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YOU DON’T NEED THE WORLD
                   TO LISTEN TO YOU.

 

YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO YOU!

 

Warrior.

 

There are 7 billion people on the planet.

 

When ever a few hundred decide they love the message you are sharing…

 

…A revolution has begun.

 

And in order to get a few hundred out of the 7 billion to listen and to follow…

 

…you must get the first one to listen.

 

YES 1 PERSON OUT OF 7 BILLION+

 

And that first person is YOU.

 

You see of all the marketing and selling that you do day to day.

 

The most important marketing and selling you will do is with yourself.

 

WARRIOR YOU MUST CONVERT YOURSELF.

 

Recently one of my Wife’s friends asked me,

 

Garrett How did you get so many people to watch and engage with your Warrior Videos, Audios, and emails online?”

 

My response?

 

I SPENT SEVERAL YEARS CONVERTING MYSELF FIRST!

 

Yep.

 

I didn’t mistype this.

 

STEP #1:  Convert yourself to your bud trimming message.

 

STEP #2:  Preach to the world the conversion you have experienced with trimming machines

 

This is exactly how our Movement was born.

 

4 years ago in my darkest moments I heard a blade of a Voice deep inside me that told me I could HAVE IT ALL.

 

I could be Ripped, Connect to GOD, have an epic marriage and Family life and at the same time make a ton of money.

 

THE TRUTH?

 

-> I thought I was crazy.

 

-> I took a ton of heat in the beginning.

 

-> Mostly criticism.

-> Tons of Critics.

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IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO KEEP FIGHTING DAILY BUT I KNEW WHAT I KNEW.

 

The other part I started to see as time went on though was this crazy reality.

 

No Matter What you take a stand on.

 

(i.e.:  Marriage, Money, Family, Politics, Religion…)

 

  • -> Most people will ignore you.

 

(My God there are 7 Billion people on the planet and I promise you are not the center)

 

  • -> Some people will abhor you.

(Everyone must have persecutors and haters in order to polarize the marketplace and create attraction for your FANS)

 

  • -> Few will adore you.

(This is your TRIBE.  These are your People.  These are the one’s who will pay you and play with you for a very long time)

 

FOR YEARS I FUCKED cleaning UP my life and trimmers.

 

HOW?

 

I invested most of my time trying to get the people who Ignored me to listen.

 

I invested most of the rest of my time fighting with people who hated me.

 

WHAT DID THAT LEAVE ME WITH?

 

No energy and No love for my FANS/TRIBE.

 

I smile even thinking about it now and yet at the time for some crazy reason this was all I could manage to do all day.

 

I might as well have walked up to a BRICK wall and smashed my face into it a thousand

times until blood poured from every pour of my body and on my bud trimming machines…

 

…thats about how useful it was.

 

THEN I WOKE UP ONE DAY AND REALIZED SOMETHING.

 

I WAS NOT AT WAR WITH THE MARKETPLACE WHO IGNORED ME AND HATED ME.

 

I was at War with myself and my willingness to live my calling.

 

I was at War with myself and my willingness to say what needed to be said, to do what needed to be done for the ONES I had been called to serve regardless of what the 99% outside of that group thought.

 

I was at war with the critic in me that judged me, critiqued me, and hated me.

 

I was at War with accepting my calling to SERVE YOU.

 

My world was pure chaos trying to impress the 99%.

 

SO I SAID FUCK YOU 99%

 

I took a stand.

 

I began to preach to the 1%.

 

I sold out to the 1%.

 

I live eat and breathe liberation for the 1% who will hear the universal curriculum through me best. 

 

I took a stand to share the message the way I wanted to say it, the way I knew I needed to say it.

 

What has this resulted in?

 

OVER THE PAST WEEK:

 

  • 6,437 have not even opened an email
  • 9,432 people have read these emails.
  • 347 people have opted out of these emails.
  • 28 of the 347 have sent me hate message filled with RAGE as they Opted out
  • 276 have sent me messages of deep appreciation.
  • 1 Man has grown a TON ——> ME.

