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4 Things I learned Playing Tennis with Eckhart Tolle (and the best writing advice I always ignore)

  • He refuses to keep score. (and says “it’s always NOW” whenever you’re up)
  • He wears this weird Scottish hat thingy that makes it difficult to concentrate while serving
  • He can’t hit a topspin forehand to save his life.
  • He is a big fan of trash talk.  And yells “suck it” from across the net, whenever he wins a point.  Which isn’t often, but is still uncomfortable and strangely disquieting to hear.

The truth is, i didn’t really play tennis with Eckhart, but i did have a dream i did. (right after i knocked out Manny Pacquiao with 3 body blows and an illegal head butt to the kisser)

I know, I know.

You probably never dream of a 3 hour marathon tennis match with profane Eckhart Tolle as a partner.

And that’s okay.

But you probably never had to break out of a Chinese prison with Jack Bauer slowing you down like i did last night either.

What makes you laugh – smile – or inspired?

Write about that.

Focus on fun.

Strive to satisfy your own muse first.

If there is one thing i’ve learned over the last decade and a half of doing this wild, weird, wonky and wonderful work – it’s this:

The audience you most need to win over is the one in your own head.

Life is short.

There are a million gurus, gimmicks and goofy gadgets out there – but none will teach you how to captivate, amuse and entertain the most important audience you need to impress.

Yourself.

Because without that – no matter how much you accomplish – it will never be enough.

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