Originality

I used to think the lack of information gave you an edge on the competition.

I would write songs on guitar and piano without actually knowing how to play other artists songs nor even the fundamentals of the instrument itself.

But really its not the lack of information that allows you disrupt the status quo, is the lack of assumptions on how things are ‘supposed’ to work. When you for-go all assumptions on how things should be you open up a fresh perspective on how things could be.

Art is imitation. We bring inspiration to our work from every experience we have.

Today, I understand that even with a lack of knowledge in songs, I was still imitating without knowing I­t­. I was inspired by everything I was listening to and experiencing in life. I️ was picking up ideas from friends, movies, school… but I️ never assumed that I️ couldn’t play guitar worth a fiddle. I️ just picked I­t­ up and started playing. I️ was horrible at it­ at first, (Guys! Want me to play smoke on the water and stairway again?!) but I️ kept going.

Having more information isn’t naturally better. It’s more granular than that. 
More by itself is just clutter for our minds. Focused attention, however, gives you the margins to express your creativity.

A fresh perspective is necessary for new ideas, but the best ideas are the combination of who we are in this moment in time. (as an individual or a team) We are the people, ideas, culture we surround ourselves with, and everything up to this moment leads you to your own personal brand of uniqueness.

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner 

A Great Day Checklist

What are the boxes I need to check to make today great?

1. Be Intentional: Don’t just go through the motions — fall in love with the process each day.

Habits are enduring, but to make them net positive they don’t need to be mindless. 

Fall in love with reading again each time I read.

Fall in love with mediation today.

Fall in love with what you love over and over.

2. Be BOLD: step out of the normal and into the uncomfortable, 

Do something that scares me, take on new challenges, take planned risks.

3. Be Original: Use my creativity to write, design, play and solve problems I set my mind to.

4. A warm mug of something (Matcha, Turmeric, Chai) and an hour or so with my thoughts and a book (or two).

5. Intentional time with Gabriella.

Spontaneity, or time to just be.

6. Move: do some yoga poses, go for a walk (by myself, with others, walking meetings), exercise (work on my body, sprint, do calisthenics: pushups, burpees) and make time for play.

7. Cherish friends and family.

Call at least 1 friend.

8. Mind: learn, train the mind, write down 10 idea every day, read, leave room for negative space, mediate, refuel my mind.

9. Body: Eat well, move (see above) hydrate, skin / hair care, focus on developing my body.

10. Spirit: Focus on what truly matters to me, connect with others, focus on meaning and fulfillment.

11. Daily creatives: Blog every day, write for nonfiction and fiction books, journal, design, play music, code day. Make time for each pursuit I’m developing.

12. Negative Space: time blocked off where I’m doing nothing. Leaving space for my mind to imagine, wonder and replenish.

 

Q: What does a great day look like to you?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner