Why the Sky is a REMINDER!

A couple days ago I was out on my morning run. As usual I woke up early, got my clothes on, put my earbuds in, and was off! 💨

But on this particular day I caught a glimpse of the morning sky, and I fell into a trance. Of course I had caught glimpses of the sky many times before, but today stood out. 👀

A thought crossed my mind: “When was the last time I actually looked up at the sky, I mean REALLY looked at the sky?” 🤔

Have you ever taken a moment to just pause…and simply appreciate what is all around us? 😊

🗣️ “It’s just a sky, Donald! It’s everywhere! It’s nothing special!” 🗣️

It’s not just about the sky.

🌎 It’s a reminder of the planet we all live on, the only planet human beings inhabit.

☁️ It’s a reminder of the clouds, how they are ever-changing each and every day.

☀️ It’s a reminder of the sun, that without its light our whole civilization would perish.

🌌 It’s a reminder of our universe, that we live on but a mere speck of what is estimated to have billions of other galaxies besides our own.

There are so many things we take for granted each day which grant us the very gift of life. 🎁

And THAT is what the sky reminded me of that day! 😊

So whenever you feel you have a big problem in your life, or you simply want to be reminded of a greater perspective, I encourage you: look up. Because it’s always available to us! ❤️

Why I CREATE Content! (PERSONAL)

✍️ WHY I CREATE CONTENT!!! ✍️

I’m very grateful when people tell me how much my content resonates with them: how it makes them think, how it makes them smile, how it inspires them, and how it gives them hope. ❤️

It’s one of the reasons why I do it: it’s for ALL of you, anyone who wants to see it! 👥

If you are able to find value out of what I share, that is one of my many hopes. I hope every post, serious or silly, you can take something from it and take it wherever you go. 👣

I hope you are able to sit with the ideas I share long after seeing the posts, allowing them to simmer in your mind. 💺

I hope someone, somewhere can see one of my posts and is able to say to themselves: “I needed to see this today.” 🗣️

And that is just one of the many of the reasons why I do it. Another reason, I must confess, is 100% selfish! Yes, you heard me right: SELFISH! Me, me, me! A part of me posts content simply because I enjoy creating it and seeing the finished product! 😅

I write posts because I enjoy reading them back. I record silly videos because I enjoy laughing at myself on replay. If someone else enjoys my content, I’m really glad they do. But even when they don’t, I’m happy with my creation regardless! ❤️

The satisfaction I feel from making and finishing it is where my feelings of self-worth come from. 👍

Creating content has become a hobby where the more I’ve continued to do it, the more I find myself losing track of time, the more I continue to swim in Oceans of Ideas. It is in these times my mind locks onto a set focus as ideas float around the focus.

Like a puzzle, I take each idea and see if it fits into what I wish to communicate through my content. 🧩 Now saying this to you all may sound a tad pretentious, but it’s the best way I can describe my creative process. 😅

But there’s even ANOTHER reason why I post content! I have many legs holding up my Table of Content! 🦵

I also post content because of a bigger concern I see, one which is not just part of the social media fabric but our society as a whole. And in the spirit of the Entrepreneur archetype, I’ve spotted a problem and seek to provide answers and solutions.

What am I’m referring to?

📌 The excess of blame but a lack of understanding.

📌 The excess of style but a lack of substance.

📌 The excess of simplicity but a lack of complexity.

Let me clarify I’m not saying any of these are inherently bad. What I’m saying is when any of these are in excess, they definitely are detrimental. 👍

Perhaps you’d say these problems are way too broad for a single person like myself to take on. In fact, I very much agree with you. I’d love to eventually see this mission turn into a more collective effort. 🌎

But someone also has to take the first step, and I’ve taken it upon myself to do that, to be a part of the change I wish to see. 👤

🗣️ “Why does it matter to you, Donald?!” 🗣️

Because I see how we as humans are inclined to blame, label, and oversimplify things. I see how we can follow and listen to someone based on their physical beauty rather than on their character. 😔

And this goes for me too! I’m not immune to these inclinations either! It’s why I always keep working on them! 💯

It’s why it’s so easy for us to generalize people than to seek to understand then; it’s in our psychology. Our survival brains are hard-wired this way. 🧠And unfortunately, we can easily see the worst of those primal instincts laid out on social media. 💻

I can’t tell you the many times I’ve wanted to share something on my profile which surprised me, shocked me, and even frustrated me. I use to do so! It’s taken me a lot of self-discipline and restraint to consider every post I share. 👍

So for any of us to see things in a different or more deeper way will require all of us to do one crucial thing! 😲

Do you know what that is? I want you think about that before you read the next paragraph. 🤔 What would you need to do in order for yourself to think twice before blaming and generalizing? I’ll give you a hint: I just gave you the answer in the last sentence. 😉

🧠 It requires one to think! 🧠

💡 It requires us all to think twice before allowing our primal instincts to control our reactions.

