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

That same night, pillow talking with the wife I say, “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 asks me again, “How fast can you make it up here?”

I respond, “Shoot, how fast do you need me up there?”

He responds, “God told me to give you this truck last night, so come and pick it up.”

I was speechless.

Now some of you will chalk it up as “Coincidence.” But not me, my God is real and he’s always listening.

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. 


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

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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.

“Hey, Dad we should make a piece of plastic the shape of a toilet seat so that when people have to use a public bathroom they could pull it out of there wallet and use it to sit on”.

(LOL, I was only 8).

When I was about 10 years old I started a cassette tape repairing business (I just told you my age).

At 15 I wanted to open up a bike shop, I just 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 just took my talents to the streets and winded up doing did pretty well (i don’t have to spell it out for you, do I?).

Looking back I was always a businessman, I just never had anyone around me to guide me in the right direction.

I could only imagine what I could’ve accomplished if someone helped me tap into my talents at a younger age.

Who knows, I could’ve invented Google or something.

-You Laugh?

One thing that I didn’t mention was the fact that I was writing code before I even turned 15 (way before Google), and how I was surfing the net way before it was even called the net.

Until (again because I had no guidance)  I started buying clothes from around the world and getting limousines to pick me up from school (illegally of course) which resulted in my father finding out,  who punished me by taking my computer (Commodore 64) and NEVER gave it back.

Please, that kid… that street/troubled kid that’s right around you?

All he or she might need is a little love and some guidance.

Shoot, I turned out ok.

I hope you understand me.

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”. 


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. 


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The 3Sixty House 

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Happy Fathers’s Day 

When my daughter was around 4 years old (she’s about to be 18 now), we were sleeping on the floor of my one room basement apt, and when I say one room, I mean one room, not one bedroom, just ONE room. 

At around 3:30am my daughter decides to wake up and call for me. 

It was dark, so she couldn’t see me laying right next to her. 

The calls starting out low, but got louder and louder … “Daaaaddy … Daaaaddy … Daaaaddy”. The only reason I didn’t answer the first one, is because I just wanted her to go back to sleep. I was tired and I didn’t want her to be up at like 3:30 in the morning. 

Finally I had no choice but to answer. 

With a little frustration in my voice I replied “Whaaat Emily”

She replies with the most sincere and cutest voice ever “I Looove You”, followed by her rolling over, as she puts her tiny hand on my chest and goes right back to sleep. 
I melted!! The little things! 

Happy Fathers Day fellas! 

Hope you understand me. 

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