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Setting Goals to Achieve Your Dreams

goalsWe have a saying at Cheeky Monkey: Entrepreneurs will live a few years like most people won’t, so they can spend the rest of their lives living like most people can’t. It’s been a rough and destitute year for us. If anyone tells you that starting a new company or making a career change is easy, they are liars. For the vast majority of us, we don’t have the money and background to just stop working that J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) and launch into a new career or start up a new company. But if you have the determination and drive and vision, you can go places that most people are afraid to attempt to go.

While Cheeky Monkey is still a start up and not generating revenue yet, we’ve come so far in the last year. How did we do it? Determination to meet our goals! Determination to not fail, to better the lives of our families, to WIN! Here is how you get through the tough and lean times, by setting goals.

First, set a long term goal, make it big, HUGE. It needs to be achievable, but it can be ostentatious. If you’re like me and 42 years old, setting a goal to be the first man on Mars is not realistic. But owning a 42 foot catamaran and sailing around the world to exotic ports and eating in the finest restaurants and shopping the finest stores is doable. What is it you dream about, desire? Make that your big goal, your dream outcome. I call it The Dream. (I even have a whole Pinterest board with this title)

Second, set medium goals. These are goals that are big in their own right, but not as big as the Dream! I spent almost four years working in Iraq from 2006 to 2009. It was the hardest job I’ve ever had. My big goal was to get my boat, but Iraq was more about fulfilling the medium goals. Get out of debt, buy a Mustang, and set up financially to come back to the US and get my degree. It’s important to visualize your goals everyday. I pinned a picture of the Mustang and my daughter up on my plywood wall in my tent and looked at them everyday. They kept my focus on what was important, even when I thought I was in hell. I got my Mustang, gave my daughter all the things I didn’t have as a child, and when I got home, I got my degree in Business. The Mustang brings up a good point, reward yourself along the way. When you reach a goal, give yourself a present. It helps feed that determination and gives a sense of accomplishment.

Third, set short term goals. These are doable, daily, weekly and monthly goals. Anything that will take over a year goes in the medium goals category. To meet my medium goals, I had to excell at my job to move up and earn more pay. This meant setting tasks and goals for myself that set me apart from my co-workers and improved the company’s bottom line. For instance in Iraq, I took the overnight shift. No one wanted it, I took it and set a goal to make it the most efficient and productive shift of all. It wasn’t easy, but by setting goals as simple as I’m going to shave 10 minutes off the route tonight, I became the foreman within one year and ran my department for the next three.

The last bit of advice is be flexible. Don’t flex on The Dream, but the goals in between need to be fluid. One of my other bits of sage themes. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean. You can’t be rigid, you have to take on the challenges and when you fail to reach a goal, revisit why it failed and adjust your sails. But let nothing stand in your way to achieving your Dream.


– Joshua Furlong, Cheeky Monkey™ Chief of Operations

Joshua Furlong is a Colorado native and businessman. He is co-founder of Cheeky Monkey™. He currently lives in Denver and has worked most recently in the New Home Sales market. He has a Bachelor’s of Business from Colorado Technical University. He has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Iraq and spent his early career as a professional driver in the trucking industry. His personal philosophy is Veritas in virtus per libertas (Truth in virtue through Liberty).

Climate Change and the Cannabis Movement

Fearmongering to Fight the Movement

marijuana-growerI spoke in my previous blog, Liberty and the Marijuana Movement about how the government used propaganda and fear mongering to push through illegal legislation that made Marijuana and Hemp illegal. I am astounded to see the environmentalist movement on board with the Fed and bureaucrats to blame Cannabis crops for increased man-made climate change. Most of the green movement (and I’m not talking green we smoke!) are some of the biggest pot-heads I’ve ever known! To think that they would allow their movement to be hijacked by the Federal Government and State bureaucracies to attempt to lie and propagate a falsehood about cannabis is sad.

I recently read an article (found here) that attempts to blame part of the drought in California on Marijuana cultivation! Are you kidding me!?

“As winter turns to spring, the Californian drought has brought on record-setting heat waves as the state records its worst drought in more than a 1,000 years. Now, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has published a study that has linked the water shortage to the cultivation of marijuana.”

