The Difference Between a Fighter and a Martial Artist

If you can kick butt, does that make you a martial artist? Not necessarily. The word “art” is etymologically related to the word “artisan”. To the renaissance man, something was an art because it is based on well-ordered principles. A sound art is able to efficiently and effectively achieve a desirable end through a seamless …

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Geniuses Are Those that Start

“The only thing that happens before you begin, is not beginning.” This is a beautiful quote from Kevin Ashton, author of How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery. He goes onto say that ideas are not what matter but our execution on those ideas. A thought that is echoed …

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Who Is My Audience?

It’s me. This may seem a bit conceited, narcissistic, or narrow: When I write, I write for me. When I teach, I teach for me. I started a sword fighting school because I was passionate about swordplay. I began this blog because I wanted to challenge myself to write and share myself. I dance because …

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Daily Adventures

I came across an idea the other day when browsing a book called The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau (a very interesting guy to look into, he’s travelled to every country in the world before age 35). Chris is a big advocate for finding purpose and throwing yourself into the pursuit of it. He …

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Getting My Mind Out of the Way

“A mind is a terrible thing, so waste it.” Brad Blanton, Radical Honesty. Between my being and the world is a filter. It’s my mind. Through its machinations I create a persona that allows me to appear as consistent as possible. I form a view of myself and a view that I want others to …

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Opening Up to Anger

Anger has never been a very strong part of my emotional repertoire. At least not my outward one. Not to say that I didn’t get angry I have just been exceptionally good at anger management. Yet I have practiced this to the point of often feeling I have very little access to my anger. I …

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Don’t Be Realistic

“Be realistic”, “Don’t set yourself up for disappointment”, “Grow up and get a real job”. There will always be doubters when you set yourself on the road less travelled. If you succeed in stepping out of the ‘realistic’ route then you’ll cast a light on the limitations of others. This light can be painful. So …

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Writing As Art

Do I agree with everything I write? No. Some things I agreed with as I wrote them. For some my thoughts and feelings on the topic changed weeks later and some as soon as they were done. Many I still agree with now and some I never agreed with. Writing is art. It has the …

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Starting to Start

There is no better time than now to begin. There is no reason to wait. The best time to start that challenging conversation is now. Even if all you do is say “This is what I need to talk about. Let’s make time for it tomorrow.” The best time to start on that new idea …

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Moving Through the Stages of the Creative Journey

Rules and technique are powerful transports for principle. Following the rules of dance or swordplay is like following a recipe. If you keep on track at each step you will discover what the chef intended. This is essential at the beginning. Especially before you learn what tastes good. But after you follow enough recipes you …

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