Greater Danger Does Not Mean Greater Glory

You don’t have to free-solo the north face of the Eiger to reap the challenge and reward of climbing the mountain. I love to climb mountains (I really do) but I’ll happily do it with harness. Sometimes overcoming the fear is the reward. You decide “I don’t want to be afraid of this anymore”. The …

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The Difference Between Something and Nothing

Take 5 minutes each day to practice doing something you love. Take one small step toward your goal each morning. Even if that step takes less than a minute. Put on a timer for 15 minutes. Work on the first step of your plan in that time. Repeat everyday, till it’s done. Read an inspiring …

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Lying Fallow

Our culture demands so much of us as producers. We demand such a rhythm of achievement. The best of us are seen to be relentless, constantly uniformly driving forward, unceasing in our progress. Yet all land must lie fallow. This message gives us such cause to be hard on ourselves when we falter; When we …

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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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Prolific

Two creators I have often marvelled at are Woody Allen and Leonard Cohen. Woody has produced at least one movie per year for 40 years. That’s a tremendous amount of writing and creation. Leonard Cohen has an anthology of poetry many volumes in length, not to mention songs and art in other media. The thing …

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Be the Person Who Loves to Run

Be a hard worker, seek challenge, love struggle, and celebrate the journey. Be the someone who chooses the 1200 page book because it will last longer. If you’re thinking about the finish line in mile 1 of a marathon, the next 25 miles are going to be very hard going. Be the person who just …

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The Hard Worker’s Trap

I can be an impatient person. When I start something often I’m eager to see it finished. Sometimes when I go to a  concert I’m already excited about having the event as a memory. When I encounter an emergency I want to divert all my attention to it right away and get it solved as …

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Don’t Talk About It, Do It

If you’re meeting with someone about a new video project, set the date to start shooting right then. Have a great idea for a new product? Instead of talking about it, prototype it. Want to make a change in your life, take the first step now. 5 minutes of movement is often worth more than …

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Starting Your Day Right

Having a good day hinges largely on how you start it. Over years I have built a start of day routine (at least for my work days) that I feel gets me off on the right foot. Here’s what I do: 1st – Alignment I follow a process in my life called Alignment where I …

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Doing the One Big Thing

It’s easy to get caught in the myriad of tasks. The thousands of little things that can be done each day. The routine of your regular way of doing things or a pattern of comfortable procrastination. What if you did one big thing each day? One thing that challenged you or scared you. One thing …

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