Hello Beautiful People!
I really want to thank everyone who has been taking the time to read this blog as it develops and share their feedback with me, all of your help and support has meant the world to me! We are just getting started here and I invite you to pay close attention, read these messages with care and take the time to reflect on what I am sharing afterwards. I am so excited for all of you that are here for the beginning of this journey and I am declaring right here and right now that anyone that is ready to lock arms with me is about to go on the ride of a lifetime!
Please enjoy the incredible message here in this Nike Commercial, it’s the underlying message behind the story I wish to share after.
Amazing commercial isn’t it? Nike commercials have been my all time favorites for years, however RedBull has recently put out some incredible commercials that get me so fired up to conquer my day and live a life of Victories! However they do not inspire me to drink it haha! There is so much power in Branding! This is my favorite and has definitely played a part in the tidal wave of inspiration that has been washed over me the last week!
I hope you enjoy those, if you have video that inspires and motivates you please post it in the comment section below! I want this blog to become OURS and I wish for you all to share insights, inspiration and messages of hope as we go along here, so we can really create something together, because whether any one of you reading this right now know it or not, you have inspired me in some way, taught me something about living well or just blessed me with your friendship and I am forever grateful!
I know many of you are watching the Superbowl, as I write this it’s 30 minutes after kickoff, and I have been up for 10 hours full of life, energy and enthusiasm putting together something that is about to be unveiled to everyone that will become a legacy to my family and the countless others that will be inspired to join our movement. I decided that instead of spending my time watching other people live their dreams I refuse to let another day go not living mine! I know some of you are huge sports fans, and if you are please don’t take offense, but I mean seriously is carrying a dead pig over an imaginary line while fending off 250 + pound guys trying to rip your head off really worth spending that much energy on? Just a thought.
It’s hard to express the magnitude of what is happening to me right now, or to say things with such boldness and audacity without slightly fearing that it will be taken the wrong way and you will think this is all about me and is an ego-driven plan to put myself in the spotlight or attempt to gain massive recognition. I believe this story will express to you where my heart truly is.
Blonde Brandon from Redondo Beach
Friday afternoon about 3pm I packed some things in my car and left on a gorgeous drive down the coast from Santa Barbara to Redondo Beach. I took Malibu Canyon and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery as I made my way to the Pacific Coast Highway in order to allow myself the ability to keep enjoying the drive and bypassing all the Friday rush hour traffic I would’ve hit on the 101 through the Valley and the nightmare of a Freeway we call the 405. It was a great drive, and I enjoyed some inspirational tunes and nice phone conversations with friends. I got down to Redondo Beach about 5:30pm, and since I had an hour to kill before I went to Torrance for my business meeting I decided to hit Whole Foods and enjoy a nice healthy dinner. I grabbed some fresh made juice, some baked chicken and some deceptively beautiful roasted veggies that I wished tasted as good as they looked. I sat down on a stool in the corner inside by the the microwave and eating utensils and started to stuff my face.
After a few minutes a slightly disheveled man of average height probably not older than 38 years old walked in wearing faded jeans with the hint of grime, a black hoodie and touting a backpack. He sets his backpack on the floor, ignores the sign that clearly says “Microwave is for Whole Foods customers Only” and precedes to pull some frozen egg rolls and a potpie out of his bag and starts the long process of microwaving them in what’s gotta be the weakest microwave I’ve ever seen. He seems fairly cheerful however even though he is fairly well put together and not too disheveled it is fairly obvious that he is homeless, and from the highlights in his long dirty blonde hair and the color of his skin he seems to spend quite a large amount of time at or on the beach.
My first inclination was a slight feeling of discomfort; if you have ever been at the Whole Foods on PCH a little south of 190th street, then you know that inside eating area in the southeast corner of the building is very small and there aren’t but a few feet separating the stools from the microwave and bathroom. When I finally am able to reveal to all of you the story of what has happened to me in the last week of my life you will understand the deeper reason why that I made a decision to start to live a life of acting on my intuition and inspired impulse. Why I decided to no longer ignore the champion we all have within us. That is why this story is about to take a turn.
I felt the urge in my spirit to start a conversation with him and “that microwave sure is slow isn’t it?” was the sentence that came out of my mouth. As our conversation started I attempted to look him right in the eye yet as I looked directly at him he stared out the window at a 90 degree angle from his face being directly in my field of vision. The conversation was fairly generic I asked his name told him mine and said I said I would love to shake his hand but it was covered in grease from the chicken carcass I was devouring with my hands. Somehow it came out that he had lived on the beach for 7 years! I was shocked! With the exception of his obviously beaten down spirit this guy not only didn’t look that bad, he seemed to be in good health and in the prime of his life.
