The new me sees ryze-style wisdom and brilliance shining through all the pop the masses love. People might not know why they love it. They might think they love it cuz it’s "dance-able" or "catchy" – but like most successful and society-embraced stuff in life… there’s more to it, and multiple layers at work.

If there wasn’t, ANYONE could do it, on a whim.

Whether you agree or not, whether you see what I see or not, I’d like to take a moment to share some pop that peppers the airwaves, that people might dismiss or take for granted…

…but that affect me pretty powerfully.

Maybe you know ’em, and the first is:

"The Fighter" by Gym Class Heroes

Pop songs take something that would normally be pretty unacceptable (ie: despair, failure, and general ‘feeling bitchy’), and turns it into something that moves and resonates with people.

It allows the song-writer to express their purest pain (or pleasure) and instead of people hating on ’em for it, people dance to it.

Pretty sweet gig.

It’s got me thinking about resurrecting my poetry and lyrics (I won contests in school and have co-written a song or two, as well as sang on stage a number of times.) – and trading in my blogging for music πŸ˜›

God I love art.

Anyway, below is a quote from Gym Class Heroes’ #1 hit, The Fighter which tugs at my heart every time I hear it.

"Just waking up in the morning and to be real,
Quite honest with ya —
I ain’t really sleep well
Ever feel like your train of thought’s been derailed?
That’s when you press on – ‘Lee nails
Half the population’s just waitin to see me fail
Yeah right, you’re better off trying to freeze hell
Heh, some of us do it for the females
And others do it for the retail
But I do it for the kids, life threw the towel in on
Every time you fall it’s only making your chin strong
And I’ll be in your corner like Mick, baby, ’til the end
Or when you hear a song from that big lady" – The Fighter, Gym Class Heroes

Could this verse be any more relevant to a badass entrepreneur?

Like… the guy ‘gets’ me. He’s been there. He gets the solitude, he gets the lack of support, he gets the having a larger-than-life-mission and doing it mainly for the love of it.

He gets this clearly, and I don’t need scientific proof to know it.

Of course I love money, fame, sex — and talk about it at Ryze all the time, but I do what I do to help people ryze up. I do it to help the kids that are going where I’ve gone, been where I’ve been, and I’m sure they’re going farther than me as well.

I give people my deepest insight and my full expression, and often times they misunderstand or hate on it.

I can name people who’ve walked outta my life (in what can be described as passive-aggressive, ‘bitchy’ ways) and I don’t care, they’re welcome back if they can put all that stuff behind ’em.

I still love ’em all, and I’m thankful for the role they play.

"If you fall pick yourself up off the floor (get up)
And when your bones can’t take no more (c’mon)
Just remember what you’re here for
Cuz I know I’m’a damn sure…

Give em hell, turn their heads
Gonna live life ’til we’re dead." – The Fighter, Gym Class Heroes

Recently a friend of mine said I’d "paid my dues" and suggested that no more was necessary. It was time for me to be showered with help.

A couple days ago Lauryn Doll wrote a tribute post to me, Danny Iny, Alden Tan, and Justice Wordlaw, saying this about me:

"Jason’s experienced more than anyone’s fair share of failure in business ventures, relationships and even homelessness. Despite these setbacks, which would be enough to drive anyone insane, Fonceca’s mastered the art of maintaining inertial positivity…"

And it’s true. I have experienced more ‘failure’ + ‘hardships’ + ‘haters’ than seems normal or acceptable.

But… it feels like Gym Class Heroes get me πŸ˜‰

Because yes — some nights, it does feel like I can’t take no more.

Which brings me to the next pop song. You’ve probably heard it —

"Some Nights" by Fun.

Now, I’ve followed Fun for a loooong time, way back when the lead singer was with The Format ("Dog Problems" is an incredible song by them, for example, which I found through this epic music blog about 4-5 years ago..)

"Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights, I call it a draw
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off" – Some Nights, Fun

You know ’em, Fun, they’re taking over the Billboards πŸ™‚

So…

I’ve had less sleep than any human being I’m familiar with in the last year.

Staying up nights, pouring my heart and soul into Ryze (did you know 99.9% of everything on this site was made by me?)

Now, it’s not as bad as it sounds — I haven’t been sick in 7 years, and I’m strong and smart.

