“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"
Perfect attendance is only short term. Nobody is going to remember all of the times that Jerry showed up at exactly 8:45 PM. What’s remembered are the traits that make Jerry a Jerry worth working with whenever Jerry shows up. Putting emphasis on showing up just on time is unnecessary. Imagine that a caregiver really […]Read more "Exactly At This Moment"
“It is not the thing itself that troubles you, but your own judgement of it.” What does the private journal of an emperor of Rome have to do with a modern book about sports mentality? What do both of these things have to do with juggling and art? This podcast episode is a reading of […]Read more "Penguin Latte Podcast 02 – The Inner Game of a Roman Emperor."