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Srsly bruh, what’s the meaning of life?

Sup mate?

So I’ve been rewatching a bit of Stargate (only 6 seasons, do not worry it’s fine). Even though it started to seriously get aged a long time ago, I’m still hyped by the show and its diverse tutorats. I’m gonna try to make this SG1-based entry actually valuable and not just be a hysterical fan boy.

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I believe the show directors have made a clear decision to distinguish the good and the evil throughout the stories and thus it teaches you a bunch of easy life lessons, basically on ‘how to be a good person’, that I always find meaningful to remember. For the same reason that I’m not watching SG1 in the research of some ‘hard-science’ content, I will just tolerate the impending manichaeism that threatens every episode.

Besides that, it gets spiced up by some more philosophical aspects, especially with the occurence of two characters: The Harsesis – who is set to be a powerful child-god, and Oma Desala, a spiritually elevated entity who used to be a human as well.

Here’s a quote from Oma:

“If you immediatley know the candle light is fire, then the meal was cooked along time ago”

IMHO there are a few different meanings for this sentence. I’m buying the hypothesis that this was just some kind of scenarist move to add a bit of mystic/psy to the show but hey… I’m cheesy at the same time.

The first one that came to my mind was the fact that there’s no point at living if everything appears to be resolved and unveiled by essence, like there’s no game at all, no room for improvement.
The second one may be an absolute consideration with the idea that any fence isn’t really a big deal; that you’d have overcome any kind of issue, succeed at any type of project and triumph over any sort of trouble if you solely had realized that your enterprise was fertile, that your instinct was on point, that you just needed to be patient and process your premises.

 

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Well that might not be true too often but sometimes you may have the keys, but you don’t know what to unlock. And in this case, I reckon it’s because we, humans, have trouble making decisions implying the long run. Which is natural, because of mothaflippin dopamine thresholds and constant seek for endorphin that make us crave for instant gratifications, feedbacks and exposure (at some different levels).But while this reptilian face of the ship that we are can be useful during some reactive phases to a situation (such as danger for example), our pro-active phases should be more focused in the long-term instead of immediate short-term recreative benefits, for this particular aspect of our lives embodies a terrible fiend to personal growth and goal realizations.

If you look around you may acknowledge an extreme diversity of successful people/projects from different careers/areas showcasing with their results and engagement that no business can burst into something huge before a certain amount of time (=most frequently years) invested and gambling on success or failure. Btw feel free to check out my previous post about why failure is the most important life lesson.

Another interpretation of Oma’s words that I found was cool was the following:

You can only know the real nature of a phenomenon/object/situation once all of its effects have occured. – I love it because it urges the person who’s reading/hearing it to remain resilient. You may be on a unknown path with a strange keyring in your pocket, you don’t know where you’re going but you must keep faith in your experience. Making a step can not be unhealthy, wherever you’re going. In fact, I don’t care it’s either this or dying in the void of nothingness where everything started. Let’s just create stuff.

That makes me think about a book that will help me draw a parallel and finish this post:
Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
What if the meaning of life was the quest of finding a meaning to life?

Believe in your candle, go big

Also this is me when I believe too hard in my candles, don’t forget to question your choices as well, LOL

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In a future post I will talk about the challenge I’m taking on right now and why I believe this is a good hack to beat procrastination.

Thanks for reading me, have an awesome day/week!

Stay resilient.

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3 Hacks To Stop Being Lazy

Sup mate? Vincent here.

In a recent vlog on my Youtube channel I briefly spoke about ‘gear management’ and its tremendous impact on productivity.

When I had just started playing the guitar, I remember a full year when I barely touched the instrument and was only playing for the sake of band practices. I was telling myself that progress naturally calls for progress and that I wasn’t forced to exaggerate the thing, like rehearsing on my own, and consciously learn new technics (forgive me I was young, feeling at ease and obnoxious).*

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The thing is that I was prone to do music, I actually loved it and was getting recognition with my band, there was absolutely no reason for me to skip doing it and chase it with full determination.

But oh yes there was some reasons. If you’re kinda like me regarding impulsions and motivation, you’re probably tributary of your temper and how you function on a daily basis.

In a previous post I talked about motivation cycles and why we, humans, are oftenly inconstant in the process of reaching our goals. Fortunately in most cases this is just a matter of building new healthy daily habits to unlock our full potential and start scaling like crazy. For instance, here are some new tricks I found to let you hack your productivity and overcome slackness:

#1 – Find a safe place

If you want to reach the state of Flow and be able to work hard on your goals, you need to be able to isolate yourself for 4 to 8 hours without being bothered by external elements. Or else there are great chances that you just won’t achieve a lot in the process of annihilating your to-do-list.

Do you have a room for yourself where you can be alone and max focused ? If not, I’d suggest you to find one before even considering going further as this very point would always be your biggest fence.

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#2 – Pack all your stuff

Is your stuff easily accessible and well organized (or at least, next to you)? This is the 1st thing I noticed when I decided to do something about my sluggish phases and start working for real on my objectives, the more I set up handy solutions for my gear, the more I became motivated for practice.

This could be the spot where your instruments are packed (not only music; could work for pretty much any other field of expression that requires precise tools) and/or the amount of time you need to plug or install everything to genuinely start practicing. Think feng shui.

#3 – Make sure to practice consciously

Conscious practice is the key and the momentum is crucial – this is the real call for progress. When people tell me stuff like « I can’t do that because I’m just too bad at it », I usually respond with something like « How long have you been practicing your field? » because I honestly believe that no one is brilliant nor awful at birth.

