A wise person… 

My son Jadon was running down the street the other day and I was like, “Papi, stop running, you’re gonna fall and get hurt”. He confidently responded, “No I’m Not Dad” as he continued to run (on with his plan) as if he knew it all. 
And you know what!? I know that he really believed from his heart, that he wasn’t gonna fall, that he knew more than me, and that I had no idea what I was talking about (LOL). The thing is because I’ve fallen many times in my life, it would be WISE for him to take my suggestion. 

There are times when you absolutely think that you are right only to realize that you were wrong, usually followed by some pain. 

Don’t ever be too close minded. Especially when the person giving you the advice loves you.

A WISE person learns from OTHER people’s mistakes. 
Take heed. 

I hope you understand me. 

Raymond

The 3Sixty House 

Grateful Apparel 

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Speechless! 


A few weeks ago I was invited to share my testimony in Texas.

That same night, pillow talk with the wife I said, “Man, I’m not sure I want to take our bus (our old one) to Texas because it’s been acting up lately.” Wife responds, “I know, so what you gonna do?” Me, “I don’t know, it ain’t like we can afford a new bus”
Testimony : The VERY next day, my boy Andra Davis (@allroadsopen ) calls me up and says, “Yo Unc, how fast can you make it to Denver, Co?” Me, “I don’t know, why-what’s up!?” … He responds, “God told me to give you this truck last night, so come and pick it up.” Me “speechless” 
Now some of you will chalk it up as “Coincidence.” Not me, I know that there is a REAL God.. The King of ALL Kings. 

Please give yourself a break and let HIM in … HE will rock your world! (And not only materially Things, just to be clear). PS – And think about it, I Didn’t even pray for it! I was just talking to my wife ABOUT it and I guess HE heard me! LOL. 

Love You Big Man! 👊🏼54! 

The best is yet to come! 

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If you can’t make it today… 


At least 25 years ago my boy @Ronniebonner asked me to put a sticker on my bike. 

I said, “what’s this?” … he replied, “My company.” So I shrugged my shoulders, stuck the sticker on my bike and kept it moving. 

This company became one of the biggest BMX Brands (UGP) in the world. 

Ronnie is the absolute TRUTH! 

Building multimillion dollar businesses, yes impressive! But building them before the internet, mind boggling! 

He had to go out and find stuff, the old fashion way. 

You know what that means? That If you can’t make it today, then your just not made for it. 

PS – Everyone should have a friend like Ronnie in their lives. 

Good looking Ron. 

UGP

The Shadow Conspiracy 

American Mentality 

Sparky’s Distribution (just to name a few)
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Permanent Decisions? 

Yesterday, I was at the park playing cops and robbers with my 5 year old son Jadon.
As we ran around exchanging Pow-Pow’s …. and Bang-Bang’s (again and again and agaaaain… LOL), I notice the names Amy & Gene carved into the cement.

I wondered if they were still together, or if they were still friends even.
I couldn’t help to think about how many times have we made permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.

He or She “loves” me – I’ll give them whatever they want.
I’m mad – I’ll say or do whatever comes to mind.
The Husband or Wife got me upset… but the CoWorker is saying all the right things.
(I’m sure you guys can fill in a couple of lines.)
But Man, think about that… Think about the PERMANENT affects/damage you can cause.
Feelings are NOT facts, so be wise and Do Not make a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling.
I hope You Understand Me.

Raymond Rivera

The 3Sixty House

GRATEFUL APPAREL
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This wasn’t always my office. 


This wasn’t always my office. 

When I was around 8 years old, I told my Dad about this idea I had. I said, “We should make a piece of plastic the shape of a toilet seat, so that when people use a public bathroom, they could pull it out of their wallet, and sit on it”. (LOL …. I was eight years old). When I was about 10 years old, I started a cassette tape fixing business (I just told you my age). At 15, I wanted to open up a Bike shop, but I had no idea how, or where to start. 

These are just a few of the many business ideas I had as a kid. 

By the time I was 16, and because I didn’t know any better, I took my talents to the streets. (I don’t have to be specific do I?) This choice (or lack of) took me down a long painful road full of ups and downs. 

Looking back, I was always a businessman. I just didn’t have anyone around to guide me down the right path. 

Could you imagine what I could’ve accomplished if someone put me under the wing and really watered my talents? 

Who knows, I could’ve invented Google or something. You laugh? One of the things that I didn’t mention, was the fact that I was writing code way before I turned 15, and way before Google. 

Please… that kid?… that street/troubled kid right around you? … all he or she might need, is a little guidance and a big hug. 

Shoot, I turned out ok.

I hope you understand me.
Raymond Rivera
Grateful Apparel

The 3Sixty House 

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Fun Fact: 


In 2008, I jumped out of my friends pool and said, “I’m going to make some cool Tee Shirts”.  

A millisecond later the name Grateful came to mind, but I thought it was too simple/common, so I ignored it and proceeded to think of different names. 
For about a month, I looked and looked and looked for the “name”.  

Thesaurus, Dictionary, Bible were some of the places I looked, just to name a few. 
Every once in a while, I would go back to “Grateful”, but each time, I’d quickly dismiss that possibility. 

Finally, after a month of designing tees, and with out any luck finding a “name”, I reluctantly said to myself “Oh well, I guess it’s going to have to be Grateful”. 

LoL. 

And the rest is history. 

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Again, Happy Fathers’sDay 


My wife’s pregnancy with my son Jadon was rough for me. 

You see, I was already head over heels in love with my daughter Emily, and I couldn’t see how I would be able to love a second child the same way. 

It almost felt like I’d have to fake my love for him. 

That worried me, I didn’t want him to grow up feeling neglected. 

I struggled in silence.
It wasn’t something I felt comfortable sharing with just anyone, let alone my pregnant wife. 

I shared this concern with my cousin Richie (a father of three). He felt my pain, but assured me that I would be able to love him the same way. “Differently, but the same” is what he said. 

After months of talking to my cousin and praying about it … I still couldn’t shake the feeling (feel my pain). It’s delivery time and this little guy is ready to hit the streets. “Waaaaaaaaa … Waaaaaaaaa” were his first words, or should I say sounds.
And guess what? My cousin was right. 

As soon as I set my eyes on my brand new little boy, I fell head over heels in love with him, and I have NEVER struggled with those feelings ever again. 

Happy Father’s Day gentlemen. 

I hope you understand me. 

Raymond 

Grateful Apparel 

The 3Sixty House 

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