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ill-fated ~ Poem

ill-fated by Joe Reid Kirby III

Once you write it down,

It makes it real …

Intentions bled into the paper …

Through your bleeding hands,

As the pen …

The images in your mind,

Drawn into a worded map,

Only to be re-summoned as the image in another’s mind once again …

Accident prone,

Are those intentionally driving blind …

You hoped & you cried …

You stood there & waited …

It was never really them,

But honestly you …

Who you really hated …

Ill-fated …

Living the worst dreams an unforgiving kid could ever dream up to live …

Even though you still have somebody …

Even if that somebody doesn’t actually live in a human body …

It’s still Soul …

Feel the goodness in truth when it’s told …

Be aware of those pushing,

Or pulling you,

Down the wrong road …

Make your direction clear …

Fear not the embarrassment of sadly dropping a tear …

You’ll get there …

But for now …

You’re right here.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 7/11/17

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Soon Successful ~ Poem

Soon Successful by Joe Reid Kirby III

Breathing the sweet air …

Knowing you’re moments from getting there …

Whether those moments last a day,

A week,

Or a year …

It’s almost here …

I can feel it …

Destined for greatness …

Disciplined to keep my hand steady …

Even if it may cramp …

Even if it may never work properly again once I’ve finished this …

But I must finish …

Bring reverence upon my family’s name,

But do not forget that I am the same …

Human …

With a balance of being & doing

I ran swiftly through my valley of sobbing & chewing …

Fell off of the gaps,

And played in-between the many mountains,

More times than I’ve ever intentionally attempted to climb …

But I’m ready to climb this one …

Kicked the laziness from my bones,

And created the time …

To train myself up to a value much greater than any dollar,

From a dime …

To conquer this challenge much bigger than I,

And catch the perspectives from higher cliffs,

Looking up to the sky …

Carrying only the water swishing around in my head …

In hopes of watering the dryness of the mountain,

And making something grow,

Or winding up dead …

But I’m willing to die for it …

Many may deny my technique,

But I’m still willing to try for it …

Because none of them have ever attempted this climb …

Many long ago willingly threw away their prime …

While I’ve made the conscious decision to marry mine …

You become a part of anywhere you take a seat,

So remain on your feet …

Otherwise you’re sure to lose the ability of your legs …

There may only be rocks from here,

So gain a great natural grip,

And elevate beyond the practice pegs …

Your passion will never ask,

And purpose never begs,

What makes no sense to the mind,

Listen to the heart instead.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 7/14/17

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BeLove BeLoved ~ Poem

BeLove BeLoved by Joe Reid Kirby III

Love is like a firearm,

Only dangerous when it isn’t handled carefully …

It is not to be tampered with …

Must be kept clean & stored away safely,

To fire off in only the right moments,

When needed …

I’ve witnessed the biggest problems down on their knees,

Surrendering to a little one’s belief in the arms in their sleeves …

They’ve begged & they’ve pleaded,

But are problems really needed?

Hold your fire soldier …

We have to get this one figured out …

Backs against the wooden wall,

Must die,

Or learn to dig deep & break through …

It is only LOVE that is true …

No not that one that lied to you …

True LOVE is fearless,

Face your realities tearless,

Because you make them …

Or maybe you’re a little like me,

And you break them …

I’ve been faked so many times,

You can take them …

No I’m not mad,

My heart is too big to ever hate them …

But I do like to pretend that I ate them …

Left me feeling pretty full of shit …

And that trip to the toilet was one of those close ones that you’d never forget …

I feel sorry for those though whom have never been hit …

Never felt what hot steel feels like in the chest …

Those little things will lay any tall ego to rest …

One hopes that you’re never struck by such a conspicuous wound …

It’s one thing to hurt alone,

But not where everybody can see …

Unless it’s written in your romantic novels,

Or sung in your sensual songs …

Or being featured on the screen bigger than the TV in your home …

Accept only what you’re worth …

With every death comes a birth …

And you were one of them.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 7/6/17

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Your Matter Matters ~ Poem

Your Matter Matters by Joe Reid Kirby III

Your matter matters …

All of the stuff that makes you up …

A story only exists after it’s been told …

The ending’s always best for those who decide to fight instead of fold …

They say history only remembers the bold

Will you allow your gifts, talents, & skills to dry up once you’re “old,”

Or will you give the last bit of energy that you have within your soul?

