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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A perfect narrative of excuses and failure

A pivotal moment in my mental health history was admitting that I didn’t have a disease, I had an illness directly related to my stress level. 

That distinction changed everything. 

Because initially, I thought that my chronic pain was the result of irritable bowel syndrome and dairy allergies and peptic ulcers and probiotic deficiencies. But that was just a dodge. A sickness scapegoat. A convenient story that I told myself to avoid taking personal responsibility for my declining health. 

Turns out, I was making excuses and rationalizations and justifications for a problem I didn’t want to face. I was trying to outsource ownership. Because the way I saw it was, if I could just chalk up my stress to some disease, some third party entity that was out there and beyond my control, then I was absolved of all accountability. 

But the truth is, I wasn’t sick because I had a disease, I was sick because I was a workaholic. I was sick because I was in a toxic relationship. I was sick because didn’t know how to press the off button on my life. 

That’s why I was hospitalized three times in two years. Not because I was plagued with some horrible condition, but because I was making poor life choices. 

And I don’t mean to be insensitive to people’s legitimate mental health struggles. When I hear somebody’s psychological horror story, I believe they’re experiencing what they’re experiencing. I believe biological things happen inside the human brain. 

But I also believe that you are the result of yourself, and that your body never lies to you. Spend a week in a hospital breathing through a chest tube, and that lesson will crystallize quickly. 

And so, the next time stress begins to have too loud a voice in your life, ask yourself what you might be pretending not to know about your role in the problem. Ask yourself what part you might be playing in being where you are. And don’t think that when the stress is over your body will forget. 

It won’t. 

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Eyes Full Of Dreams -- Chapter 01: Not Another (2015) -- Scott Ginsberg Concert Documentary

Eyes Full Of Dreams is a musical and motivational masterclass about making use of everything you are. 

This film will be presented as a serialized, episodic documentary. I’m premiering each song as a stand alone chapter.


Watch the movie, buy the album and download the dream journal at www.eyesfullofdreams.com.


 



Not Another

There are no kings anymore
There are no locks on the prison doors
Keep all of your lusts in check
Let one miracle explain the rest


All day long
All day long

Tease out them secret threads
Squeeze the speed out of weary legs
Come on and rally that animal
Given my stand alone

All day long
All day long

Broke into this rope when you
Discover you is, damn not another
Broke into this rope when you
Discover you is, damn not another


Swing my millionaire stick
Trained to save your ass, not kiss it
Whomever the gods destroy
They make popular paper toys

All day long
All day long

Broke into this rope when you
Discover you is, damn not another
Broke into this rope when you
Discover you is, damn not another


The mind darts and moves and skips and rises
The mind darts and moves and skips and rises

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

When the love spilled out they called it art

My third grade teacher had a love/hate relationship with me. 

Because on most days, instead of paying attention to her lessons in math and science and history, I was busy writing stories and composing songs and drawing mazes and creating comic strips and designing logos for nonexistent rock bands that I was going to start one day. 

I’ll never forget the parent teacher conference we had mid semester. Instead of tattling to my parents about my poor performance in math and science, my teacher just handed them a box. Inside was an anthology of everything I’d created in the past few months. Piles and piles of work that wasn’t assigned to me, that nobody asked me to do, that didn’t have any grades on it, and that didn’t even count toward my overall mark in class. 

It was just a bunch of stuff I created and dumped on my teacher’s desk so I could go back to work on something else. 

All my parents could do was laugh. Because they knew, even at the age of eight, there was no stopping that train. The impulse to originate was strong with this one, and it was best to just stand back and enjoy the ride. 

Edwin wrote a beautiful song on this very topic:

It was a love so big that it filled his heart, until it swelled and finally burst apart, and where the love spilled out they called it art, but he never really had no choice. 

A reminder to all the parents and teachers out there, the inner commitment to expressing yourself can’t be learned. It’s not something people are conscious of. It’s just there. And your job is to say yes to it. Then get the hell out of the way. 

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Credibility is the ancestor of volume

I have a financial planner friend who has thirty letters after his last name. 

His business card is a thing of beauty. When I asked him about the story behind that, he said the letters weren’t there because he was good at taking tests or smarter than the competitors, but because he started his advisory practice in his early twenties, and he needed credibility. Fast. Otherwise clients wouldn’t take him seriously. 

And so, he spent the first decade of his career earning degrees and certifications in life insurance underwriting and retirement planning and employee benefits and a host of other areas of expertise. Credibility was the ancestor of volume. 

I can relate to this struggle. When I started my company right out of college, I had difficulty legitimizing my work. Until I noticed a pattern. Turns out, the minute somebody touched one of my books, their posture changed. My posture changed. The dynamic between us changed. And most of their objections to my credibility faded away like a fart in the wind. Because apparently, if you’re written a book, that’s worth something. 

And so, my thinking was, wait a minute, if writing one book was that effective in making people’s question marks go away, maybe I should write a lot of books. 

