Friday, January 27, 2006

Congrats!!

My mom sent me an old plaque that I received over 10 years ago. I have dozens and dozens of things that I have from my childhood that all of a sudden make sense. Carrie always makes fun of me because it seems like everyday, I have a new story about something that happened to me, or something that I went through. This is from my induction into the Lafayette, MO Optimist Club. It was March 13th, 1995. Here is what the Optimist Creed states:

Promise yourself-
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
*To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.
*To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as your are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.



This is my booski.

I preach about this and I say it over and over, but you have to set goals for yourself. If you shoot for nothing, guaranteed, you'll hit it. My baby just got a huge promotion and I'm proud of her. She's doing her thing. She took a risk by moving out to LA, but now she's found her groove and making it happen for herself. She's determined, dedicated, hard working (sometimes stubborn lol) and motivated. But the point is, she was able to adapt and make LA work for her, not work for LA.

This blog is for her and for me to let her know how proud I am of her. Because sometimes I get so busy trying to tackle my career and make things happen for myself, that sometimes I overlook the things that are important to others. And I don't want to ever be that consumed to where I miss the important things in life.

Holla

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Swinging For The Fences

I'm at the plate, bottom of the ninth, full count. We're down by 2 and there's a man on 1st and second. The man behind you has had no success in hitting against the pitcher you're facing. What would you do?

I'll tell you what I'd do. I'm swinging that bat. And I'm swinging for extra bases. Last year, when I first got here to LA, I probably would have hoped to draw a walk. Anything but f*** up. Just please, please let me get on base. Let the next guy either save the day or be the laughing stock of the week. And the next guy, who has never hit this particular pitcher, would probably strike out in horrible fashion. We'd lose the game and people would be upset. But they couldn't blame me. I did my job. I got on base.

Not in 2006. Not the kid. Not J Lee. I'm swinging and 1 of 2 things will happen. 1) I'll strike out/ground out and the game is over. J Lee lost the game. Boo hoo good night. 2) I'll crack that bat and pop a double and I'll win the game. Everybody rushes me and says 'we knew you could do it, kid" and I get a 100 MILLION dollar bonus. They put up a statue of me in the middle of the White House because that's how tight my performance was. Because, this is what happens, even when you swing and miss...you know what it FEELS like to swing for the fences. You'll realize you can at least DO it. You may not have done it correctly, or successfully, but you DID it. Then, you can improve from that. But you can't improve from something you never try. You can't become a professional BX bike rider if you're too scared to ride a bike sans training wheels. So do it. And do it big. You can live your entire life hitting singles and bunting the ball. And you'll probably have a nice long career. But if you don't take that bat off of your shoulders and put your legs, arms, back, heart into that swing, you'll never be in the hall of fame. You'll be that person who "was a really good talent, and had a solid game...but never played in an all-star game. Never got endorsements." And I'm not saying that that is what everything is about. Getting recognition and cheers. But you're talking to a person who doesn't know how to do anything without doing it the best I can. And my best is pretty damn good. lol

You probably think I'm cocky as hell. lol. I'm just swinging.

-J Lee

Monday, January 09, 2006

Jason Lee Vs J Lee. Round 2

"tonight I might, just boost my feature price
'cause to each his own, and the lights is bright
and I'm feelin' like Mike at a Tyson fight"
-Lil Weezy.

Ya'll don't feel me. Let me get into this blog...
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Alright, in round one, J Lee won by a landslide. Here's the rematch;

You may or may not know, but I am taking on a pretty big project right now. No question, the biggest of my entertainment career. If it goes well, this could be the launch pad that takes me from from the shores and into the big waves. After that, it's all about getting past the big waves, which is the big challenge. Once you're past the big waves, it's coasting in the ocean. But you see nothing but water and water in front of you and you think you'll never get to the other side. But I ain't stoppin' there. I'm going all the way to the other side.

"I'm riding a wave people. I'm riding it until I'm washed on the shore of my destiny and I've got the sand of success all over my face. And I'll turn over and let the sun hit my face and smile. And thank God. And probably cry tears of joy. Because I know that I know that I know...I'm headed for greatness."
-'You've got to know that you know that you know' blog.

