10 Keys I'm Taking From DJ Khaled into 2017

10 Keys I'm Taking From DJ Khaled into 2017

Now I have the keys, keys, keys
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If anyone knows me, I have an appreciation and love for DJ Khaled. Long before his Snapchat days, he had already made himself somewhat of an icon. However, years later, with his explosion into pop culture, DJ Khaled is known around the world. His famous phrases have become famous memes amongst various social media platforms. However, after reading his book and truly listening to his anecdotes, DJ Khaled really does have the keys. Here are my 10 keys I'm bringing with me into the new year.

1. Stay Away From They

You hear him say it all the time, but the more you hear him say it, the more you understand, or in the words of DJ Khaled "overstand." He constantly reminds his fans of "they." "They," in simple terms, is the enemy. "They" is anyone who has attempts to destroy or restrict you from achieving your goals. DJ Khaled has an inventive way of describing the enemy, but what he says is true. Many times the enemy will try and destroy one's confidence or will to succeed. DJ Khaled encourages us to stay away from "they" and continue to prosper.


2. Weather The Storm

There are actual storms, and then there are roadblocks. Throughout 2016, DJ Khaled continuously reminded me to weather the storm when things get complicated. Despite the many obstacles I may face in my life, it's important to push through them, knowing something better will come of it in the end.

3. Don't EVER Play Yourself

DJ Khaled said "Major Key: Don't play yourself. What I mean by that is don't do anything foolish to compromise your joy and prosperity." Don't become the person that hold you back from achieving your goals in life. Always be honest with yourself and don't let success get to your head too early. Learning to be humble and appreciate all the blessings that come your way, prevents you from ever playing yourself. Don't set yourself up for failure, but instead success.

4. Believe You're Special Cloth

"Special Cloth" is what DJ Khaled describes to be one-of-one. Every single person is a special cloth (unless you're "they"). Special Cloth is a person who's different. They stray away from the normal patterns of society and choose to be themselves. By doing so, they become unique and a masterpiece. DJ Khaled taught me to see myself as Special Cloth and to believe I am in order to reach my full potential and become the person I am meant to be.

5. Believe In The Hustle

Always believe you can do it. No matter what your aspirations are in life, you can never give up on them. Despite the complications, or "they" entering your life with negative vibes, you must continue to persevere. Even if no one else believes in you, believing in yourself and your dream is the most important thing. If you don't believe in it, then who else will?

6. Stay Away From Temptation

Temptation surrounds us wherever we go. Sometimes temptation comes in the most trivial forms; that's when it can do the most damage. One important lesson I learned from DJ Khaled is to stay way from the temptation and stay focused on my journey to success. Also, temptation is a form of "they" so you definitely want to stay away from it.

7. Choose Your Own Wins

Bascially, choose your own battles. If there's something your passionate about an love to do, make sure you're putting in 1000% into whatever you choose to do. DJ Khaled encourages us to bet on ourselves even if no one else does. It all starts with you. Keep yourself and your ambition first, and the success will follow.

8. Positivity is Major Key

All day, every day. Never stop putting positive vibes out into the universe.

9. Success is a Process

Success definitely doesn't happen over time, and he makes sure to remind us to "stay patient and trust your journey." Getting success is a process and does not happen overnight. You have to keep putting in the work, and like my father says "hard work always pays off."

10. Win, Win, Win, No Matter What

Simple as that. Never stop winning and always strive for more. Let's be honest, we all want to win. But, you can't forget the hard work that goes into it. One day, we'll all be sitting on a throne surrounded by flowers and a real lion. Bless up




Cover Image Credit: DJ Khaled

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It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

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It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

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Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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