So I did. And somewhere around book number thirteen, people stopped asking for my credentials.

Credibility is the ancestor of volume. 

And it’s one hell of a good way to uncross people’s arms. 

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Chance brings about a fertile assembly of information

In the creative season of intermission, or throughput, you manage your ideas as an inventory system. You’re the foreman of your own brain. 

During this process, it’s useful to introduce an arbitrary sorting mechanism, i.e., cataloguing your files chronologically or alphabetically. This organizing principle is free of judgment and expectation, which allows you to notice patterns in your ideas and inspiration. That way, each time you walk the factory floor­­, as it were, you can let the language wash over you as the serendipitous construction and collection of words massage your brain. 

Everyday when I sit down to write, I open a folder that contains thousands upon thousands of notes from a diverse range of source material. But because of the arbitrary sorting mechanism, all of the ideas completely and randomly intermingled. Nature exerts a passive influence. And right before my eyes, the ideas start bump into each other. And become friends. And start families. And have babies. And in the process, I notice thought bridges and cross fertilizations and subconscious connections and natural relationships and unexpected integrations between ideas. 

Debono wrote about this process more than thirty years ago. His theory was, the mind should be allowed to accept information haphazardly from any source, not sorted or filed under different headings, but allowed free interaction. Each of us should become an open house to information, he said, a place where everything is welcomed, not only the invited or the interesting guests, but also the causal stranger or gate crashers. 

That’s where true innovation lives. Chance brings about a fertile assembly of information. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sharks patrol these waters

Mezrich’s bestselling book on the most successful startup in history proved that for certain industries, it’s not about quality of product or even corporate strategy, it was about who got there first. It was a land grab, and the losers came late to the plains. 

But the first versus finest debate reaches beyond the world of internet startups. 

I’m reminded of the invention of the telephone. Bell, believe it not, wasn’t the original innovator. Gray actually recorded his schematics for the exact same invention about six weeks before his counterpart. Unfortunately, on that fateful day, he showed up to the patent office two hours after his competitor, and missed the chance to become one of the most influential inventors in modern history. 

Two hours. That’s all it took. 

In fact, the patent office issued a memo on that day, and here’s what it said. 

Gray was undoubtedly the first to conceive of and disclose the invention, but his failure to take any action amounting to completion until others had demonstrated the utility of the invention deprives him of the right to have it considered. 

Ouch. Talk about a wakeup call. 

The point is, it’s not about being the finest, it’s about being the first. Talent takes a backseat to timing. 

The only caveat is, once you’ve gone into the water, you have to keep swimming. Anyone lucky enough to gain first mover advantage has to keep doubling down. They have to constantly reinvent, continuously invest and continue to lead. Because even if you are at the right place at the right time, the place change, and the time will move forward. 

Sandman was right. Sharks patrol these waters. Sharks patrol these waters. Stay in your lifeboats people. It’s murder out there. 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eyes Full Of Dreams Official Trailer (2015) -- Scott Ginsberg Concert Documentary

Eyes Full Of Dreams is a musical and motivational masterclass about making use of everything you are. 

Dreaming isn’t dead, it’s simply been forgotten. Removed from our language. Sentenced to obscurity. And so, the educational need isn’t schooling, it’s shedding. 

Through in studio performances and inspiring urban footage, the film isn't teaching people how to dream, but teaching people how to unlock the portals through which dreams can enter. 

 The movie was filmed at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn. 

Watch the entire movie for free, forever at www.eyesfullofdreams.com  

Here's the trailer:



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The forest of the mind will provide

One of the most effective ways to manage stress is to literally have a conversation with it. To objectify and anthropomorphize your feelings of anxiety and discomfort and pain. To merge your worries into a trusted companion who has arrived to help you learn something very important about yourself. 

When my therapist first suggested this technique, I thought it sounded a bit hokey. Then again, I had chronic stomach pain, so I was willing to try anything. Besides, I’m a writer. I have a pretty wild imagination. Why not employ it in the service of my mental health? 

And so, I started writing dialogues. Real human conversations between my stress and me. Almost like scenes in a movie. 

First, we would greet each other with hugs and high fives and smiles and pats on the back. Next, we would sit down and make small talk for a few minutes. Then, I would ask stress what brought it here today. And then we’d really dig into it. I would express my feelings and emotions about what was happening in my life, and he would listen. I would explain where in my body I felt tension and anxiety, and he would listen. 

But he would also ask me challenging questions about myself. And my body. And my problems. Partly as my friend, partly as my spirit guide, and partly as my life advisor. After about twenty minutes of chatting, stress and I would say our goodbyes, and promise to reconnect the next time life got a little too overwhelming. And then I would get on with my life. 

Sound hokey? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. Having a conversation with my stress changed my life. It’s a simple, creative, interesting, enjoyable, friendly and best of all, free, form of therapy. And it’s a reminder that when you trust your resources, when you believe that every answer you seek is already inside of you, the forest of the mind will provide. 

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