Cartwheels Should Tell Us Something

The night I ended a four-year relationship, I slept like a rock.

I felt guilty. Like I should have been more devastated, more disturbed, busy counting dots on the ceiling, tossing and turning until the sun came up.

But when I woke up the next morning, rested and relieved for the first time in weeks, my body sent me a memo:

You made the right decision.Cartwheels should tell us something. Whether we quit a job, end a relationship or walk away from a lousy situation, if our legs are flying through the air, odds are, we’re on the path of truth.

Guilty or not, we still have to appreciate the rightness of every experience.

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Creativity Isn’t About What We Create

I’ve been playing, composing and performing original music since I was twelve.

And yet, despite natural talent, despite evolving confidence, despite explosive creativity and despite flowing support, it wasn’t until last week that I finally found the courage to release my music publicly.

That’s twenty years.

Twenty years of winking in the dark. Twenty years of being selfish with my art. Twenty years of dodging any form of feedback, believing that the theater of the mind is better. Twenty years of hiding my history behind a vault, keeping my feelings to myself, singing in corner, hoping to God nobody would walk in on me.

Until I couldn’t take it any more. I realized that had I lost touch with a part of myself. A part that was too essential to my makeup to ignore. A part that had a voice that couldn’t go unheard.

By not sharing my music, it didn’t really exist. By refusing to make my pain public, the scars could never fully heal. By not giving myself permission to express that side of my heart, there would always be a part of me that was still hiding from the world.

So I finally got over myself and shipped.

I released four different albums, recorded at four different stages of my life.

I took a stab into the unknown, threw myself blindly into the impossible and braved the gaze of the whole world, with teeth poised to bite into the fruits of my courage.

And it paid off instantly.

Not because people noticed. Not because fans downloaded. Not because I plan to go on forty city tour. But because the moment I saw those songs live, naked to the world in all their imperfect splendor, there was a piece of me, a piece that waited in the wings patiently for twenty years, that finally exhaled.

Creativity isn’t about what we create.

It’s about who we become by sharing what we create.

We did not come here to bury our music. And if we get our strength from hiding it from the world, nobody is every going to hear it.

Save the shovels for the gravedggers.

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The Treehouse And The Skyscraper

I had an idea for a treehouse and ended up building a skyscraper.

Never saw it coming. Never saw myself as much of an architect. But as I lean over the ledge and let my eyes tumble down the side of the glass, all the pieces fit.

This edifice, this thing that I have built with gallons of blood and sweat and whatever bodily fluid was required at the time, isn’t just some project, some arbitrary eruption.It’s a public index of my values.
It’s a tree on which the fruit of my bravery hangs.

What’s strange is – and I never thought I’d say this, but – twelve years later, I think I would be okay letting the city crumble to the ground.

As long as we come home together.

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Own your breath, nobody can steal your peace

Success morphs into failure when it comes too fast, too early and too abundantly.

I learned this the hard way when I was twenty-six and my left lung collapsed.

It’s called a pneumothorax, which is a fairly common incident among young, tall men in their late twenties. And although the doctor said it was sporadic, I chose to tell myself a different story. A story that would teach me a lesson I’d never forget:

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.

Develop a healthy relationship with your breath. While money loves speed, velocity creates stress, and stress kills people.

You have to honor what stops you. And if nothing stops you, stop yourself.Otherwise, you’ll never get over yourself.
Otherwise, you’ll become a victim of your own conviction.

It’s amazing how quickly humility shows up when you’re incapacitated in a hospital bed for six days with a tube in your chest whacked out on morphine experiencing multiple anxiety attacks.

Interestingly, it was my left lung that collapsed.

Directly underneath my nametag.

Who knew a sticker could be so heavy?

Maybe it’s not a nametag — it’s an anvil.

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The Gift that Costs Nothing, But Changes Everything

It costs nothing to encourage.

It’s gift we can give to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and change them forever. And it’s our responsibility to be dispensaries of encouragement to everyone we meet.

Let us give people permission to do something great. Let us throw people over the other side of the wall. Let us provide the spark that grows into an inferno. Let us take people’s hands and push them into the fire.

Let us give people a front row seat to their own genius. Let us believe in them more than they believe in themselves. Let us help people fall in love with themselves all over again. Let us leave people altered, refusing to let them stay where they are. That’s encouragement.

A gift that costs nothing, but changes everything.

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What happens when we make a decision?


There’s nothing harder than making a decision.

Decisions mean commitment, and every commitment has consequences.

