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It’s been more than seven years since I’ve blogged regularly. Back when I was in college and my life was really interesting. Met new people practically every day. A new event or something to do. But there came a day after I graduated, when I was working a regular 9-5, and every day seemed no different than the last, when my life stopped being interesting. And thus my blogging came to a close.

Seven years later, much has changed. I no longer work at that 9-5. I’m a professional actor. With an income of about half of what I made then. I have two nephews (and I just found out today, a niece on the way). And I realized I don’t like talking about myself.

Seriously, I don’t. I don’t find my life that interesting because I’m living it. I don’t need to relive those things here. And it’s not that special. I wake up, I eat, I work, I study, I sleep. That’s my life. So if you do read this, rest assured that I won’t subject you to the monotonies of my life overly seasoned with blogger self-importance.

But I do find that I love writing. I really do. My writing’s been limited to facebook updates, but occasionally I find a subject that pierces my heart and I’m compelled to write. Like this piece on this piece I wrote on CageSide Seats. Or this post about the death of several acquaintences and the role of social media. And I loved writing those posts. I loved thinking about them. I loved sitting in my chair tapping away at my keyboard. I loved expressing with my heart. The last time I made the decision to dedicate myself to something I truly loved? Six years ago, when I quit my job and dedicated myself to acting. It was the best decision of my life. So how bad of a decision could writing a blog be?

But I wanted to write a blog with a theme, not just about some random musings of the day.  That’s when I recalled a quote, like a good UCLA Bruin, from John Wooden: “Make each day your masterpiece.” I’ve always been in awe of the dedication and work ethic it takes to accomplish truly magnificent feats, whether it’s coaching 10 National Championship teams, or being able to run again. I wanted to know how to that. I still do.

So the plan is every Monday morning (since that seems to be the most appropriate day), I will post one piece about great accomplishment. And over the course of this blog, we will boil great accomplishment down to its essence: What are the elements? What are the challenges? How does one approach failure? What kind of mentality does it take to overcome?

While a readership of thousands would be nice, ultimately I’m writing this blog for me. As Robert Henri says in The Art Spirit: “…you are painting for yourself, not for the jury.” This blog is a compulsion. My compulsion. I may be the only mortal to have read these words, and that’s okay with me. Its creation is enough. So whether it’s a journey of one or one million, let’s get going, one day at a time.

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