President Obama Gave Props to Rock Climbers for Reaching the Mountaintop

This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by Douette ‘Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!” #WUWECAST

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

This week the nation’s eyes were on Washington DC and President Obama’s State of the Union address. Last week many eyes including the President’s were focused on El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in the Yosemite National Park. Obama gave props to Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson for reaching the mountaintop.

These friends have been working on a lifelong dream of free-climbing this 3000-ft peak. It’s something they’ve worked towards from childhood. Things took-on greater focus and preparation for Caldwell in 2007. Then in 2009 Jorgenson asked to join him. As they say the rest is history, squashing the mystery.

During the 19-day climb there were twists and slips. Jorgeson had 10 failed attempts to cross a certain part of the rock climb. But it was perseverance and their commitment to lifelong learning that brought success. Jorgeson even studied video of his 10 slip-ups and realized the adjustment he had to make.

That was a game-changer leading to a breakthrough. As Jorgeson made headway, Caldwell waited so they would reach the top together. That’s a sign of a lifelong bond they’ve developed. It’s a friendship that has matured over time just like a savings bond. Even through upturns and downturns their bond paid off.

When asked why they did this project one said “I love to dream big” while the other said “I wanted to know what I’m capable of.”  These were two of the many factors they shared for getting to the next level. Not everybody has to be a daredevil to get there. But getting there does take a level of dare.

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

This week the nation has eyes on Washington DC. It’s President Obama as State of the Union MC. Last week many eyes focused on El Capitan mountain climbers. They held our attention as daredevil show-stoppers. To them the President’s tweet gave much props. For reaching the Yosemite Park mountaintop.

Friends who’ve been working on a lifelong dream. Of climbing the 3000-ft peak with the help of their team. Something that captured them in early childhood. Maybe even as a feat that challenged their manhood. Greater focus for Caldwell in making history. Then for Jorgeson in squashing the mystery.

A 19-day climb with twists and slips. It was the climax of many previous trips. Jorgeson with 10 failed attempts in getting across. Part of the rock that could have been a loss. With perseverance and commitment to lifelong learning. Studying video of his 10 slip-ups moved him closer to his yearning.

That was a game-changer kind of breakthrough. Making headway past his fingers being black and blue. Caldwell was out-front in their daily trek. So he waited for Jorgeson thinking “what the heck!” A friendship that matured through upturns and downturns. A dream coming to fruition like a savings bond’s returns.

In being asked why they did this together. “A love to dream” and self-awareness” couldn’t say it better. Two of many thoughts they shared as next level factors. Means a lot coming from them since they’re not actors. Don’t have to be a daredevil in order to get there. But getting to the top does take a level of dare.

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Tip: You don’t have to be a daredevil to get to the next level. But getting there does take a level of dare.
Talkback: What factor(s) have helped you or someone in reaching the next level and closer to the top?
Groove-Tracks: Imagine Dragons ‘On Top of the World’ – http://youtu.be/w5tWYmIOWGk and Brandy featuring Mase ‘Top of the World’ – http://dai.ly/x12rws (Daily Motion)

This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by Douette ‘Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!” #WUWECAST

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Live Your Passion: Steve Harvey’s Branding Moves Hit a New Groove (Part 1)

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Brandemonium’
Where Hopes & Dreams Become Real on Breakout Teams” (Old-School Flava)

Can you see Steve Harvey as an Insurance Salesman? Or car assembly lineman? Well, Ebony Magazine says it’s true. Harvey, the comedian turned radio personality has spread his wings a lot further. He even launched his own daytime talk show. Harvey wants you to think like a mogul and live your passion.

Many know him as the current host of the long-running game show Family Feud. Harvey now has more clout on the media airwaves. He shared his story of being ‘sick and tired,’ feeling like he wasn’t living up to his potential. His dream journey started when he left his day job for the comedy circuit.

