The Truth about Focus

We spend so much time searching for the secret that will change our lives forever.

We read book after book. We download resource after resource. We refine our vision and purpose, over and over again.

This is a cycle.

My advice is always the same. Avoid the pronouns and dig into the specifics. Identify your goals and seek the true essence of your focus.

If your purpose is scale, then scale. If it is capacity to meet needs, then amplify until you reach your limits. If it is cost reduction, avoid greed and maximize value. If it is Art then, create.

There is something beautiful in your mind waiting for the light. Craft it. Cultivate it. Create it. Most importantly, avoid the pronouns, and at last, identify your purpose as the Art this world needs.

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After a much needed break, I’ve gotten through another week of filming. A small hiatus works wonders for us dedicated individuals. I’ve been avoiding screen time and the endless scrolling to get back to my writing. My word count is increasing and my connections have grown deeper.

I hope everyone is finding their place by meeting their goals and discovering the life-long art that brings clarity and purpose to each of their days. If your aren’t. Start by drawing a picture. I’m sure there is a vision somewhere inside you.

Starting your Big Idea

Last November, I visited a job fair. I had a stack of fresh resumes, the global pandemic wasn’t a blip on the radar, and I was set on the idea, I’d find my perfect career at one of the hundreds of tables.

I made my rounds. The sales jobs weren’t the right fit, too stressful. The administration jobs weren’t good, too busy. And the more technical fields weren’t good either, they seemed too rigid.

I ended up at a table with a young man offering grad school as a future option. He explained that getting my masters was a good choice while considering a career.

He had the perfect pitch worked out, “Having trouble picking a career? Maybe, 99% of the jobs aren’t for you. Consider a degree in our new program.”

I looked through the brochure. It was titled: 21st Century Entrepreneurship. The courses were broken down into 5 components: Marketing, Business Administration, Mass Communications, Digital Design and Your Big Idea.

I pictured sitting through two more years of college, and I thanked him as I walked away. Grad School was too expensive, but I learned what I needed to know in less than two minutes.

I went home. I set up a table, and ordered books on Marketing, Business Administration, and Mass Communications. Then I looked for some really good graphic designers to help with my big idea.

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P.S. I’m entering the last few weeks of filming my webseries. It’s been a journey, and I’m looking forward to the next phase, editing. This week’s photo is by Laura Gilchrist @lauragilchristedu Check out her work. Stay blessed. Peace!

Working by Lamplight

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I plugged in an old lamp next to my bed this week. I gathered a stack of old notebooks from my backpack, and I wrote in the lamplight.

Place and setting have a lot to do with work. Sometimes, it’s difficult to reach flow when you’re stuck in a noisy setting or working through interruption after interruption.

Every artist knows there is never a perfect time for art. We make time and make the most of every moment.

Every brushstroke on the page, every post that tells the story of your best work paints the portrait of a remarkable story that can lead others, help in dark times, and share new an valuable insight the pushes the boundaries of thought and personal development.

Make a haven for your connections and build the space for your best work to thrive every day.

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I’m still filming my web series. It’s the final week of production then it’s on to edits. I’m also working on my next installment of Dorean Black, A Mother’s Song. I don’t have a definite release date for the work, but getting the pages done is worth the effort. Keep up the awesome work. The world is beautiful because each day has a different opportunity to make a wonderful day for you and the people you love. Peace.

Photo by: Viktoriya

First Saturday November

NanoWrimo is in full swing and the marathon writers have taken to Twitter, Instagram, and anywhere social media posts are encouraged to share their word counts and photos of their writing goals.

Everyone is sprinting and hurrying to finish and total immersion and dedication to the art of writing is everywhere.

This is the feeling to seek always: total immersion. The complete dedication and total devotion to your stories and your craft. The world needs the truth of your art and the escape from the mundane we have grown accustomed to. Tell your stories and dreams always. That’s what’s remarkable.

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My next installment of Life Cycle of an UB3R Driver is live and free to read. This month our driver encounters someone with a special interest in numbers and efficiency. Hopefully this odd mix of business and survival works out for both parties.

Photo by Toa Heftiba

Choose Your Path

Paying attention to a million different hobbies and spreading your time and attention on task after task just to complete your busy To-Do List is the worst way to commit to your dream.

Often, we take-on an array of tasks because the competitive survivalist inside of us wants the thrill of completing an endless list of busy work.

After you conquer your list, you can celebrate for a moment, then it’s time to start another list that sometimes leads to a hamster wheel of task completion.

Don’t get me wrong, it feels good to conquer challenges, but our greatest challenge may be deciding what truly matters to your creativity, your style, and the story you want to tell the world with your best work.

I love challenges. I love trying to do the impossible, but right now, the challenge may be recognizing, you don’t have to take on every challenge to have a successful life journey

Photo by: Sandra Kass

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The filming of my new web series is still ongoing. A new episode of Life Cycle of an Uber Driver is available next week. You can catch-up on parts 1-3 this weekend.

I hope you take some time for yourself and your creativity. The never ending scrolling can wait.