There are so many in this world who have not been given access to the ingredients needed to make something as delicious as lemonade.
Life gave you something.
What an incredible gift.
What an amazing opportunity.
Say, "Thank you," and use it.
Say, "Thank you for the lemons."
There are so many in this world who have not been given access to the ingredients needed to make something as delicious as lemonade.
Life gave you something.
What an incredible gift.
What an amazing opportunity.
Say, "Thank you," and use it.
Is it better to be the best in the world at one thing, or to do several things really well?
Is it possible to do both?
What are the pros and cons of each one?
That's it. I don't have an answer.
I want to know what you think.
The word “virus” was a notoriously negative term for thousands of years. The world of medicine has fought it’s fair share of viral battles from the black plague to HIV, West Nile, and now Ebola. The rise of the internet brought the rise of the “web virus”. Remember when we used to buy those external McAfee CDs to upload security software to our desktops for protection? Today, there is more hacking going on than ever before, but we don’t buy CD software anymore. Most of our devices don’t even have a disk drive. Our computers, tablets, and smart phones update their own security software from within.
In the last ten years tough, the term virus, or more specifically “viral”, has found a completely new identity for itself. While it still has a negative connotation in some circles, attach it to the word video, and not only does the word become positive, but something we want to consume and even create. Viral videos are an obsession in our culture today, and I believe will be one of the defining characteristics of Generations Y and Z. Now, thanks to the power of the internet and video sharing platforms like YouTube, Reddit, and even Facebook, Instagram and Vine, it is not uncommon for a viral video to bring in a larger audience in one day than the biggest blockbuster of the year does during it’s entire run in theaters.
I’ve had a small, small taste of viral success in my time online. Who You Are: A Message to All Women went from 10,000 to over 1 million views in just 4 months. This was amazing, and really fun to watch because, let’s face it, stuff like that just doesn’t happen everyday and I truly believe in the message the video spreads. But Who You Are is nothing compared to some of the true giants of internet virality.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last ten years, here are some recent statistics on viral videos…
The Viral Hall Of Fame
The Sneezing Baby Panda made it’s YouTube debut in 2006, and has since been viewed 216 million times. Hard to believe that next year will be the baby’s tenth birthday!
The Evolution of Dance currently clocks in just shy of 300 million views and will also celebrate it’s tenth anniversary next year. Maybe it’s time to add the Cupid Shuffle and the Duggie for part two.
Baby Panda and the dancing fool in the Orange Crush t-shirt are small potatoes when compared to everyone’s favorite British babies though. Charlie Bit My Finger has 812 million hits since 2007. Looks like Google Adsense will be funding Charlie and his brother’s college education.
All these videos are at least seven years old though which, in the age of the internet, makes them ancient relics. Today, videos can gain traction even faster. The Kony 2012 video by Invisible Children received just shy of 40 million in it’s first 24 hours online. The 30 minute documentary reached over 100 million by the end of its first week. In comparison, David After Dentist, which is considered the prince of the viral video era, took 349 days, nearly a year, to garner it’s first 100 million views. Clearly, the virus is getting more and more powerful.
Videos are not the only things that go viral. When Instagram for Android was released in April of 2012, it recieved over one million downloads in the first day. Combined, Instagram and Vine received over 50 million download in their first 18 months of existence.
The internet has also allowed for ideas and causes to be catapulted into the national spotlight. 2014 saw the rise of The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos. Facebook released statistics showing the use of the term “Ice Bucket Challenge” on their site rising from less than 100k to more than 28 million uses in just 6 weeks. The top ten most popular IBC videos, featuring the likes of Justin Bieber, JayZ, Selena Gomez, and the cast of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon garnered a combined 50 million hits across all social media platforms.*
We live in a world where the opportunity to spread a message, or a sneezing panda, has been given to almost anyone on the planet. It has never been easier to say what you want to say to the world, and therefore to make the change you want to make.
But is this idea of “going viral” really all that new?
The Original Viral Message
In the first century, there was a man from the middle east who had twelve followers. This man never authored a book, never led an army, never ran for public office, and never spoke to a crowd larger than a few thousand. He never owned a home or an office building, but traveled around inside of an area with less square mileage than the state of Nebraska. Then suddenly, just three years into spreading his message, he was killed.
