You Vs. The Dream-Crushers: A Primer

Allow Me To Introduce Myself. Hi there, my name is Izzy. I used to live in America. I used to have a job I hated, actually, hated is the incorrect word. DESPISED. Yes, that’s more appropriate. You know how it is when you hate your job. At first I tried to lie to myself. "No man, it’s okay." "It’s work. Nobody likes work" "Suck it up." Soon my dislike of work lead to depression. Now it was getting kind of hard to lie to myself "Everyone is depressed… right?" Shit. After some intense soul searching I got tired of the lie. The lie that you and I have to work some bullshit job for 40 + years of our lives… to be happy? Now, I thank God for my depression. It hurt so bad I had no choice but to face the truth. "My life sucks. I need to change it." So that is what I did. I changed it. I want to share something with you that may not sound real. You may initially even scoff at it. Trust me, you won’t be the first. I want to be a ninja. Sounds kind of funny, right? I’m about to turn 30. And no, I’m not joking. I want to be a ninja. It’s Not Just a Dream Does that sound odd? How does one become a ninja? Well, give me a few years and I’ll have the answer. Talk is cheap. I can talk. You can talk. He can talk, she can talk. The difference lies between those who DO and those who DON’T. I have chosen to...

Sex, Lies, & Self-Destruction In The Name Of Love

What’ll you learn? Well, not just about Twilight, not just how our culture thinks, not just how many women think & how trends are changing — there’s even more here. It’s juicy. (And yes, there’s a point or two in here that I — <gasp!> — don’t agree with, maybe we’ll get into in the comments :P) *** Why Twilight Is Not Just Bad, But Dangerous Disclaimer: I’m basing this article more on having watched the films (All four of them. Twice.) than the novels. I read the first one, and am reasonably confident that the films are faithful to the source material, at least as far as the issues I’m presenting here are concerned. The fourth film has not been released yet, and as I’ve not read Breaking Dawn in its entirety, I am referring to reviews and commentary. Unless you’ve been living under some kind of rock for the last 7 years, you’ve heard of the Twilight Saga; the novels and films about a young woman and her supernatural suitors. Undoubtedly the novels and films are popular – popular beyond belief, among teen girls (and younger) and a somewhat surprising mix of other groups. There are some good reasons for that. Supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves inherently capture the imagination, and there are rich histories surrounding these mythical creatures. (The whole first nations/werewolves/ imperialism thing is deeply problematic, but is not my focus here.) Romance, while not a genre I like personally, gives a lot of pleasure to a lot of people, which is a great thing. And the books and movies do capture the feelings...

Arousal, Meditation, And Staring At Yourself

Osho was a great Guru who owned 27 Rolls Royce’s and got kicked out of America back in the eighties. (He must have been doing something right.) Osho taught that meditation can be anything. He meant that meditation can be any activity that you get so totally into doing that everything else ceases to exist. So even if you think meditation’s some boring s***… You’re meditating already, believe it. Athletes get their best performances when they’re totally absorbed in their sport. They call it being “in the zone.” Actors can’t work their craft without being “in it.” Think about Nicki Minaj singing… well… anything. She’s totally out there. Love dancing? When you dance, does everything but the music and your flow disappear? Time stops as you flow along, completely absorbed in the music and the movement of dance. Past and future no longer exist. Only the moment you’re dancing in is real. Thoughts disappear or become insignificant. You’re lost. Out there someplace. That’s meditating. What the f@#! is meditation? You’re meditating anytime you’re totally focused on what you’re doing, in one-pointed concentration. In this mode, ‘you’ (your ego or personal identity) no longer exists, and your mind is declutched from your thoughts. Everyone’s felt it at some point in their life. These are the goals of meditation. When you’re in the zone, you’re no longer acting from thought. Thought’s way too slow. You’re acting from being. Action requires no thought in the zone. All actions automatically become exactly the right ones. (It’s how Wayne Gretzky could always skate to where the puck was going to be.) Your mind expands...

