In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They're wrong.Read More
First read this book by Shane Snow. Shane will teach you how to use “lateral thinking” to rethink the archaic idea of “paying dues”. He tells stories of how a few people are able to
“achieve incredible things in implausibly short time frames”
I found this thought incredibly useful, specifically when used in my career.
There was point early in my career where I felt idle. I had rapidly educated myself in order to work in the modern economy but quickly felt my skills less and less valuable.
I needed to make a change. I started to think of ways to not only learn new, valuable skills but also double my salary within the next year. I wanted to see how quickly I could achieve this.Read More
Have you ever had dinner with someone who constantly drones on about themselves? The answer for most people is a thunderous "YES". Have you ever bore witness to a man or woman persistently talk about their new, for example, Sub Mariner Rolex Watch or Louis Vuitton purse? Again, for some people in the first world, a deafening "YES" from the audience. Have you ever asked yourself "this bitch only makes $45,000 a year yet, she's leasing a new BMW? How much credit card debt is he or she in? Is the husband or wife loaded? Who's bringing home the bacon here? Perhaps they have a side business that I'm not considering? What can we unearth about this person's finances that allows them to live this luxurious lifestyle?". Have you ever had a religious fellow bestow platitudes on you such as, " you NEED to stop doing the devil's work and come towards the light?" -- hopefully not and if you have, next time that happens quickly throw a ninja-like, impact smoke bomb and vanish into the shadows before they have you singing religious rock tunes at the "Thursday Night Youth Group". Trust me, it can happen. No fun. But I digress...... Have you ever been on the other side of the dinner table wondering when is this person going to ask YOU about YOUR recent sport, hobby or job? "When are they going to STOP talking about themselves and turn the conversation onto more important subjects.... Like ME!".Read More
Why can't we paint with our own brush? Sometimes we feel obliged, coerced into what is laid out before us even if it doesn't fit with what we feel is the "right" way at ANY given time! We are recluse, we despise the formal, we despise the norm - yet we live in it.Read More
This is an excellent Keynote from someone who spends most of his time behind the computer making awesome art! Andrew Kramer gives a witty yet touching talk on how to become a better artist. I owe my entire career to Andrew Kramer. I stumbled on videocopilot.net around 2007 and later found myself with a career in Digital Media. I remember one day opening up After Effects on my older Brother's hand-me down computer. Not too much longer I came across Videocopilot. The amount of knowledge I was able to pickup from Andrew in one short year was the knowledge that propelled me into a career path I never thought I could achieve. From After Effects to Nuke I landed a job as a Render Wrangler at Digital Domain in Venice, CA.Read More
Does one take the leap and chase greatness or do we grind on safely with the common folk?
To answer this question, you have to calibrate your intention. Stop thinking of goals and start thinking of intentions. Ask yourself some very deep questions while sitting in silence. "Do I have it in me to cope with high stress high demand life of a corporate job, artist, entrepreneur, etc... Do I have an established, tested business model? Can I moonlight while I gain traction with my side business?". Don't try to intellectually think your way to a solution. Just sit with the feeling, physically and emotionally. It's an odd practice at first as your brain will recursively think of a way to solve the problem. But if we can sit in silence and condition ourselves to the sensations of the problem both psychologically and biologically, we can then start to build the mindset needed for the rollercoaster ride of being self employed.Read More
Below is a mental dump of what I took from The Obstacle Is The Way along with the mindsets that I try to cultivate and administer into my daily life. I wrote these out while abroad in Jakarta, Indonesia. Nestled in the corner of a loud, bustling Starbucks, I sipped my Sumatran Java and laid out some stoic principals to live my life by. Using the three pillars - perception, action and will, here is what I established:Read More
The most import attribute of being successful has got to be curiosity, more importantly, meandering curiosity. A curious mind is an adventurous mind. With the age of the internet, curiosity is just a click away! With each link-click brings a new resource, a new adventure. But with social media, our curiosity could be being outsourced. Our curiosity is ceasing to zigzag, disallowing us to stumble onto novel ideas, original ways of thinking, etc...Read More
Problems that most of us face include worry and doubt. A contrarian viewpoint might agree that worry, anxiety, doubt – these are all signs of “good stress” or, Eustress. We all need a small pilot light lit under our ass every so often. It allows us to constantly recalibrate the pain and pleasure centers of our brain. With that said, we need to make sure the “pilot light” doesn't turn into a roaring brush fire. We can extinguish these flaming stressors with things like exercise, meditation or hell, even a shot of Jack, but what happens when these emotions come to fruition at a time or place in which we have limited or no control over the remedy? The answer is to Lazy load!Read More
I recently had the my first experience consulting on the purchase of a SaaS platform along with constructing the game plan of phasing out our former proprietary system. What I learned is worth sharing.Read More
Nature experiments... Pioneers are the leaders of business today. Entrepreneurship is ubiquitous. The new rich. High stakes, high reward type individuals amongst all classes and ethnicities are inflating the business zeitgeist. More and more remote workers are within companies. Trailblazing companies creating disruptive, democratic services such as Uber and Airbnb are the new business model. The modern man has an abundance of outlets for generating wealth. The power truly is in the hands of the user. Kevin Flynn and Tron would be so proud!Read More
Now, word on the streets is that sensory deprivation tanks simulate some of the same physical and mental stimuli of taking hallucinogens such as Psilocybin, MDMA or DMT. Additionally, it really is the only time in our life, post birth, that we can simulate what it's like to be in our Mother's womb.Read More
Consistency is one of the most sought after and honorable social conformities in today's modern world. Whether that be showing up to work everyday, unconditionally loving your wife or tirelessly working on your craft – consistency is a pattern for true success. Take an afternoon and figure out your consistency ratio. Are we showing up everyday but not suggesting? Are we suggesting everyday but not giving our full attention to others? Often times we lack in one of the four bullets. If you make it a top priority to be consistent in every aspect of your life, you will perform at optimal efficiency and achieve great success!Read More
There's something about the morning that strikes conflict. For some people the morning is cold, slow - a little crusty eyed. Rolling out of our warm beds into the frostbitten world is an accomplishment in and of itself. Here's some tips to crush the morning routine!Read More
Change is a choice. In today's society it's often time okay to conform to the environment around you without giving much thought as to what's on the other side of the fence. This post dives into some of my formative years. How I used Psychedelics to rip myself out of my default mode network and how I made my decision to alter the flow of my life's river.Read More