16 1 / 2014

I need this tattooed on me somewhere. I will have failed my team and myself if I am NOT doing these things everyday: 

  1. Evangelizing..
  2. Removing roadblocks..
  3. Growing the business-side..
  4. Networking..

04 1 / 2014

It teaches me that there’s a time to come to your mat..

And there’s a time to get OFF the mat.

And what I mean by that, is that at the beginning of each practice, it usually starts in some pose where you’re “grounding” yourself and creating alone time. With all the outside distractions of the world (work, errands, stress, etc), this is exactly what you need - a place to just lie down, forget the world, and be with yourself.

Then you go through the next excruciating 45 minutes of bending in ways your body shouldn’t bend (but it does) and holding poses that look simplistically easy (but really aren’t).

Then, near the end, you’re back on your mat. BUT YOU’RE NOT DONE! There’s bridges and wheels and all sorts of madness and this is where you really have to push yourself to get back OFF the mat.

And that’s EXACTLY how life is. You’re gonna get knocked down in life and be on the “mat” but g’damnit, if you want to succeed you better get your arse up “off the mat” and keep pushing.

And that’s why I love Yoga. It calms me in the beginning by allowing me to forget the outside world and then forces me to fight back when I don’t want to fight anymore.

(Added note: There was probably definitely a time when I would have been ashamed to admit my addiction to yoga because it kinda has an effeminating effect but whatever, it’s awesome. Namaste bitches.)

02 1 / 2014

I’ve started to experiment with the average work week because…

  1. I don’t believe in a “5-day work week”
  2. I’ve learned over the years that I become irritable after working TOO MANY consecutive days in a row (through weekends/etc)
  3. I have the freedom to experiment right now

So what I’ve done is turned my Sunday and Wednesday into my “weekends” while the rest of the days are work days. This allows me to…

  • Break the work week into 2 manageable chunks where I can reset in between them and still hit it hard for a “normal” 5-day work week
  • Prevent the “Friday” feeling that comes after working 5 days straight
  • Push many errands and social events to my Wednesdays or Sundays while allowing my “work days” to 100% be focused on WORK.
  • Make my Saturday feel ridiculously more productive (however, it did provide a classic idiotic dhour moment when I was talking to a beautiful stranger and she asked what my plans were that night and I said “working”. She asked me again in shock and I said the same thing. SMH. So. Stupid. George Costanza anyone?)

I’ve been at it a couple of weeks so far and can say that it’s been great!

I still believe in working 6-7 days a week but “work” now means more than focusing on my startup.  Work means 3 things to me - actual work, mental health work, and physical work. For my actual work to be at max productivity, I need my mental health and physical health to be at its maximum also. There used to be a time when I ONLY focused on actual work (and I still do sometimes) but I’m always reminded how important work in other aspects of my life are from this quote below… 

We need to remember the value of nothing. It’s like breathing; you can’t inhale all day.

02 1 / 2014

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Voluntary Unemployment, put simply = Freedom.

What I’ve learned in the first few weeks of voluntary unemployment / self-employment, is that this freedom thing is both good AND bad.

How is it good? I can work when I want, how I want, and with who I want.

How is it bad? The day can really easily get away from you. Like, REALLY EASILY.

So how do you achieve “good” freedom? SELF-DISCIPLINE.

It sounds so corny and so simple but when you have no constraints on your day and no one to answer to, boy-oh-boy is it easy to procrastinate. 

So, for me, self-discipline has manifested itself in these two ways… 1) “house rules” and 2) a strict/regulated schedule with some gamification implications.

And as Tony Hale once said on Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show:

As much as we like freedom, we like parameters. We like to know what your vision is, what you want from us, and then we can play.

Here, Tony talks about the role and relationship between actor and director. Well, when you’re self-employed, you’re both so you have to create your own parameters.

26 12 / 2013

Dave Chappelle (video link):

My dad takes me outside and he’s like “listen,” and this is some advice that applies to all you acting students (entrepreneurs), he says “to be an actor (entrepreneur) is a lonely life, everybody wants to make it and you might not make it” and I said to my dad “Well that depends on what making it is dad,” smart ass kid, “that depends on what making it is dad,” he says “what do you mean?”

I said “You’re a teacher, if I can make a teacher’s salary doing comedy (entrepreneurial things), I think that’s better than being a teacher.”

(Now, let’s not get it twisted, trying to build a giant here, but I personally believe this is the mindset you need to have going into ANY line of work. Otherwise, you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons.)

26 12 / 2013

18 12 / 2013

Hmm… So my good friend Sean Sperte of Tagboard said something that stuck with me the other day: “I wish we took more pictures when we first started out.”

So, whether my entrepreneurial ventures fail or prosper (I’ll go into detail later about my definition of “prosper”), I’m taking Sean’s words to heart and am going to make sure I have some life learnings and proper takeaways from this new little adventure of mine.

So, if you’re so inclined to follow along and read this, please excuse my terrible writing skills and my far from fancy vocabulary (despite going to the former #1 high school in California - shoutout Whitney High!).

And…

26 6 / 2013

Some wise words from Dame Julie.

(Source: lejazzhot)

14 4 / 2013

"My dad takes me outside and he’s like “listen,” and this is some advice that applies to all you acting students, he says “to be an actor is a lonely life, everybody wants to make it and you might not make it” and I said to my dad, “Well that depends on what making it is dad,” smartass kid, “that depends on what making it is dad,” he says “what do you mean?” I said “You’re a teacher, if I can make a teacher’s salary doing comedy, I think that’s better than being a teacher,” and he started laughing and he said “if you keep that attitude I think you should go.”"

David Chappelle (via euphoricwanderlust)

31 3 / 2013