💡 It requires us to keep taking a step back to assess stressful situations before choosing our response.

💡 It requires us to think twice about our behavior and if it’s something that serves ourselves and other people.

Alan Jacobs wrote in his fantastic book “How to Think”:

“Relatively few people want to think. Thinking troubles us; thinking tires us. Thinking can force us out of familiar, comforting habits; thinking can complicate our lives; thinking can set us at odds, or at least complicate our relationships. Who needs thinking?” 🤷‍♂️

It’s part of the reason why my posts are lengthy. As I discussed in my previous post (http://bit.ly/2KU8F6X), the more I’ve continued to educate myself, the more I see a complex world, one which in the next couple of decades I see is going to become even more complex. 👍

So I create content for these very reasons:

🙌 Because I want to introduce you all to a deeper world.

🙌 Because I want to show you the more you understand yourself, the better you will understand others.

🙌 Because I want to show you how thinking doesn’t have to be at all “boring”.

🙌 Because I want to show you how a life which is filled with purpose and meaning is a life worth living.

You may notice a pattern between all of these: you can’t get any of these by focusing on the Surface Level of Life. ⛏️

So yes, continue to expect posts which will challenge and make you think. I’ll also fit in a silly video once in a while for balance! 😂 But I’m still on an Learning Journey myself, so join me along for the ride! 🗺️

I mean, I definitely could just be That Guy who posts a modeling photo with a basic motivational quote as the caption. But I choose not to. There’s enough of that already online, and I’m not here to be just some pretty face! 😈

If I do share a photo (like the one for this post), you can bet there’s going to be more than just a quote in the captions! 😉

Stay tuned for more posts, and if there’s any topics you’d like to see me talk or discuss about I’d love to hear your feedback! Much love everyone! ❤️#TranscendLabels

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Why Tony Robbins is NOT My Guru! (PERSONAL)

Written on May 26, 2019

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🗣️ “Every end is a new beginning.” 🗣️

The past 10 days I’ve had the privilege to volunteer at Tony Robbins’s Date With Destiny 6-day event here in Australia. ❤️ Amidst all the recent Buzzfeed shenanigans, amidst Tony still recovering from a stomach ulcer which had him losing 1/3 of his blood, all of us here pulled through nevertheless to put on an amazing event 2500 souls will never forget! 🎊

When I look back, it was only a few years ago that I was standing on the Schaumburg Convention Center floor participating at my first Tony Robbins event. Little did I know I’d be standing here today in the Cairns Convention Center halfway across the world as one of Tony’s regular volunteer Crew members. 👥

To recount everything that’s happened in my life these past few years would take ages! 📚 But my story, specifically with Tony’s work, goes back even further…↩️

I’ve never written it all down before until now. But it’s time you all knew, because I have something important I also need to share with you all! 😲

As a teenager, the first job I ever had was working as a Boy Scout camp counselor in the small town of Wild Rose, Wisconsin.🌲 For 8 weeks every summer, hundreds of staff like myself committed to serving thousands of Scouts and Leaders in an unforgettable camping experience. It was a key part of my life for 6 years. 🗓️

To make things even more fun for Scouts, the staff members would not use their real names. My nickname was “Dohnut”. Yes, it was spelled that was because I said it was! 😂

One week up there, I met a Scout Leader Sudesh Kannan. I don’t remember how we initially started talking, but what I do remember is asking him for a list of books he recommended I read. If I recall, he was more than happy to. Correct me if I’m wrong as you read this Dr. K! ✅

Among his list of book recommendations was Tony Robbins’s “Awaken the Giant Within”. 📖 But first and foremost I have to admit something right now. And I think this may shock many of you who know I’m a big fan of Tony’s work today. 😱

🙀 Embrace yourself! Are you ready?! 🙀

I have NEVER read any of Tony’s books in their entirety! I’ve read portions of them here and there, but never one in full! Crazy, right?! “…And you call yourself a fan!” 🤣

🗣️ “So if you’ve didn’t read his books, how did you ever get interested in Tony’s work???” 🗣️

My dear friends: the Internet is a beautiful thing! Online, I watched recorded videos of his speeches. I read many of his quotations. I followed his social media page. 💻 I became a fan of his work real fast. Something about it just resonated with me! 🤔

I made a pledge to myself that attending one of his events would be on my bucket list. 👍

And then one day in 2015 I went onto his official website to see if he had any upcoming nearby events. 📆 To my astonishment, he did! He was coming to to Chicago that July, only a few months away! Even better, he was going to be hosting his Unleash the Power Within event at the Schaumburg Convention Center just 15 miles away from my house! 😱

I grabbed my tickets promptly! 🎟️

I remember UPW being the most transformative mental and physical experience I ever had to that date!

