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The #Trust30 Day Challenge [Post 30]

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

One definition of legacy is what someone feels, thinks and says when they hear your name. What are you doing today to build the legacy you want?

(Author: Tim Belber)

To be myself:  ah, that is true freedom. Like Emerson says, it really is the greatest accomplishment.

I’d like to leave a thought that we can all be open minded, thought-provoking citizens. We can be mindful with our words, tactical with our tongues, and committed to opening the eyes, minds, and hearts of others. Our thoughts and ways of life are dictated by our inner selves and that voice alone. It’s important to remember that with so much noise coming from the outside.

What am I doing today to build the legacy I want?

I’m attempting to create as much as I can. My hope is that this work – this play with my passions, that is – eventually adds up to something meaningful.


The #Trust30 Day Challenge [Post 29]

“Self-censorship is not just self-betrayal and self-abandonment (which would be bad enough), but soul-betrayal and betrayal of our Muse, out inner voice, our highest self.”

Too often we censor ourselves, our actions, and our work in hope or fear of what might happen if we otherwise don’t. What words would you write today, and what actions would you take, if you had nothing to fear, nothing to lose?

(Author: Tanner Christensen)

This is an interesting challenge and I’d love to read others’ remarks on the topic. In a way, we’re bringing to the forefront what it is that we really care about.  What makes us annoyed deep down inside? Which public official is being a pain in the ass? Where do we need to see change? And why the hell isn’t the A/C on in here?!

I’m always ticked off about various issues in technology policy and the lack of our progress in furthering the arts on both a national and international level.

The political machines and subsequent organizations that dictate policy are decades behind where we need to be — and seem to stifle innovation.

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The #Trust30 Day Challenge [Post 28]

What is your #1 passion in life?  Now, imagine what would happen if you incorporated that passion into your life daily.  Write down your passion and keep it close to you.  Remind yourself of it daily, just like brushing your teeth.

(Author: Eric Handler)

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that my #1 passion is discovering new things. #2 is breaking old things apart.

Now, I’m not a violent person by any means. However I can be klutzy, and when things break it’s usually not on purpose! Things seems to be a word we throw around loosely. We use it in a sub-academic way of generalizing “stuff”, or nondescript groups of objects that themselves cannot be contained – or do not wish to be contained – by the author.

For the purpose of this topic,  I’m referring less to the physical things of the world (which I’d be less likely to break) and more to the ideas, concepts, theories, and pre-constructed ideologies on life.

In my #1 passion, this also apply to the arts, technology, health, fitness, and culture.  I don’t think the right phrasing is that I like to see concepts around a particular sub-genre evolve, but I immensely enjoy seeing them take shape.

How to work this into my life daily?

I troll music blogs for new trends. I need to travel. I usually know about new trends in ridiculous things like cooking quinoa, internet memes, or doing hot yoga in Santa Monica. The first question I’ll probably ask you the next time we meet for coffee is “So, what’s new?”

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a long conversation where we can both learn something and develop our own ideas surrounding it. That’s inspiring. And comes from an ultimate place of passion.

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The #Trust30 Day Challenge [Post 27]

“The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s easy to blame our failure to meet our goals or to live our dream lives on a lack of energy, and we don’t always stop to think about the quality of energy in our lives. Yet we can choose to create and manage our own energy flow.

Think of an instance when you’ve been so involved in an activity that you’ve lost track of time, and then identity the passions and energies you were feeding. Who was there with you? What were you doing? What will you do to make time for moments like that one more often?

(Author: Julia E)

This is a great prompt because I feel this way all the time! Our energy levels often dictate how much we can accomplish in any day, week, month, or season. Sometimes our resources allow us to do less and we must work with what’s given to us, even if that means cutting out things like social time (d’oh!) to do so.

A DJ friend from college used to lament that he didn’t have enough money to put together the dream production studio he always wanted. He also believed that once he got a job and was able to fund this studio, he then wouldn’t have the time or energy to use it.

So why do it? Why should he fight for the resources to build his dream studio if he won’t be able to use it? Was this reasoning merely a cover up for his fear, or a legitimate circumstance to create a workaround for? Maybe a little bit of both.

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The #Trust30 Day Challenge [Post 25]

I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”

(Author: Harley Schreiber)

I’ve come dangerously close to becoming someone I’d rather not be. There’s a slippery slope when it comes to determining our identity, particularly as we get older and tend to try on different shades of personality in the quest to discover our true selves.

In this process, there seems to be a youthful inclination driven by the desire to please everyone. The modus operandi is to be a completely agreeable person, for the fear of limiting our connections and opportunities by getting in our own way. In actuality, we can be completely authentic, free as can be –  so long as we dip the criticism in a bit of sugar.

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