If you’re 25, what advice would you give to your 20-year-old self? Here’s a more useful question. What advice would your future self give to you now? If you choose to spend the next two months staying dormant in your room, in two months you’ll have become your future self that chose to stay […]Read more "Dormant"
Who can write the best story in under 15 minutes? Why bother? Limitations are useful until they’re too limiting. The best story written in under 15 minutes is impressive for being written in under 15 minutes. That kind of limitation puts a limit on quality. A story can only be so good if it’s written […]Read more "Limitations"
“How are you doing?” “Good, you?” “Hanging in there.” “Ah, good.” Wait no. Not good. Hanging in there? Sounds scary. And this response came from a guy who seemed like he was in a good mood. Why is he just hanging in there? Is he alright? Is this what Thoraeu meant, the quiet desperation? Hanging […]Read more "Hanging In There"
Exchange comfort in the present for results that you want in the future. Working out: Lift the heaviest weights you can handle. Run for as long as you can. Exchange comfort for pain to your body, and eventually you’ll get results. Working on your craft: Ignore all of the distractions that seem to manifest only […]Read more "Exchange"
Professionals make mistakes at the highest levels of competition. Points for winning. No points for perfect execution. Human performances excite a crowd. It’s the stories of the performers; the underdogs, the up and comers, the upsets, the possibilities and surprises that make human performances worth seeing. Artificial performances (AI vs AI), are for seeing the […]Read more "Unexpected"
You’re doing your work because you want to make a change in your audience when they see your work. If your work is athletic, you want to display the capabilities of the human body. If your work is theatrical, you want to make people feel a certain way, to see things from a certain perspective, […]Read more "White Belts, No Belts"
In any craft, there is noise. For the writer, noise is which words to choose, which way to order sentences, which way to order paragraphs. For the skateboarder, noise is foot placement, pressure, speed, timing, pedestrians, cops. Noise is not meant to be ignored. It’s meant to be sensed. The beginner stays where they’re comfortable […]Read more "Noise"
Play the game while balancing a water bottle on top of your head. You’ll be noticed. Play the game to understand the game, and you’ll improve. The brushstrokes of the master painter of the pale-throated sloths are studied so that we can learn how to paint better pale-throated sloths. Studying the styles of professionals is useful […]Read more "Noticed, Or Improving?"
That weird thing or activity that you’re passionate about? Share it. Write about it. Photograph it. There’s your material. Not everyone is interested in vintage Smurf toys, but some people are. The audience will find your work. And it might not be the entire audience of vintage Smurf toy fans. Just the fans of vintage […]Read more "Share It"
Paint 27 pale-throated sloths, and you’re bound to get better at painting. Even if you only get better at painting pale-throated sloths, that could become your niche. Over time – with practice and effort – quantity creates quality. Create enough quantity to reach the point where creating past our limit leads to dead-ends and frustration. […]Read more "Our Limit Becomes Our Niche"