I’m Quitting Being Yoda

To me, Yoda will forever exist in a swamp. Yoda is known for saying wise things. He is most famous for “do or do not, there is no try.” He also has the force which makes that saying practical. Could you imagine how hard it is for a Jedi to get gains? You either bench press 250lbs or you don’t, either way for a Jedi it is possible. I want to be clear most of us want to be like Yoda. We want to have the answers and help other people win. We don’t want to put our ass on the line and fight the empire. I like being Yoda online. Coming up with thoughtful things to say or tweet or make into a graphic and tweet. It is fun to do. But I see a redundancy in the activity. I see a lot of self projecting as if other people have my problem. I see a loop and I think it is time for me to step out of it.

I know that I will always be an internet Yoda, it is a part of who I am. But it isn’t all of who I am or the fullest expression either. I think I could be more. The thing about taking a personality test is you get to see your flaws that are common with others. You get to see your default pattern and have to rethink the way you live life. I am an Enneagram 5 which doesn’t sound like the most fun personality type to be. But here I am dealing with it. This is how; instead of being isolated, I choose to be extroverted. Instead of feeling separate from the world I think of myself as part of the world. Instead of hiding from my fear of not knowing enough to take action, I tell myself the only way to know is to take action. Instead of having to figure it out, I need to live it out. It is easy to be internet Yoda. It is easy because I have researched enough to know a lot about a lot, I mix it all together and outcomes answers, they might not be right, but they are there.

The solution, be Obi-wan Kenobi. It is to get out of the desert cave of Tatooine, teach some shit about the force and face the bad guy, knowing any kind of death will lead to a greater existence. Obi-wan is known for two things, fighting Vader and his force echo telling Luke to use the force as he destroys the DeathStar. You and I have a choice. We can be wise and afraid living in the swamp on a hidden planet or we can come out of our desert caves on Tatooine and fight the empire.

Do or do not there is no try

(one day you are going to die)

The Force

Later Gator.

Your friend,

Nino.

Oh, one of the major setbacks to being a type 5 is not wanting to take on too much so the world doesn’t demand too much from me. I really don’t have a workaround from there except to try and look at all of life like a game. And as I write these words I just remembered the rule book. It is the same rules for improv. There you go. (Not sure where I stole this from, I just google searched the image to be quick.)

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Internal Marketing and Your Personal Brand

PURPOSE MOVES US
Our purpose is to unite the world through sport to create a healthy planet, active communities and an equal playing field for all.

Nike

Just Do It.

also Nike

Internal messaging, or marketing is not the same as external marketing. The mission of Nike is not the same as the slogan. The slogan is made for the consumers, it is made to fuel their passion, it is to help get them pumped for what they are about to do. The internal message is for the employees. It is to get them pumped to help them feel they are part of something bigger than themselves. The mission, the purpose, is the inspiration to do more and work harder, if you believe in the cause, you will show up for more than just a check. You will have aligned your passion to see the world live active, you would have taken on the mission of Nike as your personal mission.

Now I am totally guilty of just winging it and playing around with my personal brand in public settings (online) most of the things that should be kept in house or just private I work through in public. (Misfit Writer helping others for example) But I really don’t care if you see me fumble through it. The reason why, is if you met me in real life, I don’t want you to think I am trying to hoodwink you online. So, you get to see me mess up, even if what should be internal purpose statements become public, even if temporally. The thing is I don’t believe any of this is permanent. I am not permanent. With that belief, don’t consider anything I do precious. If I died tomorrow I wouldn’t give a shit what you thought of my post, my work, my life, my potential, I would be dead and God willing on to better things. On your part more than less, my death would be at best an “awe, that sucks” in passing conversations to most people. I wouldn’t be offended. So, if the biggest thing in life, death isn’t on the line, neither is my ego.

Don’t do what I do.

I don’t want to be a professional. I don’t want to be polished and impeccable. I want to be on the edge dancing with the universe knowing if I fall off, it will be okay. I read somewhere, I wish I knew, but I read and believe it. “Your life’s work is going to happen with the more you do. It will happen as your voice comes through, project after project, work after work, overtime of doing, you will have not only a voice but a style and a way of doing things that is distinctly you.” something like that. I am sure I added a bunch of shit in there. If I were to focus on being a professional not in the responsibility kind of way, but in how the world sees me way, then I would personally hate myself and the fake work that would come of it. Did I mention I have a rebellious nature?

