All posts by Glenn Andrews

No Excuses

Still Dreaming

I am still dreaming!!

There are no guarantees in life, but a little boy must have dreams, aspirations and hope.  This game is about probability. What is the probability of a young black man going to college if he read books from pre-school to high school? Even more precise, what is the probability of intellectual confidence and manhood if young black men know their history? I am still dreaming. Put in the work and dreams come true.

Intellectual Intimacy

What do you want? Really?

 

The moments you think you are vulnerable you are not. When you know what you want and it is a manifestation of your self-respect you have nothing to lose but time. It is time, knowledge and communication that must be of utmost significance. I refuse to use the word “value”, because value implies worth like trinkets or a product. The relationship between a man and woman is not an exchange of something you can touch, grasp or control. We think we are in love all the time when we are young, but we know the truth. We learn to embrace disappointment in others, but sadly the problem is not setting a standard for ourselves of not accepting less than we deserve.

To get back from a relationship what you have put into it. To get back from a relationship no less than what we put into ourselves intellectually, spiritually and holistically. We are on the edge of paradigm where there is no room for potential. I ask again what do you really want? Really? Are you prepared for what you want? You need ask yourself are you likable? The world has got so simple, aesthetics beyond the eyes is what we look for and look at. To have a conversation with a potential significant other you need know what color are their eyes. We have always been told men can’t change or women can’t change. This is a fallacy, we can and will change if our life depended on change. Young men and women, have not been taught the connection of time, habits, patterns and rituals.

For 400 + 50 years there has been a lesson of distraction and inhumanity of the intimacy between an African American man and woman. Capitalism without Afrocentric consciousness invites the slow death of Love between a man and woman. The communities cannot have one without the other. I have good friend who said ” for us to change, men… we have to un-learn what this environment, family and the world has taught us”. Take a minute moment to consider that a majority of African American ancestors in the dark days were not brought together by intimacy; it was by commerce. Think about that when you have the necessary skills and knowledge to give love and receive love. The probability of love and success depends on different variables and inputs throughout your life.

When you know who you are and what you are, it becomes innate to know what you want. Furthermore, you know exactly what you need. For too long another “culture” has told us want we need and have many blind to what they want. An example of this is the idea that women should pay on a date. I observe several brothers and sisters chiming in on a social media conversation on this topic initiated by a European, Caucasian man talking to a majority Caucasian female audience. I chimed in stated, “I a am old school Alpha Black man. He is wrong”. If you see the lady of your dreams, if you can only afford Red Lobster or a high-end cuisine, if you are concerned about who is going to pay for lunch, she is not for you, quite frankly you may not be the right man for her. The meal in itself is of insignificance.

If the value of the date is predicated on where you go and who is paying, they are not the one. A date is and interview to gather etiquette, manners, intellectual and spiritual information. You want to know how this person acts in public, how they treat the restaurant staff, who they are and what you do or do not have in common. Aesthetically, you decided these are the eyes you want to communicate with. Now you have to use your God giving senses to decide if the person behind the eyes is who and what they are. A lunch or dinner date is a small investment to determine if this is the person I want to spend my time on earth with. Who pays for the date is irrelevant. The responsibility of the tab is not a problem with grown men. But, it might be a problem for a boy. What are the inputs that determine this?

The inputs are DNA, genetics, environment, education, finances, parents, life experiences, tragedy, achievement, crisis, joy, happiness, travel, mentors, teachers, coaches, religion, family, health and friendship. This collective when tied together neatly is a lifetime happiness with the power to withstand heartache. The dilemma is in a male dominated society some boys transition to manhood with an understanding how these variables influence our decisions. I was told long ago by Professor Willis Sheftall, at Morehouse College that life has costs and benefits. Every choice you make has a significant impact on you, your life and the community around you. We are in a critical time in history where who you select as your significant other will make you a better man or woman.

 

 

 

The Heroes & Kingz Gear

The mission is to empower, educate and create a new narrative. Our focus is physical, mental, spiritual and holistic health. We created merchandise that is a reflection of our philosophy and a podcast. You can support the podcast here: https://anchor.fm/heroes-and-kingz/support

Heroes and Kingz Podcast

Heroes and Kingz Podcast is a podcast platform formed to inspire, mentor and educate men and women. The mission of the podcast is to feed people with mental and holistic nutrition for the mind, body and soul. Grown Men with a shared vision of providing a voice to those who do not get a chance to speak and an ear to those who are not heard. Available on Anchor FM, Itunes, Soundcloud, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker,  Castbox and TuneIn.