The followers that he left to carry on the message were unschooled fisherman and tax collectors with no experience starting a movement. They lived under one of the most oppressive and powerful governments in the history of the world. 10 of his 12 followers were all killed within 50 years of his death. Number 11 was banished to an island for life, and number 12 took his own life.
All things considered, the message of Jesus should have died along with him long ago. And yet…
And yet today, the book that contains the written accounts of his life is the number one best selling book of all time.
Every year, the majority of the world’s work force takes time off to mark his birthday. In fact, the most used calendar in our world today is dated in relation his death.
Every Sunday, nearly one third of the world’s population gathers to proclaim and praise his name. We’ve been talking about videos with hundreds of millions of views, but how about 2.9 billion followers?
We give the internet a lot of credit for giving us the power the make our message heard. There is no denying the internet is a great tool, but I cannot give it all the credit, because God has been making things go viral for thousands of years.
Science and technology are not the enemy of God, nor are their discoveries a way of disproving that He exists.
God’s been harnessing the power of a world wide web for centuries; we’re just catching up.
*I don’t even want to know how many hits that mystical white and gold dress got last week. (It was black and blue to me, by the way)
Spoken word poetry is far from a new art form. In some ways, spoken word has been around for thousands of years, dating all the way back to ancient Greece. In recent years however, spoken word has been making a new name for itself, especially among Christian youth culture.
I myself started writing spoken word three or four years ago. Over the years, I’ve turned some of my pieces into YouTube videos, and some of them have gotten pretty popular.. In fact, that’s probably how most of you found this blog.
Ever since I started making videos with The Anima Series, I get a lot of questions about spoken word poetry.
How do you write it?
Where do you get your ideas?
Write a piece for me to give to my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day! (This one isn’t really a question, but it was a real request)
It seems there are enough of you interested in spoken word to warrant doing a post on the subject. Since spoken word is an extremely general topic though, I figured I’d split things up and tackle them one section and question at a time.
Today, I want to focus on where I get my ideas.
Inspiration is a rare and tricky animal. We’re often so grateful when it comes along, that we forget to take note of where it came from. This is foolish. I know, because I do it all the time. It’s like finding a piece of gold in a field and immediately running off to sell it without taking time to remember where the field was. You may make a small profit from that one little nugget, but you’ve lost the field. You’ll never be able to find your way back and find the bags full of gold you left sitting underneath the surface.
It’s a common misconception that inspiration is something to be waited on rather than something we must seek out. When we take note of where inspiration comes from, then we know where to go looking for it next time we’re running low.
So now, after deep reflection and soul-searching, I have composed the five “sparks” I draw inspiration from. In this post, I’ll break down all five sparks for you, as well as provide examples of the poems that sprouted from each of them. Let’s begin.
Any great artist, leader, or businessman will tell you that experience can be our greatest teacher. It has been from my personal experience, both good and bad, that I have drawn inspiration for some of my most popular pieces.
Many of you know the story behind Not Qualified. Shortly after starting The Anima Series, I had received several emails, texts, and Facebook messages basically calling me a hypocrite. The senders of these messages held the opinion that because of mistakes I had made, I shouldn’t be appearing in the types of videos we were creating. Experiencing this type of adversity brought on many challenges, but also many lessons. Writing Not Qualified helped me to not only deal with the adversity from an emotional stand point, but to really let those lessons sink deep into my spirit, and turn those painful past experiences into a vehicle for good. Tell Your Story was written much in the same vain.
Two quick warnings on using experience as inspiration:
1) Be cautious of over sharing.
If you’re just writing for yourself, and you’re the only person who will ever see it, then by all means, bare it all. But if you plan to take the piece public in any way, think carefully about how detailed and specific you want to get. Spoken word can be very therapeutic, but in my opinion, it should not be public therapy. Also, make sure to consult your loved ones before you publish any personal experience piece publicly. Them being comfortable with what you share is just as important, if not more important than your comfort level. It’s never fully “comfortable” to share personal experiences, especially publicly, and especially online, but it’s important for your family and loved ones to be on the same page as you. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way.
