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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Potential

I don't think anybody realizes how much power an individual has. People underestimate other people. People underestimate themselves!
Doubt and discouragement must leave if one wants to live up to their fullest potential.

Now one might ask when do you know that you have reached your fullest potential?
The answer: I have no idea.
Despite the ambiguity this answer may seem to most, I feel that it is perfectly clear. 

If we never know when we have reached our fullest potential, we can go two ways:

Way 1- We can choose to hate the idea and completely stop reaching for the foolish dream of full potential.

or

Way 2- We can choose to love the idea of searching for your fullest potential. Despite having the knowledge that achieving this search may not be accomplished, you may realize that many things will be accomplished on the way, however.

If one chooses to go down the path where they stop trying to tap into the power and potential that lies within them, will they be truly happy? As for myself, I feel like there is no possible way for me to be happy on this path.

Choosing to discover the power and true potential that lies within one's self can ultimately bring one to a happier, more joyful life. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Goals and Obstacles


Goals are important. I might even go out on a limb and say that they are one of the most important things we can have in our life. If we have no short , intermediate, and/or long term goals, we have little to live for. We would be merely existing and not progressing the way we should in life (see Progression and No Regrets). 

Now.

Close your eyes and put your mind on to the goals that mean to you the most. See them as clear as day. Whether how large or small the goals are, tell yourself that you can do it. You can achieve them. Convince yourself so you can be confident in yourself.

Now.

What are you doing that is keeping you from your goal? What distractions and/or obstacles seem too tall or wide to go over or around?

Now.

What are you going to do about these? Sit down, become idle, and then years later openly laugh about how you wanted to achieve that goal, but deep down inside you still want to achieve it? Probably not. Hopefully not. 

But really though.

What are you going to do about your distractions/obstacles? Do something. The longer you wait, the more difficult and more abundant your distractions and obstacles will become.

"I can't right now, but I promise myself that I will later."
Later never comes. Do something now.

Go forth boldly, never doubt yourself, and you can achieve anything.

Invisible Children - The Three Act Story

by Jason Russell
The power of story is not a mystery. Humans have been telling stories from the very very beginning of time. If you want to be the next JK Rowling, C.S. Lewis or James Cameron, there is a very simple formula to getting there: The Three Act Structure.
Forewarning, I’m going to ruin most movies you have ever seen or will see in the future, because I’m going to explain how 99.9% are constructed.

Structure

Act One: Introduce the hero, the protagonist. The hero can be a thief, a liar, a drunkard. The only thing a hero can’t do is think of themselves better than everyone else. We, the audience need to immediately fall in love with the hero.
That’s why hero’s are often orphans:
or abused (Precious, Harry Potter, Annie)
or lonely (Dorothy, Forrest Gump, Belle). Immediate audience empathy.
Or in the case of Invisible Children: The Rough Cut, 3 naive, young film students from Southern California,
Jason, Bobby and Laren:
If you breakdown any form of traditional storytelling you will find a certain formula which consists of a 3 act structure. The three parts breakdown into Setup, Confrontation, and Resolution. Within the 3 acts you also have an Inciting incident, which sets the plot in motion, 2 plot points which are moments that reverse the course of the plot and thrust the story into a new act.
Let’s use The Little Engine That Could as an example:

Simple, right? Well, let’s move on.
Now all your story needs is a problem. A big problem. The bigger the problem the better the story, because the risk and the adventure will be that much greater. The problem needs to be seemingly impossible to overcome. Set the time, place and get an inciting incident. An inciting incident is when your hero is living there normal life and all of the sudden it takes a dramatic turn. Everything changes. A tornado, an owl delivering a letter, child soldiers blowing up a car in front of you & bam your transported to another world… Pandora!
Invisible Children’s 3 Act Structure in The Rough Cut:
Enter Act Two: This is the bulk of your story. This is the hero’s journey. You meet tons of characters along the way who can’t accomplish your hero’s goal, but they will guide, (Scarecrow) and train (Strider) and give wisdom (Yoda) to your hero. There are many trials and challenges but at the end of this act, the hero has lost all hope, has lost their love, their job, their best friend and it’s raining. Everyone’s crying. Everyone’s dead. and then… just at the very last moment as the last rose peddle falls…
Act Three: The resolution. The hero’s friends come over the mountain and help finish the battle, the best friend comes back to life and the trophies and weddings and celebration ensues. Or in the case of The Rough Cut, the story just begins:
If you can make your story iconic enough, enough to the point that it truly resonate with others than you will have accomplished making your story not only admired but worth imitation.
Now that you know the formula go construct the next world changing story… of course the challenge is, telling a great story, a universal story, a powerful story is the most difficult thing to do… because as we know stories should never be formulaic. So good luck, get creative and most importantly, do it. The world is waiting.
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IC|reative is a window into Invisible Children’s Dream Factory.
Here you can see the process of IC’s art department, from inspiration to final product.
You know their art, you’ve seen their media, now we’re giving you a chance to meet the individuals who combat conflict with color, shape, sound and motion.
Let us know what you want to see from the Dream Factory.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Progression and No Regrets

Regretting a decision in one's life will cause them to to regress. Rather than being upset about a mistake and dwelling on the mistake for the rest of one's life, they must fix the mistake. If a solution to the problem cannot be discovered immediately, just walk away and- here's the most important part- move on. Look at the mistake as a learning experience. As a way to help you progress in life.

A big thing that I have noticed in my short twenty something years of life, is that people focus on something or things that they can't have, do, or be. If we were all to abide by this lifestyle, where would the world be now? I can tell you with complete confidence- it would not be anywhere near to how the world we are living in now is. It would be extremely under-developed. Think of those who are or have strove for a better, a more progressed world. Think of Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, even Steve Jobs! If they had focused on what they couldn't do, they would have been discouraged. This would have caused them to regress- the opposite of our purpose in life.

I like to compare life as a small incline. If we are not progressing, we will find ourselves slowly regressing.  Sometimes moving backward so slowly, that we don't even notice that we have regressed at all until we are in the lowest of lows.
The regrets we carry in life are like weights. The bigger they are, the heavier. If we were to tie these weights to ourselves going up the hill of life, life gets much more difficult and it also causes us to have a difficulty progressing.

If you were to get only one thing out of this post I would like it to be this: Let go of regrets, be happy (if not excited) with who you are and what you have become (and what you will become), and go forth. Progress.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Power

Many do not realize the power of the individual- that same power which lies within themselves.