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What I’m Up To: An Update on My Adventures in Learning & Creating

Failure is all the rage.

It’s nearly impossible nowadays to listen to motivational speakers and self-help gurus without hearing them say something about the value of failure and the lessons it can teach us.

But when failure is brought up as a concrete topic of discussion, it’s typically talked about as something that only happened in the past (ie. “once upon a time, I was poor” or “once upon a time, I had a horrible marriage” or “once upon I time, I put my foot in my mouth and totally embarrassed myself”).

While I think it’s tremendously important to talk about past failures, I also believe it can be just as inspiring (and interesting) to talk about our current failures. After all, creative challenges are a part of life. And it’s the illusion that some people are exempt from such challenges that often keeps us from learning valuable lessons from the people we respect and admire.

This observation is what inspired me to launch (starting today) a new podcast called “What Are You Failing At?”

“What Are You Failing At?” is a series of short conversations with entrepreneurs, educators, and various experts on what they’re currently failing at and what strategies they’re currently employing to cope with and/or conquer those failures.

I published two episodes today and I’ll be updating the podcast with new episodes every Monday. To learn more about the show and to see today’s episodes, visit my podcast announcement page over at the Praxis blog by clicking here.

In other news, I’ve been hard at work with the Praxis team as we’ve been preparing for our Opening Seminar in Charleston, South Carolina. Our Fall session begins next week with a talented group of nine participants. Joining us for a week of inspiring talks, professional development workshops, and entrepreneurial training will be Adam Witty (Founder of Advantage Media), Jeffrey Tucker (Founder of Liberty.me), Patrick Bryant (Founder of GoToTeam), Levi Morehouse (Founder of Ceterus), John Ramsey (Founder of SeedCess), Claire Kittle (Founder of TalentMarket), and Antony Davies (Economic Professor & Entrepreneur).

It’s been nearly three months since I took my hiatus from blogging and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but it’s time for me to return to a regular schedule of learning and creating. I’ll be starting up my next experiment in personal development soon, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, create a great day/week/month/life/everything.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

You become what you despise

When you despise the qualities you dislike in others, you assimilate those same characteristics into your own personality.

I remember a phase when I grew “sick and tired” of complainers.

I went on and on about how much I hated people who complained about their problems.

It hadn’t occurred to me that complaining about complainers is just another form of complaining.

By focusing my attention on the people I despised, I became just like them.

Are you focusing your energy on what moves you forward or are you too busy bemoaning those who behave badly?

T.K. Coleman

Sympathetic Vibration

The secrets of the Universe are encoded in the Language of Love.

As we become more akin to vibrating at the higher frequencies of compassion, the mysteries of the cosmos reveal themselves to us and we begin to understand, with our hearts, the felt meaning of life.

In the Ancient Greek world, Aristotle formulated what came to be known as “The Correspondence Theory of Truth.” To the Ancient Greeks, “Truth” was the property of a statement which corresponded to Reality. This conception of Truth underlies the approach to knowledge most celebrated by the modern Western World.

In the mystical schools of the Ancient Eastern World, however, Truth was understood in terms of  “sympathetic vibration” or “harmonic resonance.” Something was considered to be True not merely because it corresponded with external conditions, but because it resonated harmoniously with the emotional guidance of the seeker.

Water cannot be grasped with the hand, yet it can be captured in a cup. Likewise, the Energy of Life cannot be grasped with the mind, but it can be harbored in the heart.

If we open our minds to the wisdom of the heart, we can literally feel ourselves into the knowledge of higher worlds.

How does it make you feel to think about that?

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