Creativity, Energy, and Leverage – Skate across America Day 31

November 3, 2010



Total Distance for today: 0
Total Distance for Trip: approx. 233 miles
LOCATION: Fowlerville, MI
STATUS: Briefly in Michigan for a meeting at the Mayor’s Office in Detroit about the Entrepreneurial Academy


Dillon, Dan (my sponsor), Cong (another APV visionary), and I pretty much went on a creative frenzy to finish up the majority of the business plan and presentation for Thursday’s meeting. I’m not sure what happened, but I honestly felt like pure energy. Every task seemed so rapidly surmountable that I just needed to focus the energy and success would be mine.


I’m no stranger to the volatile behavior of my own energies. Honestly, there are days when I feel as though I can’t accomplish anything of value. It’s not just that the completion of every task seems monumentally difficult, but every task also seems futile. I’m aware that the extremes of my energy border on some form of “disorder,” but I’m also aware that I could never achieve the things that I achieve, if it was not for these extremes. Typically, I find that a lull in my energies or confidence is associated with an imbalance in my life. Intense Physical training and exciting social interaction are typically in order to get my energies back in line. Sometimes, you can be too “responsible” and only focus on the tasks at hand. The truth is: in a world where a single idea or decision can be worth more than a lifetime of arduous work, what is most important is to keep our minds in the optimal creative and decisive state. Therefore, what looks on the surface like meaningless social dribble might be the most important part of your day.


The lesson: Stop believing that constant work produces results. On the contrary, developing the right creative and decisive leverage to produce the greatest effect with the smallest action should be your goal.

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