 

So regardless of which of the numbers you fell into I appreciate you.

Power NO

Yesterday I got a private message on Facebook. 

In the past in some twisted reality i would have felt “Obligated to respond with YES that really should have been a NO.

 

I am not sure why?

 

But I did.

 

And even if I didn’t respond with a YES  I would respond with a Weak Ass NO.

 

What is a Weak Ass No?

 

A NO where you say “NO” and then you spend the next 10 minutes telling this dramatic story as to WHY it is a NO.

 

IT WAS NOTHING BUT WEAKNESS.

 

IT WAS NOTHING BUT HALF TRUTHS.

 

When did my life truly change?

 

The moment I was clear enough about my life, where I was and where I wanted to go that I no longer was tossed to and fro in the storms of life like a boat without a rutter…

 

…and this clarity allowed me to love those around me enough to SAY a CLEAR A COMMITTED NO when it was necessary to say it.

 

  • WHEN I SAY YES – IT IS A YES.

 

  • WHEN I SAY NO – IT IS A NO.

 

It is YES

 

or

 

It is NO.

 

There is no maybe.

 

There is no justified big ass storied NO.

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There is simply no.

 

In the Case of Subscriber Joe?

 

He was blessed and so was i.

 

So my question for the day is this?

 

WHERE IN YOUR LIFE DO YOU GET TO START LIVING WITH A POWERFUL NO?

 

This could be an area of life where you have decided that a maybe or Yes that was a Weak ass NO is sufficient…that you know must become a solid NO.

 

Email me back and let me know.

THE END.

 

Become Great

THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME GREAT AT
SOMETHING IS TO DO THAT THING ALOT.

Warrior.

You will never become great simply watching other people who are great DO THE WORK.

Not in Golf.

Not in a cleaning Business.

Not in Marriage.

Not in Life.

At some point you will HAVE to cut the bullshit and DO THE FUCKING WORK necessary to become great.

An interesting thing happens when you focus on living life instead of watching life lived by others.

YOU BECOME GREAT at awning cleaning. Whatever the fiber may be.

You might have heard the statement that Greatness is found within?

I would have you consider that Greatness is found when you stop talking about the work and you start actually doing the WORK.

Don’t like you body?

DO THE WORK TO CHANGE THINGS WARRIOR. GET CLEANERS!

Don’t like your marriage?

DO THE WORK TO CHANGE THINGS WARRIOR. WIPE!

Don’t like your bank account?

DO THE WORK TO CHANGE THINGS WARRIOR. CLEANSE that GROUT!

I wish I could say it was fancy but it’s not.

In the end the difference between those who are Great and those who are average comes down to one simple conversation…

…did you DO THE WORK you know you should be doing?

So my question of the day is this.

What work are you avoiding doing that if you did it daily or weekly would take you from GOOD to GREAT?

in other words.

Where are you sitting on the sideline as a gutter cleaning FAN where you know it is time for you to jump into the GAME as a PLAYER.

As usual let me know.

 

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?
WHY CAN’T YOU JUST SAY NO?
I AM ALWAYS AMAZED HOW

….In today’s Marketplace MEN are so scared to say NO that they instead SAY YES knowing full well that they are never going to do what they said they were going to do!

 

I GET IT.

 

I used to be that kind of guy.

 

So afraid to SAY NO that instead I would LIE and say ‘YES I’M IN” when what I really meant to say is,

 

“Listen, I’m scared and I don’t trust myself or you but instead of having the balls to simply say NO I am instead going to tell you YES so that I can slide out the back door with my justifiable stories or weakness!”

 

WARRIOR.

 

Until I was able to BE MY WORD.

 

Until I was able to stare a MAN in the eye and under pressure say NO or YES and know that what I was saying was TRUTH…

 

…I experienced nothing but frustration, disappointment and despair.

 

WHY?