The notion of ‘talent’ these days is really overused and largely influenced by popular medias. We always witness TV shows such as America’s Got Talent (or here in France, La France A Un Incroyable Talent) and yet never hear shit about how hard it is to come up with something special and valuable while this is in fact one of the key factors. And because practice is the key, you now should see my point regarding the past two hacks. How can you practice your field on a daily basis if you have nowhere to do it or if your stuff is always afield from you?

“The way you do anything is the way you do everything” (Wing Chun Master Wong)

Now that you can take advantage of this, all you have to do is aim for progress in the most conscious possible manner. Fair enough, isn’t it? In martial arts, you can officially say that you’ve mastered a new movement when you rehearsed it 10,000 times. Not foolishly 10k times but in the most conscious possible way, meaning that every repetition of your movement should be better than the previous one.

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I leave you there, enjoy yourself.

Stay resilient.

*At the end of my scholarship I eventually decided to join a professional music school, because I assumed I had some facilities and couldn’t think of anything else for myself, but the knockout was real. Time is your fucken enemy, said my teachers. YOLO more like YORI (You Only Remain Imperfect). Keep practicing!

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6 Great Studio Monitors < $500

Sup mate! Vincent here.

A few months ago I was on a quest to find some new studio monitors for my room and because I took it very seriously, writing down the specs for each one of them to make a non biased comparison, I thought “HEY, LET’S MAKE A POST ABOUT IT CUZ HEH, YOU NEED CONTENT ON YOUR DAMN BLOG”. Alright let’s do it.

Here is my top 6 Studio Monitors for under 500 bucks, from the ‘ok’ range to ‘yes please’ range (imo). Thanks to my pal Abaz who helped me find my way. No easy task, I’m on a budget and not everything is bueno but everyone tells you their stuff is gold. KEEYAAA!!

#6 – KRK ROKIT

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Usually I wouldn’t put the KRK in this list because I already had the opportunity to mix and listen to a lot of music on them and never really felt I was in front of something reliable in terms of flat EQ.

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But to me this is a good compromise if you are in the same situation I was, which is a small room filled with crazy unwanted reflections all over the place and no possibility to move your speakers where you want and/or fix your walls with acoustic isolation panels etc. The good point is that there’s no blowhole in the back of the monitors, thus you avoid a bit of annoying bass reflections behind your computer screen and inside your sweet spot (the triangle of your head and your speakers placement),

Aesthetically this is pretty decent (well I don’t like yellow, no bueno, but maybe you do) and fact is that those monitors benefit from a huge ad campaign, I literally see them everywhere on the web so I probably got used to them. I might be a bit rude but to me they’re like the BOSE side of professional audio equipment. #hype

  • Frequency Response: 45Hz – 35kHz
  • Max Peak SPL: 106 dB
  • Power Output: 50W

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#5 – YAMAHA HS8

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This was nearly my first choice before I got educated to the field and knew my needs in terms of audio equipment. Though the HS8 can produce very loud SPLs (if you need so) you need to know that they do have a blowhole in the back so you better have a good placement and/or acoustic treatments in your room to make sure you’re not messing with bad reflection that could ruin your mixes.

The frequency response is not something I’d call flat due to some curious dips and down points in the low field but this is pretty decent considering the fact you’re dealing with 500 bucks monitors. This was meant to deliver a honest response when bypassing its filters (if placed at least 5 feet from the nearest wall) but this is something I just couldn’t do in my own room.

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Visually speaking these guys are hot AF, I mean let’s buy them for this unique reason. I assume a lot of people actually did, haha… Could’ve been one of them. Huh. Some of them considering that if they look just like the good old NS10, they should sound as good as them. But nope. Caution.

 

  • Power Output: 120 W biamp
  • Bass reflex system
  • Frequency range: 38 Hz – 30 KHz

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#4 – MACKIE MR8 MK3

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As far as I’m concerned, all my experience with Mackie audio gear in general was satisfying, I’ve never been disappointed with their equipment whether talking about speakers, consoles or audio interfaces. The MR8 MK3 is the kind of gear I would easily recommend to anyone willing to start building a decent home studio on a budget and eager to produce without wondering the ‘how’. Indeed, their setup compatibility is really versatile as they offer TRS, XLR, and RCA inputs to choose from.

  • Max Peak SPL: 113 db
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20 kHz
  • Power Output: 85 W

As much as I crawled over the Internet I never really found a complete specs sheet including a precise frequency response graph and considering the fact the the cutoff isn’t that high I’d assume we’re not talking about anything flat of an EQ. Nevertheless the main reason I’m putting them as #4 position is that in my opinion we’re dealing with something that is much more reliable in comparison to some HS8 or Rokit (to which they are frequently compared – probably because of the price range) although it did not receive the attention it deserved.

Actually some may recommend you to skip them because of their low bassy field / muddy reputation but in my honest opinion it’s still better than some KRK. In fact, all the monitors I’m featuring here are frequently compared to each others and everyone’s defending his own gear (as fucking always), so you ultimately have to balance all this divergency and make a choice in the end (as fucking always^2).

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#3 – JBL LSR 308

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FAT, LOUD, JUMBO. I MEAN D’YOU EVEN LIFT BRO?
That’s the question you should ask to your desk before putting these guys on it or else you’ll break your workstation and your floor and you will have to pay extra to your landlord or get evicted and ok I stop there. No seriously, this pair is HUGE.

What is interesting with the JBL LSR 308 is that sort of trumpet of trebles that will prevent you from dealing with the usually super directivity issue of standard tweeters every other studio monitor has. It genuinely makes your sweet spot larger, good to know if you’ve been used to listen to music on Hi-Fi.

Regardless of some intricate dips on the frequency response, I’d say we’re in front of quite a decent EQ. I wouldn’t call that flat thus you better know your room and/or use a DSP correction for these ones because, in my opinion, things can get pretty tricky in the low/middle low fields but yeah it’s still better than the KRKs (what? It’s not that I hate them, I just want to warn you about demonic popular compulsive mistakes commonly admitted by the masses, heh.)

