Hey folks I am back. I know I need to stay committed to my blogs. It is just a lot has been going on. Much of which I cannot discuss at the moment.
Right now for me, it is about trying to stay on track and disciplining to my work: feature film, series, producing and art. For me it should be about the work, since I have a shit ton of it.
Just saw this picture in a Bomb Magazine article of Melvin Van Pebbles. And saw this great coat he was sporting.
I want one.
Hey in case you didn’t know I have two other blogs: the first is My Journey into Film, which is a my film and art blog and then Notes from Outpost 187 which is a social and political blog. I hope you will enjoy them both.
So here in the Tampa Bay area we have the Dali museum in St Petersburg, and right now they are having an exhibition of Pablo Picasso works. It is really good, however I wish they had more of Picasso’s, but none the less it was good. Picasso and Dali were great friends who competed with each other over the course of their careers, so it is really nice to see the progression in each others work. If you are in the bay area or want to take a get away here I strongly suggest you go and check it out.
So it occurred to me today that I have taken a very, just let it happen, zen approach to everything. And surprise surprise it really hasn’t worked. I seem to be spinning my wheels and getting no where. So I came to the conclusion that if I want to succeed I need to have the goal of being the best. The best filmmaker, artist, community leader and person that I possibly and be. Starting here in Tampa; I am going to first concur the bay area. I also have been letting life passing me by for various reasons which I will share latter. I want a full and rich life. That is going to require a lot of changing on my part.
I know what is required to succeed. I think most people know. But it is always a matter of doing it. Most people, I think the lack action and work required to be successful, or at least for me it has been. And I can’t do that anymore. I have to many great opportunities in front of me, and I have the talent, intellect and creativity to succeed and become the person I want to be. It is only a matter of how much work am I willing to put into it.
The thought just occurred to me while watching the short film Confusion Through Sand . Very powerful short. I strongly recommend watching it. Anyways, it got me thinking that many times when a soldier gets wounded in combat, he, if he can, he will continue to fight,; Even if he has multiple wounds. That is how we must be in our lives. When life hits you and wounds you must get back up and live. Keep going. Yes, it can be hard to move but, it is something you have to do.
I was chatting on Facebook today with a friend of mine who is a 1st Sergent in an Infantry company in the Army. I know him because he was one of the Team Leaders in my squad when I did a tour in Honduras. We chatted about about a wide range of issues, and one of the issues I think is worth noting; what makes our military different from others? A few thing: first NCO’s, Non Commissioned Officers, make the military run. Without them, our military would fold like a lawn chair. They train and lead our military. If you look at say Afghanistan they have no NCO’s what so ever; which is one of the big, on top of many, reasons the Afghan Army will fail. Another thing is, soldiers get paid. Leaders do not keep the pay of their men. We see this in Iraq where the Officers are keeping their soldiers pay for themselves. This also happens in Afghanistan. Morale goes to shit when you don’t pay your people. Here is another, and big, example of what is the difference between our military and others, leaders put their men ahead of themselves, or at least they should. An example is when it is time for chow, especially when you are in the field training, the enlisted guys eat first then the NCO’s and Officers. You take care of your men before you take care of yourself. Believe it or not that goes a long way for keeping good morale. To this day, when I make food for people, I eat last and I will wait for as long as it takes no matter how hunger I am.
What can you learn this? Big leadership lessons is what we get If you take care of your people, put your people ahead of yourself, they will follow you to hell and back. Also, pay your people well. It shows them you value their work and effort, and they’ll work harder for you. Believe it not. Hire managers that not only have this philosophy but are competent at what they do. There is nothing worse than an incompetent leader, and it will kill morale quicker than anything. And one last thing, make your people feel like they are apart of something bigger. If your people have a cause to work for, they will for that cause.