This post is the fourth in our series, How To Take The Adventure Of Your Lifetime. (And 20 of our Posse started embarking on a 30 day Action Course yesterday… wish them luck… I’m going to throw it at them. )
You are never fast enough, right?
You are never efficient enough.
You are never strong enough.
Your actions feel like waste…
And your big, beautiful goals taunts you.
You lie awake in bed…
Trying to figure out how to get “There” quicker, smarter, and easier…
How to get out on your travel adventure sooner.
How you can get your blog to make more than 32 cents.
How your music career can finally jump into the next gear.
And how you can avoid that Painful Struggle that keeps hitting you in the teeth every day.
But if you were to be completely honest with yourself…
You feel like a waste.
Gosh… I know exactly how this feels.
Until pretty recently, my monster goals seemed like they would never come true.
They laughed at me as I went around in circles.
But now… I feel like, “It’s just a matter of time.”
Any day now.
Shit… I’m feeling damn good right this moment.
We’ve been talking about taking action recently…
But that is one the Second Step on your journey to your dreams.
You already passed the First Step, which was building up your confidence to leave The Dead Zone (aka TV Land, Zone Out, No Dreams, & Dull Comfort).
And now you are moving to the beautiful Third Step…
Taking Brilliant Action.
Bigger steps, stronger leaps, less down time, and soon enough… you will feel like a GOD.
You want to rock this, right?
Well… let’s do this.
I called in my buddy, Banksy to teach us some lessons on Brilliant Action.
You know Banksy, right?
Pst. He doesn’t know we are buddies yet… let me break the news to him though, please.
Banksy is the most fascinating artist, prankster, and activist in the world.
He is hailed as an “art hero.”
His work sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
His fan base is massive and growing by the second.
And the whole world is impacted by his art.
Banksy is fucking killing it.
This is post is for you… Mr. “I’m Bringing The Action Every Day… But I’m Getting My Ass Kicked.”
A look at Banksy’s life and work could shine a new light on your struggles.
Might be just like a new sexy graffiti mural on the side of a boring bank.
If you aren’t in the action phase, yet then…
Don’t read this!
Go make something first.
Go do something.
Then when you get good and frustrated…
This article will be waiting for you.
I am assuming you know who Banksy is…
For those like my friend, Matt… who haven’t heard of Banksy (couldn’t believe it either )… here’s the brief story.
He is a stencil graffiti artist… public prankster… and a filmmaker.
He has had his work in some of the biggest museums in the world.
The Lourve in Paris.
The Modern Museum of Art in New York City.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The British Museum.
A bunch more…
But before he was “Banksy,” he had a unique & brilliant way of showing his work in the biggest museums in the world.
He went in with his painting under his trench coat, a title card, and some Super Glue.
Keeping an eye out for the guards he would STICK it to the wall.
He’s in the Lourve.
It took the British museum 8 days to notice the piece he snuck in.
Banksy also went to the war torn Middle East.
He has painted murals on the wall in Ramallah in the West Bank.
He has done other stunts like…
- Sneaking a Guatenamo Prisoner Doll into Disneyland and putting it next to one of the rides.
- Painting houses in New Orleans after Katrina.
- Getting the world’s best street artists to turn the worst slum in London into an art paradise.
And much more… Google the dude, if you haven’t heard of him.
But that isn’t even the most interesting thing about Banksy…
The real fascinating thing is that no one really knows who he is (there is speculation though… as you can tell from the photo above).
He has kept his identity a secret…
And this is the main reason he will be our teacher today.
If anyone knows about Brilliant Action, it’s Banksy.
In scouring his work, I found 7 lessons to help “Mr. Huge Goals, Who Is Hating Life Now, Yet Knows You Can KILL It Too” start taking the strong, efficient, and powerful actions to go after his adventure of a lifetime.
8 Lessons About Taking Brilliant Action From Banksy:
1. Learn Your Craft.
Banksy is big now… but he started making graffiti in the late 1980′s in England and he didn’t have an art show until June 19, 2002.
That’s over 10 years.
Have you put in that much time yet?
You might be able to speed up the learning process by seeking out brilliant mentors, but either way… being brilliant takes time, effort, sweat, blisters, sleepless nights, zero bank accounts, and many days working on your craft.
This ain’t ever going to be like the Zone Out Dead Life. Go work at a cubicle for that numbness.
Each day of your life will be a struggle. A battle. A fight.
And that is how you want it… right?
That is how you will grow.
So… chill a bit and enjoy the taste of struggle.
Enjoy the fight.
Steven Pressfield, author of The War Of Art (read this!), says something like…
You are on the field now. You are in the arena. This is where you wanted to be, right?
Do you want to go back to munching popcorn and slurping soda in the stands?
You always can go back… but we both know you won’t.
So relax… It won’t be easy, but it is just a matter of time for you.
2. Break the Walls.
Banksy hung his paintings in museums by hiding them under his coat.