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  • Max Peak SPL: 112 db
  • Frequency Response: 37 Hz – 24 kHz
  • Power Output: 56 W

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#2 – PRESONUS ERIS E8

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Presonus is well known for their compressors and interfaces but man, they truly can do good with speakers too. Soft highs and quality early reflexions were made possible thanks to some wise kevlar and silk materials on the woofers and tweeters BUT this can also encourage mistakes in these areas at the same time. It’s still the same, a pleasant pair does not make a good mixing pair.

Other than this, good versatility in the wiring set up, XLR and Jack (balanced) as well as RCA (unbalanced), a blowhole on the front face of the monitor and some amazing features on the back face for acoustic optimization of your work chain (your room and its flaws, as fucking always).

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I do know not any human can hear above 20khz but this is generally a symbol of reliability to guarantee some flat response in the spectrum. Neutrality is the key if you want a good mix. If you ears are always pleased of what they’re hearing you can’t really say “ok this is good but this is horribly bad”. You need to be able to make a difference and quickly make changes to your mix when needed.

  • Max Peak SPL: 105 db
  • Frequency Response: 35 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Power Output: 130 W

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#1 – YAMAHA MSP5

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Ok, this is a 100% non biased point of view – even though this is actually my current pair,

I’ve been using the Yamaha MSP5 monitors since 2012 and been always returning to them after a shitload of comparisons and practice inside different rooms and studios (especially when I was studying audio/music theory at school).

There’s one thing you should know about those monitors: they hate you and want you dead. Well, ok, probably not but DUDE they’re no fucking joke, you will hate what you hear until you spend hours fixing each and every poop on your mix (although we both know such a thing is impossible haha).

I mean look at this graph, this is the flattest shit I’ve ever seen. It is so flat I would literally make pizzas on this graph.

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But wait, there’s more than that, this epic flat response were made possible due to a 40kHz cutoff providing quite an accurate high end perception.
However and because this is a non biased PoV, I must acknowledge there’s a lack of informations in the low fields and you will always have a bad time listening to music on the MSP5s in comparison to some other evoked speakers in this topic but this is also why I can only stick to them for trying to make my mixes better. It’s not made to please you, it’s made to help you do things correctly. Also, no blowhole in the back. Me fucking gusta.

I’m still wondering whether or not I should add a sub woofer but considering the fact I’m not mixing in a perfect room I think it’s still better for me to wait. In any event I leave you sole judge of your situation and what’s best for you.

  • Max Peak SPL: 101 db
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-40kHz
  • Power Output: 40 W (HF) & 27 W (LF)

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#ALTERNATE SOLUTION – ADAM A5X  (W/ SUB WOOFER)

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In a next post I will talk about the Adam A5X solution which could be another option for mixing in good conditions at an affordable price. But this is simply not in today’s budget so I will make a special post for these ones.

Thanks for reading me.
Stay resilient!

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Why You Need To Create

Sup mate? Vincent here.

Why would you want to leave your mark in the course of existence? Here I’ll only be talking about artistic landscapes but I assume the followings could apply to a large variety of fields involving creation ex nihilo.

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So, whaddup? At first you’d say presumably because of something genuinely instinctive. After all, why did we find prehistoric paintings in caves?

The idea of creating something basically helps us finding sense in ourselves and the world around us. We are prone to experimenting and making complex things that didn’t exist before or, at least, improve what has already been done before us, which can be the starting point of some sort of fundamental human social awareness.

« The general consensus is that as a prominent characteristic of human intelligence, creativity is a fundamental activity of human information processing. A primary difference between our brains and those of other animals is our capacity to engage in cognitive abilities such as reasoning, representation, association, working memory, and self-reflection. » — Mónica López-González, Ph.D. and Charles J. Limb, M.D. (Musical Creativity and the Brain)

Besides this, at some point, also considering the instant satisfaction that we feel when we’ve just finished to shape something, some might even say it allows us to play God’s game. Which is kind of a mood enhancer, isn’t it? POWER.

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As far as I’m concerned, I do feel anchored in one of the coolest concepts I know: cultural heritage. This is precisely why we keep on training ourselves and chasing knowledge; to improve the game.

When you’re advancing in your field, you have the opportunity to remain in all future generations of people’s mind, I’d call it the ego side, that’s also a fact. We all want to leave a golden poop of our own that may eventually impact history. So yeah, not only is creation the one gate to posterity, but it’s also one sheer of a contribution in its most commendable appreciation.

Think about future generations that are granted to learn on better ressources than their elders/ancestors who used to struggle building what is now at our fingertips. I’m so glad and truly cheerful for I had the chance to start learning music with guitar heroes such as Malmsteen, Steve Vai, John Petrucci while my parents’ generation only had Jimi Hendrix as a reference (no offense bro).

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You may ask yourself from time to time; « well yeah thanks but what do I have that could interest or even influence the future? »

That’s a very good question, keep questioning yourself.

That’s all, i’m out.

Thanks for reading me.

Stay resilient.

Ok just kidding.

Keep seeking improvement, we are all allowed to contribute. Do not listen to people who never express constructive critics of your deeds and always try to put you in the dirt. These people are nasty and toxic. If you want to know why I NEVER pay attention to trolls and haters, check out my previous post about Time VS Downlifters.

On the other side, you may want to stay open minded regarding what you’re doing, nobody’s perfect and everyone has to learn something. If you’ve chosen the way of self-exposure, you gotta be prepared for people who won’t be into your thing AT ALL. But it doesn’t mean what they have to say isn’t worth your attention.