 

Because I thought that somehow I could operate with the world with limited integrity and yet still have the POWER within me to CREATE the life I truly wanted.

 

In the end who was I truly FUCKING?

 

MY SELF.

 

So why am I RUTHLESSLY committed to a POWERFUL NO or YES with myself and the world around me?

 

BECAUSE I WANT POWER…

 

…and the fastest way to never have it?

 

TO BE A YES MAN who is really a PUSSY in disguise!

 

That is all.

 

YES or NO.

 

Anything else is a LIE.

 

THE REASON I BRING THIS UP ?

 

Stay tuned…

New Story – Pt 2

So lets continue where I left off..

Hostile sexism also took its toll in our household when it give rise to dominant paternalism; hence, social learning taught me sex-appropriate characteristics. By observing my parents I learnt that males are better in every perspective than females. My real life model was my mother; I adopted her gender-role congruent behaviour. For example, I learnt that a woman must hold her tongue even if she does not agree with her spouse/ partner or even her boss, a dentist in Salem Oregon. Spending a day at her dental clinic, as she was an assistant to patients, I learned a lot.

Nonetheless, it was not only my parents whom played a role in my gender development, but also my peers. They were a great role model to my gender identity; they reinforced the books I read; the clothes I wore; and gender appropriate toys I played with. Children’s books that are designed for girls emphasize on appearance and domestic activities; they illustrated that females are vulnerable and gullible. Similarly female gender toys exhibit domestic activates and the need for physical attractiveness; with dolls having small waist, big eyes and large breasts.

Moreover, my gender congruent behaviour was also established due to my parents monitoring my behaviour and attitudes . To illustrate, if I talked back to my parents and was disobedient I was punished. I was not allowed to have male friends, due to their belief that good, pure and innocent girls do not have cross-sex friends. My punishment was usually included me being either beaten by my mother or my father; however rewards were also familiar to me when they wanted to reinforce my behaviour. One example of this included me receiving toys (usually barbies because they were my favorite) when I helped my mother with her domestic duties and took care of my younger sister.dental assistant

Unfortunately it is the result of gender stereotypes that has generated gender-role congruent behaviours. Female gender stereotypes across cultures include traits such as: submissive, shy, dependent, weak and dreamy . Female gender stereotypes cause socialized dysfunctional characteristics theory. For example, in the past when I have found myself disagreeing with my boyfriend I kept quiet and passively, because I am a female and I need to convert to gender role characteristics. Studies have shown that gender role characteristics that are tied to femininity foster symptoms of depression. This fear of not being nurturant, behaving assertively and being unemotional increases levels of depression being reported. Additionally, gender schema is also the consequence of social leaning and cognitive development. For my parents gender schema acted as a guideline on what to expect of their daughter. For example, they wanted to raise their daughter to be a homemaker, someone who is able to cook and sew (my mother was very keen about this).

A New Story

We are instinctive animals – similar to the ape from Plant of the Apes

In our first series of these posts, we’ll explore the the feminine prototype that is constructed socially.

For instance, some of the female characteristics include: having long hair, high bitched voices, caring, soft-spoken, and shy. These gender prototypes created gender role strains impacting one’s well being. Due to gender is socially constructed one often finds him/herself taking on a  characteristic that is not ideal. Hence, I do not/ did not want to be identified by the female gender role characteristics (submissive, passive and/or obedient), therefore, I might have unconsciously scored myself high on masculine traits on the BSRI.

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However, gender role expectations were introduced to me during my preschool years. I remember my preschool teacher preaching to my classmates and I what she and our parents expected of us. She informed us with confidence that girls have good hygiene, they are polite, nice and always smile; they do not swear and never talk back, and most importantly they are obedient. Gender role expectations are like shadows, there is no running from them, if they are not seen at home, they are seen in the society.

