Monday, October 21, 2013

How To Figure Out What You Should Be Doing In Life

This is probably the worst advice piece I could ever write for somebody, because I’m still trying to figure things out myself. But what I’m beginning to realize is that the best thing you can do is take action and try something. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.

 Over the last two months I’ve suddenly found myself working as a freelance writer. My goal is mostly to be involved with athletes and I like to think that one day I can be the Oprah Winfrey of sports broadcasting. The thing is my physical limitations may look awkward on camera ( at least in my own opinion) and I don’t feel like  living in the middle of nowhere to get started on the air, so I’m writing.

 I’m about a month away from earning a full-time income that matches what I used to make as a bank telemarketer, yet it took me three years to leave the bank and have enough confidence to take some chances. It only takes a few moments to plan something and a split second to daydream about it, but it seems for most people it takes an eternity to actually make a firm decision and move towards what it is they want.

 I remember once I heard the famous rapper Jay-Z talking to Oprah Winfrey on her show. He said something about how he didn’t know if rap music could really make him a lot of money or really be a viable career. One of his mentors convinced him that he should keep on rapping and today he’s regarded as one of the best of all time. There’s a good chance he’ll be worth over a billion dollars by the time his career is over.

 I always knew that I was meant to be in sports and that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. The making a difference in people’s lives part mostly came to me in the last few years, but I knew I wanted to be in sports since I was five years old.

That’s why I split my time between doing some motivational speaking and writing blog posts like this one, and writing, talking about and watching sports. I like to think I can juggle two careers, or maybe speaking really isn’t a career but just something I want to do in the community. Either way, selling extra credit cards at the bank didn’t get me any closer to any of my life’s goals, or my main purpose on this earth.

 What has gotten me closer is a willingness to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Succeeding at what you want in life isn’t just about making lots of money or getting to a higher level where everyone knows you are at the top, it’s about doing what you really want to do and not living with regrets about what you should have done.

 The more you accomplish and the more you take action, the bigger the goals you can set and the more confidence you will have in pursuing them. Have you ever met a sports reporter and a motivational speaker who is also a rapper? These days I’m thinking I could give Jay-Z a run for his money even though I don’t have a lot myself. But then again, who is anybody to tell me, or you, what we can achieve?

If you believe you can achieve, plain and simple.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What's Jacky Cookin'? Recipe #4: Pad Thai

Hello friends it's been a while!

Last week I learned how to make pad thai with the help of my older sister Anna.

Hope everybody out there is doing well, sorry I haven't posted all summer, but I'm back now!

Here's proof I'm a master of Pad Thai (OK, maybe not master but why not toot my own horn!)

The Recipe

Half tablespoon vegetable oil
Half pound chicken breast
Half package small rice noodle
Two scrambled eggs
Three tablespoons green onions
Half cup bean sprouts
Three tablespoon peanuts
One jar pass Thai sauce
Serves four

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What's Jacky Cookin'? Recipe #3: A Polish Dish Called Bigos


This is actually the very first dish I cooked last week with mama that went above and beyond the always classic scrambled eggs!


- 2 Full jars of Saurkraut...I think that's how you spell it?
- 2 onions
- Kolbasa or Roast beef sliced, amount as desired
- Pepper
- Soak the saurkraut in water first to make it less sour.
- Mix everything together in a pot and boil it for 1 full hour on medium heat, the onions should desolve completely.


What's Jacky Cookin? Recipe #2: Spaghetti


So this was the second meal I cooked with mama last week, good ole spaghetti. Everyone loves mama's cookin' right?

Mama's Spaghetti....deeeeelish!

- Half a bag of pasta...however much that is...
- Have a roll of ground beef...the roll is big but not sure how much that is
- Half a can of red pepper sauce to add some spice
- Chop up 3 or 4 mushrooms and 2 onions to add taste
- Kale herbs as desired
- Cheese as desired

Mix it all together until the ground beef is nice and brown and ready to eat. The above quantities can feed a grown man like me for lunch and dinner for 2 days.


