The rage in me

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
Stop.

Listen closely.

What do you hear?

Sometimes when I stop, I hear more than my heart beat, I hear an irreverent, holy kind of rage swirling around inside of me; it’s the kind of rage that shouldn’t be ignored.

It’s the kind of rage that has enough power to drive the artistic expression in my life forward.

What is this rage?

It is a rage that hates injustice, it hates confinement, judgment, suppression, poverty and inequality… it is the kind of rage that must be unharnessed and set free.

 

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The best bugs are underneath big rocks

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

In the weekend I took my 3-year-old son on a bug hunt, armed with two small sticks we set off on a mission to find the biggest and best bugs in our neighborhood.

But where do you find really great bugs in a suburban neighborhood, that was the question?

Well, you don’t find them walking down the main street, you don’t find them on the sidewalks (thank God) and you typically don’t find them on a freshly cut lawn (not in one piece).

Actually, we found the best, most interesting, and the biggest bugs underneath rocks and logs, especially when these rocks or logs were close to a water supply.

Great ideas are like bugs, the best ones are nearly always underneath something heavy and old, something that has been sitting around for a while, something that is close enough to your passions and values (the water) to thrive.

If you are looking for a uniquely remarkable way to express yourself online, you most likely won’t find anything of value in the middle of a heavily trafficked area (copying others), there are two places that you should look,

  1. Turn over your old ideas that have been around forever and see what is underneath them.
  2. Journey into the deep, dark woods on the outskirts of town, to where other souls fear to tread, to the land of “crazy ideas,” where the irreverence and foolishness reign.

 

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Help! I am stuck inside a Jane Austin Novel!

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
If you want more than you currently have, then you are going to have to STOP following the rules.

You know, those lies (rules) that have been spoken over you since you were a very young child…

You were taught from a young age to be ordinary, to fit in, to not embarrass your parents and to remain quiet in sombre social settings, blah, blah, blah…

In so many ways you’ve become a finely tuned domesticated human being, safely kept inside a cage made of bars forged from reason and propriety; you’re stuck in a Jane Austin novel, you just don’t realize it yet.

To be truly remarkable (both online and offline) you must be prepared to slip through the bars and leave your cage forever (Tweet).

Leaving the cage looks different for every person, for some it is gentle process that takes a lot of time, for others it involves a violent almost angry twisting of the bars… be warned, the end goal of leaving your unremarkable cage is never anarchy, it is to experience a life of freedom, for both yourself and others.

Do you want more, are you ready to leave behind that safe insipid cage that is slowly destroying your soul?

 

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The Friday Night Nudge to Keep You Going Strong.

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Today’s Friday Night Nudge on The Seven Sentence Blog is for anyone out there who is feeling compelled to make something happen.

Let’s start by agreeing that the future does in fact belong to dreamers like you; brave, lucid, crazy souls, who refuse to lie down in the face of futility.

You are amazing, never ever stop believing in the dreams that have been placed in your heart.

Every great thing that has ever been made, created, inspired or written first begun in the mind of one person (Tweet), the question is why can’t that one person be you?

Perhaps, you’ve spent your week shrouded in disbelief, perhaps your’ve doubted yourself, failed a lot, or have endured criticism and mockery at the hands of others.

If you are hurting right now, understand that such pain is temporary, and the path you are walking right now has also been walked by many other brave dreamers, you are not alone.

Water the seed of your dreams this weekend, take care of the soil (yourself) and every day watch as your dream begins to take shape and grow.

 
 

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You are wrong and it’s okay

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Where does that crazy need to get things right come from?

For some us the overwhelming need to be right, to win, to never fail actually prevents us from ever making it to the starting line.

For others the desire for perfection, prevents us from ever finishing, instead we continue to pointlessly run round and around in circles, never daring to enter the finishing shoot and sprint home.

It is almost as though there is only ever one right answer, one positive outcome, one result that will earn us the accolades or give us the self respect that we so desire.

Is it possible that the desire to be right is orchestrated by a kind of evil whose only purpose in life is to pacify you, to steal from you, to keep you from growth and great self discovery?

Nothing will steal your creativity from you like the need to be right, he masquerades as your friend, but he is in fact your foe (Tweet).

Worse still, this need to be right is so often an individual pursuit and so it keeps us from listening, it keeps us from knowing others, it keeps us narrow, it keeps us lonely.

 
 

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You have a big stinking problem with your pick up line

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Let me be straight with you, I do not completely condone this kind of behavior.

But I knew a man once who went into a different bar every night and used exactly the same pick up line all the time, every time to impress different women.

Unfortunately, every now and then he would forget where he was and exactly which particular women he had recently tried to entertain AND he would use exactly the same line, on exactly the same woman, on exactly the same night… SLAP!

Yes, as you can you can imagine this man has been slapped on more than one occasion, and in general he’s a pretty lonely dude. You see he’s placing his faith in an outdated, superficial, somewhat offensive way of initiating a relationship; it’s a one-size-fits-all thoughtless method of engaging someone.

I know that most of you would never doing anything as superficial as this, right?

Except perhaps when you’re working on a tagline for your business, your brand or your blog…

 
 

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Many Strands Wound Together

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Don’t make this “rookie” mistake when you are trying to find your voice in the social space.

Many people who are looking for their voice struggle to find what they are looking for because they are looking for one single finite strand.

In a sense they are looking for one subject, one theme, and one tone that summarizes completely who they are.

Unfortunately or fortunately, you are far more complex that this and there are many strands and many narratives and many tones that make up your unique voice.

So if you are looking for your voice, please stop looking just for one thing.

Remember you are actually searching for that genuinely remarkable and authentic human being that lives inside of you.

Finding your voice is about chipping away everything around you that is not you, it is a process of purification, it takes fire, it takes time, it can be painful but it is worth it.

 
 

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