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Zero Dean

Author | Photographer | CG Artist | Filmmaker

Remember this day

Remember this day

Remember this day

Remember this day as a fresh start. A new beginning. A clean slate. An optimistic look forward. Remember this day as a day of hope. A day of unlimited possibilities. A day of immeasurable potential. Remember this day as an occasion to learn. A day to improve. A day to get things right.

Remember this day as an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life. A day to have a lasting positive impact on those you come in contact with. A day to lead by example.

Remember this day is a symbol. Because this day, this moment, and every moment that follows is an opportunity to not only be the type of person you want to be, but the type of person you want to be remembered as.

This day is not just a fresh start that comes but once a year, it comes every day — every moment you exist. This day is your life. And this day and all the days that follow are your legacy.

No one has more of an impact on this day and every day that follows in your life than you do. Make it a good one.

Originally published Jan 1, 2015

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As one year ends and another begins…

As one year ends and another begins...

As one year ends and another begins, let us move forward with an open mind, an open heart, and enduring hope for the wondrous possibilities that lie before us.

But let us do so wisely and without blinders on.

Because although the year ahead may be great, it will not be without its challenges. We will be tested in ways we cannot foresee. But with every challenge comes an opportunity for us to demonstrate our strength, patience, tolerance, and resolve.

Every surprise that the coming year has in store for us is an opportunity to show that we’ve grown. That we’re stronger. And that we are ever bridging the gap between the person we are and the person we wish to be.

Let us remember that it is through the process of overcoming challenges that we develop strength. And that every time we face temptation, heartache, friction, or failure it is an opportunity for us to act in ways that we can be proud of.

No matter what life has in store for us, let this be a year of love, encouragement, and forgiveness — of others and ourselves.

Let it see us act bravely, boldly, and taking consistent action towards our goals. Let it see us correct our bad habits and add to our good ones — making us healthier, happier, and more capable of living the kind of life we desire. Let is see us push forward into the new year knowing that we are not only capable of handling every adversity that lies ahead, we can do so in a way that makes us better.

And because we know that life isn’t always easy, let us remember to not just be there for those that we know, but also for those that we don’t.

Happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Zero Dean

Originally published: Dec 29, 2016

Happy New Year.

Wishes for the New Year

May the new year bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments, and joyful experiences. May your positive actions & attitude inspire others.

May the new year bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments, and joyful experiences. May your positive actions & attitude inspire others.

May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges. May you find yourself in high spirits & excellent health. May you love with all your heart and find peace in even the most turbulent of times.

May the love you give find its way back to you. And may you forever be filled with the hope & strength necessary to make your dreams a reality.

Sincerely,
Zero Dean

Originally published on: Dec 30, 2013

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May your coming days be filled with memorable moments…

May your coming days be filled with memorable moments...

May your coming days be filled with memorable moments and positive life experiences. May you find the strength and determination to overcome challenges and persevere through tough times. May you find pleasure in simple things and encounter love & joy in unexpected places. May you leave the world a better place for having been a part of it.

And may you not only have a great day, may you help make it great for those you encounter.

Originally published July 7, 2014

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Prioritizing possessions over experiences

Be very careful when it comes to prioritizing possessions over experiences. A capitalistic society will often encourage the acquisition of more and more stuff without regard to whether it’s truly needed.

Always remember that the cost of owning more stuff not only involves the purchase price, it also involves the resources to store and maintain it.

When your possessions begin to restrict you from doing things that you could easily do if you didn’t own them, the cost of ownership is your freedom.

We often look at what people own as a marker of how successful they are, but a far more accurate measure is whether a person’s lifestyle provides them with the freedom to do what they truly want to do.

Prioritizing possessions over experiences

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News about my new book (and more)

Quick update

Hey everybody! It’s been a while… I figured I was overdue in providing an update on what’s going on around these parts…

For those who don’t know, I’ve spent the better part of a year working almost exclusively on a new book.

While it isn’t Lessons Learned From The Path Less Traveled Volume 2, I think that anyone who found value in my first book will appreciate the new one. It is very similar in many ways and will fit very well within the Lessons Learned From The Path Less Traveled series.

I’ll have more news to share about this new book in the coming months. I will also be inviting people to get an early look at the content in order to provide feedback (and possibly contribute something of your own for inclusion in the book). So stay tuned.

Re-starting up an “old” project

Way back in what seems like an eternity ago (August 2019), I departed Southern California in order to interview people across the USA for a video documentary (and podcast) series about resilience and hope.

Unfortunately, six months later the world went sideways when the pandemic hit and I had to put that project on hiatus.

But now that things appear to be getting closer to normal, I will once again be picking up this project and resuming my travels. I don’t yet have an itinerary or, frankly, anyone lined up to interview yet… but once I do, I’ll be sure to share the news. And if you think you know someone who might be interested in this project, please send them to FTPLT.com and have them get in touch!

Thank you for your support

As always, thanks for reading — and thanks for your support. I am happy that you are a part of my journey and I wish you nothing but the best on yours.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, here’s how.

Zero Dean

Let them go

It is not your job to try to make everyone love what you post. And making it your job will inevitably result in posting content that leaves you unsatisfied and unfulfilled.

People who are not into what you post or create are not your problem and it isn’t your responsibility to please them. Let them go.

Put your energy into creating content that pleases you and those who like it will find you and appreciate you for it.

When you do this, you’ll never have to worry about confining yourself to other people’s expectations. Stop trying to be someone else and just focus on being the best you that you can be.

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Don’t wait to appreciate

It is perfectly acceptable to be proud of your progress on the way to your goal. You can enjoy your journey before you reach your destination. And you can be grateful your life as it is, plot twists and all.

Don’t wait to appreciate.

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Making what you’re inspired to make

Sometimes I get really inspired by the amazing & creative things I see shared online. It makes me want to try to share creative things as well. But then I sometimes hear a voice in my head that says, “What’s the point of even trying? You’ll never produce anything as good as that.” or “You’re so less skilled and so far behind everyone else, why even start?”

The reason I share this is to let you know that if you sometimes battle with a voice like that, you’re not alone. And while I hear the voice more often than I’d like to — and it sometimes slows me down — I refuse to let it deter me from ultimately doing what I want to do.

And you shouldn’t either. Even if you feel behind. And even if you feel like you’re bad at what it is you want to do. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Part of living life to the fullest means making what you’re inspired to make simply because you were inspired to make it.

There is a sense of satisfaction that comes with being able to look at something and say, “I made this.” But you’ll never hear yourself say it if you listen to the voice that stops you from starting. So stop listening to that voice and start listening to the one that says, “Do it anyway.” And realize, even if your goal is to share what you create, you’re not really doing it for others. You’re doing it for you.

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Expertise and avoiding vs overcoming problems

I don’t consider myself an expert in anything. Everything I share online and write about in my books is a reflection of something I’ve had to work on to overcome, or in many cases, is something I’m still working on. No matter how much we think we know, there’s always room for improvement.

It is a mistake to think that just because you’ve learned a lesson that it won’t trip you up again multiple times in life.

What life experience provides isn’t necessarily a way to avoid problems, but rather, the confidence of knowing that you can overcome them.

Expertise and avoiding vs overcoming problems

Expertise and avoiding vs overcoming problems