Let’s close this night up.

Work on your internal branding. That is working on your personal thoughts about who you are, what you are doing, and why. It is working through affirmations, positive saying, and personal mission statement. Those things will break down into goals, routines, and a way of looking at life. If you truly believe in your mission then the world will become a place for you to express that passion. You don’t have to share that internal marketing with the world. All you have to do is use it to fuel your work.

External marketing is how you get others to either join you on your mission or live the experience you are trying to give them (sell them). That is where a phrase like Nike’s “Just Do It.” or Apple’s “Think Different.” come in. It speaks not only to their audience but it resonates with who they are. “Just Do It.” signals athletes to just go for it, leave it all on the court. “Think Different,” is a calling card for creative nerd types who want to make something new, cool, and different. As you think about your audience, what would you like them to experience through your work and what phrase might turn them on that you could use?

I am done.

Later Gator.

Your friend,

Nino.

P.S. What do you think of these later post?

Misfit Writer

Why? Why would I give myself the title misfit?

I will tell you why, I had spent the end of 2019 really digging into my personality traits. Things I don’t have control over. Traits I have in common with others and how they inform my personality. Two personality tests have become the basis of my thinking about this and then one is more for fun. The Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram are the two tests. I am an INTP on the Myers-Briggs test and a 5 on the Enneagram.

What has my intreset is understanding the way my brain functions, processes information, and responds to the world. Also trying to figure out why I don’t fit in. It is not that people don’t like me. It is I really don’t belong.

I have a somewhat of a rebellious nature, I feel weird in social situations, and unless I find it interesting I don’t care about most things. I am not the wallflower who is left out or unpicked. I am the kid in the corner drawing for two reasons, the first people leave you alone if you are drawing. The second I don’t want to be a part of a crowd, I like doing my own thing. because of that I feel like I don’t fit in. I am a misfit in just about every situation I find myself in.

So, the third test is the Fascinate test. This one shows you how you come off to the world. What makes others interested in you. What makes you fascinating? I got the Provocateur. I am unorthodox and outside of the box kind of thinker. I don’t draw attention to myself, but my ideas are attention-getting.

As I thought about personal brand, I thought about the one thing that sets me apart. The one constant that has been with me and will always be there. I just don’t fit in. I am a Misfit. I could go with nonconformist but I am not that rebellious. I just constantly don’t fit in. I am always just a little out of step. I don’t try to break the away, I just see the world differently. That is my superpower. It is also my downfall.

See, being a 5 on the Enneagram, showed me why I get trapped in the learning loop, why I lived in it all these years and how I can get out of it. I learn because I am afraid of the world. I wouldn’t have said that before the test but after the truth hits you between the eyes you have to make peace with it. The fear of not knowing enough leads to a cycle of inaction, which collapses in on itself because learning seems like a legit solution to any problem. A saying I used to have was, “I need to figure this out.” I did not trust my solution or my ability to just wing it and figure it out as I went along. I had to know everything, or at least had to have enough knowledge to figure out the solution. You would think that I would be awesome by now, but one of my personality downfalls is as soon as I have a solution, the problem is boring and I don’t care. That doesn’t work when you hate your job, you see the solution, you kinda know what actions you could take to solve the problem, but move on as if you solved the problem. Lame right?

This is me working on my problems. I write. I write as expression and in a weird out of the way, way to fit into the world without having to be a part. I put words out there like a dandelion in summer. I let my words float into the world as my ambassadors. My thoughts, my greatest strengths get used and I get to live a peaceful quiet life of meaning. I get to help those who want it. I get to be a word of encouragement. I get to be a force for good. I get to write and it gets out into the world.

When it comes down to it I am a misfit, not a problem, not a delinquent, just an outsider who sees things differently. At my healthiest, I am a great force for good. I am a creative problem solver. I want to help in my way, which is through information and ideas.

So, I proudly take on the personal title of Misfit Writer. It is a little of who I am and what I do. Life is too short to pretend you are something you’re not. It is nice to be here.

Later Gator.

Your Friend,

Nino.

Update: I believe we can change. I believe we do not have to remain what our personality tests have drawn out of us. I believe we are more pliable than that and we can take action to become who we want to be. We do not have to give into what box a personality test has assigned us.