What makes me really enthusiastic about the creation field is that if you decide to play the game just like you’d play any MMORPG, you can basically learn new things everyday. We all have flaws but, from my perspective, that is the best way to shape your art to the next level in about a year. Think about what could happen in 10 years following this simple guilde line: learn at least one new thing every day.

Back to references: I can’t wait to see what the youth is gonna put on the table considering they’re starting their musical journey with high talented people such as Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Guthrie Govan, Rick Grahams, etc. I mean, I’m already starting to acknowledge that it is gonna be massive and that was made possible because of past generations who’s been building and creating, improving and shaping new concepts and ways of playing.

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Sometimes the process won’t be involving creation but ‘only’ small witty modifications. Apart from music, we have a lot of other examples of inspirational / influential people in a shitload of fields of expression / practice. For example, that ones concerns sports but it does the job: every high jumpers used to perform in the same manner before Dick Fosbury came in the place and revolutionized the game with his back-first technique. His move was controversial and judges had to decide whether or not it was an acceptable way of doing it but soon after the technique was adopted by almost all athletes and still is today.

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” ― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Alright, imma conclude here now. If you weren’t aware of the fact that when you’re expressing yourself, you’re not only expressif yourself, now I hope you are. Intellectual property is not an end in itself. You sow particles of spiritual matter that will occupy time and space and extend global advancement. People will reuse it, tweak it, improve it and so the legacy goes on.

Keep creating, stay resilient.

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Stay Resilient List: Give Away Winners

Sup mate? Vincent here.

Today is one of those days. The motivation is low and so is the period of my personal wav (someone revert the phase quickly please). I’m obviously referring to a past article regarding motivation mindset and I shall write another one on how motivation / creativity cycles function. That might be interesting for me as well as an opportunity to dig out this process and study how it works and applies on myself and others.

But this is clearly not today’s purpose. I rapidly managed to kick out my demons with something I was planing and announced to do two months ago or so, which is the idea of giving away something to some of you guys who watch my YouTube channel. For two of you guys, to be more specific. Something that has been helpful for me in the past years when I used to perform gigs every months, something that hopefully is gonna help someone else too. Yeah, it really rose my hopes up.

If you guys want to know more about my opinion regarding this thematic, you should check out my last entry about how sharing / giving is actually receiving mainly because it makes you feel awesome.

Congratulations to Nick S. & Robin G. for winning two of my guitar pedals, respectively a Maxon OD-9 (overdrive) and a BOSS TU-3 (tuner)! 🤜 🤛

I’m already planing to do more give aways in the future so if you haven’t subscribed yet, you can join the Resilient List and take part in the next upcoming ones.

Also if you want to make sure not to miss any of these, you can keep up with my content by following my channel, I mean, >> where the action really is <<

Stay resilient.

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Productivity and why you should get started NOW

« It’s unlikely you’re only going to make just one record. If you keep adding and taking songs off the record you will only make one record and it will take years. There is a time stamp to a group of songs. Let that be an era. Box it up and send it out. The next record will document the next phase of your life. » — Mark Marshall / TheProAudioFiles.com

Sup mate? Vincent here.

This week’s article is made with Dan Comerchero’s permission to use quotes from http://theproaudiofiles.com  for the good of today’s topic.

Today I want to introduce you to a topic that is one of my favorites and particularly the one that has been driving me on a day to day basis: Getting started.

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We all have idols. People that basically impress us and make us grateful for sharing such a tremendous dose of talent, love, discipline or whatever those special folks are doing. But truth is that, in fact, we just tend to idolize too much while we could ourselves become maestros or at least quite good in our field as well. It just takes you to get started and aim for constant improvements. Where do you see yourself in 3, 5 or 10 years? Can you remember the last time you said « I want to make this happen » but quickly forgot about it just because it would have taken a very long time to achieve? Does this type of decision made your life more comfortable? I’m pretty sure that the impact of such a decision, the tribute of earning nothing new because you chose not to get started, is causing you more trouble than actual fences you would’ve had to crush on your path by starting, whatever your thing is.

Giving up can’t be the answer unless you’ve made your legate as I enjoy saying it (= unless you’ve given the shit a damn try for good). No-one is godlike. You can totally become the type people you used to call demigods (or whatever divine-olympic-crap is the adjective you’re used to employ). What we do when we choose to postpone our dreams is that, as a matter of fact, we’re squashing them. A tree certainly won’t grow if you decide to grind it with your feet. But think about how majestic it could become if you decide to give it proper nutrients and steady loads of water, on a daily basis. It is as simple as it looks like: feed and nourish your dream, do not kill it in the cradle or else that is 100% guaranteed it will never rise.

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Keep releasing, keep posting, even when it’s imperfect. Because your best way to improve is to keep releasing and facing the world’s feedback. Then there will be time for you to take new things into considerations and adjust your processes. It’s not about your technics and many talents, it’s about what you’re actually capable of showing off. Go full naked.

« Forget about whether your music may be judged as good or bad. Or how much it will sell. Or if you will land a record deal. In the end it doesn’t mater — it’s art. Somebody will always have something bad to say about everything. They tend to not matter. Art isn’t a competitive sport. It’s about expression. Say what you need to say. » — Mark Marshall / TheProAudioFiles.com

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Excuses? There can be a lot. Pick up your favorite one and bury yourself with it if you want, it makes no difference.

We’ve already reviewed the top notch excuse for not getting started, the fear of failure. Now one of the most other common ones is the pace of improvement. We want things to happen fast but in reality we’re just too much addicted to speed and this will be the subject of another upcoming blog entry.