Haha… I love this.
So you don’t have to just TAKE the struggle in your teeth every day… fight.
Ask yourself this question,
Where do you want to get?
Are you on the Normal Route?
Do you assume it will just take forever and ever?
Pretend you could get wherever you want to go… soon.
Let’s say, you want to have a successful music career.
Well paying gigs… a cd that sells to more than your mom… maybe a few groupies .
What bold move could you make to accelerate your progress?
Are you willing to hide a painting under your coat?
3. Be You.
Banksy’s work centers around his own experiences.
He was influenced by the Bristol underground scene in the late 80′s… dark, sampling, racial tensions… you can feel all of that in his work.
He also made a SICK documentary (which you can watch free online, Exit Through The Gift Shop) and when he lost at the Oscars, his work reflected it.
Are you being your True Self?
Look to your past for inspiration.
Check out old journals, letters, even emails… and look for themes in what you create.
Your early years have a huge impact on your personality and can provide valuable inspiration.
I’ve used the advice I just gave you and had a maximum jolt of self-awareness. Kinda fun reading about how bad I wanted to be interesting and get a lady friend too.
Blek le Rat is a 60-year old graffit artist, who pioneered the same technique Banksy uses. Blek is the father of stencil graffiti and he isn’t anywhere near as rich, famous, or influential as Banksy.
But hey… all our ideas are remixes, right?
The greats steal.
Bob Dylan did.
Steve Jobs did.
I look at it this way…
Ideas are not intellectual property.
Ideas are meant to further humankind.
Take the best ideas… mix them up with your own personality.
Poof… you have a new creation.
True originality is an illusion.
Is there someone you could steal ideas from, but you have been too “moral” or “honorable?”
Give it a try and mix it up with your own dash of Sauce too.
***Ps. I put this into practice with all the photos on this page… Yoink! (You can see I added my Sauce though ).
5. Embrace the Hate.
Banksy is adored by his fans… but hated by the rest.
The art world thinks his work is simplistic, thoughtless crap.
Graffiti artists think he is a snobby sell-out.
He gets as much love as he gets hate.
And if you want to make an impression…
Get ready to be hit in the face with hate.
Accept it. Love it. Kiss it. Fuck it.
Welcome to humanity.
Until we are all the enlightened creatures, I envision us becoming… you won’t get anywhere by making everyone happy.
The day someone called me a “douchebag mother fucker”… was the day I knew I was getting somewhere with Adventure Sauce.
What have you been NOT doing to avoid the Hate?
Go do it.
6. Get An X-Factor.
No one knows who Banksy is.
He has created such a mystique… a conundrum… a modern myth… and this has undoubtedly added to his legend.
We want to know who he is!
Reporters have hounded him.
The police have investigated him.
His fans have stalked him.
And they have had some success…
But it is too late.
Banksy’s X-Factor is his concealed identity.
What is your X-Factor?
What is the thing that sets you a part from everyone else?
Chris Guillebeau’s X-Factor is his journey to every country in the world.
Tyler Tervooren’s X-Factor is his 1% club.
Jack Kerouac’s was his Spontaneous Prose writing style.
Alexander Supertramp’s was burning all his money and living like a tramp.
And I’ve hitchhiked the USA and made a mini-viral video about it…
(that’s why you are here, right?).
Your X-Factor sets you a part.
Your X-Factor makes people give a shit about you.
Your X-Factor makes people check out your blog.
Your X-Factor makes people buy your CD.
Your X-Factor gets you the job… when others don’t.
Your X-Factor is vital to your art, business, and your adventures.
It is what makes your story worth listening too.
What would your friends say is really different and unique about you (ask them!)?
What have you done that most others haven’t done?
Or maybe you have a combination of traits that haven’t been combined yet (I’m thinking Rapper, Hitchhiker, & Wall Street Guy )?
If you don’t have a million dollar X-Factor yet… no worries…
Maybe you could add one to the Adventure of your Lifetime.
7. Know your purpose.
You can feel Banksy’s purpose.
He has a mission.
He has a calling.
All is work is driven by an anti-capitalist, rebellious heart. If you connect to his mission, then you feel his work.
What is your purpose?
Why do you make your music? Why do you write on your blog? Why do you take photographs? What are your videos about?
Why are you enduring the pain of creation… when you could be kickin’ it in a half daze?
You have a point…
And you NEED to dust it off.
This is huge.
What is your purpose?
If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about… I want to help you find it.
The next couple weeks will be about our Purpose.
I asked Jacob Sokol from Sensophy all about this subject and will be sharing that interview soon.
Ask your questions about Purpose in the comments.
Write me an email with questions.
If you know your purpose… please share too and help me out with the questions.
PS. I’d dig it if you shared this post with your peeps. Think it would help them? Would they get a kick out of the Banksy pieces? My new photo style looks cool, but it is taking me A LOT of time and I’m not sure I will continue it.
What do you think?