July 22, 2012

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Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

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Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield, is the follow up to his manifesto, The War of Art. I reviewed The War of Art a couple of weeks ago. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. It struck a chord with me. I’ve read other books on creativity, but this one felt like the perfect merge of the nature of the human condition and the process of being a working creative.

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July 7, 2012

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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

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You probably have noticed that in order to achieve anything in life, you have to fight some internal battles before you ever get to the external ones.

This is true of any endeavor that involves putting in consistent time and effort—painting, designing, writing, triathlons, marathons, etc. The biggest challenge facing you is overcoming that resistance, to get done what you need to get done. That is what The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield is all about.

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July 1, 2012

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The Day I Almost Died (Part 2)

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My first brush with death was a very close call at the age of five. My second came about ten years later due to a little bit of absent mindedness on my part and a ton of careless stupidity of another. I write about these moments because in retrospect, there are things I’ve learned from painful experiences. And transcending those experiences is a big part of being successful in life. Shit happens. You work through it and move on—or it will define you.

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June 30, 2012

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Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon

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Recently, I did a quick 5 day trip to Zion National Park and was completely blown away by the beauty and variety of the park landscape. My buddy Gino and I flew from Austin to Las Vegas, then rented a car and drove up to St. George, Utah which is about 40 miles from the park. We winged it with our itinerary each day and could not have been luckier on how it turned out. There is no way you can see the whole park in just a few days, but we feel pretty good about the parts that we did hit up.

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June 17, 2012

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The Day I Almost Died (Part 1)

It’s hard to remember what you were like when you were a little kid. You can recall odd moments or snapshots in time, but not much, really. I believe I was a perceptive, sensitive and sometimes fearful little kid. I think I was always afraid of water. Perhaps that is why, at five years old, I hadn’t yet learned to swim. It didn’t stop me from getting into the shallow end of the pool, however.

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June 5, 2012

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Improv = Zen. Who knew?

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Yesterday I finished my first series of improv comedy classes at The Hideout Theater. I signed up for classes a few weeks back after I saw a performance and had two competing emotions flow through me afterwards: 1. Excitement—that looks like it could be so much fun! 2. Fear—that scares the shit out of me! I signed up anyway. I figured what’s the worst that can happen?

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