That doesn’t mean I don’t get tired, and it doesn’t mean I sometimes don’t wonder why I’ve spoken and written millions and millions and millions of words, but don’t exactly have the bragging rights and riches I’d prefer to throw around… yet.

"I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked, but here they come again to jack my style

Well, Some nights, I wish that this all would end
‘Cause I could use some friends for a change" – Some Nights, Fun

I’m not sure how many people copy Ryze, but I do know that I’ve had more people eagerly leech my value, ideas, and services for bare minimum compensation than is preferred πŸ˜›

A lot more πŸ˜‰

But that’s fine, leech away, people —

I still learn, I still grow. I still cut off the haters and make room for real friends.

And if you’ve read this post, you know I’m eager for ’em.

"Well that is it, guys, that is all, five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This is not one for the folks at home, I’m sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun." – Some Nights, Fun

It’s like, yes, I can write yet another blog post, and yes people will be feelin’ it, but I’ve been writing a long time…

Sometimes even the awesomest dreams feel stale, sometimes even the healthiest bodies feel tired.

"Crew Love" by Drake feat. The Weeknd

This track is almost a ballad, and Drake’s verse in it is basically talking about how he loves to live, and what he loves to do for himself and his team.

And it’s very close to what I’d love to do for my peoples, and team ryze.

As you may or may not know, I’ve been labelled with a ‘genius-level’ IQ and I left high-school to start working FOR a university, instead of attending class AT one πŸ™‚ (I was also awarded a Spirit Award from that University ’cause I repped hard, yo.)

And so, I relate to what Drake’s saying here:

"Smoking weed under star projectors
I guess we’ll never know what Harvard gets us
But seeing my family have it all
Took the place of that desire for diplomas on the wall" – Crew Love, Drake feat. The Weeknd

His whole verse is pretty close to the dream-life that many people aim for.

"And really, I think I like who I’m becoming
There’s times where I might do it just to do it, like it’s nothing
There’s times when I might blow like 50k on a vacation
For all my soldiers just to see the looks on all they faces
All it took was patience
I got a lotta friends to come up off the strip for me
The same ones that’ll come up off the hip for me
The realest niggas say your lyrics do shit for me
I told my story, and made history
Tell them I’mma need reservations for 20
I’ve never really been one for the preservation of money, nah
Much rather spend it all while I’m breathing
That OVO and that XO is everything you believe in, I know" – Crew Love, Drake feat. The Weeknd

  • A life where you’re proud of yourself, who you are, what you do.
  • A life where you easily and abundantly spend as much as you want on what you want, with full confidence it’s a wise move and will be replaced.
  • A life where you have fans, a team, and people rallying behind you, always and increasingly.

I tingle just writing about it.

No one’s really established a life on the scale Drake’s talking about through blogging… yet πŸ˜‰

Stay tuned, we’re on the Ryze.

Honorable mention:

Little Lion Man by Mumford And Sons.

This is a strange-but-catchy blend of pop and folk music. It kinda reminds me of old school folk band, The Amazing Blondels.

"Weep for yourself, my man,
You’ll never be what is in your heart
Weep, little lion man,
You’re not as brave as you were at the start
Rate yourself and rake yourself
Take all the courage you have left
Wasted on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head" – Little Lion Man, Mumford & Sons

Man.

Killer lines.

This is in keeping with the theme of the lonely warrior’s journey. We don’t have warrior’s anymore, do we?

Well, we kinda do.

Entrepreneurs.

Young movers-and-shakers are born every day, and they face challenges of heroic proportions.

The entrepreneur’s journey mirrors every phase of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

And I can tell you from experience, it can get pretty dark, but…

… like every success story, the intensity of darkness relates to the intensity of success.

Events can sap your courage with a million rough realities and dark details you never imagined.

It’s definitely what you’d call ‘pain’, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. (often all at once.)

The ultimate pain is summed up nicely by Mumford & Sons:

Feeling like "you will never be what is in your heart".

I’ve felt it way more times than I’d like, or recommend.

You’ll never settle any of your scores
Your grace is wasted in your face,
Your boldness stands alone among the wreck
Now learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck

So…

Yeah.

Pop music owns my soul, and many others, at least for 3.5min at a time ;).

And chances are it owns your too, because…

… even the most bitter cynic has tapped their foot and bobbed their head to a billboard hit they secretly like.

(pitchfork media, I’m looking at you guys πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

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