Visualization of your goals can be truly healthy if it triggers you like an engine or something that truly rises your hopes up. On the other side, we can easily get discouraged just by visualizing too much and figuring out that we’re not growing fast enough. That’s a very subjective approach and also most of time the biggest mistake you could make, and I’m guilty of it too. But yeah we learn together, we grow together. I want to be honest with you and full disclosure also implies that what I’m writing on this blog is not only advice or the typical tutor-student template (i hate it) but also weaknesses and points on which I should work on and confront.

I’m not ready yet / This is not the right time / I still need to learn more!

Don’t get me wrong, you should totally acquire knowledge and train yourself in order to produce and release what you want to do in life. You certainly must do that, but not before getting started. You have to keep improving everyday AND getting shit done at the same time. Look, you might be wise and well documented, full of knowledge, that’s great… but if you’ve been creating nothing out of your amazing skills yet, then what are you doing bruh?

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Nobody cares about how many hours, days, weeks or even years it took you to get to the point where you are at this very moment in your head if nothing was released yet. It’s like you’ve been on a mock up forever and, thusly, nothing exists at all apart your head. The people out there can’t value what they can’t see. We need proofs of what you’ve been up to lately if you do claim that you’ve somehow mastered something.

« No EQ or compressor is going to deliver your idea any better. (…) You will forever be adding to your collection of instruments and gear. Always find a way to make things work with what you have. » — Mark Marshall / TheProAudioFiles.com

Yeah but I need this $1,500 amp to record quality tracks!

No, forget about that. First of all you’ll get nothing but average-good results with a 1k5 amp considering this is just a tiny detail of your workflow chain. Believe it or not but I do know people who can rock the hell out with only $150 digital amps out there and even though their production isn’t as good as the last Periphery they are actually doing great WITH WHAT THEY HAVE until they can scale for something bigger.

Secondly, unless you’re actively in a quest of consumption/possession – which I cannot truly comprehend but genuinely respect – you’re much more likely to feel guilty in the middle-short term if you realize that you’ve accomplished nothing out of your fancy expensive gadgets (because let’s get clear: if you’ve bought something high priced that isn’t really useful for you in a workaday routine, this has basically became a gadget).

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There might be no direct benefit popping in front of your eyes in about a week, a month or even a year, but be sure that if you take the chance to believe in yourself in the first place and in your thing afterwards, you’re already qualified to scale like crazy and eventually reach your target.

What’s more, seeing yourself getting started will make more people around you getting prone to execute their own tasks and improve their daily habits because advancement is addictive.

Ignore nagging people (even relatives) telling you that you won’t succeed because, if you’re already on the trails of your personal race, you’ve already won. You’re making the difference because, at the gates of death (yeah let’s become dramatic), you would have given the best out of yourself to reach your goals and become a better self, while they would have just been pointless arrogant pricks doing nothing but criticize and trying to put you in the dirt.

« Don’t keep negative people around you. If someone gives you bad vibes, don’t hire them. Don’t work with them. Don’t bring them into the safe place. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment. » — Mark Marshall / TheProAudioFiles.com

Now to end this post, this particular quote hits me hard because I can connect this statement to a previous entry I made on this blog regarding toxic relationships and also to Hal Elrod’s book ‘’The Miracle Morning’’. This book was recommended to me by my ex-girlfriend who not only is a successful employee for an AAA+ gaming studio but also a great entrepreneur herself. And… at that time I was very unconfident about myself and already too much conscious of the goddamn down-lifting effect I had on people. Like you may think you’re a cool guy for being sarcastic and edgy but in the end you’re just an asshole.

You know what? I want you to do something for me. Well, not directly for me but let’s say for mankind in general (yeah again, you’ve got to know i’m a drama queen). Next time you witness someone trying to put you down for no solid reasons – that I won’t define here, I rely on you for the consistency of this part -, ask him/her why the fuck (s)he’s doing that and make him confront his own fears because that’s honestly what these people need and I wish someone had the balls to make me in this position back in the days. In the worst case you’ll loose a friend (but who needs a friend who constantly bashes your opinion and never supports you?) and in most cases you’ll find out that the root of such a behaviour lies in the fear of getting started themselves.

I leave you there with this ultimate quote:

« Make sure to have fun in the studio everyday. Don’t take yourself or anyone around you too seriously. Enjoy the process and let your imagination soar. We all do this for the love of it. Being too harsh on yourself or others around you is a real buzz kill for everyone. » — Mark Marshall / TheProAudioFiles.com

Peace out.

Stay resilient!

Quotes source: https://theproaudiofiles.com/9-things-that-shouldnt-derail-your-record/

The Miracle Morning: http://amzn.to/2vSZBro

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These Guys Are Resilient AF

“Meet SERPEN Series, the electric skateboards that can your lifestyle changer when it comes to urban transportation. And they are not the ordinary electric skateboards that you find on the Market! SERPENT-C is the smallest and lightest skateboard while SERPENT-W is the safest long board there is. They will make your urban transportation a breeze!”

Sup mate! Vincent here.

Today I wanted to give a quick shoutout to a brand that I’ve been following for a month or two. I subscribed to their mailing list to keep up with their news and upcoming kickstarter campaign (and yeah, also because they are shipping free skateboards for a few lucky winners). But more importantly, I wanted to make a post about them because they recently showed great sense of resilience, and that’s what we’re about on here.

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> This is Kuickwheel <

So basically, they had released their first kickstarter campaign a few days ago and, from my PoV – even though I have no clue about their business plan or any cost whatsoever for what they’re doing, OBVIOUSLY -, they received quite a decent amount of support plus their two showcased main products (the electric skateboards Serpent-C and Serpent-W) were appearing at a surprisingly affordable/cheap price in comparison to some other famous electric boards out there.

However, just before I could even consider placing a pledge and cherish the idea of acquiring one of these, I received this mail from them:

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How. Flipping. Great.

