As I continue on this journey of discovering my passions, following my passions, and creating a lifestyle that facilitates my passions, I am often inspired by the passion driven work of others. Nate Asp is a good friend of mine from San Francisco, and a standout sales rep for Yahoo!, even during the recession. We met through a mutual friend, Ryan Cohen, who is one of the hardest working, hustlin, businessmen I know. I knew if Nate ran with Ryan then he had to be legit, but little did I know just how passion driven he was... until I heard his unedited, raw, new single.
I knew Nate was hella talented and had a blessed voice, but I never knew he was working late nights in his self-built studio to chase his dream and follow his true passion in life - music. I cannot tell you how inspirational this is to me. It's a struggle, it's not easy, to crush it at work everyday and then to come home and hit the studio for hours; are you kidding me, that's true dedication. I truly believe Nate has a special gift, and he hits that old school R&B feel right on. Unlike many of today's artist, he actually can sing. But, that's what it takes in today's world. It takes a commitment unlike any other. It takes hitting challenges head-on, embracing the support, and proving the nay-sayers wrong. It's tough, when you're faced in life with what you know makes you happy and what you've conjured up in your mind to make you happy. When you look in the mirror and it's just you and yourself, all the lies stop there.
What makes you happy? What are you passionate about? Thanks Nate for the inspiration. I wish you the best my man and I cannot wait to catch up in January when I'm in the bay area. As a businessman who is trying to find his way, trying to dodge the bullets of societies negativity, trying to explore the inner depths of what fuels my desire to be great, I am awe inspired by those who chase their dreams rather than work for someone who did.
Check out the video above. Share your thoughts whether they be good, great, or indifferent. Positivity gives you a great relief that all your hard-work has at least begun to work, and the negativity simply fuels the fire to push harder.