Podcast #2: On Trump, Creative Perfectionism, and Onesies

We’re back with another episode of our now monthly podcast!

And we’ve got an official name for it too…

Guys with Feelings. Where two guys discuss the events, ideas, influences, and yes – the feelings – that help them become better men.

In this episode, Gabe Rose and I cover topics such as:

    • re-thinking our views post-Trump
    • learning to be a disciplined half-ass
    • why you need a onesie (with a tail)
    • and much more!

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Learn to Be a Disciplined Half-Ass

I’ve been reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and one idea of hers has been really resonating with me (enough that it’s now plastered across the top of my daily planner):

“You must learn how to become a deeply disciplined half-ass.”

Let me explain.

According to Gilbert, the two worst things you can be as a creative is lazy and a perfectionist.

Well shit, that’s me.

The lazy part is obvious. If you want to create, you have to be disciplined. You have to show up every day and do the work. Even if it’s not easy or fun. Whether or not you’re feeling inspired. You gotta sit your ass down and put in the effort.

But the perfectionist part, is just as important, if not as obvious.

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Jaemin & Gabe Record a Podcast

As part of my October Creativity Challenge, I finally moved forward with something I’ve always wanted to do: record a podcast!

So I sat down with Gabe Rose, a lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, and we decided to hit the record button and see what happened.

In our first podcast attempt, we cover topics such as:

    • chemicals extracted from sleepy cats
    • giving up a kidney
    • undergoing a journey of the senses
    • why religion is underrated
    • what we’re missing about Trump supporters
    • and much more!

And there’s a bonus surprise if you wait til the end… Enjoy!
 

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The Beautiful Lows of Burning Man

The way people talk about Burning Man, you’d think it was heaven on earth.

A place where only magical things happen and if you’re not feeling wondrous and euphoric and oh so sparkly at every single moment, then there’s something wrong with you.

Sorry, but that ain’t true.

Burning Man can be a place of magic and ecstatic highs, for sure. But it’s just as much a home to lows, frustration, and loneliness as well.

And that’s what makes it so special.

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Lean into the Down

Next time you’re feeling down, don’t run from it. Don’t try to change it. Don’t fight it.

Lean into it.

Feel what it wants to express and GO there. Pick up the guitar and play a sad song. Watch a bittersweet movie. Try writing a shitty poem.

Embrace the down. Sink into the beauty of it. Move WITH it and let it express itself, IN and AS you.

But don’t wallow in the stories. Don’t get trapped in the, ‘You’re broken’s, and the, ‘What’s wrong with you’s. That’s a prison.

But the actual feelings themselves… The present sensations. The energetic aliveness. That’s a portal.

Dive into the down. Use it as a doorway. And let it open yourself up to more of you.