Are You Moving Toward Your Mountain?


source One of my all-time, favorite commencement speeches is by the author, Neil Gaiman (American Gods, The Graveyard Book, The Sandman Series). His simple call to action of, "make good art" has become a mantra for creatives everywhere. The [...]

Are You Moving Toward Your Mountain?2019-05-29T08:40:56-08:00

A Navy Seal On Finding Freedom


When we think about creativity, we think of words like playful and natural. But there is yin and yang to creativity. Where one side contains looseness, ease, and intoxication, the other side is discipline. Pure, unconditional, and sober discipline. Jocko [...]

A Navy Seal On Finding Freedom2019-05-29T08:41:00-08:00

Walt Disney On “What’s Wrong With The World”


That’s me holding it down in Disney Prison, circa 2016. If you’ve ever visited Disneyland as an adult, you know this: It’s impossible to frown on the Matterhorn. You might also notice that it's [...]

Walt Disney On “What’s Wrong With The World”2019-05-29T08:41:03-08:00

How To Not Smoke Your Own Crack


In our last post, we talked about Steve Martin and the usefulness of being delusional while chasing our dreams. It's equally important, however, to never become blind to reality. Richard Feynman was a Nobel prize winning [...]

How To Not Smoke Your Own Crack2019-05-29T08:41:07-08:00

Steve Martin’s Delusions of Grandeur


Before Steve Martin became an international sensation, he spent 20 years floundering in tiny clubs.There were ten years of learning and another ten years of mediocre results until he reached the critical mass that would propel him [...]

Steve Martin’s Delusions of Grandeur2019-05-29T08:41:11-08:00

John Muir And The Stoics Take A Nature Walk


Few men have captured the magnificence of nature through the written word like explorer and preservationist, John Muir. It was during his first trip to Alaska in 1879 that he stumbled upon Glacier Bay and was [...]

John Muir And The Stoics Take A Nature Walk2019-05-29T08:41:19-08:00

Thomas Edison’s Imagination Superhighway


There’s little irony that the man who forever disrupted our internal clocks wasn’t a fan of going to sleep. In 1922, Thomas Edison wrote in his diary: “The man who sleeps eight or ten hours a [...]

Thomas Edison’s Imagination Superhighway2019-05-29T08:41:23-08:00

Why It Took James Cameron 50 Years To Make Avatar


We’ve talked before about taking action with our ideas right away. But it’s worth mentioning that the other side of inspiration is patience. Just ask world renown director, James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator, Aliens, Avatar). After being sued [...]

Why It Took James Cameron 50 Years To Make Avatar2018-09-26T00:44:17-08:00

What Do You Do When Inspiration Strikes?


Henry David Thoreau once wrote, perhaps to himself, “Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He [...]

What Do You Do When Inspiration Strikes?2018-09-26T00:37:07-08:00