2) Log your experiences
Experience has the same challenge as inspiration. We get so caught up in the moment, that we forget to record the experience in our minds as possible inspiration for future work. Now obviously we want to be present in the moment, rather than being that friend who whips out a notebook every five minutes. I’ve been that friend. Trust me, it ruins the fun for everyone. This struggle can be easily combated in through journaling, daily reflection, or even just a quick log in the Notes app to serve as a reminder when you go to develop your thoughts later.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it is the lifeblood of a poet. A question that you, or someone you know, has been struggling with can prove to be an extremely effective spark when writing a spoken word piece.
Many of my pieces were born from questions. What Are You Afraid Of? was born out of a conversation I was having with a friend. We were watching basketball one night when out of the blue he asked, “Jon, what do you think the opposite of fear is?” I was pretty into the game, so I sort of brushed it off at the time. As the days went on though, I couldn’t get that question out of my head. Eventually, I started writing down every word that came to mind as an opposing force to fear. This list later became the poem.
Seven Days: A Creation Story had a similar process. That piece stemmed from the question, “what would a modern day version of the Genesis creation poem sound like?
For other videos, like What is Grace? and What is the Church Really About? The question itself ended up being the title.
A question is a great spark for a spoken word piece. And conversely, writing a spoken word about a question is a great excuse to start discovering an answer. Having to create something from that question forces you to think more critically about it than you otherwise might have.
Instead of stopping at the question, the key is to let the question spark an investigation, allow the investigation flow into imagination and eventually, a work of art.
3. Key Phrases or Words
You know how you get a song stuck in your head? You can seem to stop humming it, singing it, and dancing to it, even in completely inappropriate circumstances. That doesn’t happen with just songs, does it? Sometimes we hear a word, or a phrase, and even though we’ve heard it thousands of times before, it sticks in our mind. For some reason, it’s as if we’re hearing it for the first time and we begin to see it in a different light. We begin to search it for its true meaning.
This is what happened to me with the word “encounter” one summer. My sister and I were leading a bi-weekly worship gathering in our basement we called “Basement Worship.” How original! One day, as we were rehearsing, the word “encounter” fell onto my heart. I could have shaken it off, and maybe I did in the moment. But the word just wouldn’t go away. Later that night, it hit me. That word, “encounter” is really what worship is all about. When we show up to a worship service, small group, Bible study, prayer meeting, wherever it may be, we come to have an encounter with God and all that He brings into our lives. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this word was the spark that led to the creation of Encounter: A Call to Worship.
Pay attention to the words and phrases people use, especially the ones we overuse without really thinking about what they mean. These words can be the perfect spark for a future poem.
I wrote a post here on the blog last May called Finding Your “Why”. Your why is essentially your purpose in life, your reason for creating what you create and doing what you do. This “why” is often born out of frustration or righteous anger.
All throughout high school, I went to my fair share of youth gatherings and Christian summer camps. While these times were some of the most transformative of my life, one element always left me feeling frustrated and unfulfilled. Every time a Christian adult would talk to me and my teenage friends about the subject of purity, their focus was almost solely based in the physical. It was all about, how far is too far, and what exactly constitutes sex. As my friends and I all struggled down our own path towards purity, with several detours, I grew increasingly frustrated with all the advice I was getting. I was sick of hearing about tricks for behavior modification. It became clear to me that what I, my friends, and anyone who was struggling in the area of purity really needed, was a revolution of the heart and of the spirit. Purity is not first and foremost a physical pursuit. Purity is an emotional and spiritual pursuit. This is why David prays “create in me a pure heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:10) It begins in the heart, and from a pure heart flows pure actions.
It was my frustration around this purity conversation, mixed with my frustration towards the hurtful media messaging directed at young men and women that led me to write both Who You Are: A Message to All Women and Who You Are: A Message to All Men.
A Godless Generation was very similar. This piece was born out of a frustration I had with how “spiritual elders” were dealing with the issues and struggles of young people in the church.
A short word of caution on this frustration spark:
It can be very easy for a frustration based piece to become very “ranty” and selfish. Some people make a living through creating rant based art. For me, personally, a frustration piece that I’ve written is only successful if it offers some sort of solution and is created with the hopes of encouraging others to make that solution a reality.
5. Repeated Biblical Themes
This last one might be my favorite. If you’re not a Christian, or you’re on the fence about the Bible, that’s fine, this spark can be applied to other books, songs, or even historical events.
