information central. When you visit their twitter feed, you understand that they are there to help educate their users/customers of the service, and they take your stock education seriously. That’s not to day that Robinhood doesn’t take your education seriously, they just take different approaches to talking to their users. However, if you know nothing about stocks and really want to learn, Stockpile and the Stockpile blog are great resources to get you up to speed (personal recommendation). Neither of the apps are offering financial advice, but they are offering education. So here’s my question for you guys. If you’re looking to learn something new, what’s most attractive to you about the company? The no nonsense approach, or the fun & games to draw you in? I suggest you check them both out, and as a way to help you, I’ve given you free stock from stockpile right here in this post. You’re welcome. I’ll see you guys soon, and as always: Live Lyfe. Love Lyfe. Experience Lyfe #TheJetLyfe
I’m baaaaaack!! ladies and gentleman, its time to get your lyfe. You see what i did there lol? The last time I visited, I gave you a look at my newest release in the shoe arena, and told you about something cool that I read about in class. Speaking of the shoe arena, you guys have to remind me to show you the certification I earned that declares me a legit shoe designer and seller. I’m super excited about that. That one I’m extra proud of because I was told that I wouldn’t have success in the shoe industry, and not only did I, but I did better than the person who told me to stay in my lane. Any lane I get in is mine, because I’m in control of the vehicle that is my lyfe (Tweet this quote). You liked that didn’t you? It’s ok, you can quote me lol.
Now oddly enough, that got me to thinking about companies like Google. Google, we all know is the search engine of search engines, and that is their lane, but did you know that in 2015 Google created its own parent company and named it Alphabet? Now stay with me because right now I know you’re like Antonio what in the world are you talking about lol? Google decided that they were going to own every lane that they drove in. Think about this. What is Google Maps? You 1st answer might be a gps, but look deeper. Google Maps is a search engine for the real world. You plug in an address that you don’t know how to get to, and Google searches it, then gives you an answer.
Now that doesn’t mean I want to be in the search engine business, but Google isn’t just in the search engine business, and Alphabet opened more doors for Google to own the road. I read in class about a social networking site that Google created called Orkut. I’d never heard of it, but that tells me it was around before Google+. Orkut is another exampled of Google attempting to own every lane. This social network was huge for Google, and Brazil was the gold mine that was being harvested.
We all know how Facebook, Myspace, and even Google+ for that matter works, so what made Orkut so special was that it took the group concept to another level. These groups were called “communities”, and after just the 1st four months, Orkut had 50K of them. Yes, you read that right, four months. Want to guess what that number looked like after a year? 1 Mil, 5. One Million, five hundred thousand!! Google said we have a place for you to belong, and its here in Orkut. The search engine company. The company that can read your mind. you know, you think of needing new mats for your car, and Google shows you ads for new floor mats 20 mins later. That company. That company has been stepping out of its lane for quite sometime, but owning the one they’ve switched too. I wonder if they used blinkers.
Now with Brazil being super in favor of technology, social media, and online marketing, imagine what that must’ve done for Google, who makes money on advertising as well. With outdoor advertising being banned in Brazil, what is lyfe like for the online marketer. Do you see now why Google came to mind for me? as a travel agent, and now “Certified sneaker designer and seller”….man that sounds good lol, I’m an online marketer, and that means there are things that I can, and should learn from Google.
I’m hoping to see the day where most Americans take a favorable approach to online marketing the way that Brazil has. at one point, 77% of Brazil’s social media users were in favor of online shopping. I’m telling you now, If you love something, find a way to get online and market it lol. There’s going to be a need somewhere for it, and in the age of the internet, the world is at your fingertips. Amazon is another one to pay attention to. We live in a world that desires convenience, and online is providing that.
Its created a culture of reaching the world for anything, without having to explore the world to get it. Although Orkut closed because demand for its services outpaced its growth, it showed that businesses, if they pay close enough attention, can grow with and ahead of their consumers needs, and own it all. When you see all the things under the “Alphabet” banner, they have become the “Prego” of the online world. If you need it, its in there.
No matter your dream or desire, never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something when your desire is to try. Its not their lane, its yours, and it doesn’t matter if you become an instant success or one that takes 10 yrs to get there. If you didn’t die, you can always keep going. get out and live lyfe. See you soon.
