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– Putting in hard work vs. knowing when to call it quits
– Manifesting and setting intentions
– Hot or cold; be not lukewarm or I will spit you out
– First question to ask yourself: do you believe in what you are doing?
– What happened when Thomas attempted to turn his script into a graphic novel
– Art matching where the story goes
– Abandoning a project that you have already told people you are working on
– When you have multiple projects, finding the one you care about most
– Why ‘doing what you love’ for a living may be total bulls***
– The actual hard work is finding the nexus point where your skills meet something that you enjoy or could be passionate about that is also lucrative
– Identifying the thing you can package and monetize is a huge skill
– Not what you love the most, but what is the greatest expression of you?
– What do you want to spend your time doing?
– When was the last time you woke up excited to do the work ahead of you
– If someone can live a certain experience, then you can too (within reason)
– Happiest when creating something
– Integrity: when thoughts, actions and words are in alignment
– Cycle of a project will naturally hit a plateau
– How patience may be the key and the hindrance
– Thomas Edison’s example of not giving up after hundreds of attempts and failures
– Seth Godin calls this work/creative plateau ‘the dip’ and Steven Pressfield calls it ‘resistance’
– Using exercises from Godin’s ‘Ship it’ journal to ask questions about your creative endeavor, like what does perfect look like?
– Gift and curse of thinking too much
– Becoming the guy you were once so proud not to be, i.e. for Nic, becoming someone “chained” to their computer with work
– Thomas has found a few things that work to snap out of a funk, like very cold water, or very difficult exercise
– The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by M. J. DeMarco (book and audiobook)
– The Joe Rogan Experience podcast #789 Dan Auerbach, musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys
– Previous DC Episode 18: Having Hope [insert link]
– Ship it: a Little Pamphlet for People Who Can, by Seth Godin
– Genius Brain Power binaural beats program