I’ve always been a big fan of Joshua and the battle at Jericho. I love how insurmountable the enemy was. I love how completely counterintuitive God’s battle plan seemed. And I love how God waits until the last possible second to enact it.
While I was thinking about this one day, I started to realize that God does that same thing all over the Bible. In almost every book of scripture, you can find a story of some insurmountable enemy, a counterintuitive plan, and a God waiting until the last possible second to bring the hope that is needed. This realization led to what became The Wall: A Hopeless Situation.
When you find a theme, whether it be in the Bible, a song, or life in general, start training yourself to ask where else that theme might pop up. I bet you’ll find it in more places than you ever thought. This specific technique is what helped me to write The Little Things, as well as our entire More Than A Metaphor series. Again, this spark is fertile ground for planting the seeds for your spoken word poem.
There you have it, my five sparks of inspiration for spoken word pieces, blog posts, video ideas, you name it. I hope these have been helpful for you, and more importantly, I hope you use them in creating your next masterpiece.
I love the Chicago Bulls. That’s not really a secret to you if you’ve followed me for more than two minutes. Generally speaking, I’m a fan of all Chicago sports teams, but the Bulls are the only franchise I follow on a daily basis, even during the offseason.
The surprise of the season for the Bulls has been the play of a talented rookie named Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic is from Montenegro. The 6'10" power forward played professional ball in Europe for six years before debuting with the Bulls at the beginning of the 2015 NBA season.
Mirotic is a promising young player, and all things considered, he’s having a very impressive rookie season. I say “all things considered” because Mirotic’s play has been far from perfect this year. In fact, there's been several games where his play has been downright poor.
Now, here’s a question, when Nikola Mirotic has a bad game, do you think his coach and fellow teammates come down on him? If he misses a few shots one night, does the media report that he’ll never be a star player in the league because of one bad game? No! They understand that he’s just a rookie. His coach turns bad games into a learning experience, and the media focuses on his potential, rather than his mistakes. It would be ridiculous to expect this rookie to perform like a consistent veteran night after night.
The last two years since graduating college have been an absolute roller coaster ride. I’ve found myself thrown into full-on adulthood with all it’s stresses and responsibilities, and if I’m honest, most of the time I feel like I’m doing a pretty terrible job. Everyday I find another “adult activity” that I’m completely clueless about like filing for renter’s insurance, doing my taxes, or planning a wedding. Call me spoiled, but these were not things I needed to deal with growing up. Over the last year, I’ve hit a point probably once a week where I throw my hands in the air and say to myself, “Well Jon, you just suck at being an adult!”
It’s in these moments that I need a reminder from Nikola Mirotic. I need the reminder that I’m still basically in my rookie season as an adult. I’m still learning. I just started. I don’t come down on Mirotic if he has an off game, so what right do I have to come down on myself for not knowing how to create an investment portfolio? How can I expect myself to play like Lebron does now after 12 years, when I’ve barely been in the game for 2?
Please understand, this is not an excuse for ignorance and laziness. Just like an NBA rookie, we have to lean on our coaches and fellow teammates to learn from our bad days and use them to help us get better. Being a rookie takes humility and grace. It is only from this mindset that we will set ourselves up for a long, successful, fruitful career.
Over the past couple of months, Erin and I have grown quite fond of dreaming and planning our forever home. This is where we’ll host family parties, raise our kids, take out a second mortgage to put those kids through college. You know, our dream house.
For a long time, I didn’t understand how Erin could have so many opinions on every little aspect and every tiny detail. I can’t tell you how many evenings consisted of hour-long tours through her many Pinterest boards, and all I could do was nod in agreement. I didn’t know the difference between granite and marble, and at the time, I didn’t much care.
It’s been a long road filled with many forced hours of HGTV viewing, but I have grown to be just as passionate about the details of our future home as she is. I doubt I will ever have as many pins, but I do have my fair share of opinions. One room that I have a particularly deep attachment to is my future home office space, and in the past few months, my daydreams of this room have become increasingly vivid. Here’s an idea of what it will look like…
The four walls will all be distinctly themed.
The wall with the door, which will be situated opposite the desk, will feature pictures of family. Erin, our future kids, friends, and extended family will populate a gigantic picture collage surrounding the door.