Well hello my fellow lyfers!! Did you miss me? Well of course you did lol. So I know you guys have been seeming me a lot lately, but my professor said I had to be here, and you love it anyway lol. Now before I get all excited and tell you about the cool thing I learned this week, I hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend. Even if you’re not the type to celebrate the 4th of July, I still hope you enjoyed your weekend. Also, I released my 2nd sneaker this week. July 1st to be exact, and I know you’ll love it. I didn’t show you the 1st one, but I think you’ll enjoy this. take a look:
You see that? even the box is gorgeous lol. Ok ok, enough about my awesome shoes lol. I’ve got to tell you about about this company I read about for class called Weixin. It’s pronounce Way Shin. Now picture this: Someone gets the idea to combine Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Paypal, Amazon, Shopify, Whatsapp, CNN,and MORE, put it one app, and tell you whatever you need is right there at your finger tips. Seriously, how cool and convenient would lyfe be? No more switching apps for various things when we could do it all in one place. There guys did that. The concept was so klutch that in a 3 year span, the app had over 300 million active users. Read that again, 300 million!!! The next time you have to close Fb and go to IG, think about that. they’re owned by the same company, and they haven’t given us away to do it all in one yet lol. Someone tell Mark Zuckerberg that he’s slipping lol
This whole concept to me is pretty amazing because in the digital era our phones have almost become literal extensions of our hands/arms, and most people would prefer to leave their keys in the car than their phone, so imagine what it would be like to have one app that could deal with your every digital need. How much space could you save on your phone from other apps? Talking to a friend via the text feat, and decide you want to order pizza? do it through the app, and not lose a beat in your convo. Imagine sending money similar to Apple or Google Pay and not having to worry what kind of phone that someone has. Man why don’t we have this already?!?!?!
Lol these guys saw a clear need for this in the era of convenience and seized it. This would be like the casino of smartphone apps lol. Have you ever been to a casino? Bet you never noticed that there are no windows or clocks beyond the front door? Check that the next time you visit one. You’re welcome. The goal is to keep you in the casino as long as they can, and these features would keep you in the app as long as they can lol. See they comparison clearer now?
I don’t know about you guys, but I need something like this. I may not be an software developer or engineer, but I’m sure that I’m far from the only one who would be excited about this. The way this moved through Chinese culture has proven to have made lyfe so much easier for them. It took their daily routines, interest, anticipated their needs, and said hey Wei(t)-a-minute, I’m the thing you didn’t know that you needed, butt here I am. you’re welcome lol.
What do you guys think? Would you want an app like this? Tell me what you think, as you can see I’m too excited about the possibilities. Now if you’re the person that says Antonio, I don’t have time to get excited about an app. Lyfe is way too hard. Remember, it may be hard, but did you die? I did. So because you didn’t, focus on making the rest of your lyfe, the best of your lyfe. Until next time.
Ladies and gentlemen, its the return of your favorite return to lyfer. Did you miss me? I know some of you are going to go insane just at me being back so soon, but its ok. I love y’all, but my professor said I had to be here lol. You guys want me to get good grades don’t you? Besides, I got such great responses to our last talk, that how could I not come see you again? You know this is love right lol?
To those that follow me on the regular, you know that one of my closest friends / sister, Danielle, is a breast cancer survivor. The whole experience solidified for me what I’ve always stated, and that’s that she’s one of the strongest women that I know. I was even lucky enough to be featured in a magazine that she was given the opportunity to share her story. Brother /Sister duo. I’m honored just to be able to say I know her, let alone being able to grace the same magazine that she was in.
The reason that I bring this up is because in my class we took the time to review the concept of how every October there are variations of a Breast Cancer meme that goes viral, but its aimed at the inclusion of women (as it should), but it also excludes men. To raise awareness about breast cancer meme is designed to keep men guessing about what women are talking about. to leave them clueless.
Did you know that over 2K men were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2012, and that of them over 400 died?!?!? Yea neither did I…
Now, I’m in no way trying to make this about men, but I mention men because AWARENESS campaigns should be designed to make everyone AWARE. Men have mothers, sisters, aunts, significant others, etc etc, but also, men can get breast cancer as well. We can not keep telling people to go to the doctor’s to get checked out if the importance of it isn’t stressed enough. My sister ignored her signs. She will tell you this. What do you think others will do?
Interestingly enough, the thing that seems to make this meme go viral every year is because it plays on the stereotype that men are clueless any way, so lets just build on that. Its a game of keep away.
Some of you may have seen some of these memes. They only appear in your inbox, and it says things like: Put a number followed by the word “inches”, and how long it takes to do your hair as a status… this sexualizes the purpose of the meme, and it also says: Do NOT tell any males what the status means, keep them guessing…etc etc.
This got me to thinking. Don’t you want the men in your lyfe to be educated on things that could save your lyfe and theirs? How would you feel if a male in your lyfe was diagnosed with breast cancer, but could have taken better steps to avoid some of the harsh treatments, or even death if he had just been encouraged to be more aware. What about if he didn’t notice something about you that could’ve saved you the heartache, or saved YOUR lyfe?
