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Two Strategies for Overcoming any Setback

Hello from Copenhagen!

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Last night was my first gig on a 10 day music tour through Europe.  Although it went extremely well, my opening show was supposed to be two days earlier and in a different country.

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I'll spare the details for now, but just know it was a rough first two days for me on the road.  After having spent an unexpected 20 hours in airports on Day 1, and being sick in bed all day on Day 2, I've had a lot of time to think about the best mental strategies to overcome any setback.
 

Here are two takeaways I'm excited to share with you:


1) Learning how to overcome a setback is a non-negotiable skill you must develop if you want to create success for your life.  Setbacks are bound to happen.  They just are, especially if you want to do big and bold things in this world.  Because setbacks are a part of the path to success, when they do take place, view it as an opportunity to prove your own strength, and to show that you have the ability to keep creating success despite hardship.  

2) Your reputation is built in the difficult moments, not the easy ones.  It's easy for someone to call you "inspirational", "strong", "positive" etc. when everything is going your way.  But you don't really earn your inspirational, strong, or positive badge until you demonstrate those qualities in moments of crisis.  I'm not saying that you should deny feeling disappointed (it took me a good day and a half to move on), it's more that at some point in the experience, you have to make a choice about how you will now live in the world.  And your choice at that moment deeply embeds certain qualities and virtues into the core of who you are as a person.


I've read quite a few online articles penned by people who have been changed by challenge recently - and it's helped me greatly.  I've been indelibly changed by my challenge too, and so I hope this blog post can serve you the next time you encounter any setback that feels like the end of everything.  

You'll make it through - I'm here cheering you on,
Andrew

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Create More Than You Consume

Happy October!  (I know, October already?!?)   

This fall I find myself absorbed in a number of creative projects - from collecting selfie videos of people without shirts on for my new music video "Shirtless" (yes I want your video too!), to leading my 40 hour yoga training Yoga Masterminds, to making connections at various film festivals around the country that have screened my 2016 dance film Not Immune (the pic below is from Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, CA).

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This recent work load has gotten me thinking about a key concept that I believe can help all of us creatives to move forwards in any project we have on our plate: we must create more than we consume.

It's obvious that if you want to lose 10 pounds, a greater input of calories vs. output of calories would prevent you from getting to your health goal. Taking this idea further, I believe that a greater input of ideas and information compared to your output also prevents you from reaching your career or personal goals.  

In other words, to ensure progress, don't just be a passive receptor of information and ideas (listening to podcasts, reading books on social phenomenon, tuning into NPR etc.).  It's only when we take those experiences and create our own concrete products and services that we become more skilled and expert at what we do.  

Progress can only happen when we create more than we consume.

I'll end with this: I'm definitely not saying that when we commit to creating that everything goes smoothly and that it all just "works out".  In fact, I actually think the inevitable twists and turns we encounter on the path help us to build the muscles and wisdom we need for the next, more complicated, and bigger adventure ahead.

So continue to create more than you consume and watch your work and life transform into all that you want it to be.

I'm here cheering you on,
Andrew

PS. Here are some inspiring things a few of my friends creating these days:

Cave Day (my productive friends Jake Kahana, Jeremy Redleaf, and Molly Sonsteng)

The Joy List (the ever so joyful NYC based Jillian Richardson)

24 Violins (talented music producer Jonas Petersen)

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