To the left of the desk will be another picture wall. This one will feature only two portraits. The faces that fill these portraits will rotate on a consistent basis between the many writers, leaders, and creative artists who have inspired me over the years. Like an employee of the month wall for historic figures, at any given point in the year you might find the likes of Mark Twain, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, The Rock, Eleanor Roosevelt, and many more.
My book wall will stand on the other side of the desk. Yes, a book WALL. Instead of a shelf, I will have an entire wall, floor to ceiling, of built in bookshelves. As Seth Godin says, “a book is a souvenir of an idea.” Keeping all of my books in plain view will make it easy to simply glance over and be inspired by the many ideas I have collected over the years. Needless to say, I plan on single handedly keeping print books on the market.
The wall behind the desk will not be a wall at all, but a window. Much like the built in book shelves, this window will be floor to ceiling. You may wonder why I’ve placed such a beautiful feature behind the desk. Excellent question!
Obviously, the view from this window will be magnificent and other-worldly, a rocky mountainside flowing down into the calm lake shore below. It will be customary for me to watch the occasional bald eagle fly past the gushing waterfall as it takes it’s place back atop the towering pine trees.* A view like this, while incredible, can be very distracting. If I were to face the window, I know I would easily run the risk of getting caught up in the view all day rather than doing the work. So I will face away from the window, allowing both the rising and the setting sun to pour over my back as I hack away at the keys.**
My desk will be the main feature. It will not really be a desk at all, but a giant oak table, not unlike a dining room table, large enough to seat at least 10. Other than my giant dining desk, the room will be furnished quite sparsely, with a chair in each corner on the off chance Hemingway and C.S. Lewis decide to come back from the dead for afternoon tea.
To me, this is the ultimate writing space. In a room like this, bestsellers write themselves. Right?
This description is obviously overly descriptive and, for now, unrealistic. There are some, and I mean SOME, writers who write in their “ideal writing space.” But for most of us, and I mean MOST, especially those of us who are just starting out, we live in a different, much harsher reality. Something I had to learn very quickly when I started writing is that we can’t wait for the perfect time and space to write. We write where we can. We write when we can. If we wait until we find ourselves in the ideal writing conditions, then we aren’t ever going to get much writing done. This has been true for writers of all kinds, from bestsellers to self-published bloggers.
John Grisham, renowned bestselling author of criminal fiction, sold over 275 million copies of his books in 2012. Today, he writes from the comfort from his home in Virginia***. But it wasn’t always like this. In 1984, Grisham was working as a member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives. For the five years he spent in office, Grisham would show up to work one hour early everyday to write. It was in these one hour sessions at 7:00am that he wrote his first book, A Time to Kill.
Actress Amy Poehler has taken the book world by storm with her autobiographic humor memoir Yes Please. Since its release, the book has enjoyed week after week on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Do you think that Poehler, an actress, writer, director, and mother wrote her book sitting in an indie café, sipping skinny lattes, and listening to Lana Del Rey for hours on end? No way! Poehler herself makes a confession about her writing process in the first chapter book…
“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it was. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea.**** They talk about their “morning ritual” and how they “dress for writing” and the cabin in Big Sur where they go to “be alone”—blah blah blah…I wrote this book after my kids went to sleep. I wrote this book on subways and on airplanes and in between setups while I shot a television show. I wrote this book from scribbled thoughts I kept in the Notes app on my I Phone and conversations I had with myself in my own head before I went to sleep. I wrote it ugly and in pieces.”
Preach it, girl.
Even for myself, while I would never dare to place myself in the same universe, let alone the same category as Amy Poehler or John Grisham, the process of writing my first two books did not take place anywhere close to the environments I had pictured as a kid. I wrote Authentic Love the summer after I graduated college on a long train ride to and from my first low-paying acting job. Every day, from Pingree Road to Ogilvee, 90 minutes each way, I could be found hunched over my laptop hacking away at the keys.
Created to Create was different, but just as unromantic. I wrote that book from my dressing room at the Broadhurst Theatre in between performing scenes of Mamma Mia. Again, it wasn’t my dream office with a improbably view, but it did the trick. I’m actually surprised that more ABBA lyrics didn’t sneak their way into the book.
