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Bread & Circuses

The 1% owning everything while the 99% fight each ther for scraps is not a new concept. “Panem et Circensus”, literal translation being ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a formula created …

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Shut Up, Caveman!

5am this morning I woke up terrified. I don’t just mean a bit scared, here. I mean terrified, the kind of paralysing, mind-numbingly, oh-my-god-i’m-gonna-die type terror that I last felt …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and …

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Wanna Wear Your Undies Over Your Jeans And Save The World?

As I’ve mentioned before on my blogs, there are several massive upsides to embracing real creativity in your life, your business and your Industry. You see, those individuals and organisations …

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From Leonardo to Led Zep, the magic is all in the gaps.

Whenever I need a surge of energy, swagger and attitude I always turn to the same place. I get the Led out. For many reasons, and to many millions, Led …

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Don’t Believe The Hype: We are ALL Creative

My mate has a younger brother who works in marketing for a global food brand. To the outside world, he is a ‘creative’ and carries with him every marketeer creative …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied …

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Seize The Day…Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Hi folks. It’s been ages since I last blogged – mainly ‘cos (a) I didn’t really know what to say or why, and (b) cos i’ve been busy writing albums, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and revolt against the establishment.

“The things you own end up owning you. … Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.

Ok, it all goes a bit t*ts-up in the movie for a number of bizarre reasons, but the quote intrigues me just the same.

When you were young, at the peak of your creativity, discovery, wonder, imagination and innovation, did you really dream of doing what you do now?

Deep down, you know as well as I do that the meaning, the purpose, the butterflies-in-your-stomach- grin-all-over-your-face life you dreamed of, that your inner child seeks will NEVER come from being famous. Or having another new car. Or taking an extra holiday. Or getting an iPhone upgrade. Or buying a pair of Milono Blaneks. Or having 10,000 likes on Facebook.wrong

These trinkets alone are nothing more than the quick caffeine hit on the grey morning of a life passing us by.

The way I see it, we can

  1. Continue to prostitute ourselves day after day, whilst pretending that we aren’t at all, arguing that we are being responsible adults by anaesthetising ourselves as we make our way up a shoddy ladder of ‘success’ to provide a security that could crumble at any time because ‘that’s just the way it is’, or
  1. Set out to rediscover that purpose and meaning, that authentic voice. To heal our inner child not with the material plasters and bandages of bigger houses, better cars and more stuff, but by bigger grins, better relationships and more joy.

‘But I can’t afford to give this up and do what I love’ I hear you say.

Hmmm. I’d say you can’t afford NOT to.

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1 Comment

  1. Julie Lines on said:

    Great post, as usual, David. It is one of the many false truths that most marketing and sales organisations want us to buy into, that is that when we HAVE this, we will FEEL this….We will BE this…. The reality is that when we are totally content and at peace within ourselves, having something external to us might make us smile for a while but inevitably when people are trying to fill a void in themselves by having something external plug the gap it is destined to disappoint. Yet as a multi billion dollar industry of course it is very influential. Yet, if you look over your shoulder to your last purchase – ask yourself how long did you feel “complete” you will know the truth… It is time for humanity to stop believing that consumerism and materialism is the answer. The only answer it provides is is the rapid demise of the planet… How about looking within. just as you point out, to reconnect to your own unique purpose and passion and bring it to the world for positive means, THEN you might just start to find the peace and happiness that you long for? Look forward to your next post.