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The morning of September 9, 2017

Thirty-five and one day. Wow, as I look back over the past decade of my life, I can truly say I am blessed. I have seen and done more than some people see and do in a lifetime. From late Vegas nights to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My life is balanced.
The year of 2017 is quickly turning into the best year of my life on all fronts. I continue to position myself to serve many people through my ministry and business ventures. Since January, SHIFT Enterprise Academy expanded to include a small group of high performing youth in Galveston County. My real estate business is giving more opportunities than I can handle, and my son is evolving into a true upgrade of my best self.
As with anything, God continues to test my heart. I spent 13 days in the county jail this summer on a very fluke situation that somehow turned into a positive. During my short time, I spoke life into more than one inmate by listening, advising, and encouraging. It was during this time my eyes were opened to …
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What am I learning about myself?

March 22, 2017Day 22What am I learning about myself? I'm learning how amazing I am. I amaze myself. And by I, I mean God. It's all about that quiet still voice. Those rumblings of confidence that live on the inside. I like to think of myself as a superhero or a genius at worse. However, there is an inherent level of humility that comes with that. You see, those who accept the call in life to do more do it out of a reverence and love for the greater good. The greater good is different for different people, and like everything in life that truly matters, it evolves. What I mean by this is that once upon a time, the greater good for me was about 90% involving helping African Americans. Now, for me the greater good certainly includes African-Americans prominently, but I also see all my peers age-wise and thought process wise as the greater good. To put it lightly I mean people who are for what I am for, and share similar perspectives and experiences about life. I like high-achievi…

The Balancing Act of Life: A few words of remembrance about my friend Brandon (1983-2016)

December 18, 2016 By: Ethan Brisby
When I woke up yesterday, everything felt good. I even managed to convince a friend to cook me breakfast. I drove over to her house and as we finished, she started telling me about the type of home she wanted built. Eventually, I found myself driving around Wellborn, Texas looking for lots that are at least half an acre in size. It was during this time, I got a call that threw the rest of my day into a tailspin.
My cousin in San Antonio called me and said, “Brandon has shot hisself in the head.” He preceded to tell me he was about thirty minutes away from his house, but was on his way. We hung up the phone, and I mentioned to my friend what the call had been about. We immediately headed back toward her townhome so I could begin to assess what was going on.
I called Brandon, no answer. So I called another friend who lives in the San Antonio area. He answered and let me know he was indeed at Brandon’s house and the story was true. I began crying right th…

Ten Years in Marvin’s Room: Ethan Brisby; man, myth, legend

September 8, 2016
Ten years ago today, I walked out of a job that many of my peers from the urban core of Bryan, Texas would have called a dream job. I was a Banker. I sat to the right as you walk through the doors of First American Bank, later known as Citi Bank. People told me I was crazy. Little did I know I’d get use to that; except crazy would soon be disguised as words like Brainiac or throw’d, and people would tell me how strange I am. Some would claim their friendship to get a front row seat to the joy I bring to every situation. Thing is, this joy that I have, the world did not give it to me. In the ten year that would pass by since that time I went on to shift the trajectory of my life and eventually everyone in my inner circle.
I’ve learned and conquered more hardship than many experience in a lifetime. The type of hardship and growth that comes along with being ruthlessly true to a call to do more. This is a list of what I remember right now during this ten minutes of creat…

Maybe I am the only one who believes these things, but I doubt it...

The following is a letter written to Ethan Brisby, the man by Ethan Brisby, the mentor.
Dear Ethan,
I noticed you are experiencing growing pains of late. I overheard you thinking your life is like child bearing pains. You’re ready to deliver what you have to the world. Kind of tough to do that when you having to put forth more effort to even maintain the results you were getting as a 19 year old. Nothing was the same huh? You'll deliver man, and when you do the pain will have been worth it, just like a mother when she holds her child the first time. 
But listen man, you have to be the one to go out and make things happen for you and your son. He's like here right now, and growing. He’s depending on you. But you gotta want to do it for yourself first. You have to love yourself as you are now first before what anyone else thinks or believes will ever matter. This phase is new to you and I know it, so I outlined five areas of life where I know you need continual guidance. I even a…

Let's talk a little bit about personal development

July 14, 2016
The world better prepare for when I am a millionaire ten times over. All my dreams involve human progress, flourishing relationships, peace, and travel. I have worked tooth and nail for a decade now to make my dreams a reality. 
I gave up the safe life ten years ago when I walked away from a career job with Citibank. At the age of 23, I had held all the responsibilities a young professional could want. I was a manager at the age of 18 running a $1.5 million dollar restaurant. I went from there to managing a $2M retail store in my local mall. Then there was the leap into the full-time world at Citibank where 8:05 could get you fired. I loved the work, the service of being in front of people and helping them solve their problems. What I did not love was the tedious schedule. The side eye for taking an extra 10 minutes for lunch. So I decided to do something.
My greatest talent has always been my ability to communicate my ideas, my beliefs, and get people to see things my…

The Scene is Set for Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals

These 2016 NBA Finals brought so many plot twists that Game 7 is a must watch. Today is one of those days the basketball subculture and its contemporaries will enjoy. 
In one corner, you have Lebron James, and new comers Kyrie Irving and yes, Kevin Love as the lead challengers. While the reigning or raining NBA Champions find themselves in a familiar position, having knocked off Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals three weeks ago. People are intrigued for a multitude of reasons, including the historical implications and sheer love for the two faces of the NBA; Ohio's James and Stephan Curry.
We got here after the tide blew the Cavs into the Bay after losing Games 1 & 2 in Oakland. Roughly 1 in 3 fans were calling for a sweep or Golden State in 5, for sure. Despite a timely Game 3 win for the Land, the Warriors were unfazed. Led by 38 from Steph, Golden State clapped back after that Game 3 loss to go up 3-1 heading back to the West Coast. They outplayed the C…