Propagandists rely heavily on the sheep in our population to just take a news story at face value. They really expect, and rightfully so, that the average reader isn’t going to click the study link and review it’s sources. So allow me to expose some of the sources of this information!

  • Corva D. Requiem for a CAMP: The life and death of a domestic U.S. drug war institution. Int J Drug Policy.
  • United States Department of Justice. Domestic cannabis cultivation assessment 2007.
  • National Drug Control Strategy Data Supplement. Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy; 2013.
  • Arnold JM. Energy Consumption and Environmental Impacts Associated With Cannabis Cultivation. M.Sc. Thesis, Humboldt State University. 2013. (HSU Receives $5.8 Million Federal Grant for Innovative Biomass Research)
  • Humboldt County Planning and Building Department. Forest Resources [Internet]. Humboldt County, CA; 2002

These are just a few. Noticing a trend? If you research the authors, schools and organizations listed in the study, you will find that nearly all receive funding from the Federal Government or Corporations who stand to lose a lot if industrial Hemp and Marijuana succeed.

Here’s another example:

“But potheads, or at least those who worry about the “climate crisis,” may still need to sing the blues. A new study by Evan Mills of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that indoor Cannabis production has a very large carbon footprint. If you’re too far gone to read the study, man, then, like, just look at the picture:”
Read more here:

So who is Evan Mills? Here’s the link to his study:
and here’s is resume:

Allow me to hit the high points of Mr. Mills bias!

Major Clients

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB)
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • California Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (AID)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program (GCRP)

Most of his funding for research comes from the Federal government and State Government.

His premise relies heavily on the use of electricity in the cultivation of Marijuana, and as we all know, even us flat earthers as we’re called, electricity is the devil and the production of it the main cause for man made climate change. If Mr. Mills didn’t side with the Federal government, he would lose all that precious funding he receives.

It’s reefer madness all over again but instead of using racism and bigotry, they are attempting to fear the population into believing that Cannabis will bring about drought and further push global warming. I’m not going to debate the veracity of the man made climate change movement, that’s not relevant for this blog. What is relevant is that once again, the Federal government is doing everything they can to demonize marijuana and cannabis to maintain their control and power and to appease the big corporations and groups who stand to lose billions if cannabis and hemp are legalized. And they have their willing henchmen in academia and the media ready to spout their propaganda and hysteria.

– Joshua Furlong, Cheeky Monkey™ VP of Operations

Joshua Furlong is a Coloradan native and businessman. He is co-founder and VP of Operations of CheekyMonkeyAK. He currently lives in Denver and has worked most recently in the New Home Sales market. He has a Bachelor’s of Business from Colorado Technical University. He has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Iraq and spent his early career as a professional driver in the trucking industry. While a cannabis activist and businessman, Mr. Furlong doesn’t partake of the herb in any form. His personal philosophy is Veritas in virtus per libertas (Truth in virtue through Liberty).

Liberty and the Marijuana Legalization Movement

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
-Thomas Jefferson

weed-choicesWhether or not the founding fathers consumed Marijuana, or hemp as they knew it, is irrelative. The question the founding fathers would have asked, was would the Federal Government have the power as defined in the Constitution to regulate and control Marijuana or any other drug for that matter.

Personal consumption of Marijuana or cannabis in any form would have fallen under the idea that Men are responsible for their futures. There is no doubt in my mind as a history student and lover of American freedom and liberty that the Founding Fathers would have regarded the Federal Governments control and criminalization of Marijuana as a direct assault on individual liberty and freedom and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

For the record, I am not a user of Marijuana in any form. I have many friends and family that do use Marijuana in all it’s many forms. Some of my life long friends have used for cancer, including my step mom who passed away a few years ago. She worked in law enforcement before her disabling disease crippled her. She was a firm proponent of legalized marijuana.I have know many successful professionals who partake for pleasure and others who have abused the drug, just as any drug or thing can be. It is not a question of the danger or benefits of Marijuana at question here, it is the question of the governments right to control the population and deny its citizens freedom that is guaranteed by “nature and nature’s God.”

