Your Mornings

Your mornings belong to you.

Today may be the perfect day to set the tone for the rest of your week.

Clear the clutter and start your day with a meeting with yourself, two-hours of interrupted time for your art, or creating a list of pros and cons for your goals.

Don’t think about it. Get up and do it.

Remarkable

There is no shame in being second with Art. Art isn’t a race. Arts ending and beginning are the same: there is an idea that needs to be shared.

Sameness, on the other hand, is a race you can win. We’re usually motivated by greed, and the faster we replicate a mundane experience, the faster we cash-in and it’s over. This is good if you’re into short-term and mundane.

The true Artist recognizes the power of process and understands that creativity takes time. The Artist tests their big idea. The Artist refines their purpose and strategy. The Artist is brave enough to take the leap and ship their work, no matter the circumstance or stumbling block.

First is best for athletes and auto races. Remarkable, when it solves problems and creates an entirely different way to view the world, shifts the paradigm and offers new opportunities for the artist and the world.

Photo by Giorgio Trovato

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My next installment of Life Cycle of an UB3R Driver is live. I know you’re out there making good art. Believe in yourself and keep the love flowing.

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