As I finished my meal and he was back tending to his microwaved dinner I stand up start throwing away my trash and say “Brandon, would you like something else for dinner from the store here?” He says no thank you to which I respond “Are you sure? I’ll get you anything you want, I’d really like to do it.” He very humbly and kindly says thank you but this is all I need. I asked him “Brandon, do you mind me asking you what you do for money to live?” and he informs me that he gets $200 a month of food stamps and that’s all he has been living off of for 7 years!! At this point my heart is aching, and I ask him why he lives like this to which he replies that he has a mental disorder, he is bipolar. My voice inside screams “that not a debilitating illness!!!” I know many people who deal with that and still lead fairly normal lives.
Then I finally muster up the courage to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and say “Brandon do you mind me asking you how you ended up in this situation?” He tells me how he liked working with wood and his hands and used to paint the inside of houses, yet is terribly afraid of heights. 7 years ago he was painting the inside of a house and he was told my the boss to climb a tall ladder to paint an unreachable spot. He got to the top and just froze. I don’t know what exactly happened after that, but he said that was the moment when he just gave up hope. By this point we had actually been making some good eye contact and I looked him square in the eye and with clarity and purpose said “Brandon listen, it’s never to late to start again.” I ask him if he’s ever considering finding beat up old furniture and fixing it up and selling it, or doing something using the skills he currently possesses along those lines to start making more money. He of course says he has not. I reach into my pocket grab a $20 and say “Brandon I want to give you this money, however I have a request. I want to think of everything I’ve said and find a way to use that money and what is inside of your right now to start turning your life around. I have to run to get to a meeting but just remember it’s never too late to dust yourself off and try again, don’t ever lose hope. Keeping living and loving your life.” He takes the money gives me an enthusiastic handshake, thanks me and I walk outside to my car feeling pretty good about myself.
I pop my trunk to grab my dress shoes from my bag so I can change for my meeting. I opened the bag and on top is the book “The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love & Create a New Future” by Chris Guillebeau. (http://chrisguillebeau.com/) I had seen this unique and purpose driven man speak two weeks prior at a Santa Barbara Young Professionals event, bought the book, met him and he even signed the copy to me. I had brought this book down to give to a friend I thought I would see who was struggling through frustration finding her place but had just an hour or so before this found out we wouldn’t be able to meet. At this moment the high I was on from me giving my pep talk calmed and my heart was hit like a ton of bricks at the realization that this book was not for my friend Christina but for my new friend Blonde Brandon from Redondo Beach!
Earlier in the week my purpose in life had been finally revealed to me after decades of searching. I had an amazingly open and authentic conversation with one of my best friends Cedric and had then submitted to his request and broke down and pleading to God for help. I declared out loud “God I cannot go on another day living the way have been living and I need your help!” What virtually no one knows about me is that even though I have had months and even periods of years where I thought I was happy and content, I have lived the last 15 years of my life battling unhappiness and even moments of depression struggling with addictions to things I found comfort and escape in. Food, Drugs, Alcohol & even empty and meaningless sex. I am ashamed to admit that up until writing this I had list I had made of all of my sexual conquests. Though I have had some amazing women in my life and many of the names had been people I really cared for and had relationships with, many of them in addition to the other vices have been nothing but my ignorant solutions to squash and push down the visions of grandeur I have had for my life that I had felt powerless to realize. All of those mistakes, hardships and repeated errors in judgement continued to chip away at my sense of self-worth and self-love and escapism was all I knew. My lack of authenticity with myself for so many years had almost squashed away every ounce of hope I had inside just as Brandon had done! Jim Rohn says it best; “The Same Wind Blow on Us All.”
In the days that followed I found inspiration, beauty and the grace of God in every little experience, a moving song, an authentic conversation with friend, the purging of my nervousness to teach a Junior Achievement personal finance course to a class at Santa Barbara High School. Each perfect moment was now an opportunity to live with pure joy, unhindered self-expression and love for all people. I realized that I was born to use the gifts I feel so humbly blessed to have been given to do everything within my power to take a stand for my brothers and sisters of the human race and help them to realize or I should say remember what I have fought my whole life to remember. LOVE IS ALL THERE IS. EVERY SINGLE OCCURRENCE IN OUR LIFE HAPPENS FOR A REASON AND FOR A PURPOSE AND IT SERVES US.