So basically, instead of just pursuing their initial strategy the stubborn way, they chose to shutdown the page, take the minimal risk of losing some support, start over to come back stronger and take the chance to reach their maximal results, how cool is that ?
There might be thousands of examples like them, of people choosing to change their plans to become better versions of themselves or put in work daily to deliver the best shape of an idea / project by facing the shit or the unexpected.

Sometimes we need to realize that the contingency of sacrifice can be wholly part of your process and that this ability to mutate into something more accurate regarding your potential and people’s feedback can be a key to success. Changing your mind is not a big deal, even if you have thousands of customers. It’s no big deal since you do it for the good and that’s precisely what I think these guys are doing.

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Beware, I’m not advising anyone to change their mind every time they want to please somebody. There’s no secret rule about that and this is not what resilience means. Actually you need to create some kind of distance when something unexpected occurs to clear your mind, analyse the situation and thusly grab the opportunity to alter, reorganize or keep going with your enterprise / whatever your thing is.

“When you are quiet, your mind shouldn’t be quiet; when you are moving fast, your mind shouldn’t at all be moving fast. Even when your mind is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your mind slacken. Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, nor your body be influenced by your spirit. Your mind should lack nothing while having no excess.” ―Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings)

Why do we live among criticism, failure, hardships or imperfection? Why can’t we just be at peace 24/7? Why isn’t it just easier? We’re all riding the same path wondering why the fuck do we have to face such a regular dose of trouble in our lives. But if you look in your own past, you just wouldn’t be able to even list the number of solved problems that made you grow stronger, wiser and more resilient just by figuring out what the solution was. And we’re all capable of that.

In my opinion, resilience and/or adaptability come with the idea of using it (shitstorms, binary issues or just unexpected events) to your advantage. You don’t have the same level of consciousness as the 10 yo version of yourself. You don’t see the world in the same manner anymore and the more you try to solve problems, the more you’re getting good at this.

“The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” ― Albert Einstein

There’s no victory if there’s no battle, you can’t success if you’re not challenged, there’s no muscle growth without the pain that will trigger its construction.

I will end this post with an attempt of witticism by telling your this short episode that’s been inspiring me everyday since I met the guy.

Years ago, somewhere in Germany, a little boy was being bullied by his classmates, they used to call him quite often ‘die fette Ratte’… Today TheFatRat weighs more than 1,6 million subs on Youtube and his channel has almost 300 million plays by the time I’m writing this article. Careful with who you tryna bash at school, kids. You might give them golden nuggets to make you feel even more stupid afterwards.

Peace out.
Stay resilient.

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Top 10 Healthy Food To Stay Focused

Sup mate! Vincent here.

In this topic we are still aiming to give the best out of ourselves on a day-to-day basis and, just like when you’re exercising your body needs clean fuel to function on full rate, you can not consider reaching the state of flow without incrementing quality meals / start thinking about nutritional stuff.

In a previous post we’ve seen how daily habits can be the game changer in the quest of becoming better versions of ourselves, so here is my top 10 foods that I would recommend you to consume regularly. Nothing very folkloric nor unreachable here, these are very common yet healthy aliments you can find pretty much everywhere.

 


  • FRUITS & VEGGIES

 

#10 – Broccoli

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Alright I know veggies are some serious boring shit. Only paladin elves can eat that while smiling, that’s for sure. But still you may want to add some to your diet because of central nervous system recovery, vitamins imbibition, lowering risks of heart disease and blah-blah-blah… or else you gonna die. WHATEVER.

Here comes the broccoli my friends. First, it has quite a decent amount of protein for a vegetable as well as antioxidants, it also plays a cholesterol-lowering role and last but not least, it is known to increase testosterone production for males (might be interesting in case you’d want to grow a full beard… fuck yeah!).

If you had to pick up only one veggie, this would be this guy. Otherwise you can also try out some green beans but LOL that’s even worse in my honest opinion.


 

#9 – Peanuts & Dried Fruits

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If you feel like you’re burning a lot more calories than the people around you and you want to gain a bit of weight (which was personally my case). Almonds, nuts,  raisins (water dipped), they are all designed to become your best snack / brunch / collation / whatever between meals.

1/4 cup of almonds already contains nearly 8 grams of protein, pistachios about 6 grams of protein, dried grapes provide about 250 calories per 100 grams. Plus, most of them are also excellent sources of monounsaturated fats and magnesium (which is highly involved in protein synthesis).


 

#8 – Banana

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It would be a tough work to summarize all the benefits of bananas in just few lines but here are the reasons why I personally eat bananas everyday – and more importantly before doing physically/mentally exhausting tasks:

Potassium, 110 calories, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 16% dietary fiber and a nice nutrients package meant to fill you with good energy.


  • CARBS & STARCHY FOODS

 

#7 – Olive

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Olive as well as its oil is known to be a great health partner. Among other benefits, olives eliminate excess cholesterol, controls blood pressure and are a good source of Vitamin E.

Likewise, diets rich in olive oil may reduce chances of cardiovascular disease (one of the numerous earnings of mono-unsaturated rich diets). I don’t want to bring back the elvish stuff but yeah, well mixed into a complex salad these guys are so friggin’ delish.


 

#6 – Oat

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Darn it😠 I’m sure this picture was taken by an Elf, or a hipster, idk. Anyway. Warning! Here’s some low glycemic index (slow burning carbohydrates), rich in vitamins and minerals, it will provide the body with a long and lasting stock of fuel.

As a value of proof, there is no decent sporty breakfast that excludes oat and you may even want to consider adding some to at least one of your meals.


 

#5 – Rice

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Brown rice and white rice have similar amounts of protein, calories, carbs and fat. About 3 grams of protein, 130 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates and 0,3 grams of fat per 100 grams.