Harvey says the fire burning inside keeps him striving to be the best in his game. He’s had ups & downs, trials and setbacks but found the courage to bounce back. His story shows how success is about giving your best no matter the test. It’s about living your passion and serving something bigger than yourself.

Whether you’re unemployed, underemployed or self-employed, Harvey wants you to think like the best. People who’re ‘best-in-class’ mix success-thinking and fear-squashing to make them rise, shine and dominate in the game. ‘Just do you’ on the job or in the marketplace and let your passion sizzle through.

During sporting events we see some amazing scores. Sometimes trophies are won, records broken and memories made to last a lifetime. But if there’s anything we can take away from star athletes and from Harvey, it’s that higher achievement comes to those who do everything they can to learn from the best.

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Brandemonium’
Where Hopes & Dreams Become Real on Breakout Teams” (New-School Flava)

Steve Harvey as Insurance Salesman? Or car assembly lineman? Ebony magazine says it’s true. Harvey might have worn uniform blue. Comedian turned radio personality. Spreading his wings with brand originality. Launching his own daytime TV show. Thinking like a mogul brings more lanes to grow.

Some know him from Family Feud. Others see him as that “bald head dude.” Grabbing more of the media airwaves. Hoping to reap the benefits and fan raves. His story of being ‘sick and tired’ became crucial. Feeling like he wasn’t living to his potential. So he left his day job to start a comedy revival.

Harvey says there’s a fire that’s burning inside. Striving to be the best with pride. Even with life’s ups & downs, trials and setbacks. He’s found the courage to deliver major comebacks. Showing how success is about giving it your best. No matter the cost or the test. Serving something bigger and living to the fullest.

Unemployed, underemployed or self-employed? It’s really hard to feel overjoyed. Maybe you plan to give-up or take a rest. Harvey wants you to think like the best. To be ‘best-in-class’ takes success-thinking. Along with a dose of fear-squashing. Makes you rise, shine, not be the same. And sizzle in the pro game.

Sporting events provide some amazing feats. Many heard cheering in their seats. Trophies won, records broken. Memories made from things unspoken. So inspired by these star athletes. And Harvey’s lessons from the streets. Achievement means working like a pest. And learning everything you can from the best.

Tip: Achievement comes as you go after goals like a pest and learn everything you can from the best.

Talkback: How has a life-changing event or celeb like Harvey inspired you to not give-up, to think differently or to raise your game?

Senator Cory Booker and Others Cry Foul About Superbowl Spoils

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Theme:– Operation J.U.M.P. For Jobs, Justice & Unsung Dreams

Recently, New Jersey has been in the media spotlight. First it was the Bridgegate scandal which has Governor Christie on his heels. The Governor put on a show at his almost two-hour press conference. It seems not everybody is sold. Now Senator Cory Booker and others cry foul about Superbowl spoils.

They say the NFL and its TV jocks are giving NJ the slight. With all the press coverage favoring NY, it’s as if the game is not being played at the NJ Meadowlands. Booker was joined by other elected officials in saying to the NFL, “come-on man! There’s enough to go around but you gotta make it go around.”

Well, NJ also made news for other reasons. The statewide jobs numbers show that NJ lost 36,300 jobs in December 2013 almost more than it gained the whole year. Hopefully, this is not a trend but it’s certainly cause for concern. It’s like taking three steps forward with almost the same number of steps backward.

That’s basically how the jobless might feel in their job search and about how Congress allowed benefits to expire. This could also explain why so many give-up, stop looking and fall through the cracks. If NJ officials feel left out of Superbowl spoils, imagine how the jobless might feel about losing their benefits?

The NFL chimed-in saying they’re not treating NY any more favorably. The Superbowl is a NY/NJ affair. Well, that’s true, but NJ might be getting the short end of the stick. So Operation J.U.M.P. is serious about speaking-up for those in the shadow. The question as with other situations like this is.. will anyone listen?

Footnote: Operation J.U.M.P. in speaking out for the jobless is saying to elected officials “common man, there’s enough to go around but you gotta make it go around.”