Chase Your Dreams

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Laozi

Dreams dare to exist before the path to their attainment is made clear.

Fear of failure is a mental obstacle. Those who overcome fear achieve success.

Fear of failure is overcome by humility, the laying down of pride. There is no need to succeed on the first attempt. Not even on the final attempt.

The journey is the reward. Take this journey without expectations.

Empty the mind of expectations so it can experience discoveries.

Like a child, when every encounter is new, there is no fear. This is why children learn the most and adults stick to what they know. In these young minds there is no expectation of failure; there is no fear of it. The expectations of the old are limitations; clinging to mildly successful methodologies as they feel safer than the unknown.

Be bold, chase your dreams. When failure comes, let it excite your mind with a fascination on how to improve your next attempt.

Discovery is the fuel of innovation. It is the token reward to continue.

There is no greater joy than to learn something new.

There is no greater regret than to not have tried.

Mistakes are guidance markers for the next attempt. Do not fear them.

Celebrating the successes of legends while forgetting their failures misleads young dreamers to believe that the pathway to success is without struggle.

Anything worth achieving was attained at great sacrifice. This is its value.

If it were too easy it would not be precious, it would not be desirable.

Chase your dreams and you will find your treasures. What is dreamed about is treasured.

Those who dream of far away places, treasure the journey. For what is near is not as desirable.

Those who dream of riches, treasure what is difficult to obtain. For what they have is not as desirable.

Those who dream of achievement, treasure struggle. For what they have achieved was too easy.

Some dreams are unobtainable. Such as mirages and the end of the rainbow. These dreams are best avoided.

Goals that are not clearly defined are best avoided.

Defining Success

Some of us struggle with a never ending desire to be successful. Unless you’ve clearly defined it, success can be a vague goal that is more of a mirage than a destination.

I have personally struggled with this. When I read about Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, and others, I felt a strong desire to want to be great like them. My perception of their accomplishments and how they obtained them blinded me from the truth. Many of my childhood heroes had hard lives, obtained their successes by accident, or were later spun into a success story.

In other words, while I may perceive Scott Fitzgerald as a great author, he passed into the next life believing himself to be a failure. His greatness wasn’t appreciated until after he was gone.

Greatness; everyone is great, everyone is average. The trouble with equating success to greatness is the delusion that one can be greater than another. All are created equal. The limelight shifts between us, but ultimately we are all the same. We are both equal and unique.

While greatness can be measured by achievement; if attaining that achievement required a great sacrifice in another area of your life, recognize that compromise as what levels you off with others. Life is all about balance.

Being the absolute best at something comes at a price; a sacrifice in another area of your life. When looking at your life as a whole that sacrifice is what negates the success. Thus we are all equal.

Recognizing this equality is what will satisfy the unquenchable thirst for success. An overzealous drive can be let go of when one realizes that success is not all that it appears.

Wanting to be the best is an insecurity. The belief that one is in an inferior state and must obtain superiority to all others to be content. Once this desire has subsided one can be respectful and accepting of others and open without shame about one’s own shortcomings.

True success isn’t climbing to the top of an invented hierarchy; it’s accepting the shared equality with others and recognizing everyone’s unique greatness.

Lighten Up (A New Perspective)

Lighten Up (A New Perspective)
Eight years ago I designed the above artwork titled “Lighten Up (A New Perspective)” with Pixelmator.
I had lots of creative energy my Freshmen year in college. I didn’t need a reason to create. I created for the sake of creating. Being creative made me happy. I loved creating and sharing my work on Facebook.
The above artwork was created from a random photo I took in two bathroom mirrors. I held a lightbulb just to hold something unusual.
The original photo was nothing special, but a few months later I felt artsy; I decided to deconstruct the photo by distorting its hues and blend different versions together several times. The result is what I consider to be my personal masterpiece. I’m not sure I’ll ever create something as intricate or time-consuming like this again.
Lighten Up (A New Perspective) Steps
When scrolling on a high resolution screen the light bulb shimmers. This was achived by accident. Nothing about this work was planned. I simply listened to TobyMac’s “Showstopper” song on repeat while applying random effects to the image repeatedly until I though the artwork was done.
The photo would appear in The Best of College Photography of 2010 and would serve as the logo for Paleolithic Films for several years.
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Camera Roll Vlog: Episode 16

Welcome to Episode 16 of the Camera Roll Vlog. This is a Deserted Texas special. 3 years ago, 4 friends and I embarked on a journey to the ghost town of Helena, TX. We spent 2 days filming what at the time was the biggest production we had ever worked on together. Our cameras were just a few weeks old. Got them under the tree for Christmas… and we were going to make a full-length documentary on Texas ghost towns. Despite our hard work, some footage got lost and we never got to editing our first and only Deserted Texas episode. With a little love and creativity, I’ve saved our episode so it can now be shared with the world. Learn more about Deserted Texas at https://www.desertedtexas.org

Camera Roll Vlog: Episode 15

Never released video from college and hangouts with friends; circa 2011. Stumbled upon a trove of clips while looking through old hard drives. There are so many clips that I’ll have enough content for several episodes. To those who appear in this video, thanks for being a part of my life. It’s memories like these that make you appreciate the finite time we have on this earth.

Camera Roll Vlog

I started a new YouTube series called the “Camera Roll Vlog”. Every day I hope to release a new video that includes video clips and photos from my camera roll. I’ll either set these clips to music or talk about them. The format is freeform. I don’t promise anything. The point is simply to create and share on a regular basis.
I have also opened my vlog to viewer submissions via a telephone number that I display in most of the videos. I don’t publish the number outside of the video to reduce spam callers. When someone calls the number they are sent straight to voicemail and I am then able to take their voicemail and drop it into the show.
I felt it was important that I kept the Camera Roll Vlog series going; not because it’s my best work, but because I need to get in the habit of producing new content regularly. I also use this as a remedy to counter my perfectionism. In these vlogs, I try to be as genuine as possible.

Camera Roll Vlog: Episode 14

Never released footage of Bonaparte Gulls up close on the beach. Originally filmed on June 5, 2011, I had intended to use this in future video projects while attending the University of the Incarnate Word. The stockpile was never used. When I purchased my first High Definition camera (an iPod Touch); my footage stockpile looked dated and was abandoned.

Camera Roll Vlog: Episode 10

In an attempt to simulate an authentic dream. Episode 10 mixes clips from my camera roll with an excerpt from the 2010 short film: A Night Before the Final Tomorrow. With no opening titles, disorienting sudden beginning and abrupt end; Episode 10 will incite that bewildered feeling you get after a strange dream. Let me know what you think! Leave a voicemail. The phone number is in the video.
Original Version: A Night Before the Final Tomorrow (2010)