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Friday, April 29, 2016

The loss of the other leaves an inner yawning void

Rollo’s research on identity was way ahead of its time. 

First published in the early fifties, during a postwar age of overwhelming anxiety, he found several interesting commonalities among his psychotherapy patients that still hold true today. 

Namely, that every man needs relationships with other people in order to orient himself. After all, he’s a social animal. The human being gets his original experiences of being a unique self out of his relatedness to other person. 

And so, the loss of the other leaves an inner yawning void. A terrifying combination of loneliness and emptiness. Because without other people, we have nothing to bump up against. Without other people, we have no way to orient ourselves. And that’s when we start to lose the sense of our own existence. 

No wonder we hate being alone. It’s the terror of losing awareness of ourselves. The fear of not being able to fulfill our own potentialities. 

But the good news is, we can reverse engineer these feelings. We can nip anxiety in the bud by asking ourselves the following honest question. 

Right now, in this moment, what essential value, that I identify with my existence, is being threatened? 

That simple act of naming our source of anxiety will help us recognize where meaning has leaked out of our lives, which action we need to take to refill the inner yawning void, and with whom we need to orient ourselves while we do it. 

Remember, it is through the eyes of another that we receive a greater sense of our own personhood. And that sense is the best medication around. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open a window to the hybrid horizon

Joni invented everything about her art. 

From performance style to lyrical content to musical genre to guitar tunings to creative process to production style to melody structure to piano voicing to chord progressions to career trajectory, there wasn’t an element of her work that wasn’t original. 

That’s the real art. Not just the force of her message, but the fearlessness in inventing whole new ways of creating it. 

Joni reminds us that our job as creators is to chase down the hybrid. To juggle ourselves into impossible juxtapositions and come out on the other side with something nobody’s ever seen before. 

In fact, the term hybrid has applications across a variety of disciplines, including biology, electronics, film, sports, music, literature, vehicles, language and astronomy. Why not include yourself on that list? 

Consider the definition of a hybrid car. It’s a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to move. What a perfect metaphor for the modern artist. Thinking of ourselves as hybrids challenges us to tap into all of our skills and fuels and energies and dreams to move the story forward. To make use of everything we are in the service of the final destination. 

And of course, every hybrid has its share of issues with aftermarket compatibility. But that’s a minor technical adjustment. The point isn’t to be the finest, it’s to be the first. The point isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be the only. To create the category of which we are the standard bearer. 

Remember, the way we go to market is just as important as the person we are when we get there. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The satisfaction of knowing that all systems are operating

A clearing house is a central institution or agency that collects, maintains and distributes something between parties. London coined the term back in the early nineteenth century. 

Lubbock’s built a single room where clerks for local banks met each day to exchange checks and settle accounts, pioneering an innovative exchange process that helped streamline operations, save time, reduce labor, decrease cost, increase efficiency, mitigate risk and ultimately strengthen the banking industry. 

Two centuries later, clearinghouses are now used for a variety of transactions, from legal to financial to informational to technical. 

And so, even if you’re not hypnotized by the sexy industry of futures exchanges and commodities derivatives, there’s still an important lesson to learn from the concept of a clearinghouse. 

Because everyone has dreams. Everyone has things they want to do. Everyone has projects they want to realize in the world. Meaning, everyone is looking for tools to help streamline effort, reduce time, save cost and most importantly, maximize satisfaction. 

And that’s when the clearinghouse comes in handy. It’s not a physical institution that distributes something, it’s a conceptual destination where you can unite all of your interesting goals, intermingling your dreams into a meaningful, cohesive whole. 

When I started making music films, I treated them as clearinghouse projects. Because each movie was a confluence of many dreams. A platform that allowed me to find a home for all of my talents. A productive obsession that freed me flex each my artistic muscles, from writing to singing to guitar playing to public speaking to book packaging to mass communicating. 

And so, whatever dream you’re chasing, approach it as a clearinghouse. Instead of running around the forest putting a few chops in each tree, try creating a big enough axe to demolish them all. Because you can’t beat the satisfaction of knowing that all systems are operating. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Banish the dragons, banish the heroes

Hempton, the great acoustic ecologist, has circled the globe three times in the last thirty years in pursuit of the earth’s rarest nature sounds. His audio work is a stunning reminder that we should always respond to nature as part of ourselves, not as a stranger or alien available for exploitation. 

After all, the imagination of nature is far greater than the imagination of man. It has its own tempo and flow and an infinite process of creation of which we are only a small part. And humans would be wise to pay attention. 

For example, consider mating calls of birds. Hempton once explained that the love songs birds sing attract mates, but they also draw the attention of predators. What a romantic and terrifying reality. Not just for birds, but for humans too. Because we’re all just stumbling through this forest, singing our hearts out, hoping that the authentic song we’ve been gifted to deliver will somehow match the frequency of a kindred spirit who locks into the harmonic connection and flies across the forest to meet us. 

And sometimes we find the bird we’ve been waiting for, and sometimes we find the hungry bobcat who’s been waiting for us. 

There’s no way to predict it, there’s no way to control it. 