Provide the abundant fruit sprouting from your limbs,

To the hungry characters waiting for someone to grab their controls to be moved …

Like the Sims …

Most books seem to less favor the hers over they hymns,

Rational minds find it hard to catch up to the overly-confident confidants on a worldwide whim …

There’s no need to trim the fat on the stakes of those who enjoy the sweet life,

They’ll soon be kicked by the cows who harness their milk,

Or stung by the bees who create their honey …

Awareness to the size of your problem,

In this city,

Or that state,

Or this country,

Or that continent,

In this world,

And of that universe,

Among a billion other universes,

Is rather funny …

Our God laughs at our beliefs

Dreaming of fathoming Their existence,

Etches the greatest reality scripts,

Stuffed with comic relief …

Known to man …

Though he knows not that he does not understand …

Can not comprehend …

All that there is to know,

For the flash of his second in time,

Is a third reminder of the briefness of his human vehicle’s finite ability to stand …

But I promise you that your matter matters …

 

Every cell in your body has a plan …

You’ll see that you still have a heart,

If you’ve ever gotten mad enough to fight,

Or so terribly scared that you ran …

So use it …

People either fail to recognize their influence on the world,

Or are the kind to abuse it …

If that tongue can move or those hands can write,

Remind your mind not to lose it …

Express yourself from the dust of which you came,

Till your return to the stars …

If you choose it …

 

I’m here to remind you that your matter matters …

But oh you didn’t forget …

You just stopped believing in your Self for a moment,

Because your tears got you uncomfortably wet …

All-in for everything aside from yourself,

When it comes to making your bet …

And with that attitude,

You still hope & pray for a higher altitude,

Yet your compass has no coordinates in neither longitude nor latitude,

Because the weight of the world has you unable to move …

But you still insist on carrying it …

Instead of ripping the cancer-sized ego from the thickness of your skull,

And eternally burying it …

Only the soul can fly …

Survivors live to try …

Here’s to those in-between the time of which you came alive,

To the day you die …

Your Matter Matters.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 7/2/17

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Happily Married ~ Love Poem

Happily Married by Joe Reid Kirby III

Once married,

People slowly forget the value of their lover …

Failing to remember the quality of that person,

Surpassing any other …

Those late night bottomless calls,

Shrinking to short conversations …

Those passionate kisses,

Being switched with pecks of desperation …

Not being able to keep their hands away,

Reversing to not wanting to be touched …

Time casually steps over the lust,

As the want for one another becomes a must

And then there’s the trust

Insecurities rise and linger …

What was once a sure no-brainer,

Is now a tough decision on exactly where to put the finger …

And the one in the middle is soon elected most useful …

More than the one securing the ring …

The only octagon that matters,

Is the nonstop battle of power between the fading queen and king …

The same hand which once touched the heart,

Now prefers every nerve around it …

Where the eyes once saw every beautiful trait,

Now only notices every cancerous threat which surrounds it …

Disastrous blows to the sockets,

During debates,

Leaves one unable to see …

How amazing a LOVE-filled marriage could really & truly be …

Where unconditional LOVE is the Alpha & Omega,

There can be no end …

The happiness which charges you,

From the outlet of that wonderful human being,

Is the only source for which your attention should afford to spend …

Although the advice of another is much appreciated,

Careful of which banks you solicit to lend …

Fairytales are not just in the books & movies,

True LOVE knows not pretend …

Hold the LOVE of your life up high,

Most High,

So that the universe has a valid address,

Of which abundant gifts of LOVE & joy it can successfully send & bless.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 7/2/17

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Champions Quit Quitting ~ Poem

Champions Quit Quitting by Joe Reid Kirby III

After good days comes bad days,

And after bad days comes good,

Life becomes a lot easier,

When this truth is understood …

This world owes you nothing,

There’s no natural law stating it should …

It’s not out to hurt you,

Although if you’re not careful it could …

It’s not out to help you,

Despite how much you wish that it would …

It simply is …

As you are …

The feet of everywhere you’ve ever stood …

So where are you?

Why are you there?

