Life isn’t just about accomplishments. You don’t have to reach the top of a mountain to have a great story about trying to get there. Seek interesting experiences that make great stories.

Zero Dean

Author | Photographer | CG Artist | Filmmaker

The ocean has receded

The ocean has receded

A tsunami survivor is on the beach. They see the ocean recede into the distance and realize what it means.

So they start alerting people to what’s coming. But rather than listen, the people ask their friends what the water receding could mean. And their friends give them all kinds of answers. And many of them are reassuring.

“It’s a hoax.” “We haven’t had a tsunami for 100 years.” “I’m sure it will be fine.”

So they do very little when they could be doing a lot.

And then the tsunami comes.

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The ocean has receded

Is it the day or is it your attitude?

Happiness is not a choice — but whether you let something ruin your day is.

How you respond to life experiences and the attitude you harbor while doings so is entirely within your control.

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Is it the day or is it your attitude?

A challenger appears

Some people are going to help you. And some people are going to challenge you. And those people are helping you, too.

Whether — and how much — you grow from life experience and whether you allow them to hold you back or instead, you use them to push forward is largely up to you.

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A challenger appears

Work to be proud, not popular

Too many people spend too much time trying to be popular — or trying to produce popular things — an not enough time doing things that they’ll be proud of no matter the outcome is.

Being truly proud of your work and what you accomplish is rewarding regardless of its popularity.

Consistently doing — and seeking out things you can do that you’ll be proud of, no matter how things turn out — can be tremendously rewarding and will often increase one’s sense of self-worth and feelings about their life.

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Work to be proud, not popular

Work to be proud, not popular

Who it starts with

Kindness. Love. Respect. Compassion. Tolerance.

While you’re waiting for other people to put in the effort to show what you wish there was more of in the world, other people are doing the same — waiting.

It doesn’t start with them — it starts with you.

Who it starts with

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The shocking truth about people with different views

Shockingly, research indicates that it’s not just possible to express one’s views without being an asshole, it’s actually possible for people with different views to have an amiable relationship.

Sounds crazy, but it’s worth considering.

The shocking truth about people with different views

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Find what you love

If someone creates content — whether it’s music, videos, art, comics, or words — and you don’t like it, don’t understand it, or don’t find any value in it, maybe it wasn’t meant for you.

There are over 7.5 billion people on the planet — all with different preferences, opinions & levels of understanding — not everything anyone creates is intended for every single person on the planet.

It is perfectly possible to go in search of what you love in life without disparaging, mocking, or criticizing all the things you discover on your journey that you don’t.

Find what you love

Find what you love