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TED: Black: My Journey to yo-yo Mastery

I promised inspiration and I come bearing gifts!

Looking for dexterity, passion and mastery? This guy definitely has it all! I’m subscribed to the TED podcasts on iTunes (if you don’t know TED TALKS then you need to hit up YouTube).

Anyway, I will be honest, when this title ‘TED: Black: My journey to yo-yo mastery’ popped up I was tempted to delete without even bothering to watch it. But something said, “Take a look.” I mean, there must be a reason it made it to TED after all. So, I did and I assure you, it had to be the most inspiring thing I had seen in a little while.

I am not just talking about his jaw dropping talent, which he definitely doesn’t lack. What I am referring to in this case is his passion which you can see in his every look, in his every movement and the fact that he allowed nothing to get in the way of pursuing that passion.


For some reason the previous link will not embed so…you’ll have to watch that particular performance on YouTube…or just watch the one below which is less cool but still awesome.

What would you say to someone who told you they plan to be a yo-yo master? Be honest, chances are you’d probably snicker and say something sarcastic. But this guy! This guy, he stuck to his guns and now he stands on the TED stage, doing what he is passionate about. This guy is living inspiration.

Now excuse me while I power down my system and go out to try and find myself a Yo-Yo.


Let None Stifle Thee!!!

I recently made a Quick Tip post on emdfx (<—shameless plug that) where I stated that

“As a designer you should never allow anyone to tell you that you can’t achieve your goals. Let them stifle themselves, you keep your head up and set and strive to achieve your goals.”

Since that was a post which I had scheduled, I happened to be online when it popped into my newsfeed on Facebook and it got me thinking that this not only applies to us in the design or creative industries, but it can apply to any and everyone. So of course I sat down, typed this post in notepad and got lost in another video I was designing. I just stumbled across the post and I am now about to post it. Enough back story (which is almost a post within the post itself…bah) on to the goodies.

In all aspects of our lives, we as is natural for human beings, seek validation of our ideas and  our concepts. Sadly, some of us surround ourselves with persons who are extremely limited when it comes to creative thinking and as a result they do not like to see others strive. These persons, when you mention a new idea or potential business goldmine will seek any and every reason to put down your idea and leave you doubting yourself. (more…)

Forgive The Past

This is not going to be a long post, just a quick word to the wise (if you read my words you must be wise…right?).

Make peace with the past, so it doesn’t ruin your present. I am a person who always insists on not stressing myself over past events as I’ve come to realize that burdening my thoughts with the happenings of the past leaves me with less space to be awesome and enjoy my present occurrences. Do you really want your time to be wasted on the persons/happenings of the past? Or do you instead want to move on, enjoy the present and make a better future?

I don’t know about you but the answer for me is clear. In the words of almost every small time Italian gangster on tv, “Forget about it”. The bad at least, don’t forget the lessons learnt, don’t forget the the persons who have let you down, forgive them though. Forgive your past. Make peace with your past. Don’t beat yourself up about what could have been. Focus instead on what will be, what you can be. Aim to be a better person from the lessons you’ve learnt, the hurt you’ve felt, the ‘friends’ you’ve lost.

For you to forgive the past is not going to be an easy issue. But it is something which can and should be done. in order to move on, this is something which you must do. Do it. TODAY. The year is almost ending so what better time to get a fresh start than now?


What Would It Take to Make You Happy?

In this day and age more than any period of time prior, us humans find ourselves striving to find our own happiness, attempting to reach that ideal lifestyle that is a perfect balance between health, wealth, and love. In order to reach that ideal balance, we drive ourselves to obtain, accumulate, and conquer every obstacle that comes our way, but it seems that with every threshold we cross, every door we enter a new emptiness lurks, so we constantly ask ourselves, where do we find that abundant life that evades us? Why do we not feel fulfilled despite all our accomplishments.

Is it that we’re seeking the wrong things when it comes to our fulfillment? Love, money, friendship, does it all mean anything? Or is it that the only thing that truly matters is our happiness?

Picture yourself truly happy…what do you think you must do to achieve that state of contentment?

You Don’t Need to Respond!

These days we are constantly bombarded with messages that require our response. If we follow this constant influx of messages, we end up living our lives driven by the needs of others.

Over the last few months I have made a conscious decision to prioritize my priorities in a better manner. My life shouldn’t be dictated by someone else and their need to feel important.

Regardless of the negativity and the filth being spewed by these mindless individuals I can keep my head up knowing that my dignity is intact.

The compulsion to respond, to stoop to that proverbial lower level isn’t there anymore. My life is about focusing on myself, my goals, my objectives, my business etc.

When one is bored, that’s when you get yourself into trouble, this is why I do my best to keep myself busy. At 25 I refuse to deal with the problems I had at 17. If I had the same problems that would mean that I haven’t matured a bit.

As usual I drifted off topic a bit, but that’s what writing does to me. The point I’m attempting to make should be clear though; If the messages you receive will not benefit you in any way, then YOU DON’T NEED TO RESPOND!

Keep Thinking

Sounds simple doesn’t it? It is but many people keep their mind occupied with negativity instead of finding time to relax, cut out all distraction and just think. This can actually be the difference between becoming a success and being a repeated failure.

You should always be making room in your mind for new ideas by focusing your thoughts and whenever you have any that really stand out you should save these ideas by putting it in a journal, sending yourself an email, or voicemail or be like those persons you see in the movies and use a recorder. Personally I like to use the notes in my phone and then transfer them to my USB later.

It is very important that you capture these ideas so you can check up on them later when you need to develop them.

Major Cause of Failure #15

Below is day15 in our month long series of inspirational posts on the ’31 Major Causes of failure’ brought to you by El Maèstro Designs.

Wrong Selection of a Mate in Marriage

This is said to be the most common cause of failure. The marriage brings two individuals really close to each other intimately and unless this is a harmonious relationship, failure is likely to follow.