Anyway, let me get back to the point. I am in pre-production for this project and it takes a lot of detail and busy work. But I'm prepared for it. When I was president of my fraternity (and it's fitting that this is where really learned these skills) I had to take care of a lot of paperwork, busy work, ain't nobody doing it so Jason will get it done work. And that's where I am. I have to take care of the little things now so they don't come back to bite me in the ass. But it's going well so far. Jason Lee is definitely taking over right about now. All of my 'T's will be crossed and my 'I''s dotted. There's a little room for creativity, but it's mostly business right about now. J Lee was the one who thought of this project, but Jason Lee has to take it from here. Once this section is done, J Lee will be itching to get back in the driver's seat. And he will. But right now, Jason Lee is driving the bus. Sit back and put your seat belt on J Lee. It's gonna be a long ride.

Round 2: = Jason Lee

Jason Lee = 1. J Lee = 1.

Friday, January 06, 2006

STOP HATIN'

I hate haters. Hatin' ass biznatches is what we used to call 'em in high school. But I'm a gentleman so I don't use profanity anymore. So parden my french.

In J Lee's book, a Hater is defined as : Somebody talking bad about, behind your back, and possibly even to you because of three reasons. 1) They wish they had what you had. 2) They wish they could do what you do. 3) They don't want to see you doing what they can't do or have what they can't have.

But it's funny, because the more you do, the more you're hated on. If I was a nobody loser type cat, that nobody knew or cared about, I wouldn't have haters. I would be the last thing on their mind. But since I'm doing my THING, and I'm not afraid to to DO my thing, I have haters. Just simple haters too. Haters that wished I was lazy. Or wished I didn't have as much drive as I have. Or wished I didn't have goals and dreams. 'Cause see if that was the case, they wouldn't feel threatened. Then they wouldn't have to look at themselves and ask "what the hell am I doing?" Let's make it into an analogy.

You're on the basketball court. And you're playing well. Hitting your shots. You're probably the best person on the court. Then all of a sudden, another cat steps in the gym. And immediately, you notice he's got that swagger. (I'll explain Swagger in a later blog). He's got that look in his eyes, and you know he can play. Let's say you're on the sideline watching this new guy. And he's hooping too. And people in the gym are starting to say he's better than you. Got more game than you do. That's when you begin hating. "His shot ain't even that nice. He can't go left. He's goofy looking"...blah blah blah. All hater's comments. J Lee doesn't possess hater's comments. You know WHY? Because I'm too busy worried about what the f*** I'm doing to care about what you're doing. If you're shining, good for you. If you're failing, sorry for ya. I'll help if I can. But I'll never hate on you. Never. Now don't get me wrong, I don't like a lot of people and I don't like a lot of things. But I can explain clearly why I don't like those things and they will have nothing to do with personal reasons. If I HATE you on the basketball court, but you got game, I'll say that exact same thing to you. "Dog, I really can't stand you...but you can hoop. You wanna run next?". Real talk.

In a nut shell, if you've got haters, I want you to do something for me. Go up to them and shake their hand. Maybe even buy 'em a cup of coffee at Starbuck's. I've decided that a lot of haters brew at Starbuck's. Get it? Haters brew? Anyway...I want you to thank them. And be sincere. Because if they're hating on you, you must be doing something right.

Holla
J Lee
"Keep hate alive"
-CEO of Haters Anonymous

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Here we go...

I don't know about ya'll, but I'm ready. And if you don't put your bid in now, I might just take all the shine for 2006 'cause I'm planning my work and working my plan. I don't do new years resolutions because I'm always setting goals. Not just at the first of the year but ALL year. And then I go back and read over them to see if I reached any of them. And if I do, I set some more. If I don't, I have a temper tantrum and slap people. Nah not really...but I do get upset.

For New Years, I went to Vegas and met up with my old friends from St. Louis. These are the cats that I grew up with (see "Thank you, and you" blog) and we had a blast. Kicked it and brought in the New Year with a bang. But now it's time to turn on the hustla music and throw the "H" up.

"Baby you gotta know that I'm just out here doin' what I gotta do for me and you
and we eatin, so ***** why the **** is you trippin'
I'm takin these chances,
my head to the sky, my feet on the ground, my finger to the judge if the money don't move
and I won't budge won't budge. No I won't budge won't budge."
-Lil Weezy

"I'm talented, that means I got talent kid"
-J Keyz

About Me

Just a guy trying to put his stamp on the world. Everything else you need to know about me, will probably be in this blog.