#AskGaryVee One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness Book Review

The #AskGaryVee book is my first book I have read in over a year. Want to know the more shocking part? It’s the first book I have ever read in under two weeks! That is why I would highly recommend getting your own copy or ordering it online. This book, like a good movie or TV series, kept me wanting more; and I hope others will find the value in it as much as I did. My biggest takeaways from this book are: Five Year Goals Don’t Matter Confidence of running your own show is possible. Hustle and Stop Giving Excuses Gratitude, Leadership, and Management Self-Awareness Five Year Goals Don’t Matter People used to ask me what my five year goals were, but I often found it difficult to answer. Mainly because how we live is quickly making decisions, and five year goals are hard to standby. Thinking back to
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How Can One Change in Eight Months?

Life Goals

Over the past few months, since living on my own, many aspects of life have opened up my eyes to realize the man I am becoming. My goals, lifestyle, and how I see myself have drastically changed in this journey of freedom in Colorado. Yet at the same time, it’s the same me that I’ve always known inside. Of course some things from our childhood we can’t get away from, but we are able to reevaluate how we pursue those aspects of life. Below are my personal aspects that I see happening in the next 6 months: meditating/journaling, work/life balance, life coach, leisure, and love. As all of these have changed in depth, here is how I view those defining changes: Meditating/Journaling Many people know that I do this religiously as my connection to the universe and higher power. As we get older we find out that friends and family will come
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Happy New Year (2017) – Life in Denver After Six Months

As a New Year begins, it’s tough not to look back and realize how great of a year 2016 actually turned out to be. The beginning of the year I began a new job with AT&T, but realized that the “big companies” weren’t for me. After a couple of trips to Denver (one on December 27, 2015 and another sometime in April 2016).  Then on June 28, 2016, I packed all of my belongings and left DFW (North Richland Hills) after a priceless two years living with my Aunt/second cousin. On that day, June 28, 2016, I packed all of my things and left for a new beginning here in Denver. Even though it didn’t start off the way I desired, it still had a way of working out. However, when I visited in December I knew Josh and Shelley wouldn’t let me fail. Well sure enough, everything worked out as
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Two Weeks in Denver

Downtown Denver

As of today, I have officially been in Denver for two weeks. (My time goes by fast!) I’m grateful for the friends that have let me into their house, as I am deep in the job hunt. Soon, I hope to land a job in this tech hub. However, that’s not the only thing I will be doing. I’m eager for the new opportunities that are ahead once my best friend gets here in September or October! This city has a lot to offer, and an amazing Denver University of Houston Alumni group that I’m eager to get to know better. #GoCoogs – In addition, I’m looking forward to meet the teams that are going to the NAGAAA World Series in Austin this year. (Yes, I’m backing the Denver teams this year for NAGAAA.) It’s my favorite organization and a great way to meet new people. Once there is more details,
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#AgilityIs Faith & Hope

Skyline of Rock Mountains

Last week, I was fortunate enough to hear Chris Gardner speak about his life story, known as The Pursuit of Happyness. (The film based on his life events, featuring Will Smith.) His story was extremely compelling and was emotionally connecting. He covered a lot in the hour, but the main topics were: 1) Create Plan A because Plan B sucks 2) C-5 Complex 3) Three R’s 4) His Answers to What #AgilityIs Based on those aspects of his story, I have outlined mine to answer the same questions for myself. Create Plan A Because Plan B Sucks By now, nearly everyone knows I will be moving to Denver on June 30. That’s my Plan A, with no Plan B in sight because Plan B sucks, period. I know the lessons I’ve learned from San Francisco will motivate me to not make the same mistake twice. Including, blocking out noise from not
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Mobilegeddon 2.0: Why Worry about Mobile & Video through 2016?

Since 2015, SEO experts around the country know that mobile is surpassing desktop when it comes to views. Where it plays in the consumer journey varies by industry. However, as consumers interact with their mobile devices they are able to constantly search, review, and watch videos. We all partake in the three from mobile, whether it’s a car product down to finding the best buy on a shoe. We desire to see reviews, how-to’s, consumer reports, etc. All of these can be placed into Google’s Micro-Moments element. That’s why I believe micro-moments and our phone pocket is taking a hit in May with  Mobilegeddon 2.0. Mobilegeddon 2.0 We know that Mobilegeddon 2.0 is on the way. Earlier this month, Search Engine Land confirmed Google’s boost for Mobile Friendliness will roll out in May. (Last year, I wrote an article about the first Mobilegeddon.) This time Google says it won’t be as bad, however
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Ending of 2015 and Beginning 2016

The start of 2015, coming back from San Francisco, was something I had to do. By the end of 2014 I landed a great position, with a lot of potential, at a marketing firm in Fort Worth. It gave me the privilege to work with clients such as Reebok, Under Armour, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and MAC Cosmetics. Each one of these clients taught me something new, and the importance of working as a collaborative team and setting the agenda for each client’s needs has taught me what to be prepared for in 2016. However, over time things took place (that I don’t regret), the tides turned and I left the agency on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2015. At the time I had the idea that I was going to launch my own business, but the Man upstairs had a different agenda. On Monday after Thanksgiving weekend I got
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Love Always Wins – Marriage Equality

Exactly one week ago today I got to witness a marriage that wouldn’t have been acknowledged in the United States several years ago. Brock and Corey’s wedding on June 21, 2015 was legally recognized in Illinois and Washington (where they live), since then the tides have even pushed forward to allow marriage equality in all 50 states. Marriage equality is a huge win for a community of people that haven’t had this granted in every state; however with the 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, 2015 it is equal. Personally, over the past five years, I’ve witnessed several things that I never thought would be imaginable. From attending ex-gay therapy, coming out, being comfortable knowing I couldn’t change, meeting amazing friends, living in the Castro and meeting people who forever change my life. As mentioned above, I was honored to be asked to attend
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How Life Changes in One Year

Life in a Year

One year ago, according to my Timehop, all I see is the countdown before I moved to San Francisco. All I can think about now is how that short-time frame has shaped me into the man I am today. It’s made me thankful for my family, friends and most of all Texas (because there is no place like the Lone Star State!) Also, this past year has helped me realize what I see myself doing for the next several years in digital marketing. (Unless of course Google makes some crazy algorithm change!) In the days ahead, many of you know, the clients I will have on my plate are top of line clients. My three months with iProspect has come and gone (with many more to come) and I’ve easily realized why this company is the best digital marketing performance agency in the world. I couldn’t be at a better company
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New Job, City and Second Chance

As 2015 begins, new perceptions and visions have already taken off. The thought of leaving competitive softball to open up time for traveling, do more spin classes and yoga have all been avenues I’ve wanted to explore. Not to mention, adding in more time with my mom is a crucial factor. More importantly, being hired back into the ad agency atmosphere doing exactly what my home page states, becoming a SEO Leader, is unfolding right in front of me. A lot of these factors would not have surfaced if I didn’t have people in my life inspiring, pushing and never stopped believing in me when it got tough. By 27, I never would have imagined working with top brand companies providing them with my SEO knowledge. In hindsight, moving back to the DFW area and hearing from iProspect in a very short amount of time being here was a God send. I believe every
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