DRIVE

Two moments matter most in the creative process: The start and the finish. Both require Drive, but they each run on a different kind of energy.

Without Drive, there is no action, and Creative Power exists only as potential. This philosophy is designed to be practiced, and understanding how to leverage Drive is key to experiencing Creative Power rather than just intellectually contemplating it.

DRIVE

The Grind 89 The Resistance

The Grind 89 The Resistance

The first action the hero makes is the refusal of the call. The refusal is the signal of the significant fear one must overcome to start the process of transformation. The first and most important thing we do on the way to greatness is change our minds. No one constantly hurdles through life making brave…

The Grind 85 White Belt Wonderland

The Grind 85 White Belt Wonderland

The disorientation of being initiated Two weeks ago, I decided to start a new journey. Something I had been mulling over for a while. I started practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Four years ago, I began practicing Hapkido and a year ago earned my first degree Black Belt. I love Hapkido and intend to continue…

The Grind 84 Jedi Training

The Grind 84 Jedi Training

The arbitrage of not giving a damn Last week I took some time away from my standard work schedule to work on some creative projects and reflect. While doing so, I couldn’t help but see things in the context of next year. 2020 is looking like a great year for me. I spent a ton…

The Grind 83 Imaginary Lines

The Grind 83 – Imaginary Lines

The engine of happiness My father recently turned 82 years old. He has lived an incredible life. Quite frankly, I marvel at any African American who was born in the 30s or before who is still alive and well. The shifts in society they lived through are hard for me to imagine. The progress they…

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#CreativePower Hour #29: Maneet Chauhan

An absolute treat for you all this week. Maneet Chauhan is a dynamo, and Nashville hit the Jackpot when she and her husband Vivek decided to build their culinary empire here. You may have seen her on the Food Network as a regular judge on Chopped, but hearing her story will inspire you to believe…

The Grind 80 Maturity Matters

The Grind 80 Maturity Matters

Tell it like it is When I was six years old and in the 2nd grade, I rode home on a small private bus that my parents hired. The bus dropped me off at my grandmother’s house on St. Johns Place in Brooklyn. St. Johns is a very wide street for New York City, with…

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#CreativePower Hour #27: Mignon Francois

I’ve had some incredible moments in recording the #CreativePower Hour this year, but so far only one has left me absolutely speechless and on the verge of tears. It would be this episode with my sister in spirit, Mignon Francois. Mignon is the founder of The Cupcake Collection and the absolute embodiment of Creative Power,…

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#CreativePower Hour #25: Derrick Morgan

Every time I speak with Derrick Morgan, it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that he’s only 30 years old. In his short time on Earth, he’s been a top player in the NFL playing his entire career for the Tennessee Titans, earned his MBA, been inducted into the Georgia State Hall of…

The Grind 77 All In

The Grind 77 All In

a narrative that isn’t our own When I was growing up, I was a happy kid. I had two parents in my home who loved me. They made sure I was in great schools my entire life. They kept me very busy with athletics and extracurricular activities. They surrounded me with great people to be…

The Grind 76 Overwhelmingly Creative

The Grind 76 Overwhelmingly Creative

I’m struck more every day with the miracle of life. It doesn’t have to be this good. There are many things to work on to get to” perfect,” but the world is a pretty fantastic place for more than 7.5 billion of us to work together the way we do. The journey of human conception…

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