✅ I remember the beginning music playing on Day 1.

✅ I remember Jennifer Hyland’s intervention with Tony.

✅ I remember the radical honesty sharing with others the limiting beliefs I was ashamed to admit.

✅ I remember crying my eyes out during the Dicken’s Process.

I remember for the first time I experienced what some would refer to as a “spiritual awakening”, minus the woo woo or religious dogma that often tends to come with the idea of spirituality. 🤲

To summarize in a single sentence: I truly felt alive! It was a euphoric experience in many ways I could not put into words! 🔠

I remember the day after the event ended I weighed myself: 234 pounds exact. I remember that same day I also quit drinking soda, going from a daily 3 to 4 cans a day to 0. None! Zilch! Zip! And ice cold water replaced my new favorite drink. 💦

I started focusing on exercising more and finding healthier food options. 🌱And over the course of 2 months I lost over 25 pounds! 😲

For a time, I in fact didn’t return back to the Tony Robbins environment for a while. It wasn’t until a year and half had passed that I finally decided to Crew Tony’s UPW event in November 2016 in San Jose, California. ✈️

There I had the privilege to make new friends like Steven L ParryAustin SprinzCharles M. Hawkins, and who I said was “a very happy lady” Rocky Jacobson. 👥

But at the time I was a nervous wreck! 😨

I was so worried about doing something wrong and getting in trouble. I wanted to make a good first impression on Crew. I tried to help everyone as fast as I could. I overexerted myself to the point I wasn’t taking care of my own health! 🤕

And I can assure that’s NOT what anybody says when it’s continually emphasized to all the Crew: “Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water. Take breaks when you need to.” 🎤

But it was Rebekah Koon-casson who really helped me one day I was there when she looked me in the eyes and told me something I’ll never forget: “What are they going to do?! Fire you?!” 🤷‍♂️

I never forgot because I laughed and it made me calm down. Rebekah, I use these exact words today towards other new and nervous Crew members just like how I was. I hope you don’t mind! 😁

And that event would be but the first of 8 more UPW events I’d Crew, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Newark to London. 🌎 Over that time I met hundreds of new Crew members, connected with so many amazing event participants, people from all walks of life, and took on leadership roles such as Floor Captain. 🥇

I consider it a privilege to be a part of giving back the experience which was first given to me to thousands of more people. ❤️

And now I’m here…present day! I’m 165 pounds now. Personal growth has become one of my top priorities. And I’m about to close the current chapter in my life! 😲

What do I mean by that? Don’t worry, I don’t plan on leaving Crewing anytime soon! But a new chapter is in fact beginning for me. 😊

That young camp counselor. That 23 year old boy at UPW. That first-time anxious Crew member. None of them would foresee this new chapter about to be written. None of them would ever foresee the day I would be telling you all that I’ll be officially working for Tony Robbins. 😱

You heard me right! As of May 28th, the day I arrive back home from Australia, I’m officially an employee at Robbins Research International under their amazing Sales team, working for the #1 personal development coach in the world! ✊

To say this realization still hasn’t fully hit me would be a bit of an understatement. But I can certainly say I’m more than excited for this next chapter in my life to be written! ✍️

🗣️ “You’re obsessed with Tony Robbins! It looks like some cult!” 🗣️

To all my friends who are skeptical about why I’m so passionate about Tony Robbins, I absolutely understand that. From an outside perspective, for anyone who’s never been to an event, my enthusiasm might seems a bit uncalled for. What’s all the fuss, right?! 🤔

Let me clarify: I’m a “Fanboy” for Tony’s work and mission, not the Man himself. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve never even personally met the guy! No handshake. No photo op. No small talk. It’s not a priority for me! 😝

📌 I don’t consider him a guru.

📌 I don’t worship or blindly idolize him.

📌 I don’t place him on some godlike pedestal.

📌 I agree that blind worship towards anything or anyone is not healthy.