Sitting,

Thinking,

In a chair …

Or smoking,

Drinking,

And pulling hair …

Feeling the aches of your laughs,

Or the pain of your tears …

Freed by your wonders,

Or shackled by your fears …

Why are you here???

Is it to complain?

To make excuses for your disdain …

To hate whether the sun is too far out,

Or if it suddenly decides to rain …

What is your name?

The one someone loved you enough to give …

The one who cared whether or not your human life was deserving to die or worthy to live …

Are you not imperfect enough to forgive?

Would you rather die free,

Or go imprisoned by a shiv?

Then why on earth have you locked yourself away?

Cutting away at your beautiful mind with such disgusting thoughts …

Lingering around your loses,

Instead of opening your hands to the abundance of opportunity,

And recognizing how much you’ve actually caught …

Realize the value of your breath,

Another life like yours could never be bought …

Will you be remembered as the quitter who quit,

Or the champion who forever fought?

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 6/29/17

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A New Day ~ Poem

A New Day by Joe Reid Kirby III

There’s been worse than your worst,

There’ll be better than your best,

You can’t allow life to hold its foot on your chest …

You can allow the weight to squash you,

Or you can squat it and then press,

But only the latter will allow for a great night’s rest …

The time will come where you’re forced to come to grips with who you really are …

Your guess may have been pretty good,

Or off so very far …

Careful though where you deem fit to set the bar …

Too high,

And you may dwarf yourself …

Too low,

And you could never be a star …

Life is the long road ahead,

And your body the car …

Greatness never had the chance to become great,

With a challenge sub-par …

Take your hits like a champion …

Burn as slow as a cigar …

But fill the lungs of others with a breath of fresh air,

Rather than the notorious tar …

Things will get better …

They always do …

Even if this moment,

Right now,

Smells an awful lot like poo …

Stay true …

Push through …

Be more than the who

Know your why

And every day will feel brand new.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 6/23/17

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Final Hour ~ Poem

Final Hour by Joe Reid Kirby III

I find comfort in my silence …

Witnessing the world all around …

Wondering if anyone can hear my whispers,

Amongst all of the earthly sounds …

Thoughts seem to sound better in my head,

Than when I say them aloud …

But no one can touch the words I write,

Although I’m much more appreciative than proud …

Grateful for my gifts …

And thankful for my talents …

Where though is the open door,

Leading to my balance?

My legs shake with each step I take forward …

And the heart aches with every move I make back …

My dad taught me that I’d never catch anything,

If I gave my line too much slack …

But with the size of the dreams that I have to hold,

It’ll take a special kind of pole not to crack …

My mom wrote the codes of value on my mind,

Which only an artist could hack …

My wife and two kids fill-in where I lack,

And give me the strength to dig deep while I pack …

These heavy ideas …

Up to the highest clouds …

So that they may rain down on the dying blades of grass which need them …

Though mowers,

Cursed with the hate of growth,

May still work tirelessly to impede them …

If a man is still starving,

After he eats the peas on his plate,

No doubt he’ll bite the hand that feeds him …

The best players are the ones that understand the game,

But what about the many unaware that they’re playing?

Laws are the rules …

Money is the score …

Monopoly isn’t just a name anymore …

Beyond a saying:

The entire world is being bought up,

By the companies which we’re paying …

What will be left for our kids to have,

When everything is already owned?

Mentalities are being manufactured …

Most character is cloned …

Love is no longer given,

It’s condition is being loaned …

And interest is expected in full,

Though they show little to none in your authentic way of life …

Your most crucial findings considered absurdities,

As those of Royal Rife …

It is then that you understand the hymns of hope,

And comprehend our collective power …

This is why I put my heart into every minute,

As if this were our final hour.

~ Joe Reid Kirby III 6/21/17

2017 3CupsOfJoe. All rights reserved.

Happy Father’s Day! | Gotta Love Kids! ~ #3CupsOfJoe Show: Episode 14

Shoutout to all of the fathers who define success as the number of laughs he can summon from the bellies of his seeds!

My son, Ace, & daughter, Anissa, surprised me with their works of art this morning on Skype! The Kirby Kiddos & my wife are my life! #Blessed

Check out the video on the GottaLoveKirby YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLofiSU77ApA67Bhc3ggDeP2KqjZ0P9aX0 — If you like my vibe, please SUBSCRIBE.

