The Blueprint 3.1!!!!!


Aight, now that you are firmly aware that the “thug” persona is dead and stinking by the side of the road your probably asking yourself, “Now what do I do?”. As usual, I got you…cause like B.I.G. said:
"The Notorious Biggie Smalls"

“I been in this game for years, it made me a animal
It’s rules to this shit, I wrote me a manual
A step by step booklet for you to get
your game on track, not your wig pushed back”

 –The Notorious Biggie Smalls/ Ten Crack commandments

 These ain’t the 10 Crack Commandments, instead, they are the 10 Rules of Upward Mobility. Why? Because everything needs to change, including the words you use to communicate, how you make moves and your perception of your life. I bet you didn’t know that the rules of the streets apply in business. Do you see your life extending no further than the corner of your block or the city limits of your town or do you want more than your friends and family have ever been able to accomplish? If so…follow me http://twitter.com/YoungMclayton and these rules and let me know how it works out for you. For all it’s worth. I just got hit in the head with some bullshit and will be working this plan the same as you.

The first is the most obvious which is why it’s often overlooked:

ProtectProtect Your Neck Ya Neck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “If I ain’t in the street than why I gotta worry about protection?” Because you still have to protect yourself. The enemy isn’t the stick up kids on the block late at night in search of your jewels. That was easy. Now you gotta protect yourself from having bad credit. Most of the jobs worth having (well paying) require a credit check or finger print check with the local and federal police. You gotta protect your fingerprints for those high level jobs because you want to have as many opportunities available to you as you can. Felons can’t work with money. Felons can’t get a security license or register a fire arm. Bad credit can’t get an apartment nor a credit card nor certain jobs that pertain to money. If you haven’t been arrested, I suggest you continue to be law-abiding citizen and stay away from people, places and things that may get you caught up in their bullshit. No HR person is going to listen (and believe) your story about how you REALLY had nothing to do with those charges you listed on your application…it was your cousin Pookie and them and you were just standing nearby when the cops showed up. Don’t do it to yourself. Your connections are old jobs, old bosses or casual friends that you have come across. They may be able to hook you up with a job or a name or a number. It’s called networking. The best way to go about this is to keep in touch causally. Don’t just call when you need something. And the fastest way to burn out a connection is the same as it’s always been. Hook your connect up with someone whose irresponsible or reckless and your connect won’t want to fuck with you. So with that being said, only use your connects to hook up friends if the friends are worth your reputation. Be proactive about your resources: clean finger prints, good credit, your connections.
Know Your Streets

Corner of Lenox ave & Malcom X blvd

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bet you know where they sell the best Kush. I bet you know the fastest route to your Mommas’ house. In Geometry 101 we all learned that the fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line (you DID pass Geometry, didn’t you?). All this means is that you can’t make moves if you don’t know where you are going? By this I mean…what is it that you are trying to do? If you don’t know then you need to identify what you want to be when you grow up. Or at the very least, figure out what you DON’T want to do and then work backwards. Find out what you need to do in order to do what you desire. No one is successful by accident. Once you identify which direction you want to go in now all is left is ‘the how’? Ask people who are doing what you want to do about how they got there. Go on….ask them how they did it. Question them about what it took to get where they are (education, experience, certain skills). If you are not near actual people who are into the field you would like to involve yourself in than you can always google the topic and read interviews by people in the field. You can go to seminars. You can just stop a mutherfucker  and say “Hey…how did you…?” and let them talk. Most people love to talk about themselves. By starting a dialogue you might meet someone capable of pointing you in the right direction or helping you to avoid wasted time and energy spent of useless preparation. Maybe he/she took a different route and you never considered what they did. Who knows? But you can’t arrive at a place if you have no idea where you are going. And No…no one is going to hire you so that you can ‘get experience’. For experience, might I suggest you look for an opportunity to volunteer. Working for free opens up networking opportunities which is experience you can put on your resume and the chance to ‘try out’ a situation before you make a full commitment to it.
A Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed
zipped up mouth

 

  Are you looking for a job? Are you trying to learn a new skill? Is there some type of information that you seek? If so…then tell someone. Who? Whoever is willing to listen. Ask anybody who has moved up in the world about this and they will tell you that they pulled every last known contact they could think of to get closer to the people/place/thing that they needed to get put on. Your no different if you’re a new college graduate or if you’re looking to get work in that new hair salon across town at the strip mall. Talk. Talk. Talk and talk some more. No one is going to be able to help you if they don’t know you need help. You may have been taught to ‘pull yourself up by your boot straps’ and to not ‘put your business out there’ but then how will people know to approach you or keep you in mind if they were never aware that you were available for work? Think about that because I know plenty of people who complain in private but don’t tell the people who can help them that they NEED help. Everything ain’t for everybody but if you’re looking to get put on in some type of way, I suggest you scream that to the highest mountain. Remember…the squeaky wheel gets the oil.

 Stupid is As Stupid Doestupid is..s

 

 

 

 

  

Now this rule is one that I swear by, *Thanks Forest Gump* it amazes me sometimes when people do things that are just plain Stupid. Like not paying you’re rent on time, not paying the light/gas bill, just so you can have cable on. I mean do you understand the difference between a want & a necessity? My mother (I can hear her voice now.. love you mom) would always tell me pay your bills first, you can go without cable, but you can’t go without a roof over your head. People have to learn how to prioritize the things in life that are the most important. If I had to choose between paying my rent or my cell phone bill, I’m choosing paying my rent. Not being responsible and not making sound decisions is just plain Stupid!

