1. Consider fame. In 2009, researchers from the University of Rochester conducted a study tracking the success of 147 recent graduates in reaching their stated goals after graduation. Some had “intrinsic” goals, such as deep, enduring relationships. Others had “extrinsic” goals, such as achieving reputation or fame. The scholars found that intrinsic goals were associated with happier lives. But the people who pursued extrinsic goals experienced more negative emotions, such as shame and fear. They even suffered more physical maladies.

     

  2. The Villagers of Stiltsville

    Perhaps you don’t know, then maybe you do, about Stiltsville, the village,(so strange, but so true) where people like we, some tiny, some tall with jobs and kids and clocks on the wall keep an eye on the time. For each evening at six, they meet in the square for the pupose of sticks, tall stilts upon which Stiltvilllians can strut and be lifted above those down in the rut; the less and the least, the Tribe of Too Smalls, the not cools and have-nots who want to be tall but can’t because in the giving of sticks, their name was not called. They didn’t get picked. Yet still they come when villagers gather; they press to the front to see if they matter to the clique of the cool, the court of high clout that decides who is special and declares with a shout, “You’re classy!” “Your’re pretty!”“You’re clever!” or “Funny!”And be queath a prize, not of medal or money, not a freshly baked pie or a house someone built, but the oddest of gifts, the gift of some stilts. Moving up is their mission, going higher their aim. “Elevate your position,” is the name of their game. The higher-ups of Stiltsville (you know if you’ve been there) make the biggest to-do of the sweetness of thin air. They relish the chance on their high apparatus to strut on their stilts, the ultimate status. For isn’t life best when viewed from the top? Unless you stumble and suddenly are not. So sure of your footing. You tilt and then sway. “Look out bel-o-o-o-w!” and you fall straight away into the Too Smalls, hoi polloi of the earth. You land on your pride, oh boy, how it hurts. When the chic police in the jilt of all jilts don’t offer to help but instead take your stilts. “Who made you king?” you start to complain but then notice the hour and forget your refrain. It’s almost six! Not time for chatter It’s back to the crowd to see if you matter. Stiltvillians still cluster and crowds still clamor, but more stay away. They seem less enamored. Since the Carpenter came and refused to be stilted. He chose low over high left the system tip-tilted. “You matter already,” he explained to the town. “Trust me on this one. Keep your feet on the ground.” Max Lucado

     
  3. This is our life on Instagram and Facebook. 

     
     
  4. Speak With Authority

     
     

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  6. I lost interest…

    "Why do you think there are some people who experience incredible enthusiasm and interest in a new hobby, a new purchase, a new relationship, a new career, a new decision right off the bat? They throw everything at it, their money, their time, their attention, almost to the point where it consumes their lives. But then suddenly, almost over night they lose interest, they lose the excitement, the love for it. The next day they break up and she’s devastated, the guitar gets shoved in the closet, the employer is dumbfounded, and he returns the juice blender back to Target. After looking at the instruction manual, he can’t believe he spent that much on a camera that requires so much time to learn. He goes back on the search for more fulfillment. What creates this habitual pattern of buying a slew of self help books, because you want to change, but never getting around to reading them? The new car purchase that begins to feel like an old car months later, so you lease again. The 10th relationship that ends 6 months later, just like the rest of them, because it just got old. What do you think causes this dramatic cycle of shifting attention and interest?"
    Eliot Rausch

     

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  8. Do you feel unfulfilled?

    "Do you constantly feel like you’ve lost your passion for your craft? Do you feel like you should be in a different career? Do you constantly think about feeling unfulfilled? Do you think about your short comings and the major obstacles in life that keep you stuck? Do you compare yourself to your peers and those that have "made it?" Do you feel jealous and defeated? Are you constantly seeking passion because without passion you know there is no purpose to life itself? Do you realize, if this is the case, you are constantly thinking about yourself? Do you realize constantly thinking about yourself will always lead to feelings of despair and un-fulfillment? The rabbit hole of self focus will only cut you off from life itself, from the very source of all fulfillment, from the gift of the present moment, from deep meaningful relationships, from the joy of serving others and literally creation itself?" Eliot Rausch

     

  9. Using a premise similar to Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, the series will follow the life of Eliza Dooley (a modern day version of Eliza Doolittle), a woman obsessed with becoming famous through the use of social media platforms (including the use of Instagram and taking selfies), until she realizes that she needs to actually find people that she can be friends with physically instead of “friend” them online. This prompts Eliza to hire Henry Higenbottam (a modern day version of Henry Higgins), a marketing self-image guru who is left with the task of rebranding Eliza’s image in the hopes to show her that there is more to life out there than just playing Candy Crush Saga with an iPhone and connecting with a Facebook page.

