The Adventure of Living

If you could have the adventure of living and change the world, what would you choose to create?

“When you begin to acknowledge your gift and the magic that you be, it’s inevitable that you’ll inspire the world to change. So what if your life, your adventure of living could be an invitation to other people to change and to choose greater.”

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Baby You’re a Firework!

Do you ever feel
Like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel
Feel so paper-thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel
Already buried deep
Six feet under
Screams but no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there’s
Still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you
You just gotta

Ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on show them what you’re worth
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave them all in awe

You don’t have to feel
Like a waste of space
You’re original
Cannot be replaced

If you only knew
What the future holds
After a hurricane
Comes a rainbow

Maybe the reason why
All the doors are closed
So you could open one
That leads you to the perfect road

Like a lightning bolt
Your heart will glow
And when it’s time you know
You just gotta

Ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on show them what you’re worth
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave them all in awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on show them what you’re worth
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make them go, “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave them all in awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

– Katy Perry – Firework

Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best

Recommended reading!

unmistakeable

Stop trying to beat everyone else. True success is playing by your own rules, creating work that no one can replicate. Don’t be the best, be the only.

You’re on the conventional path, checking off accomplishments. You might be doing okay by normal standards, but you still feel restless, bored, and limited.

Srinivas Rao gets it. As a new business school graduate, Srinivas’s dreams were crushed by a soulless job that demanded only conformity. Sick of struggling to keep his head above water, Srinivas quit his job and took to the waves, pursuing his dream of learning to surf.

He also found the freedom to chart his own course. Interviewing more than five hundred creative people on his Unmistakable Creative podcast was the ultimate education. He heard how guests including Seth Godin, Elle Luna, Tim Ferriss, Simon Sinek, and Danielle LaPorte blazed their own trails. Srinivas blends his own story with theirs to tell you: You can find that courage too. Don’t be just one among many—be the only. Be unmistakable.

Trying to be the best will chain you to others’ definition of success. Unmistakable work, on the other hand, could only have been created by one person, so competition is irrelevant. Like Banksy’s art or Tim Burton’s films, unmistakable work needs no signature and has no precedent.

Whether you’re a business owner, an artist, or just someone who wants to leave your mark on the world, Unmistakable will inspire you to create your own path and define your own success.

Get it here: Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best

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The true story of how I came to own a copy of this awesome book.

I opened the mailer this this book arrived in and didn’t remember ordering it. No invoice, no packing slip. I shrugged it off, putting it down to forgetting a pre-order. It turned out I couldn’t remember ordering it because I didn’t. It later came to light, as I shared this image on Instagram, that the awesome and unmistakeable Karen Pery had sent it which both surprised and delighted me because that’s Karen’s actual job title; surprise and delighter (delighterer?)! ????????✨THANK YOU!

We were talking book writing and I threw out an idea that it would be cool to create a book with surfing analogies. Turns out this one has exactly that and Karen very thoughtfully ordered one there and then and had it sent to me.

Life is a wave. Let’s go ride it!

No One Can Stop Me

Go Gnarlier!

When I grow up I wanna be like Sky! ???? #Repost @awsmkids ・・・ Sky, doing things her own way.. #keepingitreal #Repost @60secdocs with @repostapp ・・・ 8-year-old #SkyBrown came here from Japan to #skateboard.…And she's making plenty of waves in the process. Just this year, Sky (@awsmkids) became the youngest girl to compete against adults at the @vans Open Pro Series (@vansparkseries). But shaking up a male-dominated sport is hardly a big deal. If she could inspire future generations of girls to pursue their dreams, she'd be just as happy. #skateboarding #sky #venice #positivevibes #beyourself #bekind #rockyourownstyle #awsmkids #skatergirl #girlskater #skateboarding #girlpower #girl #skater #skatergirl #killingmesoftly #girlshred #alllivesmatter #skateforchange

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8-year-old #SkyBrown came here from Japan to #skateboard.…And she’s making plenty of waves in the process. Just this year, Sky (@awsmkids) became the youngest girl to compete against adults at the @vans Open Pro Series (@vansparkseries). But shaking up a male-dominated sport is hardly a big deal. If she could inspire future generations of girls to pursue their dreams, she’d be just as happy.

Roar like a tiger

A little musical and lyrcial inspiration for all the fierce girls out there, which is every girl out there (yes that includes you).

  • You always have a choice!
  • Stand for something or fall for everything!
  • Get up!
  • Use your voice!
  • Fight!
  • Dance!
  • You are a champion!
  • ROAR!
  • Be your own hero!

I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar! Are you with me?

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar!

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!