Serena Williams & Tyler Perry Show They’ve Got ‘Hustle Love’ for Money Moves and Making the Daily Grind Matter


Wow, where did the summer go? It seems like yesterday that we were looking forward to being beach bums. With the Labor Day holiday behind us, it brings the unofficial end to the season of bikini bottoms and tank tops. While things might be winding down in one sense, it’s like back-to-the-grind in another.

When it comes to the tennis court Serena Williams returned to the game earlier this year after giving birth. She hopes to find championship form again. Tyler Perry did his Aretha tribute and offered Geoffrey Owens from Cosby Show fame, a chance to work at his studio. Owens has been hustling on-the-regular while hoping to do more acting gigs.

Beyond the baby feedings and series tapings, Williams and Perry show they’ve got ‘hustle love’ for money moves and making the daily grind matter. Every work situation has some ins & outs that come with the job. Plus there’re other things at play that might involve money, status & legacy.

Owens was surprised about all the attention he got in the news after being spotted working at a retail chain. He’s somewhat puzzled at how the dignity of work is being turned into ‘job shaming.’ That’s probably something Colin Kaepernick can relate to from not playing NFL football last season.


Whether it’s getting past ‘mom shaming,’ ‘job shaming’ or ‘issue shaming’ Williams and Perry are still making the daily grind matter. They’re taking care of business and the needs of family. Their ‘hustle love’ lessons remind us of what it means to ‘act like a player and think like a brand.’ It’s in how we manage:

  1. Career jumps vs hustle moves

Years ago a workforce survey said that the 21st century worker will have difference job responsibilities across different careers during their working lifetime. That means that success isn’t always about vertical moves but sometimes horizontal moves. A side hustle can be your ticket to the big time.

  1. Job shifts vs status updates

With Serena being off the circuit for a year or so her tennis ranking took a hit. Now she’s trying to work her way back to #1. Owens has been off the radar as well. In these days of social media status updates no one even knew. So a job shift from Perry that allows Owens to level-up his game is a good status update to have.

  1. Vocation choices vs social places

Serena as a Brand Ambassador for Nike kinda has her own line of gear. She uses her celebrity status as a positive role model in many circles. She’s even included in the 50th-year anniversary campaign with video clips from her days in Compton. Her vocation choices put her in social places that’s heart-felt.

  1. Life-assignments vs lifestyles

Not many jobs are a lifetime assignment. Plus the marketplace often has a ‘window of exposure’ that comes with the territory. Even as things change for Owens or others in the workforce or pro sports, it’s usually about going from job to career to vocation. We get to grow our game and raise our lifestyles.

Williams gets a lot out of her game and makes a living doing so. Perry gives a lot of his resources and makes a life for himself and others. Whether it’s about their brand or lifestyle they get the chance to drink to that. So we all can prove our worth and give it all we’ve got with ‘hustle love’ to make it happen.

Tip: Sometimes getting back-to-the-grind needs a fresh dose of ‘hustle love’ in order to make it happen where you have the chance to ‘drink to that’ as a work-in-progress.

Talkback: What’s it about Tyler’s work or Serena’s play that inspire us to make it happen?

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Mariah Carey (live at MSG) – Make it Happen –

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Thinks 3am is the Best Time to Hit the Brand Spot #WUWECAST

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

In presidential campaigns the idea of the ‘3AM phone call’ is a big deal. Some candidates have used it as a way to separate themselves from their opponent. They might even use it as part of their political branding. Well, Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs thinks 3AM is the best time to hit the brand spot.

Combs released the ‘3AM’ perfume fragrance to add to his business empire. He tells LA Confidential magazine “Honestly, I’ve never been someone who does just one thing; that’s not who I am,” He says “Life’s way too short. My goal has always been to excel in every direction and in a monumental way.”

The brand spot for Combs started as a rapper. He choose that as his ‘lane in the game’ and line of work because of his love for music. After a few years of mixing things up as a record company executive and artist promoter, Combs launched the ‘Sean John’ clothing line as the new ‘cool-sexy-swag’ in apparel.

In between photo shoots and media appearances Combs is busy running his cable channel REVOLT. It’s a place for him to keep his love for music alive. It also vibes with his brand spot as a marketing guru and trendsetting promoter. Combs is in the zone when he’s making his passion ‘do what it do.’

He’s gone through stage names as often as he’s expanded into new ventures. First it was Puff Daddy, then Puffy, P. Diddy and just Diddy. It’s like he has a name for each season of his brand-ability. Combs says his style has gone more classic, career has more purpose and his brand has become ultra global.