     

  10. Don’t aim at success.

    “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” 
    ― Viktor E. FranklMan’s Search for Meaning

     

  11. Today’s society is characterized by achievement orientation

    “But today’s society is characterized by achievement orientation, and consequently it adores people who are successful and happy and, in particular, it adores the young. It virtually ignores the value of all those who are otherwise, and in so doing blurs the decisive difference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable in the sense of usefulness. If one is not cognizant of this difference and holds that an individual’s value stems only from his present usefulness, then, believe me, one owes it only to personal inconsistency not to plead for euthanasia along the lines of Hitler’s program, that is to say, ‘mercy’ killing of all those who have lost their social usefulness, be it because of old age, incurable illness, mental deterioration, or whatever handicap they may suffer. Confounding the dignity of man with mere usefulness arises from conceptual confusion that in turn may be traced back to the contemporary nihilism transmitted on many an academic campus and many an analytical couch.” 

     

  12. Staring out the back window of my parents station wagon

    I remember as a young kid staring out the back window of my parents station wagon during a long summer trip across the country.  I played games with imaginary men that hopped over fences and ran along side throwing flame balls, riding horses and leaping over oncoming traffic. One evening, and I can remember it as if it was yesterday, we were in Canada in the middle of no where. The car was going about 70 miles per hour and we were passing a long street filled with houses. Suddenly I had an insatiable urge to get out of the vehicle and visit every house. I wanted to encounter every family, listen to every story, and have dinner with everyone all at once. But we kept driving and we passed another row of houses, flashes of kids in the street, families coming home from work, all passing by me within seconds, and the urge grew stronger, I felt deeply unsatisfied. And I wanted to slow down, get out, I wanted to know all of them, I wanted to be with all of them at once, but I couldn’t. As we passed rows of beautiful trees and lush green fields the sensation grew to an experience that I can only explain as wanting to be everywhere with everyone and everything all at once. It was incredibly overwhelming, like a strong pull coming from deep within my being. It was as if I was connected to everything and I longed for some kind of deep eternal unity. Today, 25 years later I listened to a scientist talk about new research that is uncovering a collective consciousness and our deep interconnectedness as a human race, down to the cellular level of our beings.  He talked about evidence that shows how one persons poverty and suffering can unconsciously effect an entire community and how one persons joy, love and compassion can transform the mind of another. And I got to thinking, that maybe what I experienced looking out that window wasn’t just another cute game to pass the time, but quite possibly a miraculous and intuitive sensation, that was revealing the subatomic essence and deep connection I had with all things. Eliot Rausch 

     
  13. "There is a proliferation today of film schools, of film critisim, of film production, because the equipment is ubicoudous, and its easy and its cheap. In a sense its accessible to everyone. There is also a tendency to study current movies and use that as a guideline which is not necessarily the best approach. Until we have that broad liberal arts foundation I pretty much advice students not about film school but about making sure they get a broad liberal arts education. Until we study great literature, great art, great music, until you can stand at the Mona Lisa and stare at it and understand why it is important and why it has lasted, until you can grapple with those questions, I think its harder to create the kind of lasting art in cinema that is going to speak to future generations and have relevance today. So we need to be multi-disciplined, we need to be looking across different disciplines and understanding that. Thats why its so fun to look at your work and to walk in the gallery with you, because it stretches and helps me make a new connection in a new way about what I do." Ralph Winters

     
     

  14. 1/Thesis: “Do what you love” / “Follow your passion” is dangerous and destructive career advice. We tend to hear it from (a) Highly successful people who (b) Have become successful doing what they love. The problem is that we do NOT hear from people who have failed to become successful by doing what they love. Particularly pernicious problem in tournament-style fields with a few big winners & lots of losers: media, athletics, startups. Better career advice may be “Do what contributes” — focus on the beneficial value created for other people vs just one’s own ego. People who contribute the most are often the most satisfied with what they do — and in fields with high renumeration, make the most $. Perhaps difficult advice since requires focus on others vs oneself — perhaps bad fit with endemic narcissism in modern culture? Requires delayed gratification — may toil for many years to get the payoff of contributing value to the world, vs short-term happiness.

     

  15. When Authenticity became a Filter

    When authenticity became a filter, we started using shallow depth of field, desaturated color correction and easy rig support to shoot our films.

    When authenticity became a filter, we used lower income, gritty streets, graffiti, and the marginalized in our music videos to sell our songs about heart break.

    When authenticity became a filter, advertising agencies started asking directors for authenticity to sell their inauthentic products.

    When authenticity became a filter, brands put the word AUTHENTIC in bold on their shirts signed with “Made in America”, while manufacturing their products overseas.

    When authenticity became a filter, food companies increased the cost of their “Organic” labeled food, while they genetically modified it for a longer shelf life.

    When authenticity became a filter, it became cool to talk about how much you were a sinner saved by grace, all the while continuing to judge the sinners.

    When authenticity became a filter, we created digital personalities so people could have access to more of our lives, while we only shared the best side of ourselves.

    When authenticity became a filter, we created personalities and projections of ourselves that would be more admired, liked and celebrated while we sat alone, feeling disconnected from our true-selves.

    When authenticity became a filter, we got lazy, we stopped thinking, really thinking and lost our barometer for truth. We applied that filter to damn near everything. It had all become marketing and we bought in hook line and sinker. For it was Truth that we were originally after and we had gotten close, but someone sold us a knock off along the way and we didn’t care to check the tag, we just kept walking, shopping and bragging about our authentic suede leather bag.

    Eliot Rausch