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The Only Way To Survive Chaos

The Only Way To Survive Chaos

December 19, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2013. New posts return January 2nd 2017. Going to the beach in the summer time was just part of the upbringing of a typical Southern California boy. The mixture of the sand, sea salt, wind, and bonfire smoke was probably the first cologne that ever hung across my neck. When I was a kid, I remember going to the beach on one particular hot summer’s day. My family had settled on a spot on the sand, and once we had put down all of our stuff, my siblings and I stripped down to our swim shorts and bathing suits. Then we ran to the shore to meet up with the chaotic mystery that was the vast sea. It was deep and endless. Something we couldn’t even fathom. I remember I didn’t go all the way in. I kept near the shore with the other kids my age. Meanwhile, my siblings, proud and rebellious […]

How To Be More Disciplined

How To Be More Disciplined

November 28, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2013. New posts return January 2nd 2017. One of the most common questions that I receive from readers has to do with a word that, to be honest, I despise. That word is discipline. People always want to know how to be more disciplined in the writing process and in their lives. They see me and they think I am more “disciplined” than them. I try to explain to them that no, I am not more disciplined than them, and that I simply learned long ago that trying hard to be “disciplined” does not work. I try to explain to them that I am not more disciplined than them, I am simply more devoted. I use my devotion to my passion to motivate me in the long-term, and this deep devotion, in turn, makes me appear more “disciplined.” I think what confuses most people about discipline is that they think that […]

3 Steps To Finding (And Following) Your Calling In Life

3 Steps To Finding (And Following) Your Calling In Life

November 14, 2016

In my post 5 Common Myths People Have About Finding Their Passion, we went over the common misconceptions people have about figuring out your passion and following that passion. Today I want to talk about something very related to your passion but with a subtle–but important–difference. Today I would like to talk about how to figure out if something is your calling. The Difference Between Your Passion and Your Calling The differences between your passion and your calling are often razor-thin. A calling can be rooted in your passion, but your passion is not always your calling. First, we must admit that many of us have several different things we are passionate about. For example: I’m passionate about cooking, film, acting, dancing, singing, drawing, painting, and of course writing. But each of these passions means something different to me. My passion for cooking is more like a hobby, for instance. It’s a private thing I like to do for my […]

What Moves You The Most Right Now? Go With It.

What Moves You The Most Right Now? Go With It.

May 25, 2015

Editor’s note: this post was first published in 2011. New posts on The C2C return next week, Monday June 1st, 2015. … When we ask others: “Who should I be?” What we really want is for them to echo the whisper of our soul. We want them to tell us what moves us the most right now. But that’s a lot to expect of others. Because no one can ever tell you what truly moves you. But, still, we want someone to echo the whisper of our soul to us. Why? Because we don’t trust the whisper of our soul unless someone else echoes it. Because on its own, the whisper of our soul is hard for us to believe. So, we often deny this “internal prompt.” We ignore it. We think to listen to it is to be crazy. Unstable. Irresponsible. Wild. Out of the ordinary. We’ve been taught that to follow an artificial prompt is the only way […]

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