You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

November 24, 2014

I am often underestimated because of the way I look. People assume my pleasant demeanor as a sign of my weakness and gullibility, and my youthful appearance as a sign of my inexperience and immaturity. When people get to know me they are often surprised at how determined and ruthless I can be and how much more mature and wise I am than how I look. Appearances by their very nature are deceiving and by looking only on the outside you will set yourself up for failure because you will underestimate others constantly, and they, in turn, will get the upper hand on you. Instead of judging a book by its cover, then, always hold back your assessment of others until their actions reveal to you who they really are. Why Beauty Is In “The Actions Of The Beheld” What if beauty is not what we always thought it was? What if beauty is not something we can look at […]

Why Wisdom Is More Valuable Than Youth

Why Wisdom Is More Valuable Than Youth

November 17, 2014

“Love alone is a kind of reality with no manifestation, since love makes itself manifest in wisdom; and wisdom without love is like a manifestation with no reality, since wisdom is a manifestation of love.” – Emmanuel Swedenborg As I grow older, I’m surprised that I don’t have the same kind of terror associated with age that I’m told I’m supposed to have. Instead of feeling terrified because I’m closer to death, or that I’ve not accomplished my dreams yet, I feel so much more confident and happy than I expected I would be. I think it’s because I know more—I am wiser. I value this wisdom because I did a lot of stupid things when I was younger, and I also wasted far too much of my time on things that did not truly matter. Today, the things that younger people freak out about, don’t even phase me, and it makes me chuckle to think I ever worried about it. […]

The Shy Writer’s Guide To Networking

The Shy Writer’s Guide To Networking

November 10, 2014

This post is a part of an ongoing series entitled MIP (Man In Progress).After my 25th Birthday I decided to improve three aspects of my life, my physical well-being, my romantic relationships, and my writing career. My philosophy is that a writer’s work and his life are irrevocably intertwined and in order to improve one, we inevitably have to improve the other. … Creative people are often shy, introverted loners. And that’s why sometimes its hard for us to master one of the most important skills every creator needs to have in their arsenal: the ability to network. Personally, I’m naturally a shy, introverted, loner. Don’t get me wrong: I’m a fan of people in theory, but their actual physical presence can drive me bonkers. However, despite these issues, I’ve learned to adapt because I know networking is going to play a vital role in me achieving my dream. So, today, I’d like to share with you how I went from naturally shy to more […]

How To Avoid Getting Burned When Someone Tries To Take Advantage of Your Kind Heart

How To Avoid Getting Burned When Someone Tries To Take Advantage of Your Kind Heart

November 3, 2014

“The people who have done kindnesses based on a blind idea of goodwill do just as many kindnesses for the evil as for the good. The evil use the kindnesses to do evil things and harm good people. In that case, the benefactors share the responsibility for harming good people…” – Emanuel Swedenborg In my own experience, I have seen so many honest and good people fall into this trap: they believe that kindness must be bestowed to everyone in the world, regardless of how that person treats them in return. This approach almost always leads The Kind Person to be burned by someone who takes advantage of their kind heart. The Kind Person, having been burned for doing something good, gets angry and begins to erect walls and barriers around their kind heart and chooses to be less kind in general. The Problem With “Random Acts of Kindness” One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn is understanding that although […]

The Courageous Creator Manifesto

The Courageous Creator Manifesto

October 27, 2014

We, courageous creators, believe that life is an opportunity to create the life we want and create the kind of work we dream of one day sharing with the world. We believe that creativity is important and we thrive when we bring our ideas from the dark soil of mere musings to the bright light of physical reality. We do not fit into a box and we won’t let you put us into a box. We believe that we are more than our minds: we are body, we are heart, we are community and we are spirit—and we believe that all five parts of us must be cared for and nourished in order to truly honor our soul’s calling. We love to dream and we honor these dreams as sacred. We don’t let the haters bring us down, and, in fact, we use their negative energy to only lift us higher up. (I have found that your enemies, haters, and […]

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