Grit & Gratitude

Things are falling together

My life is going to take a different direction in the coming weeks.

I’m off to a new state, in a new industry, to attempt a new career.

I am excited and grateful about this opportunity to try something new and get out of my comfort zone. The mentor opportunity and the skills I will learn is such a blessing that I can’t wait to immerse myself in this new adventure.

As well, the New Year is fast approaching and I’ve dedicated many of my resolutions to writing and this blog in general. So for now, all I really want to say is that I’m grateful for all that is in my life and all that will come.

Happy holidays.

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What do you believe in

Lewis Howes is a lifestyle entrepreneur who has a podcast called School of Greatness. In it, Howes expresses his gratitude, acknowledgements and encouragements of other people who have turned themselves into Greats. And those people aren’t just the millionaire business men, he has talked to everyone from jazz musicians and recovered addicts to Tony Robbins. His podcast is interesting and intentional in a way that other “business” minded podcasts are not.

One thing Howes frequently questions himself and his guests on (especially in the early episodes) is what is more important to believe in, God or yourself. His logic is most elite athletes, or success stories in general, have an unwavering belief in something. Often that something is either themselves – where they know intrinsically that they are the world’s greatest; or it’s in a Higher Being – where those athletes understand that their talent is a gift and abundant success comes from the Higher Being. Either way, it is this faith that helps them through the hard practices and fortifies their mental clarity.

The question becomes which is better? Will you go further or be more successful if you believe in God or yourself? Or is it the act of believing that is important and not the thing in which you are putting all your faith?

Here’s what I’ve come up with.

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Is this feeling unique to me?

What emotion do you wish you could better control?

This was an interesting question to open up to considering I just listened to a podcast about stoicism. Based on the inspiration I gathered from that podcast – I’d like to control every emotion better.

But since I avoided the question last week I figured I should actually answer this week in a direct way.

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You don’t need location, location, location

John and Hank Green are brothers who host a bi-weekly show on their YouTube channel, VlogBrothers. Over the past few years, the two have steadily grown in popularity and presence on YouTube – expanding their brand to include Emmy-award winning web series, eeducational series on science, history, and literature, and creating the most important YouTube convention – VidCon. Not to mention, they’ve spearheaded an amazing day dedicated to decreasing world suck.

It’s safe to say their important guys.

John lives in Indiana and Hank lives in Montana.

The old adage that the key to everything in life is location, location, location is simply that. Old. And irrelevant.

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Go with your gut

What’s one time you wish you had trusted your gut? Why didn’t you?

I should preface this post by saying I’m not really going to answer this question. I’ve surveyed my life thus far and can’t come up with a situation where I didn’t go with my gut. Certainly I’ve made some choices in life that went against what I knew was right, but that was a rebellion against my brain, not my gut. To this point, I haven’t ever decided to go against my gut.

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A very brief word on Ferguson

If you’re reading this blog after seeing the title, you’re either:

A. My mother who reads anything I write, or

B. Someone from outside the US who doesn’t immediately which Ferguson I’m talking about.

If you don’t fall into those two categories and are still reading, I salute you. Chances are you’ve heard just about all you can hear with this story and you’re taking a chance that my small comment won’t be the thing that puts you over the edge. I promise not to be tyrannical.

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Small victories

So, it’s Saturday evening and I’ve been in bed all day. Apparently my body needed sleep because every time I tried to get out of bed today, I  fell asleep instead. But, I’ve made a deal with  myself to post on here regularly, so here are my thoughts from bed.

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What is the purpose of art?

This question from SoulPancake seemed pretty straightforward when I read it the first time. Then I started really thinking about it and the answer became more complicated.

My initial reaction was the purpose of art is to fulfill some of the desires that make us human. I have a very rudimentary knowledge of the animal kingdom, but I am confident in saying that humans are the only animals with such a high-caliber imagination. I would venture to guess that way back when this imagination was used largely through mirror neurons, where we could observe other people and imagine ourselves doing that same act. It’s how we learn to do most of the things we do, including language and behavior. Now days, we don’t rely on the mirror neurons for survival, only as a way to assimilate into our respective cultures. But we still have a biological build up of imagination and creativity that needs to be applied somehow and we’ve all settled on art.

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Let’s hear it for the girls

I’m annoyed. And confused. But mostly annoyed.

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Sunday Specials, November 16, 2014

In this first installment of Sunday Specials, there’s a pretty wide variety of media to consume. Eventually, I’ll figure out how to structure Sunday’s posts, but for now, here’s a cornucopia of crap. The good kind.

You need Off Camera with Sam Jones in your life.  I stumbled upon the podcast by chance really. I was browsing for something new to listen to and this caught my attention because of the format. I love long form interviews – embarrassingly I think it started with E! True Hollywood Stories and Behind the Music from decades past, but it’s an interest that has persevered in my life. Anyway, he had a great episode with Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and my personal favorite, Tony Hawk. It’s on iTunes of course, but you can use this link to learn more.

Another favorite medium for me is YouTube. There are a few dozen channels I think are worth mentioning, but I wanted to show this video in particular, staring Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig. This video in particular sparked an idea in me I hope to discuss tomorrow, so in the meantime, I wanted to offer this for your viewing pleasure.

Finally, just a couple of minutes ago, I finished reading Mastery by Robert Greene. Singing Greene’s praises would probably be redundant at this point, as he’s proven himself over and over. But this book is truly inspiring. The title may be intimidating, but Greene’s research and logic explains how to achieve mastery in a way that seems so simple. Not easy, but simple. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Thank you for coming by. I’ll see you tomorrow.