For the cynical, I can assure he has not “brainwashed” my intellectual capacity to critically think about him or his work objectively. 😎

For me: Tony Robbins is a damn fine teacher. 👨‍🏫 A psychologist. A philosopher. 👤 A person I consider a mentor with over 40 years in the field of personal development. A person who is genuinely intent on seeing the world suffer far less through authenticity and personal responsibility. ❤️

He’s promoting a mission I believe is strongly needed for our long-term society: the psychological and spiritual growth of the individual. 💪

For those who take the time to dive into Tony’s material, you’ll see how deep it actually goes. It’s far more than a lot of the self-help drivel you see today. 👍

Parts of his material is rooted from many places. Existentialism. Essentialism. Stoicism. Plato. Aristotle. Sigmund Freud. Carl Jung. Hypnotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Neuro Linguistic Programming. Archetypal Psychology. Meditation Mindfulness. Pavlov conditioning. Buddhism. Hinduism. Mythology. And the list goes on! 📚

Tony has taken complex concepts and simplified them into a pragmatic form of understanding. He’s taken what people often see as difficult and painful to do (breaking old habits, changing one’s life) into easy and simple steps.

Like the greatest of teachers, Tony has interconnected all these ideas into programs and events which help people better themselves as individuals. 😄Like the teacher John Keating does for his students in “Dead Poets Society”, Tony Robbins inspires his student participants every event to show how we all can also “seize the day” too! ✊

And THAT is why I support his work so much! So much for just some “positive thinking” “rah rah” events, right? 😅

I challenge my friends who are skeptical of his work: don’t mistake my online positivity for naivety. It’s not the man himself I’m a “Fanboy” of; it’s his work and the long-term impact I see it having on our world. 🌎 I should know; it did for my own life! 👤

Thank you Tony Robbins for the work that you do, and I look forward to now being a part of it even more! ❤️

For all the negative gossip posts the past week with Tony, I’d love for you all to SHARE this post. Let others hear from people who are actually in the community! 😊

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#IStandWithTony #TruthIsPower #StepUpForTony

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Why You DON’T Remember Your Past!

😱 YOU DON’T REMEMBER YOUR PAST (REALLY)! 😱

Did you know I make these social media posts not just for you all but also for myself? Yeah I know! I’m so selfish right?! 😂

For me, these posts I create are not only to share with you but they’re also friendly reminders to myself. My Future Self. It’s so he never forgets the memories I’m choosing to retain for him. ❤️

Now perhaps what I just said sounds a bit odd; what do I mean: “retain”?! Let me ask you this: do you remember every single waking moment of your whole entire life? I highly doubt it. 😉

What if I told you with every memory you have, you also have the choice to choose which parts you’ll take with you into your future. 😱

No this isn’t some voodoo! I’m talking about:

📌 The parts of your past you choose to continue focusing on

📌 The parts of your past which mattered to you the most

📌 The parts of your past you defined as shaping you into the person you are today

Think of a family photo where everyone looks so cheerful and is enjoying themselves. But in actuality, the real moment wasn’t as cheerful as the photo made it out to be. The family was simply posing for a photo, putting on forced smiles for the camera. 📸

And say a few years later a family member comes across the photo. They barely remember the actual moment, but their only reference is now this photo. This cheerful photo. Thus, that family member starts to believe the past moment was in fact a pleasant one. But remember: it actually wasn’t. 😲

🌟 We don’t remember our pasts as a matter of fact. We remember the stories we created about our pasts. 🌟

So when I say “retain”, it’s a matter of questions to ask of oneself: What do I want to remember for my future? What stories will I choose to continue remembering about my past? What stories am I willing to let go of? 🤔

Even more importantly: How will I choose to ultimately define my past? Are the moments I once felt negative about now the thorns I carry? 😡 Or will I now decide to see each thorn as a blessing in disguise instead? 🌻

🌟 It’s less about what actually happened in our pasts and more about how we’re choosing to interpret them for our future. 🌟

This photo was taken as I sat atop Dunure Castle. I share this photo because it’s how I want to remember this moment in time. ⏰ This photo is what I want to represent that moment for my Future Self to see later. And whatever else I write here about this moment is what I’m consciously choosing for my Future Self to keep on remembering. 😊

While we certainly remember key moments from our posts, we often forget the smaller details and retain what we wish to remember. That being said, I want to make sure my Future Self also remember this about this moment:

📍 How in awe I was sitting atop there, how grand it all felt to me.

📍 How my friend Kris Nimbley took the photo and was using the Rule of Thirds I told him about.

📍 How it was a chilly and windy day, but the scenery dissolved the complaints I had in my mind.

📍 How it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, how I wanted to stay there for hours.

Choose what you will remember and how you will define it. Because however you define it now is what’s going to shape the rest of your life. ❤️ #EudaimonicLife

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