So we accept them both as part of the journey. Because that’s the risk in singing our authentic song. We take a chance in what we attract with our calls. 

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Instead of consulting the literature, write it

Nisbett reminds us that when we have the beginnings of an idea about something, the worst thing to do is consult the literature before we get started to work on it. In doing so, he writes, we will be certain to assimilate our potentially original idea to something that is already out there. 

But it’s just an ego vortex. A safety drill. It’s creative resistance in disguise. Because we’re scared. We seek confirmation that this new thing we’re working on isn’t crazy. That the marketplace will welcome it with open arms. Only then, will we launch our idea. 

That’s not how innovation works. Nobody changes the world by finding out what other people already know. They change the world by committing to the frightening work of flying blind. They change the world by stubbornly sticking their fingers in their ears and bravely venturing into the dark forest of the unknown. 

And so, if you’re working on something new and exciting, instead of consulting the literature, write it. Instead of meeting the standard, set it. Doing research is procrastination in disguise. 

Jobs never gave customers what they wanted. He believed people didn’t know what they wanted until somebody showed them. And so, he spent his career showing them. He never consulted the literature for objects of interest, he became one. 

Remember, your greatest currency in this world is your originality. And that demands a willingness to experiment. Don’t worry about what most people normally. Just start. Hire yourself. Let the rest of the world that follows be compared to you. Because the best way to shatter the limit is not to know one exists. 

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Life is only limited by our own prejudices

There’s nothing more liberating than the thought that we can engage with something without having to subscribe to its content. It all depends on the mindset with which we approach it. 

Holy scriptures are the perfect example. There are thousands of volumes from hundreds of religions from all over the world. And they’re all interesting and insightful and inspiring. 

But only if they’re read literately. Not literally, but literately

Meaning, they are respected for the literature that they are. 

I’ve read The Bible cover to cover multiple times. Not because I’m a religious man of great faith, but because that book is the singe most popular, most printed, most published, most purchased, most read, most recognized, most translated, most demanded, most donated, most circulated, most owned, most influential, and of course, most stolen book in the history of the world. How could I resist? 

That’s the workings of a growth mindset. Feeling strong enough in your own intellectual separateness that you are not fearful of losing yourself. Laying aside your own views and values in order to enter another world without prejudice. Staying deeply curious about a different experience without identifying it with your own story. Launching yourself fully into the stream of life, open to the complete possibility of what could be, while staying in observation mode instead of being sucked into judgment. 

Loy said it best more than one hundred years ago in her futurist manifesto:

Life is only limited by our own prejudices. Destroy them and you cease to be at the mercy of yourself. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Cracked open with sudden abundance

The need to constantly evaluate return on investment for every endeavor isn’t the pillar of a shrewd strategy, it’s a symptom of a scarcity mentality. 

Nothing against the accounting department, but there’s a fine line between crunching numbers and robbing ourselves of joy. 

If we are to cultivate true abundance, we can’t spend all of our time trying to financially justify everything move we make. Sometimes we have to, as my grandfather used to say, just buy the son of a bitch. Because nobody saves their way to prosperity. 

The real work is making the internal shift. From scarcity to abundance. From save a dime mode to make a dollar mode. Consider these examples. 

Instead of freaking out that the industry pie is shrinking, trust that more income is always possible. Instead of competing with colleagues, take comfort in your position without the need to surpass others. Instead of racking yourself with guilt over acquiring something new for yourself, welcome the genuine pleasure in obtaining what you desire to have. And instead of measuring and calculating and quantifying everything, learn to trust your spontaneous instinctual abilities. 

After all, human beings have a tremendous range of intuitive powers available to us. We are indeed wiser than our intellects. 

Explaining is draining. Free up the significant abundance that has long been trapped in the exhaustion of trying to convince yourself of return on investment. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Take pause before releasing the hounds

It’s easy to become obnoxious about newfound enlightenment.

Especially when you’re still riding the high of your own epiphany. The natural tendency is to project it onto others. To try and convert everyone you encounter. To take up the mantle of evangelism and declare the glory among all nations and preach the gospel to every living creature and fight those who do not believe until they all surrender. 

Well, that sounds exhausting. Trying to save and fix and control everybody, setting other people’s goals, asserting your moral superiority at every possibility, being the lord of answers for everyone you meet, subtly controlling and molding others in your own image, what a horrible job to give yourself. 

Besides, where will you find the time to build a life of your own if you’re so busy trying to push people to dismantle theirs? 

And so, whatever trendy diet or life philosophy or exercise regiment or meditation practice or marketing strategy or online dating hack is working for you, that’s great. Congrats. Keep it up. But perhaps it’s time to resign as general disciple of the universe. Perhaps becoming the light of the world isn’t as important as simply living in that world for a while first. 

Drop your own expectations of what you want other people to be for you. Respect people’s potential to develop beyond where they are, but grant them the right to be who they are. Be the one who looks for truth, not the one who found it. Because the beauty is in the questioning. 

Answers are highly overrated anyway. Next time you stumble upon a new piece of enlightenment, take pause before releasing the hounds. 

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