Surprising + Compelling

A few weeks back, Derek Sivers dropped a bomb on me that made me question everything I’ve written and has made it HARDER to write every single day: People only really learn when they’re surprised. If they’re not surprised, then what you told them just fits in with what they already know. No minds were changed. …

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Context Matters

A month ago, director Martin Scorsese was interviewed by Empire Magazine and in that interview said that he didn’t think Marvel movies were cinema. The internet lost its collective mind. Some filmmakers rushed to his defense while others raced to express their outrage the fastest and loudest. Then, today, this. Context. Clarification. Words that were …

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Why Don’t YOU Just Do It

You don’t need authorization. You don’t need permission. All you need is enough resourcefulness to just do it yourself. You don’t have any excuses anymore. There is nothing between you and getting your art into the hands (or eyes or ears) of those who want it. You can shoot a movie or tv show and …

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Practice The​ Fundamentals

What’s the equivalent of practicing free throws for a creative profession? What about a pushup? Or doing a few laps around the track or in the pool? In sports, athletes are often told, and then forced during practice, to work on and master the fundamentals. That way, when it’s game time and the pressure is …

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You Don’t Need It

Stop using inanimate objects or others as an excuse to not make the thing you say you want to make. Movies can be shot on iPhones and still get into Sundance. Stories are free. Books can be written using a pencil and paper or using a free text app that comes with every computer. Words …

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Recurring Themes

I’ve noticed something over the last week or two, and I know it’s happened before. Recurring themes. I listen to tons of podcasts and talk tapes, read books and blog posts, and follow a number of writers and thinkers. Over the last week it seemed like the same thing came up over and over again: …

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Flow Follows Execution

Flow doesn’t just “happen” to someone. It’s not something that magically appears or is granted to those worthy enough to receive it. Flow comes from execution. It only occurs to those who do the work. Every so often, while doing the work, flow will occur – a state where everything just works and you could …

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Reasons

The reason you’re not doing the thing you claim you want to do – starting that new project, changing jobs, getting up early to create – is because your reasons for not doing it are stronger and more convincing that your reasons for doing it. Even fear, one of the strongest reasons for not doing …

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