What's Jacky Cookin'?! Recipe #1 Crepes (Or Platzki in Polish)

 Much has been made in my immediate family about the fact that I'm not independent enough because I don't know how to cook, but my friends and followers l that is  no longer the case because your boy Jack is getting his learn on!

 This new section of my blog is now dedicated to teaching you how Jacky cooks!

 for our first lesson I present to you a dish that you probably know as Crepes ( in Polish it's called Platzki, that's not how you spell it just saying!). Indian people call it Roti and wrap chicken in it while Polish people pour sugar or fruity jam on it and consider it more a part of a dessert than anything! I like it both ways....go figure:

Here's the recipe:

MMMM Platzki!!! ;)

- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Milk

Blend it all together to make a smooth creamy batter, then fry it on medium heat adding olive oil every couple of platzki, it only takes a minute to flip n' fry on each side. The above quantities mixed together make approximately 10 platzki.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Reason To Stay Motivated #47- R-E-S-P-E-C-T

People respect a man of action, the movers and shakers, the difference makers, the grinders, the hustlers, the head honchos, the big bosses…you get the point.

            The problem is everybody likes to throw themselves a pity party every once in a while and get people to feel bad for them. I’ve done that plenty of times and I could find plenty of reasons to do it: girls don’t want to talk to me, I can’t find a job, I don’t like my job, I don’t know how to cook, I’m sad, I can’t do it, I won’t do it, I need your help.

            When we want to, we can throw ourselves one heck of a pity party huh?! If you don’t like something, it’s on you to change it, and a good friend will stand up to your pitty eventually and be like “Hey, stop complaining, get off your ass and do something about it!”

            All the times I tease people on my Facebook page and tell the ladies to give me a shout, or ask for help finding a job or changing my career, or complain about anything, or tell people that I need anything, they seldom respond. Yet, when I announced the other day that I’ve finally left the banking industry to pursue sports and speaking, people LOVED IT! They were all over it in fact.

            Everybody loves to hear a success story and to see enthusiasm on display, but it goes deeper than that, people respect a man of action. When I read all the positive feedback I got, I realized that the reason people don’t want to chill or don’t care to help, is because you have to earn their respect.

            Of course you should only worry about your 3 or 4 closest friends supporting you anyway, because the 1,000 people you have on Facebook are more acquaintances rather than friends but you get the point!

            Let’s talking more doing, gain the respect and admiration of people you care about, even though they already probably love you a lot, keep earnin’ your keep baby!

Reason To Stay Motivated #46: It’s Never Too Late To Make A Change

            No matter what your situation is right now, it’s never too late to switch gears and make a change…look at Snoop Dogg…or should I say Snoop Lion.

            He’s come a long way in his career, from making songs like Gin and Juice and also making adult films that use his rap name as a double entendre for a certain naughty bedroom act (I’m going to let that one marinate in your head a little bit because I don’t want to be blatantly inappropriate)…although I know he still loves to smoke marijuana…to each his own I guess.

            Over the last year or two, Snoop announced that he was changing his name to Snoop Lion and pursuing more of a calming reggae vibe in music. A ton of people out there criticized him for making the change, saying that he was just trying to cash in on a different culture. He stuck to his guns and some of his songs are now out, including his new single “No Guns Allowed”, which speaks out against the very same violence he used to portray in his music.

            I’m a big hip hop fan but I don’t know as much about Snoop as I do about other artists. What I do know about him is that he was pretty hardcore gangster for a long time and that’s the way a lot of his fans want to remember him. I also know that mama once saw him live at Canada’s Wonderland and said he was good live.

            Anyway, you don’t have to be famous to make a change and be accepted, and it’s never too late to make one despite what many narrow minded people might want you to believe. One of the biggest reasons for taking action is because you want to change something in your life…so don’t let other people tell you not to.

            If snoop dogg…I mean snoop lion can do it…so can you…so just do it already.