Thanksgiving reminds us that…

Every year, during Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of the importance of being humble.

If you’ve seen my article over at skemusic.com (Check it out here) you know my feelings on how being humble can increase an artists overall network, and the importance of being humble in this industry as a whole.

But why?

Continuing with the theme this week: It helps you relate to your fans on an individual level.  If you go around acting like you’re better than everyone, when the reality is your just fronting, the possibility of building a genuine fan base is going to greatly dwindle.

Though I don’t agree with the true historical context of Thanksgiving, I greatly appreciate the accepted overall message behind it. The message of reflection, of taking the time to acknowledge the things which you are thankful to have in your life.  A time where even the most egotistic people are humble.

Its important to remain humble.  I promise, if you remain humble in your socializing, you will receive greater praise for your accomplishments, and will no longer need to tell people to “get like you” rather they will tell you that they are trying to get to your level.  I prefer praise from outside my own psyche personally.

So with that being said, here is my official list.

50 Things I Am Thankful For:

  1. My Family
  2. My Friends
  3. My Team
  4. Having food of Thanksgiving
  5. My Network
  6. You
  7. Music
  8. Hip-Hop
  9. Culture
  10. Knowing my ancestry
  11. Being able to follow my dreams
  12. Having the ability to think on my own
  13. Being humble
  14. Having to work hard
  15. Belief in a higher-power
  16. Technology
  17. DJs
  18. Rappers
  19. Musicians
  20. Go-Getters
  21. Michigan
  22. The Midwest
  23. The negativity that keeps pushing me to be better
  24. Positive people
  25. Good health
  26. Having the opportunity to gain the experience I’ve gained in the music industry
  27. Education
  28. Moleskin notebooks
  29. Hoodies
  30. Sports
  31. My German Shepherd who keeps watch on my house
  32. Books
  33. Having the ability to travel
  34. Having been overseas
  35. Living in America…even though there are a lot of foul things that take place…its still a great country to live in.
  36. Having leadership skills
  37. Being a fairly good speaker
  38. Relaxation after working hard
  39. Big Brothers, Big Sisters & American Red Cross: Two organizations I volunteered for who truly care about the people they affect.
  40. Having shelter and clothing
  41. Koala Yummies (don’t ask, I’m old school)
  42. Lemonade stands as a kid, for teaching the foundations of business
  43. Teachers and Mentors
  44. Everyone who pushed me to do better
  45. The UP, eh?
  46. The ability to communicate instantly with people all over the world
  47. Sharing of ideas via mastermind groups
  48. Being able to give back
  49. Community
  50. Those people who strive to make the world better even when the odds are against them

Have a great and humble Thanksgiving!

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