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

Presidential campaigns are abuzz. Some candidates running on what wuz. The ‘3AM’ phone call a big deal. Used as a tactic for keeping it real. A way to separate from others in the running. Something that’s part of political branding. Well, Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs sees 3AM as best time for winning.

New perfume fragrance for romantic fire. And to add to his mega biz empire. Tells magazine he’s never been cut-out for one thing. Doesn’t mind having more bounce and bling. That’s not who he is from jump. Life’s short to be down in the dump. Goal to excel in every direction. By growing in industry connection.

Brand spot for Combs began as a rapper. Yea he wasn’t born with a silver platter. His ‘lane in the game’ and line of work. His love for music beyond a clerk. Mixing it up as record exec and promoter-in-chief. For many artists he was their relief. Launched clothing line before Pharrell. As new ‘cool-sexy-swag’ apparel.

Between photo shoots and another media stop. He’s busy making fashion and music pop. With an eye on REVOLT cable channel vibe. Helps keep his love for music alive. In the zone as marketing guru and trendsetter. Making his passion ‘do what it do’ like a go-getter.

Mariah Carey was once on his label. Many others coming from his stable. Gone through stage names with each venture. Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy adventure. As if each name was for a season. But brand-ability the main reason. Classis style and ultra global hot. Career on purpose to hit the brand spot.

Diddy2Tip: Hitting the ‘brand spot’ is good for going from today’s career to tomorrow’s pioneer.
Talkback: Diddy vs. Dr. Dre as music moguls: Who’s the man?
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Mariah Carey – ‘Infinity’ –

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Warren Buffett Feels Achieving the American Dream Takes Being Professional Grade – #WUWECAST

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LOL Tube – Got Funny?


Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

There’s been lots of talk recently about the American Dream being dead or alive. Some politicians have built their platform on making the Dream a reality for more folks. Other people think it’s getting harder and harder to attain. Warren Buffett feels the American Dream takes being rated professional grade.

Buffett believes it means career and biz branding that is distinctive, competitive and positive. It’s about being a standout on the job or in the marketplace. This makes for a more competitive position that puts you in the mix like top movies on Netflix. It helps create a rise in job status like seen on the Stock Market.

He says achieving the American Dream is affected not only by those professional factors but also social and monetary issues. He explains that the American Dream has given some people the cold shoulder as more earnings went to the super-rich. Their ‘Forbes 400’ wealth has grown 25 times since the 1980s.

Buffett thinks the American Dream is still doable as people, products and politicians breathe life into the marketplace. On the social front, this is impacted by the market system, rule of law and equality of justice. On the monetary side he feels government can help by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit.

His ‘guru’ comes through with knowledge of the financial markets and economy. He plans to pass-on some measure of the American Dream by donating 99% of his wealth to philanthropy. In the meantime, he hopes more people can raise their professional grade and get to sip umbrella drinks in the shade.

Groove-Track: Mariah Carey – ‘Make it Happen’ –

Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

Lots of talk and American Dream jive. Many wonder if it’s dead or alive. On it some politicians stake their platform. With message about social reform. People think it’s harder and harder to attain. For them that’s making it plain. Warren Buffett feels it takes being professional grade. For those who don’t have it made.

Buffett believes in career/biz branding.  Distinctive, competitive and on a positive standing. Takes being a standout on the job clock. And letting things shine on the market block. A more competitive showing in the mix. Like top movies online or Netflix. Watch your job status rise. As seen in a Stock Market surprise.

Buffet says the Dream’s affected by professional factors for sure. With social and monetary issues politicians should do more. American Dream’s given some the cold shoulder. While the super-rich are among the older. Their wealth since 1980s grown 25 times over. Leaving some to fight for the leftover.

Thinks the American Dream’s still doable. As people, products and officials make it possible. By breathing life into the marketplace. And making things happen in the social space. Impacted by market system, equality of justice, rule of law. And government expanding Earned Income Tax Credit thaw.

His ‘guru’ comes through like a money-market whiz. His knowledge rich in economic biz. Plans to pass-on Dream to many through philanthropy. By donation 99% with his peers who’re wealthy. Meantime he hopes more people can boost professional grade. And get to sip umbrella drinks in the shade.


Tip: Your inner ‘guru’ or career dreams shine through by standing-out on the job or in the marketplace.
Talkback: What TV series are people binge-watching these days or dreaming about the next season?
Groove-Tracks: Pitbull – ‘Celebrate’ –

T.I. ft Rihanna – ‘Live Your Life’ –   

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