Florida

Got Purpose?

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When I first moved to Tampa I was upset. Maybe even depressed.

I wanted to be back home.

I wanted to go to my old school.

See my old friends.

I wanted to go to 85th and play handball till the sun went down.

But life had a different plan for me.

A plan that required me to be in Tampa to realize what I wanted to do with my life.

Fresh out of New York I took an entrepreneurship class my first semester of junior year at Wharton high school.

That entrepreneurship class changed my life by opening my eyes and making me think about the possibilities of building my own business.

It required me to write out a business plan and it was that plan that ended up being my first draft for what I’m doing now.

It was a plan for a retail store that would sell the dopest sneakers and clothes.

And I’m trying to execute that plan with Gully Steez, my blog network and aspiring retail outlet for All Things Dope.

I truly believe that I was placed in this city for a reason and I’m not leaving or claiming I’m solely from NY when we succeed.

It’s NY – FL. Queens – Tampa. Always.

This is because I feel like Tampa gave me a sense of purpose that staying in New York may have never provided.

Moving here was truly life changing.

If I had stayed in New York my life’s trajectory would have been very different.

I had aspirations to go to law school or climb up the corporate ladder. But I never felt passionate about those aspirations.

I only had them because they were the “SMART” goals to have. The goals that would most likely lead me to success.

The entrepreneurship class changed all that though. It was like it validated something I had known deep inside all along.

I don’t want to work for somebody else for the next 30-40 years of my life.

And my mission, my purpose, my main goal is to build a company that lives forever.

I don’t know how I’m going to do it. And I’ve made countless mistakes in the past three years since I registered my company.

But my resolve has never been stronger.

My drive has never been stronger.

And my goals only keep growing.

I found my purpose and I’m shaping my destiny.

I implore you to do the same.

And remember…Be cool, Stay fresh, Live REAL.

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Wynwood, Miami (4/13/2013)

Since she knows me so well my girlfriend took me to Wynwood, Miami this past weekend so I could gape at the GULLY graffiti they got in the area.

And I must admit the art scene in Wynwood is dope.

Every 2nd Saturday they got like 50 food trucks parked in a field to serve the hundreds of people who come in droves to bask in all things art related. Vendors sell random stuff across the street from the food trucks. The walking strip is full of art exhibits with work by artists of many different styles. And while you walk to each exhibit you can’t help but be enamored by the street art all around you.

The artistry found around almost every corner, on every wall, makes the label of vandalism seem unfair as it is clear that it breathes life into the area. And adds appeal to the actual exhibits.

That’s enough writing about it…enjoy scrolling:

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I took way more pictures and I know how much you guys love scrolling so I’ll be uploading the rest of my Wynwood, Miami pictures on http://www.TheDailySteez.com later on tonight or tomorrow if I get to procrastinating (which I have a black belt in).

CHANGES…they happen. Adapt to them.

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Changes, they’re all around us. In our personal lives. And in our day to day lives.

Changes can come small, such as encountering a detour sign on your way to work and having to take a different route.

Or they can be a bit more substantial.

Like your loved one is moving away and you’ll have less contact than before.

Whatever the change may be, you adapt to it. You move on. And if you don’t move on, time moves on. So you, my friend, might as well.

The worst thing a person can do is refuse inevitable change. Or lose their composure in the midst of it.

If you encountered that detour sign and refused to follow it where would you go?

Nowhere.

The best way to look at change is to view it as an opportunity to redefine yourself.

To grow.

Lost your job? You’ll find a better job you’re more passionate about. You can get a job in a different market. You can start your own business. Or go back to school. You have plenty of options. And most importantly, you can learn from your experiences.

You should welcome change and be optimistic about what the future holds.

By resisting change, the stress you create for yourself is unhealthy. And unnecessary.

I urge you to look at the changes you encounter and take them in stride. Look at how you can use them to your advantage. And you will come out of every major change a stronger person than you were before.

Stay Gully my friends.

http://www.GullySteez.com

FIU: An Artistic Campus

Every time I visit my girlfriend at FIU she always tells me to pay attention to all the art that is scattered around it’s campus. Needless to say I never really paid attention. Until my last visit.

There’s sculptural art everywhere! And the exhibits they had at the museum (FREE ADMISSION) were very interesting.

Below are some pictures of what I ran into on one walk from the dorm to the museum. Enjoy!

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And now some pictures of the museum and it’s exhibits. There’s some MLK. Some Obama. Some random stuff hanging from the ceiling. Even palm trees.

Enjoy some more scrolling.

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I probably take too many pictures.

First Post

Hello! My name is Daniel Steez and this is my first post on this personal blog. I run some other blogs like The Daily Steez where I try to chronicle my brand’s activities. And Gully Music which I use as a medium to let people know what new music I’m listening to and ask them what they think about it.

The direction I’m taking this blog in particular is nowhere. And everywhere.

I’ll be blogging about everything I can write about. The places I go to. The things I look at. The books I read. The things I think about. Anything. And everything.

I thought this blog was necessary because it gives me freedom to do what I like as a writer on a medium completely separated from my other blogs (although content from my other blogs will be slightly infused into this one).

This is a personal account of my life as I juggle being a student, business owner, and wannabe writer. And since I also think I’m a photographer I’m just going to jump into this with some pictures I took in Miami this past weekend. Enjoy.

This first one is of a crazy looking tree…I think anything is worth taking a picture of.

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Every time I see a turtle it reminds me of Finding Nemo.

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