Harris has taken all the tropes, archetypes and clichés found in movies (not to mention TV, comic books, literature, video and even professional wrestling) and synthesized them into an elegantly realized chart. Instead of grouping the elements by noble gases or metals, Harris has organized them by story elements — structure, plot devices, hero archetypes. Each element is linked to a vast wiki that gives definitions and examples. For instance, if you click on the element Chk, you’ll go to a page explaining the trope of Chekhov’s Gun. And if you click on Neo, you’ll go to the page for, of course, the Chosen One.
Below the chart, Harris has even created story molecules for a few specific movies. Ghostbusters, for example, is the combination of an atom consisting of 5ma (Five Man Band) and Mad (Mad Scientist) and one consisting of Iac (Sealed Evil in a Can) and Hil (Hilarity Ensues).
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Failure is a word we don’t like to align ourselves with. Whereas Success is something we all want to achieve. This article will help you to get clarity and ask yourself a few questions.
More often than not, these are two things that are orbiting our heads when we think about our business.
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event –and we don’t fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgement repeated every day.
Why? Because to that person, he/she doesn’t think it matters.
For example, if we haven’t bothered to read a single book in the past ninety days, this lack of discipline doesn’t seem to have any immediate impact on our lives. And since nothing drastic happened to us after the first ninety days, we repeat this error in judgment for another ninety days, and on and on it goes. Why? Because it doesn’t seem to matter. And herein lies the great danger. Far worse than not reading the books is not even realizing that it matters!
The point is that there are consequences of the things (actions) that we do or that we don’t do. And they accumulate until the inevitable day of reckoning finally arrives and the price must be paid for our poor choices –it didn’t matter to us at that time right?!
Failure does not shout out its warning as our parents once did. This is why it is imperative to refine our philosophy in order to be able to make better choices. With a powerful, personal philosophy guiding our every step, we become more aware of our errors in judgment and more aware that each error really does matter.
Now here is the great news. Just like the formula for failure, there is a formula for Success!
The formula is simple, like disciplines practiced every day.
How can we change the errors in the formula for failure into the disciplines required in the formula for success? The answer is by making the future an important part of our current philosophy.
Are you too caught up in the current moment, in your current life as it is?
This is often the number one reason why many of us never take the time. Ok, I didn’t say that, maybe we all do it once a year on December 31st. Right?
The problems and the rewards of today are so absorbing to some of us that we can never pause long enough to think about tomorrow.
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Develop a new discipline that will take you just a few minutes a day to look a little further down the road.
Those are things that could vary. It is probably better if you could start with installing at least these TWO habits and add a new one every 21 days.
These are things that I incorporated in my TO DO list. I committed to do it consistently for 90 days, every day.
– I am going to get up 15 minutes earlier every day and use that time to do a little Conscious Meditation. I will think about my BIG GOAL and my Objectives. I will visualize myself being that person and doing/enjoying those things I want.
– I am going to incorporate 20 minutes a day of exercise. It could be a brisk walk or a full workout.
This is just an example of something that I incorporated in my life. I chose to start with something very simple and easy to put into practice.
You can always add and adapt more things to your New You. I am always here to help you achieving your personal goals and plans J
The real magic of new disciplines is that they will cause us to amend our thinking. If we were to start today to read the books, keep a journal, attend the classes, listen more and observe more, then today would be the first day of a new life leading to a better future. A better you.
But wait! There IS such a thing as good failure. In my next post, I will be posting about it and how that helps you to grow as a person and in your business.
Source: Main text extracted from an article from Alan Goof “The Formula for Failure and Success”.
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Main text extracted from an article from Alan Goof “The Formula for Failure and Success”.
Depending on whom you ask, success means different things. If you were to ask me, I’d say it means having a career that revolves around my real life. If you were to ask my cat, she’d say it involves finding a way to catch, immobilize and destroy her own tail. The first step in achieving success is often deciding what it means to you.
Chances are your answer is similar to mine. But whatever your version of success, people who want to be successful should mimic the behaviors of the great ones who came before them. These behaviors include:
Follow your talents. It’s helpful to be passionate about your pursuits, but passion without talent is like a car without a full tank of gas — it won’t get you as far as you want to go. The book The Element discusses this: no matter what you are good at — whether it’s writing, drawing, computer coding or motivational speaking — focus on that area and keep pursuing it. Everyone has a gift, so find yours and put in the time to make yourself better at it.
Focus your quest. In this day and age, the quest for greatness in one area has taken a backseat to the concept of universal genius, or the ability to accomplish greatness in many areas. While a nice notion, this quest for universal genius is one that is destined to fail. The reason is simple: no one can be the best at everything. Even in areas that are related, it’s often impossible to find an equally great level of success (see: Michael Jordan’s MLB career). So the road to success for some can be this simple: focus your quest on one big goal, and remember that a jack-of-all-trades is usually a master of none.
Limit your options. “Keep your options open” almost seems to be our country’s motto; I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s someday etched on the national currency. Our affinity for keeping options open unfortunately leads us to limit ourselves because it paves a road to mediocrity, rather than one to success.
Think about it this way: the person who goes to college knowing a job is waiting for them if they fail will never work as hard as the person whose only chance at success relies on their academic record. By limiting your options, you go all in, and force yourself to give your utmost effort to achieve a goal. Having a security blanket is important, so creating a backup plan can be worthwhile. However, making a commitment to one path or goal can also lead you to try harder — and potentially be more successful in your efforts.
Work toward meaningful goals. In Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey researched the difference between the average person and the extraordinary person. He found that those who were able to achieve greatly understood the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.
Most people are obsessed with efficiency, which leads them to work towards goals that are meaningless, empty or simply unimportant. Effectiveness, on the other hand, is not about getting as much done as possible in a limited amount of time; rather, it’s about getting things accomplished that matter. Sending out 100 emails in an hour may be efficient, but it’s only effective if those emails are going to help you reach your goal. If they’re not, skip them (and avoid carpal tunnel in the process).
Never give up. If you are 5 foot 3 inches, slow and have a vertical leap that involves negative numbers, giving up on your goal to make the NBA is probably a smart move. But if you have a goal that is achievable through actual talent and hard work, don’t give up — ever. You will make mistakes, and you will fail. So keep practicing, learning, accepting rejection and trying again.
The vast majority of successful people were also huge failures at one point in their lives: Walt Disney went bankrupt, Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age 10 and Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) had his first book rejected by 27 publishers. Success comes from hard work, resilience and determination. No one gets it for free … unless, of course, you’re a Kardashian.
by Adam Toren