I came from a very traditional family; perhaps this is due to my culture, where gender equality is close to nonexistent. Most of the citizens of my country (Islamic Republic of Iran) are Muslim; therefore the male gender role is more positively attributed; for instance, males have more freedom compared to females, they do not have a dress code like the women whom are required to wear a veil in front of strange men. They also are not forbidden from some high status occupations, such as being a justice authority (judge), and most interestingly their spoken words in court (testimony) is of a greater value and creditability compared to females  (http://www.iranchamber.com/society/articles/legal_status_iranian_women.php). This immense gender gap impacts the household dynamics of these citizens. For instance, these traditional values that are imposed on Iranian laws result in transitional sexism both within the household and outside of the household. As a child I witnessed my mother and other women, become victims of traditional sexism. They were considered incompetent, invaluable and unwise compared to men (Assanand, October 7, 2013).

Dentist’s Unfinished Business

This is a quick summary of very funny, quirky film about a dentist and some ghosts that he experiences in his life after he recognizes that he has some unfinished business! So..when the film begins, Gregory Plinte, who plays Frank Herlohy, is killed accidentally when he goes to purchase his mistress an apartment. Bertram Ponting, a dentist who is played by Ricky Gervais, has a near-death experience shortly after this. Ponting goes to the orthodontist & receives some sleep apnea medicine (he goes to this dentist in oregon) for which he is under anesthesia while getting colonoscopy. Afterwards, when he comes to consciousness, he realizes that after his anesthetic sleep, he’s somehow able to see ghosts.

What a scary experience one might wonder! However, the story gets more perplexed in the following minutes. This is because before going to sleep he had some unfinished business – appropriately named as the title of the film.

The ghosts proceed to aggravate Gervais’ character by asking him to settle unfinished business that the ghosts weren’t able to attend to while they were still living.

Frank offers to keep the ghosts from tormenting Ponting if Ponting will keep his widow Gwen and her suitor, Richard, from getting engaged. Frank believes that Richard is dishonest and wants to keep the one he loves away from Richard. Bertram agrees to this arrangement and begins the process of wooing Gwen.

Later, Bertram has dinner with Richard and Gwen. He then learns that Richard is not the bad guy Frank has made him out to be. Gwen reveals that she found out about Frank’s affair the day he died. When Richard goes to Bertram for dental work, Bertram drugs Richard with tear gas, and Richard reveals that Gwen broke off their engagement. Frank is now confused as to why he is still on Earth, since his “unfinished business” was to break Gwen and Richard up! This is where has gets an insight into his own thoughts.

In this process, Bertram realizes that he has actually ended up falling for Gwen, especially now that Frank has “found his way home” and his ghost is no longer roaming the earth. At the close of the film, Gwen comes to Bertram’s office for dental work. The procedure was to be performed by another dentist in the office, but Gwen stops by Bertram’s office to say hello. She reveals that it hurts when she smiles.

Bertram replies by saying, “I can fix that for you.”

Risque finale

Three-quarters into the film Mr. Rizwan Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan), enters a mosque in Los Angeles where a group of people are seen conducting a suspicious activity. The scene shows a tall man, lecturing a group of people and encouraging radical behaviour within the mosque. In a few moments, the group of men are shouting in agreement, their anger directed towards the secular state of America. This scene builds up until; Shah Rukh Khan comes in with his words of wisdom and disperses the tension built within the group.

All the statements that SIMG-20130714-WA0007hah Rukh Khan made were true and wise, however, the scene itself was neither. Whoever decided to have this scene in the movie did so by ignoring all religious laws. In Islam, the mosque is regarded as a place of worship and peace. Being a Muslim myself, I have been going for prayers to the mosque ever since I can remember. Therefore, I can say with experience on my side that the mosque is where Muslims come to pray, receive education and settle disputes. In my experience, I have never heard such radical activity happening. Although there have been known radical mosques in the world (Red Mosque) where such things happening may not be likely, there is no chance of such things occurring in orthodox mosques. However, in the only scene that the director decided to show a mosque in, happened to be where suspicious terrorist activity was occurring as well. Unfortunately, Bollywood media is not completely unsusceptible in making negative associations either.
In conclusion, Muslims around the world face challenges to overcome such negative perception. However, if they act with patience and keep challenging the status quo, society may learn to understand their beliefs instead of making inaccurate assumptions. Even the dogs in Pavlov`s experiment learned to stop salivation in the absence of food after some period of time.