 Check Yourself… Before You WreckDuckXing  Yourself!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This rule has many different interpretations; it can mean check your mental, spiritual and emotional health. Or it can mean before you lash out at other people, or feel the need to talk about other people Check Ya’Self! I have a problem with people who don’t take ownership in shit that they brought upon themselves. Before you get mad at the next man take a step back and ask yourself “what part did I play in this situation?” You have to be accountable for your actions. Don’t you know the definition of Insanity is: doing the same thing over & over thinking that each time you engage in this action you are going to get a different result.  I wise man by the name of HB (my late uncle) always told me there are three things you can do when you make a mistake 1: admit it 2: learn from it 3: don’t ever repeat it.Because if you keep making the same mistake, (especially if it’s a major mistake) you good wind up hurting yourself, your family, and your love ones. And that my friend is No Bueno! You have to be careful in life whom you chose to get slick with the mouth with. I see it happen all the time, someone starts mouthing of with another person, and they think that they can intimidate them or bully them with words or threats. And the next thing you know the person mouthing off finds himself or herself, writing a check with their mouth that their ass can’t cash. I’ve seen people get hurt really bad for coming out of their mouth’s sideways. Just go to your local funeral home and ask the mortician how many bodies wind up in their funeral home because of stupid, senseless, arguments that could have been avoided if you just Checked Ya’Self!

 
 If You Scared…Get a Dog
Warning!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are actually a few of you out there who I know for a FACT are scared to succeed. You are your own worse enemy and live your life the way you do in order to stay in the good graces of those around you. Maybe at one time you were the smartest kid in class but got picked on for being a ‘nerd’. Maybe you have a talent that no one knows about because you are scared of what ‘people‘ may say. Maybe you want to ‘stay in your lane’which just happened to be the one straight headed to no where fast. Maybe you don’t know anyone who has done what you are attempting to do. Your inner fears take over your judgement and you stop pushing forward. You know you can do better but your scared…and that’s okay. The only problem with fear is when you allow it to cause you to  sabotage  plans. No one can fuck you up better than you. Distractions, mistakes, missed opportunities..these are all subtle signs of a warrior who blinked. Even worse is that as you begin to listen to those voices in your head questioning your audacity you will more than likely have a group of ‘real’ voices telling you that maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Defeatist opinions are not hard to come by. There is nothing wrong with being scared. But being scared doesn’t mean that you stop. It just means that you press forward…scared. Change is not the biggest problem when people want to make strides…THE FEAR OF CHANGE  is.

I wilroc4life2l not lose

 

You might now win, right now. Or tomorrow. I can guarantee that you will lose if you quit. Must I even go into the sayings about ‘quitters’? Didn’t think so. Change is uncomfortjayz_africa_rocawear_ad6able and it’s not easy. But you were the one wanting to make changes. Most of your life will require you waking up every day and having a ‘can do’ attitude. No one is going to be your personal cheerleader each and every day so your gonna have to do it yourself. Get amped. Get pumped. Get some ‘swagger’…and take your azz out there and don’t come back until you’ve given it every last once of energy that you’ve got. Then do it all over again tomorrow. You may hear “no” every day but all you need is one “yes” to turn it all around. So let’s go get that “Yes!”, shall we? If you need motivation just remember this

  “Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching” if you set yourself on fire with enthusiasm , then the world will watch you burn!

I don’t sleep because sleep is the cousin of death
people sleeping

 

 

 

 

 Jigga doesn’t sleep. Diddy “can’t stop, won’t stop” and Einstein determined that we waste “1/3 of our lives” sleeping. Now I don’t mean for you to go hard each and every waking moment of your life. Keeping up such a schedule can cause burn out and exhaustion and it won’t help you think clearly when the times comes for you to be on your A-game. However, there are some other aspects of your life that you can fall back from. That may mean no more late night jump-offs with 5 different people. It may mean turning off the television and focusing on only projects that will increase your value, give you an edge or teach you a new skill. Of course you should take time to relax, spend time with family and friends, eat a healthy meal and get adequate rest. And I hear you grumbling about how you are tired after pulling a work day for someone else. I know your time, yeah…me too. But if unless you got a rich uncle to support you while you make your life changes your gonna have to work your job and work yourself at the same time. Now is the time to learn to pace yourself, set yourself a schedule and plot your goals.Which leads me to…
If you faLarry fishburn in higher Learningil to plan, then you plan to fail

 

 (In Larry Fishburn voice in Higher Learning ) Mr. Williams you must have a plan! Success is no accident. Moving forward without doing your homework is just as bad as sitting down for an examination that you didn’t study for. Who da fuck knows what might happen next? The difference is..where you only have to answer a few questions on a piece of paper, all you risk is a bad grade. But take those kinds of risks with your livelihood and you may result in wasted time, money and effort. We have no time to bullshit! This is not a game. Mind you, bullshit is entirely different from wrong turns taken on the path to ‘a place’. So you did your homework, researched and networked. You have identified your goal and have been making honest strides toward it when out of nowhere, something changes! What do you do? Good question. If you were smart you would refer to your Plan B. You have a Plan B that followed Plan A in the event that something went wrong and it did. By preparing for changes and shifting variables you are more prepared for damage control. By planning the risks and the rewards, it becomes easier to recoup and get back on your feet than if you were just moving along blindly ‘hoping’ things go in your favor.

The key to my success is  Opportunity+Preparation=Success

I hope these rules that I have laid down, will serve as a Blueprint so to speak.

To help you get your game on track like Biggie said. I just wanted to share these simple rules that will keep you on the fast track to success!
 

That’s all for now America, I have to go and follow my own advise.

Deuces!!!!

Young M. Clayton

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2 Comments

  1. PREACH!!!!

  2. Man, we need workshops in the neighborhoods, theres soooo much work to be done to alleviate the “thug” mentality of those who don’t understand maturity and real sacrifices. Trust me , im from the streets but im not going to die in the streets. Clayton you always on point with it homie, were gonna chop it up soon and get you on the show homie, b e z.


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