I’m not sure this even needs to be said, but I didn’t realize it until just now, so I’m going to say it anyway for this of you who are a little slow(like me). This point extends far beyond writing. We often use the “lack of ideal environment” excuse to keep us from pursuing the things and doing the work that we really want to do. To steal another quote from Amy Poehler, “Writing a book is about writing a book.” It’s not about the clothes you wear or the music you listen to or the tea you sip, it’s about getting your butt in the chair, or the subway bench, or the exercise bike, and getting to work.
Starting your business is about starting your business.
Studying your Bible is about studying your Bible.
Getting fit is about getting fit.
Having a date night is about having a date night.
If we wait until we have the “ideal environment,” then we’ll always be stuck doing exactly that, waiting.
Maybe I’ll have my dream office one day. Maybe not. I hope I do, but whether I do or not doesn’t matter right now. The only thing that matters right now is two questions…
1) Where am I?
2) How can I do my best work RIGHT HERE?
*A note: I plan for this house to be in one of the Carolinas. I’m not sure if all the elements of this nature scene exist together anywhere, but if they do, I am confident it would be somewhere in the Carolinas. They are perfect states.
**Yes, that’s right, this window will somehow face both east and west whenever I want it to.
***Virginia is basically the Carolinas just as attractive cousin!
****Who would do that?! What a loser!
I want to try something different on my blog (hence, this post!)
Grace doesn’t call us to be safe. It means that we’re saved, and set free to be brave.
To be brave is a very admirable quality.
Being brave means trusting. Not trusting in your own abilities, that’s arrogance. It means trusting in God to provide what you need to be brave every day.
Stop looking at life as a responsibility and start looking at life as an opportunity.
The future is now doesn’t just mean that the future is here. It also means that if you want to create the future you desire, you have to start planting the seeds now.
I don’t feel like writing. I’ll just read until I figure out what to write. (I know this sounds like avoiding the work, and maybe I was. Sometimes I don’t even take my own advice. #VulnerableMoments)
It’s amazing what a tiny little encouragement can mean for me. Why don’t I give more tiny little encouragements to others?
The greatest adventure I could ever ask for would be to live a life in consistent pursuit of God’s calling for me.
Do I care too much about money?
Do I spend too much time checking email?
I think I’m more impressionable than I’m willing to admit most of the time.
But I think I also have more control over what leaves an impression on me than I give myself credit for.
Quitting at the right time takes both careful wisdom and incredible guts.
Doing the same thing, over and over again, at a high level requires a unique type of discipline.
God has grace for me everyday. Realizing this is always the most humbling experience of my day.
You want to know the truth?
I have bad days sometimes.
I struggle with anxiety.
I doubt myself.
Sometimes, I’m not a very good friend, brother, son, fiancé, or disciple.
I don’t always love my neighbor as myself.
I skip workouts.
I eat junk food.
I quit things before I finish them.
I care way too much about how many followers and views I have.
I can be selfish, ungrateful, and controlling.
Sometimes I an be a real jerk.
Despite what this blog may lead you to believe, I don’t always wake up completely full of inspiration and a sunny outlook on the world. The truth is, just like you, just like everybody, I have bad days.
Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “Jon, your title is a lie. This is the most ranty rant I’ve ever heard.”
I disagree. This is NOT a rant.
I’m not telling you all this so that you’ll feel sorry for me.
I’m not telling you all this so that you’ll stop feeling sorry for yourself.
I’m telling you this because we are all playing the most devious comparison game known to mankind.
We compare our day to day with everyone else’s highlight reel.
You may read this blog, or another blog of someone much more prolific than I, and say to yourself, “Wow, that person is always so fired up. They’re always creating great work. They always seem to be at the top of their game. I could never be like them because of A, B, C, D, E, and G. Oh, and I forgot about F!”
The truth is though, people who make a difference have just as many bad days as those who don’t. The only difference is that those who make an impact find the resourcefulness needed to overcome, and in the best cases, use their bad days to fuel their good days to be even better.
Here’s the encouraging part for you if you struggle with any of the thoughts above. (I know I do)
If the great artists and innovators have bad times just like you do, that means that you are just as capable of having good days just like they do. You are capable of finding the resourcefulness needed to create your best work.
Having a rough day or behaving like a jerk sometimes doesn’t disqualify you from being able to do great things, and it’s not an excuse to keep you from doing them either.
I’m not perfect.
You’re not perfect.
Great. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to work.
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