We are always treated to rags to riches stories, and they are often presented as though they are overnight success stories. I want to read and write fiction or non fiction stories about incremental success–how little things slowly built up to trigger wild success. I want stories about hard work, about defeat and getting back up again, then stumbling down and bouncing back yet again. I want stories that are slow. I want stories that are about the boring process of building success and yet these stories would somehow still be interesting enough to hold our attention. It will be a television series that will run for several seasons, so the show can really go into the nitty gritty details of success.
The viewers will be inspired by this show. So whenever we are steadily climbing up the ladder of success or meeting the seemingly unsurmountable task of changing the world, we won’t feel defeated when it takes years, or even beyond our lifetime, to achieve the goals or the societal changes that we want. Instead, we will stay with it, trust the process, and know that if it’s not our battle to win, we did our part, we went on a journey, and whatever that is, it would be worth it.
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As I said in this post, one of my fantasies is to do whatever the fuck I want for an entire year. So, the plan is to work for five years then fuck off for one year, then work for five years again, then fuck off for another year. Tim Ferris, in his book 4-Hour Work Week, calls this creating mini-retirements, where you space out your retirement period all throughout your life instead of having a giant one at the end. When I read that, I got attracted to it, but I never had the courage to actually do it.
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I don’t know why when I decided to become a writer, I decided that I will write in English. No, scratch that, I never decided. I never even questioned the thought that if I wanted to be a writer, I had to write in English. Now, when I try in Filipino, I feel my brain slowing down, translating.
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The cyclical misery is that experience where you go into a slump every now and then. It’s mysterious because it’s triggered by nothing, and it’s frustrating when you’re trying hard to make it stop. Now I realize that the best way to deal with it is to let it take its course and trust that it too shall pass.
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I love watching Project Runway (see Georgina Chapman Talks about Creative Breakdowns, 5 Self-Help Lessons I Learned from Reality TV) not just for the awesome clothes but also for the lessons about human behavior and human relationships. Recently, I caught up with season 14, and at first I thought the life lesson was along the lines of hell is other people, but then I realized something a little more inspirational. People who hate you will hate you, and people who like you will like you. That’s inspirational? Let me explain.
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*Note: This came from a writing exercise from What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles. The instruction was to write about what kind of job you’d want if you could have any job in the world. Instead of one job, I thought of several. I realized that this was very much like my Life Plans series (My Life Plans As of Right Now (2012), Life Plans Progress Report (2014), My Life Plans as of Right Now (2015 version), My Life Plans as of Right Now (2016), Rereading My Diary For Year End Insights (2016)), but maybe it’s a little more ambitious, hence the title*
If I could have any job in the world, I would want to have a regular improv acting job. My group and I perform weekly at a small cafe with a friendly crowd. Each member is paid a fixed talent fee by the restaurant, given a percentage of the ticket sales, and are fed for free. We also go abroad to perform in international festivals and other venues. All expenses are paid (food, transportation, accommodations) , we are given pocket money, and are paid for our performance. During the trip abroad, there is at least one free day for us to shop and our hosts also gladly tour us around the sights in their city.
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