Motto: BE TRUE LOVE.

Message: #3CupsOfJoe … Peace. LOVE. Understanding.

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How To: Leverage Attention on Social Media ~ Article

How To: Leverage Attention on Social Media by Joe Reid Kirby III

Likes are great, but they won’t keep the lights on. So, how can you leverage all of the attention you’re getting and monetize your free content? Here’s 7 ways that I believe you can get the absolute most value out of your audience:

Engage!

Don’t be one of those, “I’m so popular, I can just ignore everybody,” types. Grow up, this isn’t grade school. Engage with your fans and show your appreciation for every minute of their attention which they choose to pay you! These are the rare people who will do just anything legal for you. Return, or at least acknowledge, every comment they make. Answer at least a few of their laundry list of questions in the DM’s (unless they’re completely obnoxious or extremely annoying). Pay close attention to those who consistently like your content and return those likes. Be here … right now … on Earth, with everyone who loves you.

Who Are You?

Formally introduce who you are and what you do to everyone who comes into contact with you. How do you think that most everyone in Hollywood made it to Hollywood? Aside from actually having the guts to purchase that one-way ticket to take on the world for a spot in the limelight, they actually had to have the audacity to reveal their authentic self (& sometimes ‘selves’). Believe it or not, the majority of celebrities would never have been known if they didn’t have the courage to step out and show the world who they are and what they can do.

Imagine if your favorite artist or celebrity just sat back; posted a few selfies here and there; and never broadcasted their talent(s). You’d probably never know who they are today. Your favorite song may have never been sung. Your favorite movie may have never been made. Your greatest inspiration may not have been there to inspire you. If people already know about you, why not show them exactly who you are?!

Share Your Knowledge Wisdom

Everyone has knowledge of something, but the true value is within wisdom, or applied knowledge. Don’t fall into the ignorance of telling people what you ‘think’ they should do, simply share your story. Your perspective is only valuable where it can provide insight to others’ current situations; on the other hand, it shouldn’t blur the vision of another.

There’s enough misinformation circulating through the air, don’t be another mouth out there polluting the senses of others with biased nonsense. Share your journey and the countless experiences you’ve survived throughout it. Make your values known. Show the human side of your being.

Know Your Value

How valuable are you? Far beyond any dollar amount, correct? Therefore, you can never run out of things to give, when you give of yourself. Material giving is not sustainable, despite how economically endowed one may be. So what skills, talents, or ideas do you bring to the land, to add greater value to those living upon it? That is your purpose my friend.

Either you’re here to take up space and over-consume everything you can get your hands on; or, you’re here to positively impact the world with your art form and give back to the planet from which you came. Only the latter will intrigue people to remember your name. I could debate forever and a day about how intellectual property carries far more weight than physical assets; but I’ll restrain myself from enjoying the short term satisfaction of being “right,” and end this paragraph with this: “Would you rather your father leave you his luxury house or teach you how to affordably build and maintain many?”

Sex Sells, & So Can You!

Okay, maybe not the best heading choice (I had to keep your eyes somehow, while I take over the world) … But seriously, get your mind out of the gutter, you’ve been watching too much internet. Where I’m getting at is: you need to task your brain daily with checking your gut — knowing what to do and actually doing it. Think of yourself as an intercontinental corporation with infinite funding — your capital being your creative ideas. Your customer is every living being on Planet Earth. They need something from your inner assembly lines every single day. What do you have to offer them?

Still have no clue? Well, let’s dig a bit deeper. If you knew that everyone in the world would see and desire (the demand for what you have to supply) everything you are able to create, what would you spend your time creating? Awesome! Create that!

Once you have your original creation, or the physical extension of what matters most to your soul, you have to decide on a fair monetary value for that intimate expression of yourself. Now, this is the tricky level of selling the value you have to offer to the world: you can’t undersell yourself, or you won’t survive; at the same time, it’s not fair to others to excessively overcharge. So, what’s a beneficial rate for both parties? This varies tremendously on both the value you vow to give and the lifestyle you wish to live.

First, calculate a certain savings that you must reach, for you and your family to be able to live comfortably from your “retirement” date to the time you’re 111 years old (or your guesstimated lifespan).