However their glycemic indexes kinda vary and as you may know it or not, GI are responsible for blood sugar levels and high GI are often associated with diabetes. There are several posts on the web that would tell you that the difference between brown and white rice isn’t that big… But I’ve come a long way examinating actual effects on my own body and so my choice is made. The only thing I can tell you is to make your own experiment and see what fits best your needs.

If our diet was simply starchy-centered (fortunately not the case) I would say eat rice everyday. But what we want is also a varied diet so I’d better say that: eat rice one day and quinoa or perhaps pastas the next day because, as far as carbohydrates are concerned, these three are godlike.


  • LEAN PROTEINS

 

#4 – Beef

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4th position in this high-protein foods top that will help us keeping our motivation high. 100 grams of this lean red meat contains 27 grams of protein stuffed with essential amino acids, B12-vitamin, and iron. The reason why beef is not at the top of this list is because it also contains 11 grams of fat and remember that we are looking for lean prots.

A maximum of 2-3 per week is tolerable and still provides good results in terms of performances. Now for some vegan fellows, a good alternative to beef is tofu (soy milk), one of the few plant sources that provides a complete protein package.


 

#3 – Eggs

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Assuming this might be one of the most overused (but not overrated) sorta-sporty meal, I guess pretty much everything has already been said about eggs. Quick and easy to cook, it is best served as boiled or fried eggs (solid albumen / liquid yolk) for a better assimilation. Yeah forget about Rocky’s training and eating raw eggs, this is flippin’ bullshit bruh. Plus the risk of developing salmonella infection with raw eggs is high.

For each egg you will get a solid 5-6 grams of protein and it also contains nothing less than 9 essential amino acids.

Eggs don’t deserve their bad reputation. Further research showed that higher consumption of eggs is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart diseases for most people. However other studies claimed of quite a different outcome regarding type 2 diabetes and more importantly the place of egg consumption into a diet. There are great chances that most of the time other dirty fat/sugary foods are the ones responsible for developing coronary heart disease in the general population. This is always a matter of balance.

Here are some sources for the zététiciens out there:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16340654

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23676423


 

#2 – Chicken/Turkey

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Now here is the demigod food. Providing 31 grams of protein per 100 grams, this white meat is undoubtedly to include in your diet if you want to absorb lean proteins.

Indeed, not only is chicken a strong protein supplier, but it’s also a very low-fat food (which is what you must be sharply looking for). Nuff’ said.


 

#1 – Fish

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Yo, I still don’t know whether or not I should keep it in 1st position because well, Fukushima and stuff. But yeah though pilchard is also quite good, salmon and tuna are the true winners. High quality protein as well as omega-3 fats make it the real champions’ food. It is also a famous source of Vitamin D, a substantial agent essential for bone strength, physical performance and other conditions such as cancer prevention.


 

I’d like to think about a vegan version of this article. How cool would it be? If some of you guys want to contribute to a potential next post on healthy vegan foods, feel free to comment down below!

Thanks for reading me, have an awesome day/week!

Stay resilient.

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(Rest in peace brotha)

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How To Focus / The « Flow » Concept

Sup mate? Vincent here!

Today I would like to introduce you a cool conceptual idea related to focusing and sticking at our goals,, especially when the motivation is extremely low. And more importantly why it is the best and very crucial moment to focus and why we should actually seek for more episodes like this.

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“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

1975: named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi after studying the idea of happiness and numerous CEO interviews, he decided to write a book about this intricate state of « Flow ».

The basis of the « Flow » is supposed to be a perfect balance between skills, what you’re capable of, and challenge. It reveals some sort of clarity regarding your goals and you become capable of instant feedback while doing your thing, whether it’s sport practice, music or anything that involves such prerequisites. Like every action or decision that you make is being scanned in real time and you can instantly correct your process when it’s needed.

Here are the essential characteristics that I could find on the web when I was looking for some more informations about it, some of the most current symptoms of the Flow experience were:

  • -intense concentration with great focus on the present time,
  • -reduced consciousness of your environnement and even yourself (because you’re genuinely connected with your work/art/whatever),
  • -a feeling of control and power over the situation,
  • -some time distortion (hours can really become minutes)
  • -(and the best one imo) a massive satisfaction

“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Almost like creating a different reality for yourself (or perhaps being on ecstasy, yeah, according to Mihály’s analogy) I’m sure you guys already felt this at least once. If you’ve ever been practicing something challenging for hours/days and not feeling forced of doing it, you’ve probably experienced the Flow. I think the moment when I personally feel it is when I’m doing music or video. Sometimes it happens when I’m editing or mixing a musical project or when I’m improvising on the guitar. That’s why I also need to add that it doesn’t mean what you’re doing is great, haha. It’s just that you’re at your maximum potential regarding your skills and your target. Heh.

But yeah, at this point your mind is drowned into something more blurry and more finical at the same time. You don’t exist anymore besides the trip you’re living in your head – and probably creating with your hands.

From now on, I think that is what I tend to seek every day. It looks like this is one of the best ways for me to be happy. I’m not saying that it could apply to everyone, there’s no right or wrong, just things that work for me and maybe not for you. Yet this is what I feel is the most appealing thing to do with my life and that is what art and creation are about: giving a sense of reality to something that didn’t exist before / apart of your mind.

If you’re interested in reaching this level of concentration, fortunately there’s a path to do so. You’ll need to train yourself, just like muscles, to approach the exact spot where anxiety becomes awakening and where control becomes power. And because, in this moment, you’re using all your skills at their max efficiency, it’s just a matter of time before you push yourself out of your comfort zone and backward your limits. Advancement can quickly become an addiction as well, which is great!

