Self Development

The Journey of your Goals.

The Journey was a special edition episode that I made. It’s a short film/music video I guess? Anyway this episode was meant to accomplish 4 objectives:

Still from Episode 7: The Journey

 

  • Number one was to talk about how we focus to much on our goals when we should focus more on our process and enjoy the climb. I was inspired by a Gary Vaynerchuck video where he talks about the climb. Of course the tone and style of my video is completely different for Gary’s. Mine is obviously more leaning to the geek side and instead of the climb I called it the Journey. Yeah an original title I know.
  • Number two objective was to be as creative as possible and of course being a filmmaker I wanted to to something epic. It does not have a Lord of the Rings budget; heck, it does not even have a Lord of the Rings knock off budget. However it’s my baby and I love it, warts and all. I always talk about how not to let perfection get the best of you and how we need to take action always instead of waiting the stars to align.
  • Number three was to practice my craft in adobe after effects. Which is one of the big reasons I make these videos. To keep polishing my skills as a filmmaker. The book so good they can’t ignore you makes a strong case for homing your skills. I highly recommend reading that book for advancing any career.
  • Number four was for collaborating. I have always wanted to work with Sarah Danko. We tried to work in another project which didn’t took off. When I came about the idea of shooting The Journey of course I called her first. This is an example of both networking and collaborating to do incredible projects and I hope it inspire you to interact with more people. The more connections you have the higher chances you have of succeeding in any project. You don’t have to be an extrovert, but don’t let introversion stop you from connecting to other people.

That’s it I hope you enjoy the video and that it will inspire you on your own personal journey.

 

What can an introvert learn from The Walking Dead?

One of the first things you notice on this blog is a picture of Norman Reedus and myself from the Austin Comic Con. Needless to say I watch the show and I can’t wait for the mid-season premiere. My favorite thing to watch is the evolution of the characters. A fun thing in the show is watching the transition of some of them from being victims of their circumstances and rooting for them as they take control of their lives. It’s a great story arc.

I know for many people it’s just a fun zombie show; but for the truly geeky, this message of taking control of our lives should resonate with us very strongly. Because the zombie apocalypse is just a mirror of how we act in real life. That’s why George Romero made a mall the center of the plot in Dawn of the Dead.

How many times we have played the victim role? Many times it’s not that obvious, many times our experiences cloud so much our judgment that we don’t realize that we are not taking action and taking control of the situations at hand. We get stuck in figuring things out on our own and when that doesn’t work, we just give up because we get overwhelmed with our problems. Then we become more cynical and put psychological barriers in order to not face the truth that we are the ones who are causing our very own problems. Everyone at one point of their lives has done this, I know I have!

Just read the comments from any mainstream news outlet and you will read countless complaints of the involvement or lack of involvement of the government in the economy. I’ll tell you now that what separates the wheat from the chaff is focusing on the things that we can control. It’s pointless for the characters of the walking dead to blame the government for what has happened, because it would be a waste of time and it would probably cost them their lives.

The Walking Dead is a science fiction show, but how many pointless thoughts and petty discussions we have that are actually wasting our time that can be spent other wise in increasing our quality of life. Sadly that’s how many people live these days. Blaming the government, blaming capitalism, blaming socialism, blaming schools, family, spouse, etc…

Now my hope with this blog is that you can use it in a very practical way, that you can realize the tiny habits and systems are ways of taking control of our lives to help improve our jobs and our quality of life. This is meant for people who are more likely to take action like Rick Grimes who accepts that his world has gone to the crapper, but makes the best of it and tries to have a better quality of life. In the next article I’ll discuss the meaningful steps you can take for taking control and move forward with your goals. For now just think of at least one thing in your life that you would like to finally take control and just for fun tell me who is you’re favorite character in the walking dead?