We all need to set aside time to recharge and renew our internal inspiration. Here’s a fun little diversion from the grind for you. These are some recent things I saw that energized me, so I want to share them with you. I may come back and add to this post occasionally or write some follow up ones. Either way, please enjoy and share…
I stumbled across this video on YouTube.
Whoever runs this channel curated what they believe are the top 28 Bob Dylan songs. I just put it on in the background and listened to it all day. Based on the demographics of my subscriber base, at least 30 percent of you will think in “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” that he’s covering a Guns N’ Roses song. 🤣 But I doubt there are even 20 people alive today that have produced a more monumental body of work in the arts.
Check out these two charts. (I’m mortified to admit that I can’t provide the source. I loaded them in my browser and returned to them a few days later. Thought it could be Professor Galloway, but I can’t find them in a hunt through his site or newsletter. Someone please add in the blog comments if you know.)
Here’s a breakdown of the Disney company flywheel.
Here’s the original hand-drawn sketch from Walt of his initial vision for the company.
It's amazing the power a vision can have. And speaking of Disney, while you and I were laying around doing nish, they were figuring out how to make their next billion.
MrBeast (real name Jimmy Donaldson) the YouTube phenomenon is raising a funding round of $150 million. Which would make the valuation for his burgeoning media empire – that started as his little homemade video channel – to be $1.5 billion.
My longtime inspiration hack, one I do before every new book I write or major creative process I tackle is re-read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s filled with non-stop thunderbolts.
Here’s the important consideration for examples like these: The Matrix (all the computer algorithms from the media, social media, and marketers) want you to feel inferior by comparison anytime you encounter inspiration. If you compare yourself against others, you’ll feel small and feel the need to need to buy all their e-courses, butt lifts, coaching programs, Botox injections, etc. Never look at examples like these to hold yourself against them. Look for the seed of creative genius within them that speaks to your own creative genius. That’s where the inspiration lives.
P.S. Got a great inspiration hack that works for you? Please share it below in the comments.
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