Moving Foward Cont.

2) Be in a process. The nature of process is never knowing what comes next. Hopefully, within these three years you can see a person growing as both a writer and BJJ practitioner. I do think such things have carry-over to our personal lives, but believe such growth occurs organically. Doing BJJ to make yourself a better person means you’re coming from a lack. Art is not about lack, but a vehicle for letting what’s already there continually flower and bloom.

3) Be yourself. There is an impersonal soul connecting us all, and a soul exponentially more individual and personal than a fingerprint. Believe in what you were born with. Learn from others, but touch the world in a way only you can.

4) Look for underlying principles and ideas. Academically, this can takes hours and hours of study, and sometimes it doesn’t. Insights are fickle creatures. Regardless, principle-based understandings are the foundation of wisdom within a craft. Sometimes it’s smart to copy outright, and other times you’ll need to create from the ground up.

5) Enjoy yourself. Reading this post means you were graced with another day. A day in which to give and take, rise and fall, and if you’re lucky enough, do something you love. =)


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