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A cool way to be able to get closer to the Flow is by trying to add more skills to your current talents (dude, I sound like I’m talking about a friggin RPG!), you need to train yourself and learn on the subjects that matter for you or your long term goals. Because sometimes you’re just about to make it but you get hit by some ridiculous technical aspects of your process and so you can’t be fluid and so you get pissed off and so you may eventually give up. And that’s not what we want.

“Most enjoyable activities are not natural; they demand an effort that initially one is reluctant to make. But once the interaction starts to provide feedback to the person’s skills, it usually begins to be intrinsically rewarding.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

That said, there is still an obverse, a price to pay to deal with the Flow. Indeed, precisely because this particular state of mind might be the answer to a lot of existential crises such as ‘’what am I made for’’ or ‘’what’s the meaning of (my) life’’ it also provides the accurate tribute in response to that. Just like the second law of thermodynamic, there’s no actual free energy and productivity costs energy. Focusing for so long and so intensively can really be exhausting for your body and also your mental state.

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I’d say it’s just like in sports, it depends on your central nervous system’s resilience. You’ll have to rest, take some breaks and have quality sleep to be able to regenerate. Some may even consider learning and practicing meditation to improve their condition and clarity.

In a future post I will talk about why you should get on trails right now, before getting your heroic armor and enchanted weapons. Because if you feel the urge to create and actually know how to do it, there are great chances you couldn’t do any better with a lot more stuff than you have now (unless you’re at Day 0 with absolutely nothing to produce, of course).

Stay resilient.

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Nutrition. (And why you should care about it)

Back in 2011 when I had started training myself, a lot of people used to criticize my way of living and enthusiasm in sports. They assumed my training and diet was a waste of time, that we’d rather enjoy life without restraining ourselves. What’s the point with eating healthy? « All men must die » (valar morghulis bruh) after all. Meh.

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Sup mate! Vincent here.

By now we’re living in a world that doesn’t really often allow people to rest and question themselves regarding their condition and/or daily habits. Everything goes extremely fast and we’re more and more used to believe that hardships are just the results of bad luck and we tend to avoid looking for bounds, causes and effects. Thereby we always have to deal with a huge amount of bullshit and in this post i’m gonna point out one fancy little hog that has been responsible for quite a bias regarding health, which is the idea of morphotypes.

Morphotype is a whimsy terminology used to describe your body type. From my PoV and experience, according to some people it suggests that you should accept yourself the way you are at this very moment. Forever.

Can you relate, Ser Gregor Clegane? (wow too much references to GoT already)

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I’m too skinny / fat / this is unfair.

Is it really unfair? Is that even true? Does this really define yourself?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m OK with the fact there are actual metabolisms, some slowers than others. But just because some people can gain weight more easily doesn’t mean skinny guys does not suffer from bad symptoms from the inside as well. Their body just doesn’t store fat as much as their antagonists and there’s something interesting about it. If you move your perspective, you can clearly see that this way: their body never send alert signals. Like you never know when it’s time to pay attention but deep inside you may still be doing it wrong. You can take 10 lbs of fat for every slice of pizza VS you friend may never but in the end you guys ate the same thing, didn’t you?

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In the Book of Five Rings from Miyamoto Musashi (some old Samurai ressources), it is said that at that time – don’t ask me which time, I haven’t got a clue – perfection and self accomplishment were not limited to only one discipline. Indeed, the notion of fulfilment consists in a constant learning, freed from discrimination, of any possible field/domain you can bump into. The way of the Samurai implies that in addition to this badass spiritual aspect of your life, martial trainings and sword mastery, you may want to attach as much importance to arts, cultures, politics, medicines or any form of expression which, from a global perspective, constitutes life.

Lemme try to transpose this to nowadays’ context. I’d say that if you want to keep aiming for a better version of yourself, acquiring some knowledge about diet (and I should probably say nutrition instead of diet) is also something to include in your ‘operating mode’. We have yet to understand that a large quantity of our daily meals are sharply bad for us, unhealthy as hell, full of sugar and saturated fat, persistently lacking more and more essential nutriments and vitamins due to awful agriculture decisions and even stock markets playing some frightful role in the deterioration of soil fertility. We may want to help our body and immune system if we want to maximize our life expectancy and by that I mean eating clean most of the time. This usually entails the emergency to understand some basics such as daily nutritional requirements VS caloric expenditure… and maybe also practicing physical activities every week.

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Plus, if you get a lifestyle that is one of health, your mental and physical state will be one of sheer awesomeness ! I can ensure you that when your body is healthy, your brain usually follow. That is because when you run your body on clean fuel and give it regular use, it runs efficiently and becomes a cheerful system as a whole. Again, from my PoV and feelings, I’ve been never this productive / running with clear mind before I started eating clean.

So yeah, I can’t agree with this statement of « accepting your body », even if sometimes for some particular cases one may have to do it occasionally for example if something irreversible happen(ed)s to you or that you’re born with. But other than that, indeed, your body is not an immutable condition. « You are what you eat », yes, this is the result of a one time period showcasing your efforts and/or weaknesses. I believe in everyone, we can truly become better versions of ourselves.

In my next post i’m gonna be covering a top 10 thing. About healthy foods for a lean body & sharp mind. How cool’s dat?

Thanks for reading me! Go big or go home!

Stay resilient.

PS: I’m too tired right now to explain why sex is even better with healthy/in-shape people but yeah, trust me. It is.

PS2 (no copyright infringement intended bruh): there’s something huge related to eating clean which is the days you’re allowed not to eat clean. Saturday cheat-meal dude. This little ‘derequisition’ of bad foods lasting all along the week makes you reconsider the taste of unhealthy – but so freaking toothsome – meals full of carbohydrates. Yeah because well fuck that, I couldn’t give up on burgs. Broccolis are cool but burgs and tacos are cooler. No offense brocs.

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