Now I hope that I’ve got at least one of you thinking. I hope at least one of you takes a different approach to how you MIGHT have dealt with the conversations, because for me, the most interesting thing that I read about this campaign was that it never lead to a call to action. It never said “go here” to get more info. “Click here” to donate to *insert foundation”. Without a call to action, isn’t it all just fun and games?
Now I’m not sure what your day has been like, but you’re alive and well to read this, and that means its been a great day. Every day above ground is a great day (Let the Choir say amen), and as always….No matter how tough it gets, ask your self: But did you die….
Oh man have I missed you guys. Who’s going to be the 1st to welcome me back? As always, when I show up I’ve got to bring you gifts for the mind, after-all, I started writing these post to help you grow. The Lyfe Alert blog has to be like chicken soup for the soul, but alphabet soup for your brain lol.
Now I know Its been longer than usual with my absence this time, but let me tell you what I’ve been up to. In April I released my very own sneaker. Italian leather, hand-crafted in Le Marche’ Italy, the birthplace of modern shoe making, and i’m having a ton of fun in this new lane. The other thing I’ve been up to is my continuing education. I know I mentioned a few post back that I was studying for my MBA, but did I tell you that it had a focus in Social Media marketing? Now the way I open myself up to you here at The Lyfe alert, you KNOW that I was excited to finally get into a class that actually spoke about my focus of study right? Let’s just say that this semester is only a week in, and my mind is already blown..
I was so excited that I had to come talk to you guys about something I read in class. have you guys ever heard of Warby Parker? I know I hadn’t, but imagine this. you’re blind as a bat, tired of the way prescription glasses are handled due to limited options for purchase because how the system is setup, and so you (and some friends) decide that you’ll just launch your own company. See!! I told you, mind blown lol. Oh, but it gets better. not only do they decide to change the whole model of how prescription glasses are sold, they also setup a partnership that allowed 1 pair of glasses to be GIVEN to a person in need of glasses whenever a pair of their (Warby Parker) glasses were sold. They gave away 500,000 pair!!!!!! Wait, so social conscious too?!?! You’ve got to be kidding me. Now I know I may sound like a legit billboard for them right now, but bear with me. I’m just excited because in the world as it exist today, i didn’t know that companies still did that without media backlash, and when i found out i had to tell somebody right?
So here’s why i’m the most impressed though. There’s an expression that I learned when I was younger that says: ” A man without fear is a fool, but a man that learns to conquer his fear is a warrior” (Tweet this quote). These guys were warriors. Why? because they used social media to show people that there was a better way to get their needs met. They encouraged people to interact with their company via social media. Bought a new pair of frames? Tag us in the pic. Not sure if you could buy lenses without trying them on? No problem, here’s a few. Try them on. Keep what you want, send back what you don’t want, on us. It was genius. Can you imagine if they would’ve stuck to the same tired models of before? What would’ve been the point of entering the space right. how many people could they convince to try their company? Nope, they took the power of the internet and reached out to the world. They made their customers feel a part of the process in a way that was more personal. Think about the last time you bought something you loved, and put it on social media. How many likes did you get? how many shares? now imagine being a company trying to reach the world, and having people sing those praises to their friends, family, co-workers. Yeah, you get it. These guys took the power of social media marketing to new levels, and i get to learn all about it. You see why I was so excited?
This semester is already shaping up to be my favorite semester (so far), and I’m stoked about what I’m going to learn, and things that I’ll be able to apply for my own personal growth. I hope you guys stick with me through this journey because man… As always, keep pushing forward. Keep chasing your dreams, and no matter how bad a day you have, ask yourself: but did you die?… Don’t forget, I did, and I’m here to remind you to keep going. until next time #TheJetLyfe
We’re always told that time heals all wounds, but thing of importance that’s never mentioned is that, time also takes….time. Some wounds take more time than others to heal, and some simply may never heal, because in the pain of our hearts, we just keep aggravating it, and picking at it. Healing may mean facing the reality that that relationship you thought would never end, is truly over. It may mean that the friend you never thought you would lose, just isn’t the friend you need. It could even mean that the traumas of your childhood could go unresolved, and for some people, all they are… is their pain.
So WordPress told me that it was my blogging 1 year anniversary, and that got me to thinking about the things that have changed in that time. When I started this blog, it was purely to tell, and show, you that there was more to lyfe than what you were letting yourself believe. I wanted you to know that no matter the situation, you CAN stand tall and overcome. Why? easy, because you didn’t die. Hell, I did, TWICE, and I’m still here to tell you you’ve got this lol. You may have moments where you’re at your lowest, but that’s just setting your trajectory for your rise. Even Atlas took a knee to lyft up the world, and YOU are even stronger. It’s ok if you feel as though, you’ve been knocked down. Roll over on your back. If you can look up, you can get up, but up is the only place left to go, Right?
