How To Be Different

How To Be Different

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” - Alexandra K. Trenfor

The Rorschach Test is a projective psychological test developed in 1921 to measure thought disorder. 

I just took one online.  It was a little bit weird because, even though I'm not psychotic, (OR MAYBE I AM! 🤡) I felt the slightest amount of pressure to agree with the multiple choice answers provided. 

And for that secondary option, besides the obviously violence biased ones like, "a crushed spine" or "a bloody part of my body" ... I wanted to know of what I say was the most common thing people saw or where it landed on that spectrum.

Time

Time

"Here’s a humbling exercise, whenever you read an old book that speaks about contemporary events, look at the names. 

How many of these people--who were important enough to warrant a mention at the time--seem important now, decades or centuries later? 

How many of them have you even heard of? 

How silly does the author’s reverence seem? 

How ridiculous does their assumption--that future readers would obviously know who and what they were talking about--that they didn’t bother to provide much context, seem?  

Well, this timeless process is happening right now, as we speak...

Freedom

Freedom

"We do not have to “gain” freedom because freedom has always been with us and is not something to be gained in the end through strict and faithful adherence to some definite formulas. Formulas can only inhibit freedom and pre-formations only squelch creativity and impose mediocrity." - 🥋Bruce Lee 🥋

There are three levels of freedom we need to differentiate:

1st is Realistic, Basic, or Fundamental Freedom: 

2nd is Freedom of Action or Choice:

3rd is Ultimate Freedom or Freedom of the Mind, Body, and Soul: 

This is the type of freedom Bruce Lee is referring to. It is absolute and unencumbered by all external factors.  Preached by Taoists and Stoics alike...

START AN ONLINE BUSINESS

START AN ONLINE BUSINESS

Yep, the doors to paradise close tonight!  Before they do, let me give you:

3 Delusions about Starting a Successful Online Business

1. "I don't understand how the technology works, so it's not for me."

Yes technology is evolving faster than it ever has.  Yes there is some major new platform to get acquainted with every month. Yes it's a lot of information to take in.

SO WHAT?

When you say, "I don't understand how any of this works, so it's not for me." that's really code for, "I'm scared I won't be able to keep up, so I might as well never get started."

NEWS FLASH: YOU DON'T NEED TO BE THE ONE KEEPING UP!

You've already spent a lifetime building your skillset.  You're busy enough as it is.  You've ALREADY done your part.

I can do EVERYTHING your business needs and MORE because that's MY JOB.

I cannot be any clearer: Your brain will try to persuade you that there is NO way for you to start an online business without tech knowledge. Listen closely.

I've done it!

You're not my first client.  This isn't our first rodeo.  Our system has been PROVEN time and time again!

Every single one of our clients has exponentially benefitted from Echo Studio, and you can too. 

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

NOSTALGIA 🤔 Some of you will like this photo, some of you will not.⠀

Its appeal is in its grainy, arcade game graphics, representing something as beautiful as a sunset. 

But why does that appeal to us? Do we yearn for the past, or appreciate it? ⠀

Sleep

Sleep

"When you rest, you rejuvenate. You get more creative. You have more ideas.  

You read more and learn more and observe more and have more time to get curious about people you might love."

Our culture tends to praise the busy and overworked.  I call bullshit for several reasons:

1. Being busy is a sign that you're not in control of your life. Most people who are "busy" are just being inefficient.  @timferriss talks about this, so does @dereksivers

2. Keeping ourselves “busy” is usually an easy way of distracting ourselves from the harder questions in life such as...