Ex. I’m 27 years old now, and “retire” at age 30. I plan to live to 111 years of age, so my savings needs to cover 81 years (111 minus 30) of “retirement” or 972 months (81 years times the 12 months in each year); but we’re going to round that figure up to 1,000 months, to keep it simple. Moreover, I believe my family and I would be able to live comfortably off of $3,000/month in savings (assuming real estate and reliable transportation are already secured assets). After multiplying my 1,000 months of future life to the $3,000/month of lifestyle expenditure, I’m presented with a $3,000,000 ($3 million) savings goal. 

Then, divide your savings goal by the number of months you’ll actively be on the front-lines of the workforce.

Ex. If I’m 27 and plan to “retire” by 30, that leaves me with 3 years to secure a $3 million savings — equating to a $1 million income per year, for the next 3 years. 

Now, add up all of your monthly expenses (including the new ones you plan to take on now or in the future) and subtract them by the monthly revenue you realistically plan to work relentlessly to reach.

Ex. Still sticking to our previous examples: Let’s say my monthly expenses add up to $3,000/month, and I need to make about $84,000/month (to surpass my $1 million income per year goal). That means, I have to make $87,000/month to reach my lofty financial goals. 

Once you’ve gotten your monthly income goal figured out, you now have to determine what value you have the ability to create; which will earn you that desired profit or net worth — this number will be different for everyone, for many unique reasons (it doesn’t mean that you or anyone else is a ‘bad’ person for wanting to live this one life, we know of, in a state of constant bliss and happiness).

Ex. Create a business which provides a value that is equal to or greater than your desired net profits. 

As I always say, “Everyone wants to make a million dollars, but how many are actually actively creating million dollar things?” It’s a great question to ask yourself while you’re questioning your current financial situation.

Where’s the Sale?!

Now that you have something to sell, your next two questions may be: where to sell it and who to sell it to? Wherever your largest fan base or audience resides is exactly where you need to start selling. Unfortunately, most social media sites are far more pleasure driven than business — and no one enjoys the company of the salesman at the party. But, do you know what is acceptable at the party? Introduce yourself and what you do, while you informally offer your business card (or website) — if they show the slightest bit of interest.

None of us like those semi-aggressive (or straight up maniacal) social media bloodhounds. On the other hand, we all love the idea of making a new great friend or being introduced to our next best everyday product — neither of which we should expect to blossom in a day. It’s very similar to finding a lover when you think about it. You don’t just drop your pants in public and start humping away at the legs of strangers. You have to introduce yourself and what you do; converse long enough to get to know one another and each other’s subsurface desires; and if those desires match, then you invite them back to your place and go in for the close! It’s not rocket science people.

If you’ve taken the time to focus on the highest quality you could possibly provide, sales may not be a problem for you. Your issues will lie within the maintenance of the streams of abundant income you’ve found. Your best should be reflected in your every creation, for as long as you’re creating. Every product is a piece of you and every hour of service is a large chunk of your invaluable time — look at these truths as such, and it’ll all be worth it.

Return the Favor

Fans make successful people. Without any attention being payed to your creations, the world would never know they exist. Successful people often forget this fact. Yes, you may be the exceptional one with the wide-array of skills, talents, and ideas; however, if no one cares enough to vote for your ascension among the masses with their likes, subscriptions, or dollars no one would ever know about your intangible assets. With that being said, show love where love is given.

The amazing thing is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the same form or value as was given to you. People who appreciate you as a person are often times just as grateful for your acknowledgement of their existence alone. Take note from the superstars who momentarily step down from their pedestals, to walk among the same grounds as you and I, in hopes of pulling those of us whom have diligently prepared our crafts up to greater heights.

Never forget where you came from; and if there is no love there, bring it! Inspire those whom are willing to listen; and aim to rejuvenate the hearts of the uninspired. Provide opportunities to those well prepared for them; and design systems to prepare the average student for legitimate opportunities. Leverage your attention; bring value to the world; and live the life you were meant to live, while showing others how to do the same.

I too am working on mastering these 7 steps — which I believe will lead to the life of complete freedom that I’m destined to live. Let’s continue to grow together!

#3CupsOfJoe … Peace. LOVE. Understanding. 

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