Understand this, there IS greatness in you. You’ve got to act like it. So many people I speak to want change, but few of them want TO change. Is that you? Finances kicking your butt. You hate your boss. Your significant other just isn’t understanding you. You want to go back to school, but you don’t have time. Etc, etc, etc. Guess what, you don’t have time to continue with those things that are dragging you down. Your lyfe is moving past you faster than you realize, and before you know it….time’s up. Don’t be the person that says: What if it doesn’t work? Declare today that you’ll be the person that says: What if it does? If you do NOTHING, it won’t work…because YOU didn’t work. You’re got to realize that the graveyard is alive with ideas that people never took chances on *crickets* you’ll get that later lol.
Your future is up to YOU, and will be a product of your decisions. Not your momma’s decisions. Not your daddy’s decisions. Not the politician’s decisions. YOUR decisions. Decided TODAY that your tomorrow is more important than your fear of now. Decided today that you don’t want your children, and their children, to repeat the hardships of your today’s because you didn’t take care of your tomorrow…..and MOVE YOUR AZZ DAMNIT!!
You’re going to have to “Believe in something. even if it means you have to sacrifice everything”. Just do it….then you’ll look back in a few years and say: Great Scott, I can’t believe I did that!! … For those that will say: I’ve tried to chase my dream, but it didn’t work out… I’ve got one question for you….But did you die???? if at 1st you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again….
You’ve put your lyfe on hold for everything else, AND everyone else, and now it’s time to get BACK TO YOUR FUTURE. Stop saying you don’t know where to start, and just start. Stop saying I don’t know which road I should travel. Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads……. you’re tomorrow is paved by imagination, and what you do today. Write that book or blog. Start that podcast. Film those makeup tutorials. Your future is now, so make the rest of your lyfe, the best of your lyfe….. See you guys soon…
There are days when the weight of the universe takes it’s toll on every fiber of my being. Days when giving up on everything and everyone seems like the easiest, and sometimes the only answer in the moment. There are days when people who call themselves “friend”, are so much less than that. Those people who ask me consistently how my business is doing / growing, only to go seek someone else’s service without ever considering me as an option. Those days when no ear can understand the words of pain, if they escaped my lips. No heart could feel the disappointment of not being able to right the wrongs of those closest to me. No hand that could lift me when I’m forced to take a knee, because lyfe reminds me that even Atlas, a God of legend, had to kneel in order to keep from being crushed by the weight of the world.
Those days can come often, or they can come few and far between. What they bring with them determines if I’ve just been hit by Iron Mike or Glass Joe. See most days, we all believe that we live like lil Mac. We train hard for the fight of lyfe. We make plans for the future, dream of the big houses, the nice cars, to give our children the things we didn’t have, and hopefully teach them the things we didn’t learn before becoming and adult, but as Iron Mike once said: Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
It’s these days that I must remind myself that when I told everyone that I knew how I would be the “evidence”, it wasn’t just about being the evidence when things were going great, when I’m winning awards in an industry that most people call a scam because their fears won’t allow them to seek evidence, but also being the evidence when most people quit, and showing that it’s possible to have your worst days, and still be able to overcome. Sometimes you have to do it alone, and that makes quitting easier, but the joy is in doing the things they say can’t be done. When you feel silenced, reaching out to others can be hard. Letting others in can be harder, but I promise you this, doing that hard thing can make lyfe so much easier. Sometimes I have to ask myself, Did you eat? I don’t mean food, but did you take in all that you can today? Did you adsorb ideas? Did you share a smile with someone? Are you full off of the positive atmosphere that you should create for others, because you never know who needs it, and what they may be going through. Did you check on your STRONG friends, because sometimes they need someone to help them carry the load. C’mon, ease on down, ease on down the road…..
My point is how can I complain about what’s on my plate, when it was my goal to eat. It was my goal to show what I believe a good father can be, although I do fall short. It’s my goal to show those behind me that you can survive the inner city blues. It’s my goal to show the non-believers that the 9-5 lyfe should NEVER be the only way that you exist in this world, and that you can actually get out and live. I learned to become ok with those moments that forced me to take a knee, because just like in the gym when you’re trying to build muscle, you have to get your weight up. Even on my worse days, I smile, and I work to be stronger than I’ve ever been. For me, being a light for someone else in their darkness, brings light to mine. If you’re reading this, just know, you’ve survived 100% of the things you thought you couldn’t, and that means you’ve been given another chance to do great things. If you think today, or yesterday was bad, I’ve got the same question I ask you every time, but did you die?!? See you soon #TheJetLyfe