Chaotic Reads | The Power Playbook

I told myself at the top of 2016 that I would attempt to read a book a month. Yeah, things that didn’t happen. I did make it through the first book I set out to read for the year, The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Successby La La Anthony. Quick details:

  • 245 pages
  • 18 Chapters + Intro
  • Quotes at beginning of each chapter
  • Personal experiences discussed.
  • Tips for being a power player.

I purchased this book sometime last year and I was interested in her first title, The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness, but this one I knew I couldn’t pass up. It takes me a while to get into books if I’m not feeling it. I took my time reading this one, but it definitely pulled me out of my slump of not knowing what I wanted to do career wise. To read this at the top of the year really put life into perspective for me. I decided to pull a few quotes that spoke to me along with my sharing my overall take on the book.

My passion helps me execute my purpose.

I’m passionate about writing and sharing what I love. You can feel in someones writing when they’re passionate about a subject. For me at one point it was music. That’s what I began blogging about. Then it evolved to finding my own fashion sense and trying out beauty products to be more “girly.”

While I love writing about that and sharing how I’m evolving as an adult, I’m really into organizing and planning and just being creative. That’s what Chaotic Critic has become. A platform to share how the evolution as a young adult and projects that I create and trying to stay organized and motivated. It’s an array of material, but I’m passionate about it. Taking my passion turns into my purpose of spreading that energy to others and helping them find systems that work for them. It’s actually something I’ve been doing for quite awhile.

Kill them with kindness.

This portion was early on in the book. There’s so many people that you’ll come across in life that take joy in bringing you down. Like they really get a kick out of getting under you skin. I have had to learn to let things go and stop giving people that power over me. I can’t continuously let someone get under my skin and irritate me over small things. The best way to crush them as they’re trying to crush you is to just smile it off. Let’s say it’s a work in progress for me, but I’m so over people trying to bring me down just to bring themselves up.

When I think back, most of my successes have come on the heels of being afraid to do something and then talking myself into doing it anyway.

The great thing about this book aside from La La’s personal experiences and begin able to relate to what she expressed was just how versatile she is. She started out doing radio and went about the norm route of going to college, but it wasn’t what she wanted to do. She went back to radio her opportunities kept surfacing from there. She was smart, witty, and not afraid to try something new.

I will never reach my full potential if I keep living in fear of the unknown. If I continuously dwell on the opportunity failing before it even happens, I’m hurting myself. To fully achieve all that I want, I have to step out and act on what it is that I want. If opportunities come to me along the way that’s a bonus, but I have to first start by creating my own.

There are two ways to choose your career path; Follow other’s expectations and examples of follow your own interests, talents, and passion.

I wrote an entire post on finding your lane and this book will forever be a reference for me to continuously move forward. I don’t have to live up to what others want or expect of me. I can only be me and there are people that will accept it and for those that don’t, I’m not changing for them. You have one life, live it the way you want to. Be humble, gracious, and your power will show itself.

There’s so many GEMS in this book that I will be sharing them in my Motivational Monday series for sure. The purpose of the Chaotic Reads series is to highlight books that I can relate to and spark the creativity within.

Until next time…

NEW MUSIC — French Montana x Remy Ma, ‘MEGADEATH’

remy-frenchKhlaed might’ve been the first one to get Remy on a track since her release from prison, but she’s back with another We The Best member as she teams with French Montana. The track ‘MEGADEATH features Remy, French, Jadakiss and production by Swizz Beatz. I could definitely hear this being a radio smash and I really like it.

Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/djrellyrell/french-montana-feat-remy-ma

EP Review: A Place Like This

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Canadian duo, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ulllman, and OVO artist better known as Majid Jordan have released their EP,  A Place Like ThisThis is not the first EP the duo have released as a pair, but it is the first under Majid Jordan. Their first EP, Afterhours, was released on Soundcloud under the name Good People.

I love the feel of this EP. It starts off on this high note an then it gets slower and slower. ‘Forever’ and ‘All I Do’ are the two upbeat tracks and then it gradually gets slower with ‘Her’, ‘U’, and ‘A Place Like This’. I compare this EP to  like running a race. You start off fast and then you slow down once you lose momentum. You don’t stop running everything around you is just like a blur. That’s what this EP reminds me off. When you’re off in a trance and you’re stuck and everything is moving, but you. ‘A Place Like This’ reminds me of elevator music. Actually if you take out the lyrics, instrumentally this whole EP could be elevator music. I really like it and I’m interested in hearing a full length album from this duo. With Drake working on his new album I wonder if there will be another Majid Jordan feature.

Out of the five tracks my top picks are ‘Forever’ and ‘A Place Like This’.

Check out the video for ‘A Place Like This’ below:

Stream the EP below (via Spotify):