But even though we’d rather dwindle indecisively for an eternity, artfully creating excuses why something won’t work, persistently telling ourselves stories about why we wouldn’t deserve it if it did work, eventually, we have to decide. We have to set a drop-dead date, cut the ropes and run.

Otherwise we waste our time trying to figure out whether the move is right. When the reality is, if we don’t commit, we’re always wrong.On the other hand, what happens when we make a decision?

Everything.

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Portrait of a Modern Career

It’s tempting to covet other people’s careers.

Especially when we see them doing things we’d like to be doing.

But the reality is, we can’t have another person’s career any more that we can have another person’s hair. Their history, their trajectory and their motivations are theirs and theirs alone.

Even if we did try to copy their path and plug our variables into their equations, we’d still come out with a different result. Like taking Pemberton’s recipe for Coke and mixing it ourselves, we’d always produce our own unique flavor of soda. Every time.

But that’s the beauty of the modern career: It’s the river we can’t step in twice.

With global shifts in economics, technology, culture and population, there are as many career paths as there are people to take them. No two are exactly alike. And if we want to support each other in our mutual endeavors, we need to greet each other’s careers with affirmation, not envy. We need to treat each other’s careers as a source of inspiration, not frustration.

That way, instead of bastardizing our life into a cover song of another person’s music, we craft our careers into the limited editions that they were meant to be.

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What’s Your Relationship Bandwidth?

People come in and out of our lives everyday.

Some stick around a few minutes, some stick around forever.

And what’s amazing is how much they can impact our life, even if they’re only part of it for a short while. Strangers on the bus, neighbors down the street, roommates for a semester, lovers over the summer, guests at a hotel – when we meet someone we like, someone who brings us to life and makes us feel better about ourselves, part of us is frustrated that they can’t be in our lives for a longer period of time.

If only we’d met one year earlier, we think.
If only we’d done a better job staying in touch, we think.

But that’s the wrong attitude. That’s the scarcity mentality that doesn’t serve us.Instead of fantasizing about what life might have been if that person was still living down the street from us, instead of kicking ourselves for not being better friends, let’s be thankful we were lucky enough to have had a relationship in the first place. Let’s honor the place that person had in our history instead of apologizing for not being better at returning phone calls.

Because despite our best efforts – even despite our hyper-connected society – it’s hard to stay friends with everybody. There’s only so much social bandwidth available. Some relationships have an expiration date, and we have to learn to be okay with that.

It doesn’t mean we’re insincere people.
It doesn’t mean we’re bad at relationships.
It doesn’t negate the good times we had together.

It just means that life happens. People get busy.

With the population nearing seven billion, this minor transgression is certainly forgivable.

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The Only Thing We’re Waiting For

We have all the ideas we can handle.
We have all the support we can get.
We have all the tools we can use.

That’s not the problem.

What we lack is the initiative. The capacity to execute. The willingness to stand naked before the world and give it our best shot, even if we fall flat on our face.

What we lack is the will to make the decision, right now, that we are going stop sitting on our hands and go, go, go.

That’s the currency. That’s the scarcest resource we have.

In a world where we have everything we need to begin, the only thing left, the only thing we’re waiting for, is permission.What’s hard is, nobody is going to give it to us. They can’t. Only we can give it to ourselves.

But what’s neat is, nobody is going to stop us either. So in that moment when we decide to act without restriction, to listen to our deepest desires and plunge into the burning heart of uncertainty, it’s surprising how few people stand in our way.

Forget about the idea – it’s all about the “I did.”

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The Problem with Compartmentalization

How do we balance it all?

It’s not just productivity, creating environments free from distraction that open up our capacity to start and finish what matters.

It’s not just structure, building regiment and blank time into our schedule that allow us to alternate between focus and freestyle.

It’s not just energy, expanding our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bandwidth so we can support the exertion life requires.

It’s not just permission, refusing to addict ourselves to preparation, planning, perfection, proficiency and permission.It’s not just identity, knowing who we are, what we do and why we matter, so decisions are easier and quicker.

It’s not just commitment, jumping in with both feet and playing for keeps so discipline becomes a non-issue.

It’s not just persistence, relentlessly ignoring voices that don’t matter and feedback that isn’t helpful to our journey.

It’s not just diversification, allocating our creative attention to a broad range of symbiotic endeavors.

The big win is when we stop with the boxes. When we realize that living a logically divided, perfectly compartmentalized existence isn’t sustainable or realistic.

That way, everything is everything, all the time, everywhere.

And there’s nothing to balance.

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