Compassion Compels Me


Compassion to me is a word that compels me. It kind of provides the fuel for living. I try to preface every action, reaction, emotion or feeling with compassion. Understanding and identifying with people and their heartaches are what compassion really is. To me the way to overcome obstacles, reach goals and even pursuing your dreams is motivated through compassion. I mean what good would it be to have all these gifts with nobody to share them with. Therefore, even your most intimate dreams and vision for yourself can still be centered around others.   Make sense?


com·pas·sion – (kəmˈpaSHən)
  1. sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

To me compassion is an outward expression of an inward feeling other people. As I alluded earlier, it compels me. I feel it’s important to live outside of yourself and take note of what other people do, who they are, what they want and hope for. Compassion is what compels me to give to Salvation Army once or twice a year. It’s what gives me the courage to stop and pick somebody up that’s struggling on the side of the road, and help them. We live in so much fear in this country, and everybody claims where free. We’re free yeah, but our minds keep us captive.  I’ll say this on more than one occasion in this website and that is “Your mind is where it starts.”.  That’s one of my sayings for 2018. I try to have a life quote every year that I live by. This year it’s “Moving Forward”. It’s my version of a New Years Resolution.   Anyway, your mind is where it starts says to me that to feel compassion for somebody you must think that way first. If you’re hateful towards the people in your life then more than likely you won’t have much compassion for somebody else.   What I find is that most people have a lot of love to give, they just never have been able to give it.  Sound crazy? We’ll it’s not at all.

Last thing I wanted to mention in this post is that people need compassion from others. We ALL need it! We all need a human touch of kindness.

Ready for 2018!

Well I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely glad the new year is here. I’ve been getting ready for 2018 for a while now. It’s a brand new year and this year my motto is “Moving Forward”. Moving forward in every area of my life. Health-wise, spiritually, financially, mentally and physically moving forward. It’s a brand new year and I might as well make some changes because God knows I have areas in my life that need improvement. I need to get better at reaching out to people. I’ve become a hermit as I’ve gotten older and I don’t like it. I’m going to stretch myself a little more here and try to start going out with friends and family to have fun. My social life sucks right now because all I do is work and come home, eat, sleep and repeat. I need a little variety in my life. I turned 48 years old this past December so I’m not getting any younger. I admit, I’m still in my prime, but still, I’m wasting it away by being such a loner. So that’s one of my New Year’s Resolutions. Quit being such a loner.

To combat that, I’ve already joined an online dating service. I went with Plenty of Fish because first off, it’s free. And secondly, there’s a lot of cool features on there and I’ve heard great success stories from POF. I’m looking for a friend first. I’m twice divorced so I’m not in ANY HURRY AT ALL to get in a committed relationship. I want to start it off slow as friends and let it progress from there. Here I am talking about my personal love life and I should be talking about the business. Okay, let’s do that.

The business plans for this year are simple. Continue to grow JamieRichards.us, JamoRecords.com and MusicalGurus.com and as they progress leverage that time with the time I’m putting into my 9-5. I would like to be full-time in my businesses by Spring of 2020. That’s a 2 year plan so it’s really not that far away. You should always have a short-term goals list and a long-term goals list.

My 4 short-terms are simple:

  • Save money
  • Eat better
  • Exercise more
  • Be more social

My 4 long-term goals are:

  • Plug money into savings
  • Sock more into my 401k
  • Build my businesses to a point that I can sustain my current income
  • Finally, to meet the girl of my dreams and maybe settle down

I think those are all very attainable goals. Don’t you?

So let’s talk about the businesses a little bit. I’m very excited right now about JamoRecords.com. We now have a full-fledged online store where you can purchase audio tracks for your next audio/video project. I’ve also got all my personal albums up there and for sale. And a history of all of my music is represented on there now as well. MusicalGurus.com is also coming along. The vision for it is to have an online marketplace where authors can sell their music/audio files. So not only will you be able to purchase audio files there but if you’re an author you can sell your own audio files and make money. We cover every genre you can imagine and every type of audio file. Types like beats, tracks, loops, sound fx and commercial idents. We have genres like Hip-Hop/RnB, Rock, Pop, Top 40, and Dance and so much more. In fact, we have over 40 genres represented. Though the site is up and functional we still haven’t rolled it out to authors yet. We’re waiting to get a few things in order first. Hopefully by Winter of this year, like a Thanksgiving roll-out, we’ll be ready to go all out and launch it to the masses. We’ll also be rolling out an affiliates program so you can make money by selling our products through your own personal portal that we provide you. All you have to do is spread the word through your social media channels and email and watch the money roll in. So that about covers my Audio Production businesses.

Now about my website business. It’s simply called Jamie’s Company, but I operate on this website, JamieRichards.us. I shut down my previous website development business called WordPress Weavers because it was kind of redundant. I have this site and my web business isn’t that big, it’s just me. So, I shut down WordPress Weavers. Besides, my portfolio is represented here and all my business email channels through jamie@jamierichards.us. I am focusing on building WordPress websites, designing custom graphics, logos and whatever is needed for those specific websites. I can build a complete online business using WordPress where you can accept credit cards through your secure online store.

Then there’s the SEO side of things for your website. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. This is probably one of the most important factors in a successful website. Coding all your key words and phrases into your pages, posts, products and every nook and cranny on your website. The more SEO tagging and coding we do, the close to the top of the pile your website gets whenever someone searches for your business online. I focus on keywords and key phrases. Making sure that page is clearly defined by those key words and phrases and using such words and phrases throughout the content of your website’s pages, posts and products. This is a very time consuming process so that’s why I charge $75/hour for SEO optimization. All my other services get billed out at $55-$65/hour.

Overall, I think 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for me. I’ve got my road map already set. I’ve got my goals ready to go. I’ve prepared as much as I can possibly prepare so now it’s just matter of letting the businesses and my personal commitments flourish.

If you’d like to speak with me about working with you on your new website or audio production project please don’t hesitate to call me at 972-977-3573 or email me at jamie@jamierichards.us or reach out using the contact form below.

Thanks & God-speed,

Jamie Richards

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Steve Jobs Last Words

These were Steve Jobs last words…

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world
In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…
Should be something that is more important:

Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days …
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me.
What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.
That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.
What is the most expensive bed in the world? – “Sick bed” …

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.
Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends…

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.