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Mapping a New Project

September 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Dreaming up some ideas for my next project.

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Overcoming Resistance

September 3, 2013 — 1 Comment

I’ve recently finished reading The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. I’ve heard plenty of accolades for this book, and it’s really that good.

a good book on becoming a professional and overcoming resistance.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Who do I recommend it to? Anyone who’s embarked in a creative field, an entrepreneurial venture and for visionaries.

The Resistance

Pressfield’s picture of the Resistance is evil, since it’s the enemy of creativity. A force that will be stronger the more noble and purer the cause in which you embark is. Your fears are your Resistance.

One of the subtitles of Jon Acuff’s new book Start is:

“Punching Fear in the Face.”

Why? Because Acuff says fear is schizophrenic. One moment fear will tell you: you’re too young. The next she will whisper: you’re too old – your time is gone old man.

All the negative that you encounter when you create (fear, doubt, rejection, etc), that’s the Resistance.

But don’t be afraid. Pressfield recommends using the Resistance against it. How?

“Resistance will unfailingly point to true North.”

If you’re stop in your tracks confused about what to do next, the Resistance will directly point to an action that you’re scared the most to do. The Resistance’s job is to fill you in with doubt, to convince you that you can’t do it. That it’s been done and tried. That there’s no money in that field. That you have too much debt. That you’re an inept, how could you compare to people who’ve done that in the past?

Your job is to simply turn back and punch it square in the face. Tell Resistance: I’ve had it, and I don’t care what you think. It is after all your calling.

“The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have do it.”


The Professional

The second takeaway from this book is the author’s definition of the professional.

A professional dedicates to his art -his craft – full time. How do you know you’re a professional writer? You spend your working time writing.

A catch here is thinking that a professional will never make a mistake. No, that’s not really the case, it’s quite the opposite sometimes. Professionals will make more mistakes than others because they dedicate more time to their crafts. Professionals often don’t get it right every time. Not even the most enlightened geniuses can do that.

The professional will get to work. Whether the muse speaks to him or not will depend on this. Professionals don’t expect the best original work to come right away. They must first face resistance, and then the reward comes.

Inspiration finds you working

Professionals are the ones who go back to the grind day in and day out, no matter the outcome of the day before.

So you’re a professional. Regardless of what field you’re in, if you spend most of your time doing one craft, you’re a professional at that.

So let’s do this in the comments. Leave a sentence telling me what you’re a professional at.

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This has been a weird week. My wife was sick on Monday so I spent the evening taking care of her. Then Tuesday I got sick and slept for over 12 hours (not my usual amount). On Wednesday as I was getting ready to take our daughter to day care I hurt my back.

With the help of some awesome friends, I was taken to the ER. After a couple injections and pain killers I was out and feeling better. I’m still in pain but not nearly as bad as what I felt on Wednesday. To think that such a little thing left me injured for days is awful!

My view from the ER bed

My view from the ER bed

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Looking through Pinterest won’t make you more creative.

Reading your Twitter stream won’t make you more creative.

Listening to music won’t make you more creative.

Nothing will make you more creative if you don’t create.

Sure, read all the best books to be a great writer.

Sure, watch good quality films to be a good film director/producer/editor.

Sure, listen to the best music ever made so you can be a good musician.

Sure, carefully examine the best pictures ever taken so you can be a good photographer.

Sure, read lots of blogs so you can be a good blogger.

If doing all these activities doesn’t propel you to take action, then they’re worthless. Drawing inspiration from different places is important, to a certain degree you can only create from a foundation of things you’ve seen, just don’t neglect the “create” part in creativity.

Remember what Thomas Edison said,

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration”

Thomas Edison Quote

May your creations today be the work of an inspired genius.

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Daniel de los Reyes Drum player

This is from 8 years ago. Playing drums at an event. Please don’t laugh too much! :)

Playing drums is like life. For that matter any song that you play live is like life. It keeps going. Tempo doesn’t wait for you, neither does life.

I grew up playing drums, so I’ve had an inclination to finding my tempo and keeping up with it. Here’s the thing you need to know about tempo: it doesn’t stop for you.

If you miss one kick hit, tempo doesn’t wait for you to get back in your groove. You either keep up with tempo, or you’re out.

That’s life. You can’t lose your life reminiscing about the good ole days, because the good present day will be gone by the time you’re done.

Life doesn’t wait for you and you only get one. This is a realization that all of us face from time to time. It might be gradual for some, but we all get there.

So as we all go through the tempo of life, let’s make the best of our days!

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