 

Anything is possible, Live Free

To be a man of your word with Integrity is Priceless.

Why I get up at 4:00 am.
Why I don’t smoke or drink.
Why I drink water.
Why I am not scared.
Why I do not watch TV.
Why I do not Lie.
Why I look you straight in your eyes.
Why I Grind.
Why I create.
Why I do not accept excuses.
Why I do not stand in lines.
Why I read books.
Why I listen.
Why I sometimes do not sleep.
Why I am arrogant.
Why I am humble.
Why I block pain.
Why I meditate.
Why I trust no one but me.
Why you can not call me a boy.
Why you can not call me the n’word.
Hero and King.

Make a decision! Dr. Eric Thomas

Make a decision! Dr. Eric Thomas

 

My friends Sidney Champagne and Elijah Braddy sent me a text message to a special You Tube video. The video was called Make a Decision by Dr. Eric Thomas. All of us watch Dr. Eric Thomas, Jocko Wilinick ( spelling ) Gary V and Mel Robbins. We are not about excuses and all about action and do not make excuses. Each us of get up in the morning before the sunrise and just dream, hustle and grind to create a better life for our families. But,  individually we have plateaued and have been trying to figure out how we take our expertise and brands to the next level. As personal trainers and health coaches we make a difference in the lives of our clients, but realize we needed to make a difference in the communities from which we can.  So, we realize three Alphas, three positive minds are powerful than one. Thus, Heroes and Kingz’s was created. Today, was the first of many podcasts where we will change and question the narrative of African American men and women around the world.

 

Change the Narrative: Heroes and Kingz

Heroes and Kingz

 

About 30 years ago I applied to be a Deputy Sheriff in San Diego, California. I had passed all the physical, mental and intellectual tests. My decision to become a sheriff was not about a commitment to make a difference in my community.  Furthermore, it was not a decision to curtail crime in the streets. During this time I was working for the Dept. of Social Services as a supply clerk, in junior college and worked out everyday. I was not making a  lot of money, but me and my best friend had an apartment, cars, nice clothes and was living a the life of two heterosexual single men. After  going through the background checks, FBI background checks and references it was time to learn what the job entails. The preparation, I learned that you would have to do a few years working in the county jail before you would be working in a specific area.  I grew up around some guys who were into everything and my first thought was I was going to see half the guys I grew up with or know in the jail; no problem. My reputation in the streets was solid, so I had a fleeting thought that i could possibly change their mindset if I was put in the right situation as a sheriff. Two things happen that night would change my mindset and consciousness. First, there was another recruit who happened to be Caucasian and just left military. This other recruit and I where the top recruits in this class in all the tests. Second, the county jail prison bus just happened to pull-up in front of the courthouse/jail during our break from the 1 on 1 interviews. As the bus pulled up I remember the other recruit getting excited and voicing his anxiousness to get on the streets and “fight crime”. My first thought of him was if he was my partner he would get us both killed. But, as the bus parked and the Sheriffs and the inmates got off the bus, one thing was glaringly obvious. Every Sheriff was white and the 95% of the prisoners that got off the bus was either African American or Hispanic. The moment I had that visual I knew I could not be a Sheriff and at that moment I had to figure out how to keep Brothers off that bus. The next day I withdrew my application and I explained to my Mom why I could not be a Sheriff just for the money. To be in law enforcement is a special calling and I commend the good cops who have chose this profession. But, my knowledge of society and history told me there were too many Black men on that bus. Through my education, travel and life experience I now know why and the solutions are complicated. Over the years I have been helped and I have helped people as well. As I close in on my 55th  birthday I realize I can not change people, but I can attack the narrative. We have been called everything under the sun, but children of God. Thus, for me and my perception of reality and the standard and title I want brothers to aspire to is no less than a Hero and King. After 1000 years there is no other title that can be what we actually are but Heroes and Kingz. Unofficially, it began that night…Officially, it will begin Nov. 5th, 2017

 

Elevate my purpose

I have been mentoring and consulting Fitness clients and friends in areas outside of health and wellness for several years. Thanks to the advice of a friend who I gave advice, who suggested I elevate my fitness training to include personal development officially. So, I am taking the leap and offering my services as a personal, professional and fitness coach. You contact me through the www.thelifedoctrines.com or thelifedoctrines@gmail.com.