A B-Boy’s Confession: When You Suck At Your Passion

That’s me right there. I’ve been a Bboy for about 10 years now. And guess what? I don’t have anything impressive to show for my passion. I’ve never won a real competition before. Compared to my friends, I’ve done way less performances. You won’t be able to find awesome YouTube videos of me either. Even after 10 years, sometimes I lack the confidence to push myself to join a competition. With such amazing "credentials", you must be wondering why I’m still at it. It’s simple: Passion brings pure purpose, reason and love. Bboying’s powerful roots & why you care Bboy stands for Break Boy, or Bronx Boy, in which he dances to the breaks or certain beats to a record. Hip Hop consists of four basic elements: Graffiti, Djing, Emceeing and Bboying. Hip Hop, in a few words would mean: Peace, unity and passion. No really, that’s what us Bboys believe in. Do yourself a favor and dig deeper. It’s a lot more than what MTV teaches you. Hence, to be a  Bboy means you represent the dance element of Hip Hop. Bboying has a deep history whichis tied in to the peaceful culture of Hip Hop today. Does that sound like a boring history lesson? Why would I, someone who just wanted to learn the fancy moves care about history? Read on. I’ll explain bits of it as I go along. Why I took up Bboying, and what made me stay I hated sports, I really did. It’s not that I wasn’t fit, but I hated the competitive nature in sports. I can’t tell you how many "friendly"...

Vanilla Or Kinky – A Look At Joint Ventures

Multiple partners. Swapping. Threeways. These are euphemisms for various ‘kinky’ things people can do together, but I’m using them a different way. They’re some of the things you can do when you branch out from what most small businesses think of marketing, and think bigger. I’m talking about joint ventures, and I’m always thinking about them. Joint ventures are the sex of the business world. To me, a joint venture is a way two or more businesses collaborate and co-operate to create win-win situations for themselves and their customers. [fanboyism] Danny Iny recently launched Naked Marketing, a marketing manifesto which is pretty much guaranteed to become THE goto resource for digital entrepreneurs wanting to market their stuff. I’m not kidding. It’s epic. It puts marketing in a fun light that everyone can understand and easily act on. And it’s free. F***ing free. Just go get it and revolutionize your business. [/fanboyism] Ahem… moving on. Let’s Get Personal I’m going to give you a quick, concise overview of the range of joint venture possibilities, just like Naked Marketing gives you a concise overview of True Marketing. So to start, here’s a personal example of how & where I see joint venture possibilities. Recently Danny Iny (the venerable creator of Naked Marketing) hosted a webinar for Jon Morrow to share Jon’s guest-blogging course with Danny’s audience. It was one of the best webinars I’ve attended. I immediately noticed a joint venture possibility that wasn’t really mentioned though. You see, Jon was teaching people how to guest post well, and so you could see that his students would be guest posting quite...

13 Badass Blogpreneurs You Need To Check Out – Now

Below are the best of the best, some of the coolest peeps on the net, pure badasses. I like to think that Ryze is one of the most unique, sexy, positive badass sites on the net — and it is — but we don’t exist in a vaccuum. There are lots of other wake-you-up jumpstarters on the net, and I’d like to introduce you if you don’t already know ’em, and give ’em a round of applause. Badasses Jon Morrow   A badass in the blog world. Jon was the first real "badass: blog story I encountered. He has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and blogs by recording his voice. He runs an awesome course teaching bloggers how to blog. http://boostblogtraffic.com/how-to-be-unforgettable/ Danny Iny   Badass marketing ‘guru’ – Danny’s passionate about education, teaching a man to fish is what he’s all about and he does it well. His free course on how to get more cash from your site is brilliant. http://www.firepolemarketing.com/blog/2011/12/22/change-the-world/ Ashley Ambirge   Badass CEO of The Middle Finger Project, (with clients like Ashton Kutcher.) She’ll teach you how to get clients and cash, using lots of cuss-words. http://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/the-67-emotions-of-online-success-my-story/ Tommy Walker   Marketing strategist. Check out his Inside The Mind Video Cast. Fired over a pair of pants. http://tommy.ismy.name/about-me/and-how-i-was-fired-over-a-pair-of-pants/ Alden Tan   Young, passionate BBoy Blogger with style, up-and-coming but expect him to be big, fast.. http://alden-tan.com/has-it-ever-occurred-to-you-that-all-your-problems-are-just-telling-you-to-chill-out/ Johnny B. Truant   Badass who does a whole buncha stuff, and runs The Badass Project. http://johnnybtruant.com/edgework/ Benjamin Jenks   Benjamin runs AdventureSauce.com and makes incredible videos about people, places, and life. http://www.adventuresauce.com/2012/02/accomplish-anything/ Danielle LaPorte   Truth liberator, feminine power, and fellow...