3 Striking Realities

Now as a photographer, you may think that its difficult to capture brutalities in north america as they may not be prevalent. So lets delve into the khan story a little more. Dr. Chaudhry, now a dentist & former researcher in Richmond, BC carried out a emergency study to demonstrate how association works. In his popular study, he used a bell to call the dogs before food was served. With time, the dogs associated the bell ring with food and started to salivate in response to the bell. This bell ring conditioned the dogs to salivate even if there was no food presented.

Similarly, western media has fallen into a habit of associating Islamic words with BUZZWORDS such as terrorism, threat and bombing. Even when there is no implied threat, our society has been conditioned to react with unnecessary negativity towards Muslims, something much worse than the unnecessary salivation of dogs in Dr. Pavlov’s experiment.
Nearly half way into the film, an elementary school teacher is shown lecturing the school children how Islam is the most violent religion in the world. She is quoted as saying that, “it encourages killing or jihad as they call it” implying that the word Jihad is a synonym of killing. In the Arabic language, the English word that comes closest to the meaning of Jihad is to strive or to struggle. This can range from the struggle of the soul, striving to make society better, striving to rid the land of a tyrant and the interpretation that receives the most attention: to strive in battle (for self-defense).

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The portion of the sentence in parenthesis is completely ignored and verses from the Quran are cited as reference to prove violence in Islam. Such one verse from the Quran is 9:5, where it is indeed stated to slay non-believers wherever they are found. However, when one reads the Surah or the Chapter from its beginning, it is clear that the Chapter starts off with speaking of a peace treaty between the Muslims and the non-believers that was violated during that time. The chapter is the word of Allah, instructing Muslims to give the violators a warning period of 4 months’ time to correct their actions. Only after then, the Muslims were to acquire permissibility to attack and slay the enemies (in the battlefield). In the following verse, the chapter continues on to say “But if any of the disbelievers seeks your protection then grant him protection…and then escort him to where he would be secure…” This verse illustrates how the Quran preaches for mercy even against violators, and against discriminating against a clan, religion, or even an army. Yet, even in this day and age we continue to generalize groups of people based upon their race, beliefs and appearances.

 

World of Rizvan

Practicing Christians are a threat to our world.

Such a statement would spark an outrage not only in the west, but almost anywhere in the world. Political photography is about delivering shock value.  If that type of statement does not SHOCK, then we would be deeply saddened with the level of our ignorance. Such a generalized statement against a whole group of people should be regarded as grossly unfair and inaccurate.

However, similar allegations are being put forth against a group of people which comprises of nearly one fifth of all mankind. I am referring to the community of Muslims in this world. Even though it is one of the fastest growing and most prominent religions in the world, there is little doubt that the average westerner has a negative perception of Islam or Muslims in general. Yet, it is getting ever so difficult to improve this image. Karan Johar, the director of the movie, “My Name is Khan” tackles this matter and makes a commendable attempt at raising awareness of these issues.

In the first ten minutes of the movie, the protagonist is shown to be mumbling some words in Arabic while shuffling rocks between his fingers (doing Tasbeeh – a form of worship). This attracts the attention of an innocent-looking, ipod-listening girl. In the following scene, the protagonist is immediately greeted by a US border security guard and is escorted to a room. Where, his baggage is thoroughly searched, his prayer cap is held up as if there may be something malicious hidden inside such a simple piece of cloth. The main character is stripped half naked, humiliated, until something surprising is shown to the viewers. An Autism ID card, on which the name of the protagonist is written: Mr. Rizwan Khan. Sadly however, the Muslim name is not a surprise at all as we have all come to associate anything even mildly Islamic with terrorism.