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Not hungover is more productive – Daily Lesson – Jan 1st 2014

Today is Jan 1st.

I have to admit, the past several New Years, I have spent in my room, avoiding the sun, and recovering from the night/morning before.

It’s what you are supposed to do in New Years eve, go out, drink as much as you possibly can without passing out.

Last night, like the last several months, I decided that I was not going to drink. That I can still have a blast without having to even get a little buzzed.

The best part of all, was waking up today feeling completely fresh, and truly ready and in shape to start the year.

Sure, most of this “resolutions” will probably not go farther than the second week of february, but today has been the most productive beginning of the year ever, and it is all because last night I stayed away from the bar.

For me a sprite please.

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Daily Lessons in 2014

It is said that every day we learn something new. It is probably true. But rarely we actually digest our daily lessons, so it just stays in the unconscious where it is not easily accessible.

I am taking on this year to write down everyday something new I have learned, done, realized, every day, so by Jan 1st 2015 I will have learned and recorded 365 lessons.

Why am I doing this? I read recently something that said: 2014 will be 365 days with infinite potential. I decided to add a layer of intention to all that potential. The added intention to this potential will make my mind look for patterns of  learning something though my experience in life.

I will take every day at least 5 minutes to write down, or make a video, or a piece of audio speaking about something new that I have learned, done or realized that day.

I bet some daily lessons learned will be awesome cool tips like a little lifehack or a quick kitchen tip. But I also expect lessons that could be more painful to deal with, life lessons that could drastically change the course of my life, things about me that I might not really like to see or realize. Who knows what it could be! After all, it’s INFINITE POTENTIAL we are talking about. Right?!

It’s gonna be a trip!

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How to live in 2014

Watch videos that inspire you.

Tell stories that excite you.

Read books that shape you.

Follow people you admire.

Share your good ideas.

Make beautiful and useful things.

Play games that challenge you.

Become a friend to more people.

Do things that matter.

Give yourself to others.

Open your mind to receiving.

Grow within.

Expand your world.

 

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Building habits

It’s always been a struggle of mine to build good habits. I sometimes get caught up in the same patterns over and over, without really putting the effort to create a way out, to replace old rusty habits with productive and fresh ones.

Just recently, I heard the audiobook of The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, and it made me realize how important it is to really nurture productive habits, because the productivity will just come natural!

So that is one of the motivations for this post, to start building the habit of posting something online more often. Where it is here or on my other sites.

Be well, see you in the next post.

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I found Happiness and You can too.

iStock_000004507079_ExtraSmallYes. I am happy. Sure, I might complain once in a while about the train being late or the slow walking tourist in “my” New York sidewalks, but it is never enough to make me think “I am not happy”. I found happiness. The great thing is that you can too! You just need to look in the right place.

I was not always happy, which proves that happiness is not some kind of predisposition. If I can go from almost depressed to a substantially happy state of being, anyone can do it. There were a lot of things I thought will bring me happiness and they didn’t. Some of these things were certainly good times sometimes, but at the end, none of them lasted, and they either changed or disappeared from my life.

So that which makes me happy is not really a thing!

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Why I don’t have Cable TV – a conversation about the TV business.

I believe that traditional TV is archaic and that we should, as society, move on. I understand there are business interest behind it, and they too should move on to new business models. If they cannot adapt they should shot down and disappear, because business should contribute to society, not stop it from growth and evolution.

Broken Television

For over 12 years I have worked creating and delivering some sort of media, for radio, TV, online and film. I am also what they call a cord-cutter. Around 7 years ago I gave up traditional TV, before Hulu existed, before iTunes sold movies. It was Netflix and video rental stores the only thing I consumed (I haven’t been to one in at least 4 years), and youtube was in its infancy. I already understood that changes were coming. That the industry was changing and so should the consumer mindset. I wanted to be part of that change. And little by little, video streaming and downloading has been taking over without people really noticing too much. [Read more…]

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Trailer of The Perfection Of Giving – Chapter 1

Earlier this week we published the trailer for The Perfection of Giving, about generosity and its side-effects.  Wanted to share with you here.

Visit the site and let us know what you think.

http://ThePerfectionOfGiving.com/

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Is there a real online series business model?

the carrot 250px1I have ran businesses before, and I have made it sometimes bad, and sometimes worst. And a few times I would make good decisions. I have learned from many bad decisions and some good ones. And I have observed to the good ones, and remember them.

I have also studied very closely the career of very successful (in my opinion) entrepreneur  business and innovatives minds. I have looked for habits and patterns that I can mimic and eventually make my own.

I was not born a business person, but I got interested after realizing that now, filmmaking, production, and creativity itself, are all businesses.

My company: Green Carrot, provides story development and production services for commercial, online videos and corporate communications, as well as creating original TV content, distributed independently online. [Read more…]

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The documentary The Perfection Of Giving. How it happened.

The Perfection of Giving started as a short story about a young organization called the 108 Live Project, for which I volunteer and are active member. By the time I came in, early on, another volunteer, also filmmaker, had started documenting everything in video, but eventually she had to travel away for a while, so I took over the task.

The Perfection Of GivingI started documenting the organization and the process of our first pilot program in Nepal: to bring happiness to 108 beggars in Kathmandu and find a way to replicate the process in other places in the world. So my focus was about the 108 Lives Project. The idea was basic, let’s make a video that shows the people how we did it.

As the organization evolved, so did the story. The trip to Nepal changed many things, inside of me and for the film.

I was challenged by one of my teachers, on how large the theme of generosity could potentially be, and the high profile character that can be interested in participating. I was challenged by a monk with his philosophical ideas of service and intent. And I was inspired by other filmmakers whom I met in Nepal, just for two days, my friends at the Planetary Collective (they are doing some amazing work, please check them out!)

And so, The Perfection of Giving became a search for the meaning of true generosity, for the philosophical and practical applications of generosity. For the way it affects the lives of the people how gives as much as those who receive. Giving has so many layer, so many ways of manifesting in our lives.

Now, I am on this journey, with a few awesome teammates, and many new experiences, to create a whole series of documentaries, and a final movie, reaching out in every direction to the many ways that we can perfect giving, to inspire people to understand how giving makes us happy, and how ultimate evolution is in sharing and giving, and understanding that the biggest act of giving is when one gives one’s self completely, for others, without expecting anything back.

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Why I started this blog

As a profesional I have always been interested in many things. I am a little bit of an entrepreneur, and a little bit of an artist, and film and video have been my main mediums.

English is my second language. I used to write tons when I lived in Venezuela, but when I moved to New York, the language barrier was much more because of the writing that the speaking. The thing is that speaking you can get away with making certain mistakes, because it will just pass, and the conversation will move on. But in writing it is not like that. In writing it stays, and writing in english, although I love it, it’s not always very pleasing, because I cannot always get my point across with the style and technique that I did in Spanish.

I still have this very strong urge to start writing why I think, more under my name, and not under a brand, as I have blogged in the past. As I recently founded a storytelling company, I found that I could take down my old professional site, and start blogging, about my thoughts on what drives me as a professional and as entrepreneur.

So here it is. my first thought in this blog is to follow all of the greatest and make sure I build a platform to speak my mind, where I can reflect on my industry, business, personal life and whatever other theme my brain decides to put out that day.

One thing is for sure: I plan on writing every day of the week in this blog. Even if it is only one line.

So here I go, without really being sure of where I am going, a little riding the wave, a little staying ahead.

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