Stop wasting your time living someone else’s idea of the ideal life.

Zero Dean

Author | Photographer | CG Artist | Filmmaker

"Think positive." No. Think intelligently.

“Think positive.” No. Think intelligently.

“Think positive.”


Think intelligently

  • Know what you want.
  • Believe it’s possible.
  • Create a strategy to achieve your desire.
  • Take action to make it happen.
  • Acknowledge obstacles & focus on solutions to overcome them.
  • Make mistakes & learn from them.
  • Refine your strategy as necessary.
  • And push forward.

Relying on chance and wishful thinking is not an effective way to dictate what happens to you — or because of you — in life.

Just because “think positive” is a nice thing to say doesn’t mean it’s going to do you any good. Without a strategy, “Think positive” is a meaningless catchphrase.

Think *intelligently* and take action.

It is through being kind, being compassionate, leading by example, and inspiring others with your actions that you will make a far bigger difference in your own life — and the lives of those around you — than you will if you just “think positive”.

Memes don’t change your life. *You* do when you know what you want and you act with intention.

“A person who has resolved to ‘think positive’ must constantly scan his or her mind for negative thoughts – there’s no other way that the mind could ever gauge its success at the operation – yet that scanning will draw attention to the presence of negative thoughts.” — Oliver Burkeman from The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking


Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled by Zero Dean

“One of the most counterproductive pieces of advice spewed from keynotes, gurus, and motivational speakers of every stripe is this: Think positively. Why? It’s not a one-size-fits-all guide to leadership (or life) and adds considerably to your stress load. Because you not only have to tackle the obstacles you’re already facing; you have to also wrestle any negative thoughts you have about them to the ground.” — Jan Bruce (Forbes contributor)