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This is from the archives. But it still makes me laugh.

And I guess that’s the sort of the point. Whatever you do, it’s your own muse that matters most. It’s your own life, and your own intuition about what motivates you, what feels like magic….and what feels mundane. I often struggle with this,because my own intuitions (and inclinations) are to treat this work as a canvas of creativity – and comedy – and I’d probably rather make someone laugh or think differently, than take myself, or this incredibly pretentious work, all that seriously.

I also think it’s important to note, that outside of my dream world, Ekhart Tolle probably doesn’t really play Tennis. It’s possible of course, he does. But I doubt it. I will go on record as saying though – with 100% confidence, in real life, I’d crush him. I wouldn’t like it, because I enjoy his youtube dharma talks and bought a few of his books, too.

But as Hannah Mckay says on the second to last season of Dexter “you’ve got to do, what you’ve got to do”. I also had a dream about Hannah Mckay, by the way. I’m not going to share it here though. I have learned that much.

Tennis will Tolle.  From the archives.

4 lessons. And 1 relevant reminder.

(to myself, more than you)

  • he refuses to keep score. (and says it’s “always Now” whenever you’re up)
  • he wears this weird Scottish hat thingy that makes it difficult to concentrate while serving
  • he can’t hit a topspin forehand to save his life.
  • he is a big fan of trash talk.  And yells “suck it” from across the net, whenever he wins a point.  Which isn’t often, but is still uncomfortable, unexpected and strangely disquieting to hear.

The truth is, i didn’t really play tennis with eckhart, but i did have a dream i did. (right after i knocked out Manny Pmanny-pacquiao-300x300acquiao with 3 body blows and an illegal head butt to the kisser)

I know, I know.

You probably never dream of a 3 hour marathon tennis match with profane Eckhart Tolle as a partner.

And that’s okay.

But you probably never had to break out of a Chinese prison with Jack Bauer from season 5 of 24 slowing you down like i did last night either, right?

I didn’t think so.

What makes you laugh – smile – or inspired?

Strive to satisfy your own muse first.

Write about that.

Focus on fun.

If there is one thing i’ve learned over the last decade and a half of doing this wild, weird, wonky and wonderful work – it’s this:

The audience you most need to win over is the one in your own head.

Life is short.

There are a million gurus, gimmicks and goofy gadgets out there – but none will teach you how to captivate, amuse and entertain the most important audience you need to impress.


Because without that – no matter how much you accomplish – it will never be enough.

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I am an author, artist and entrepreneur. My 2 passions are writing about, and teaching Marketing and Meditation. I like to think I’m a lot like Eckhart Tolle, if only he was taller, and a much better tennis player. (it turns out in person, he’s super short, has a terrible backhand and wears this weird scottish hat thingy that makes it really difficult to concentrate while serving) Plus he refuses to keep score and says ” it’s always NOW” when you ask who is up. Enough about me. We barely know each other. Stop staring. You’re making me nervous.