You see Greatness is not for the Chosen Few, Greatness is for the few that choose. Or should I say Greatness if for the Few that Have the Courage to Choose.
As I was overloaded with feelings of love, purpose and vision Brandon walks out and I yell his name as he walks off with his hood covering most of his face. He doesn’t hear me and I rush to get my shoes and socks on throw my stuff back in the bag and go give him this book. I finally get in the car and start driving in the direction he had walked and I am filled with feeling of fear that I won’t find him and do what I have to do next. I finally find him as he sits on a curb at the back corner of the parking lot and as I zip up to the spot next to him and jump out I see a tsunami of tears streaming down his face.
I walk up to him with the book in my hand, put my hand on his shoulder and say “Are you ok Brandon?” He says “I’m sorry, I’m really emotional, I’m going through something right now.” To which I reply as I feel that choke of emotion and tears well up, “Well you and me both brother! If I had the time I would love to share it with you but that will have to wait for another day. I have this book and even though I brought it down for someone else I believe it was meant for you. With the money I gave you and something you will find in this book you will find the path to turn your life around. I wrote my name and number inside and when you figure it out please call me and tell me exactly how you have done it, whether it is in a few months or a few years.”
“Your number is actually IN HERE?!” He says with shock and disbelief. I open to the front page and make sure he can read my lousy penmanship. I pat him on the back, affirm to him again “Never lose hope Brandon, You can always start again.” I jump in my car head to my meeting location and for the first time in my life experience the overload of joy in living a life of purpose. Releasing myself from the shackles of pride, ego and selfishness, I fully understand the joy and happiness that can never be reached by any human being untill you surrender to a life of serving others and treating every other human being with unconditional love. I have no idea if I will ever hear from Blonde Brandon from Redondo Beach, but something tells me I will and it will be a glorious day!
Anyone who knows me knows that I have never been religious nor do I currently consider myself to be apart of any specific religious sect. I say this in an attempt that if anyone reading this is like I have been all my life and immediately shuts off when someone starts using words like God, Divine, Purpose and so on, you will let your guard down and realize the truth of my message that you know deep down in your heart of hearts.
I heard Tony Robbins say something so brilliant years ago that has stuck with me. “You can spend your life believing whatever you want, but not believing that there is a God or some higher power and energy to the universe is as ignorant as believing that the Websters dictionary was created from an explosion in a print factory.”
The bottom line is that we are not separate from God and we are not separate from each other. At every moment of your life you can live out of a place of FEAR or a place of LOVE. I suggest having the courage to try living a year, a month, a day, heck start with an hour out of pure unconditional love and act and live your life out of that place. It will give you the power to “STEP UP TO YOUR GREATNESS” and feel a sense of fulfillment, happiness and joy you unlike anything you have ever experienced. This feeling is infinitesimally better than the most amazing sex, the funnest night of drinking and partying, the most amazing high from any drug. Believe me I know. I have tried them ALL, and way more than once just to make sure.
The unveiling of what I feel I can take absolutely no credit for whatsoever, the Divinely Inspired vision I have to do what most of us have relinquished responsibility to others for is coming soon. There’s a very clear reason why I am using quotations for that challenge I make to each and every one of you. I will spend the remainder of my days on this earth living a life of service and inspiring others to live the grandest vision they have for themselves by my example. I will prove to every one of you that will watch through my actions the truth in theses words that are now flowing out of me with such ease.
I have to humbly say that I feel for someone who has never written, never finished college and hasn’t been in school in 11 years; pardon the language but this is some good shit!!! There is no way I can take responsibility for this. Just like the Nike Commercial this post started with “Greatness is not in one special place, and it is not in one special person. Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it” I believe the inspiration I have been so blessed to receive will give each an every person who is ready for life transformation the power to accept my challenge and “STEP UP TO YOUR GREATNESS!”
Find the courage to start your diet or exercise program, free yourself from the chains of addiction, take the first step in mending a broken relationship with a friend or family member. FORGIVE those you have harmed you, and most importantly FORGIVE YOURSELF.
Life is far to short to live your life asleep, alive, and to build a wall around your heart and shut yourself off from the beauty of the world.
I finally understand in my heart and soul this quote by one of the most amazing human beings who have ever walked the earth:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
If you have taken the time to read this, please reflect on what you have taken while paying close attention to the lyrics of this exceptional piece of music and post your thoughts below. I love you all for being apart of my life.
– To Your Happiness & Fulfillment,
Jason Matthew Herrington