Your world will change dramatically when you stop focusing on what you can’t do and start focusing on what you can.

Zero Dean

Author | Photographer | CG Artist | Filmmaker

Sensible sacrifices

Social media servitude

Social media servitude

The moment you begin creating content just to feed the machine that is social media, is the moment you become its servant.

If you want to save yourself from burnout or losing sight of what really matters in life, focus on creating content that satisfies your needs, not the machine’s.

Otherwise, you run the risk of being manipulated into creating content & acting in ways that don’t accurately represent who you are or who you want to be. And when this happens, no amount of likes is going to make you happy.

Because the truth is, that in the grand scheme of things, it’s not likes that really matter, it’s the quality of the connection between you, your work, and who you share it with that matters. Potent beats popular.

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Telling people what you plan to do

Telling people what you plan to do

Reminder:

You don’t have to tell people what you plan to do. You can just do it — or not do it. Especially if you have a habit of contradicting yourself.

The same applies to making emotionally triggered ultimatums that may not be adhered to when you’ve calmed down.

The confidence, happiness & success show

If you really love yourself, you don’t have to make a show of how much you love yourself. This also applies to confidence, success & happiness.

Some of the most insecure people on the planet are standing in a spotlight hoping you won’t notice that they’re the one holding it.

When what you are & how you feel is genuine, you don’t have to make a show of it because authenticity is effortless and is evident by how you act & carry yourself.

When you truly are what you are, how you act & your way of being is an effortless extension of the truth.

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The confidence, happiness & success show

The confidence, happiness & success show

Staying true to you

People who don’t know you will often — and innocently — view and treat you like someone you’re not. It’s not your responsibility to conform to their vision. Having integrity means staying true to you, not conforming to other people’s expectations because it keeps them comfortable.

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Staying true to you

Comparing yourself to others

Comparing yourself to others is just another way of judging people — including yourself. The less you do it, the happier you are likely to be.

You’re not here to follow someone else’s path & they’re not here to follow yours. Stay on target by focusing on your path, not others’.

Comparing yourself to others

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People in groups

People in groups are notoriously stupid – not because any individual is, but because people blindly trust & follow group consensus instead of their own common sense.

This is proven by social media every second and you are not immune.

Of course – groups of people can yield amazing things. But whether the outcome/output of a group is considered positive or negative or successful (or not), it has little to do with whether group dynamics are at play or not. They are an incredibly powerful force & few are immune.

People in groups