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

Let them go

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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Let them go

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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Don't wait to appreciate

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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Social media manipulation

If you’re not posting what you truly want to post on social media, but are instead posting things based on what you think will garner the most likes or engagement, you may think you’re manipulating the system, but the fact is, you’re the one being manipulated.

When you skip the opportunity to post what actually speaks to you, but instead post based on what you think will be popular, you’re playing into the hands of social media companies who have trained you to do their bidding.

Social media manipulation

Use it or lose it

I spent nearly 10 years paying to store things I eventually got rid of. And all the money I spent on storage could’ve paid to re-acquire the things I stored. In the end, I spent a lot of money to learn that if you don’t use it, there’s a good chance you don’t actually need it.

“I’m keeping this because I’m going to do something with it.” is one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves.

If we’re not careful, the things we own often end up owning us.

If you don’t use it, get it to someone who will.

Use it or lose it

Use it or lose it

Meaningful travel

 

Meaningful travel

In the modern world, it’s relatively easy to go almost anywhere. Checking a box off a list doesn’t make it meaningful.

It isn’t the number of countries you’ve been to that make you interesting, it’s the meaningful experiences you’ve had, the lessons you’ve learned along the way, and the stories you have to share that do.

If your impetus to travel is just to tick off boxes, rather than to seek out meaningful and life-changing experiences, you’re kind of missing the point.

It’s not the number of places you’ve been to or how far you’ve traveled to get there that actually matters, it’s what made your journey meaningful along the way that does.

Have the courage to be different

Have the courage to be different

It’s better to have the courage to be different than be the type of person who makes fun of people for having the courage to be different.

One reflects strength & bravery, the other reflects weakness & fear.

If you’re different, be proud of that shit.

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