To truly understand the root of the prohibition against marijuana, a little history lesson is called for. It’s a history of greed, racism, and corruption.

220px-Harry_Jacob_AnslingerHarry Anslinger is considered the father of the war on Marijuana. “As the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, a predecessor to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Harry Anslinger institutionalized his belief that pot’s”effect on the degenerate races” made its prohibition a top priority.”

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” Harry Anslinger “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” Harry Anslinger

As the movement to wage war on drugs picked up speed in the 1930’s, Harry Anslinger continually lied and the Federal Government used false statistics, lies and propaganda to sway a country to believe that Marijuana was evil. “ more dangerous than heroin or cocaine” and “leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing,” Harry Anslinger

Marijuana cultivation in the United States can trace its lineage some 400 years. Cultivation of marijuana for fiber continued in America through the turn of the 20th century. Marijuana first earned recognition as an intoxicant in the 1920s and 1930s. During this time, exaggerated accounts of violent crimes allegedly committed by immigrants intoxicated by marijuana became popularized by tabloid newspapers and the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Congress approved the “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937” based almost entirely on this propaganda and misinformation.

In 1936 the propaganda film Reefer Madness was introduced to a naive audience who was ready to believe in the veracity of their national media and their government. The movie portrayed Marijuana as a dangerous narcotic that lead good high school boys lured into using by pushers to commit rape, suicide, hit and run accidents and assault. It portrayed users as going insane and mad. Today the movie is considered a cult comedy because of the ridiculousness of the scenarios. And yet Marijuana opponents still claim these are real outcomes of Cannabis use.

At around 1900 companies like DuPont created chemicals that were used in processing of paper; DuPont also created chemicals used for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, which were used extensively by the cotton industry. During the same time period, William Randolph Hearst invested in timber and mills to produce the paper for his newspapers. Mellon Bank was the main backer for these investments by Hearst as well as a main investor in DuPont.

The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at that time was Andrew Mellon who owned Mellon Bank.. Mellon’s niece was married to Harry Anslinger. Prohibition on Alcohol had just been repealed and the men and women who worked in the Federal Government enforcing prohibition were suddenly out of work . To keep his family employed, Mellon created a new division of the federal government, the Bureau of Narcotics, and made Harry Anslinger the new head of that program.

Also during this time machinery was being developed to make hemp processing easier and more efficient. This was a threat to the paper, chemical, timber, and petroleum industries. Pharmaceutical companies were creating new medicines and drugs and were also threatened by the natural healing properties of the plant we know as hemp. A large movement by industries who competed with Hemp began and concerted effort and conspiracy to have hemp made illegal. The racist belief that recreational use of Marijuana by immigrant Mexican workers and black Jazz performers gave them the avenue with which to accomplish their goals. In fact it was during this time that the term Marijuana was attached to the hemp plant. It’s taken from the Mexican slang for hemp.

Hearst’s newspapers spread the slander and propagated stories about the ‘evil marijuana’ and of people committing rapes and murder while ‘under the influence’ of marijuana. This, of course, had the papers selling like wildfire, but they failed to mention the everyday uses of the hemp.. After the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was passed, Harry Anslinger ordered the hempprohibition, using the excuse that his agents wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana, and that the farming of hemp made it too difficult to enforce the marijuana prohibition.

Just like today with any movement, one should always ask the question who benefits and who makes the money. The ideals of the Constitution and the founding fathers has rarely been lived up to by the men and women who lead our country, and it’s no different then as it is today. The Marijuana movement is a liberty movement and a battle against the tyrants who would rule our lives for their own power and benefit.

– Joshua Furlong, Cheeky Monkey™ VP of Operations

Joshua Furlong is a Coloradan native and businessman. He is co-founder and VP of Operations of CheekyMonkeyAK. He currently lives in Denver and has worked most recently in the New Home Sales market. He has a Bachelor’s of Business from Colorado Technical University. He has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Iraq and spent his early career as a professional driver in the trucking industry. While a cannabis activist and businessman, Mr. Furlong doesn’t partake of the herb in any form. His personal philosophy is Veritas in virtus per libertas (Truth in virtue through Liberty).

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