Why Narcissism Is Sometimes Necessary

Why Narcissism Is Sometimes Necessary

September 29, 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. … These days, people are lauded for being self-obsessed. Vanity is rampant. Superficiality is rewarded and praised. Our deep interconnectedness is often pushed aside in place of feeling more “special” than others. Any victory is an independent one, not community-shared. We are successful because we worked hard. We are wealthy because we earned it. We are deserving of this or that–because, well, its us. What other reason would we need to be deserving? We are entitled. We are smug. We are spoiled. The age of “me” has arrived. We are, officially, the “selfie-generation.” Narcissism Run Rampant Lately, I have encountered the worst of the selfie-generation. I have encountered so […]

Ollin’s Birthday Sweepstakes Contest: Enter To Win A FREE Amazon Kindle Paperwhite!

Ollin’s Birthday Sweepstakes Contest: Enter To Win A FREE Amazon Kindle Paperwhite!

September 23, 2014

Happy Tuesday courageous creators! My name is Chris, and I am the new Community Manager for The C2C. I’ll be helping Ollin manage his blog. I just wanted to let you know that from now until October 3rd we have a special sweepstakes for C2C followers in celebration of Ollin’s Birthday which takes place on September 28, 2014. The THREE giveaways will be: A free Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eBook Reader A free kindle version of The Courage to Live by Ollin Morales A free kindle version of The Heart Mender by Ollin Morales In order to qualify for the prizes, you must: 1. Like the C2C Facebook page: http://goo.gl/uwchnu 2. Follow @OllinMorales on Twitter: http://goo.gl/FlP3Ha 3. Subscribe to www.thecourage2create.com (click the sheet of paper icon on the far right side of the menu on this website’s home page, and enter your email in the subscribe pop-up menu) 4. Write a blog post sharing what you like about the C2C and a link to your favorite C2C blog post. If you […]

How To Develop A Good Theme For Your Story

How To Develop A Good Theme For Your Story

September 22, 2014

“[T]he imagination loves symbol because it recognizes that inner divinity can only find expression in symbolic form. The symbol never gives itself completely to the light.” – John O’ Donohue Themes are all around us. Whether the theme be heartbreak, regret, mortality, war, hunger, joy, companionship, destruction, change, reconciliation or letting go—each theme carries with it certain symbols, and each symbol can guide us in understanding what each theme is trying to tell us, and what lesson we are expected to master in that particular moment of time. My job as narrator and storyteller is to observe and point out the themes that are currently being experienced by humanity. I take each theme and apply symbols to it—symbols are images or physical representations that help to illuminate the abstract truths being taught through the theme and which, in turn, help guide us to mastering the theme of the moment. Themes are not just for writing, they are for life too. […]

Unblocking Sessions

Unblocking Sessions

September 15, 2014

Hey courageous creators, I wanted to inform you that I am now offering one-on-one unblocking sessions to readers of the C2C. This is an attempt to address a need I have been noticing for sometime now: many of you have, over the years, come to me with creative and life challenges that I know a mere blog post or even just an eBook is not enough to help solve. The purpose of these one-on-one sessions with me is to help you uncover your purpose in this life and to help you “unblock” yourself so that you may begin to follow your passion on a day-to-day basis. My theories and practices are all outlined in my eBook The Courage To Live, which you may purchase here. (A good way to see if the unblocking sessions are a good fit for you is to read the book and see if my approach suits you and fits your lifestyle.) If you are interested in […]

3 Ways to Restore Your Creative Energy (When Your Day Job Has Sucked Every Last Drop of It)

3 Ways to Restore Your Creative Energy (When Your Day Job Has Sucked Every Last Drop of It)

September 15, 2014

“Hey Ollin, I have a full-time job that sucks out all my energy so that when I get back home, all I want to do is sleep and avoid doing ANY kind of work. How can I still be creative and follow my passion in my situation? It all seems impossible. HELP!” Let’s get real: many of us do not have the luxury of being able to be creative all day, all week and all year long. Many of us—well, most of us—have day jobs that we basically need to put a roof over our heads and pay the bills. But, as many of us have discovered, the day job that was supposed to help supplement our income, and allow us to have some stress-free downtime in order to engage in our passion, has basically used up all the creative energy we have—so there’s none left over for our passion. I’ve been able to find a solution to this very […]

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