A New Habit: Writing Wednesday 002

Well, a week’s gone by and rather than what could have happened (failure) I made it. I got another 1000 word piece done over on Medium for #WritingWednesday I’m linking to it below. Also have a new video I’m editing right now but you can also check out My First Day On Snapchat (and follow Multitude 277 for the real moments of this journey as they happen)

 

 

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Thank you for reading and as always please leave a comment below or reach out to me and let me know what you like or don’t like about my creative expressions.

One Video Every Week for a Year, the Brendon Burchard #52WkVideoChallenge.

I have a new major priority that actually aligns pretty nicely with my Renaissance pursuits. Making and publishing one video every week for a whole year. Minimum one video, but I really need to be doing more than just one. Why am I making this a priority? And, what will I make my videos about? I am making this a priority for a few reasons, so I’ll explain the context of this priority.

After my totally life changing, amazing experience at World’s Greatest Speaker Training I was and still am committed. Committed to actually doing this, going for my dreams. More so now than ever. A final call to action at WGST was from Brendon Burchard directly: Make a video every week for a year. My life will change just from that process, but he also added a reward: do that and he will share your message to his over 3 Million Fans on Facebook. Fortunately this aligns with what I really want to do and if you’ll look on My Renaissance Defined (linkTK) then you’ll see the desire to make videos and understand production from all aspects. That’s what some of my first learning curves have been. There’s a lot of quality work I need to practice.

What You Need to Know:

1.My Videos Will be released every Sunday for Brendon’s Challenge.

2. I’ll repost some of the videos on my blog, but I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube if you want to be first to see the whole evolution.

3. I created a hashtag #52WkVideoChallenge that I’ll be using on Twitter Meerkat, Periscope, and Instagram

4. These videos ARE going to get better. Bare with me as I learn everything.

This is my first video—it’s a discussion about how much practice this takes and the expectations I had that I didn’t meet in doing my first video. Please watch it and let me know what you think in the comments below. (Full Disclosure: my opinion is that I can always do better at this point in my learning journey, so it ain’t great—to put it mildly)

For my second video, I decided to create a video about my top takeaways from the amazing experience at World’s Greatest Speaker. I forgot my notes when we got to location (I had two friends help me on this one), and went off the top of my head. Probably not the best, but for me the great thing about video 2 is the location we found. It displays my city in graffiti, and the size of the DALLAS is about the size of a small to average stage that I will one day end up on. This is great for me to work on and evaluate my movements on stage (as Bo Eason specialized in) and noticing repetitive expressive patterns (wordTK). I do hope that you can get some value from watching my second video—I share many truths that I was given by some master Orators and performers. Check it out and let me know your feedback. EDIT: Forgot to mention how bad the sound is. I had a handheld mic but it was windy so I had to edit out the wind in Adobe Audition (still not great at sound editing).

Did you watch either video? Have a comment or question, let me know. I’m going to be creating many more and I will often MeerKat (@multitude27) and Periscope (@multitude27)  behind the scenes material which has been pretty funny, and maybe somewhat insightful.

Thank you for reading and watching. Wait until you see what I’ve got planned.

Where I stand in 2013

This post is basically an inventory and brief summary of where I stand in each category of achievement that’s requisite to achieving my own version of success.

Every so often it’s good to take a step back, analyze progress (or stagnation), and make adjustments.

Learning Languages:

Japanese:

– Read hiragana and katakana but writing needs work

-An ear for pronunciation

-Limited vocabulary

Spanish:

-Decent pronunciation

-Kitchen Vocabulary

-Bad words

-Sounding out reading, but lack comprehension

French:

-Conjugating regular verbs

-Ear for pronunciation/conversation

-Latent vocabulary & reading/writing from high-school.

Business(es):

-I have some great start-up ideas swirling around.  I’m very confident in 3/10 of the ideas, but have yet to take any action towards launch or lean launch.

-Potential for a pop-up restaurant is high. I have a good network within the hospitality industry, and the market is prime for a great pop up.

-My dreams of film/TV production are simply dreams right now.

-Using apps and technology to automate income is similar to my start-up ideas; no action has been taken towards realization other then capturing ideas on paper. I’ve got one rock solid idea though, and about 8 mediocre ones.

-Developing a school would be a legacy project, and I’ve yet to build the requisite resources or fully master many teachable skills.

Health and Fitness:

-The quest for the six-pack is ongoing. Starting to lean out and loose the last 5% body fat that it takes. (for progress shots see my Instagram)

-Personal trainer certification is a goal for the next 90 days. Studying between 4-10 hours a week.

-Healthy eating is becoming a passion. making better choices and structuring a diet based on nutritional benefit and balance is something I study between 5-10 hours a week.

-Yoga has helped me immensely since I started 2 years ago. I’m still not as flexible as I’m striving for, but quite an improvement. Always end my training sessions with yoga/stretching.

Martial Arts:

-Reached a meager yellow belt in Judo at age 13, but have not practiced since.

-Starting from scratch in this field.

Music:

-Played trumpet for 2 years in junior high.

-Messed around with DJ/production software: Reason, Traktor.

Food:

-Started cooking at a young age— starting with eggs at age 8.

-Immersed in the hospitality industry my whole life up this point and presently.

-Apprenticed and worked under one of the best chefs in my city, and a crew of renowned sous-chefs, for a year and a half. The restaurant made #3 on a list of Best New Restaurants in Texas.

-Studying techniques, recipes, and ingredients from a wide variety of sources.

-Shifting focus recently to nutrient dense, and maximally healthy dishes/ingredients, while still maintaining flavor development.

-Achieved a good flow while cooking on the line, loved to improve this day in day out.

Love:

-I’ve been in love once, maybe twice.

-Quite a bit to do and accomplish in this area.

Travel:

-I have traveled internationally 3 times: United Kingdom (age 8), Mexico (age 18), and Japan (age 24). Within North America, I’ve seen a good deal of western Canada, parts of the southern United States and Texas …far from well traveled, but I’ve traveled enough to give me the “travel bug”.

-I have only lived abroad once, and that’s my current 3+year stint in Texas.

Learning Wealth:

-Studying Napoleon Hill, Rhonda Byrne, Darren Hardy and others.

-Recently had the most money I’d ever had at one time.

-Make small donations monthly to 2 organizations through my job.

Driving:

-Driven some wonderful vehicles.

-Racing and drifting have not been attempted or learned.

-Drive often presently, so skill is improving.

Art:

-Appreciating art in all its forms more and more as I age.

-Haven’t created any art since high school art class, and that was hardly considerable.

Properties/Homes:

-Currently own no properties.

Teaching/Helping/Giving Back:

-I’m acquiring more skills and knowledge in order to better teach people in the future.

-Set an example of good work ethic in jobs that I’ve had in my career, but working smarter is ongoing.

Agriculture:

-I’ve planed 4 trees.

-I have an aloe plant

-Starting to grow Chia.

As you can see from this inventory, I’ve got a long way to go in almost everything. This doesn’t deter me, nor should it deter anybody who sets out to achieve anything. I’d rather take the time to assess where I am, so that I can always look back as I progress and reach benchmarks. As opposed to saying “there’s too much work to be done” I say “here’s a way to measure my work against something. Everybody starts somewhere…

Started from the bottom…–Drake

Moving forward I’ll be detailing posts in each of these categories as I learn and experience new things, but also delve into what I’ve learned in the past in more detail.

Thanks for reading, and leave me any comments you have.