Who is your Tyler Durden?

I made a short video on this subject before writing this article, also titled “Who is Your Tyler Durden”. I got some of my basic ideas out on video before taking more time to write them here. Check it out: I may be a little late to the club, but in the year 2012 I have finally seen Fight Club. There were several interesting points in that movie, but one in particular stuck out. For those who have seen the movie, you will know the context of this quote, “People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it.” This is spoken by the character played by Brad Pitt, known in the movie as Tyler Durden. He was talking to Jack, the movie’s main character, played by Edward Norton. Now the point I’m bringing up isn’t simply talking to yourself, although that may certainly be a part of it. What I am highlighting from that quote is the fact that we each have this self image of who we would “like to be“, who we wish we were, but are to afraid to pursue, or “just run with it“. Jack met Tyler on a plane, and they eventually became close friends who started fight clubs across the country. It took time for Jack to let go of his normal, consumerism lifestyle with the nice apartment, stable job, and nice suits. Jack had … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 2: The Lion

Inspirations come in all shapes and sizes. This one happens to be in the shape of a cat and weigh in at over 500lbs when fully grown. Yes, the lion. A few things about the lion, the first of which is obvious. It’s a predator. The top of it’s respective food chain. Second, it eats meat. Raw meat. Because of these two things, it is naturally a hunter whenever it isn’t stealing a kill. But hey, if you’re at the top, you can do that anyway in the animal kingdom! As a meat eating predator, the lion shares something in common with many other meat eating predators. That is being strong, lean and fast. It is this combination that inspires me to study lions and other creatures to emulate certain habits of theirs that could benefit me. An example is diet. Lions eat usually only once a day, sometimes even going several days without food if they got a big enough kill. They will feast on a carcass for hours if need be, and live of that until they are ready for their next meal. Putting this into people terms, it’s called intermittent fasting. “Intermittent fasting” is the natural state of being for most any predator I have studied. And these predators are often much leaner and faster then their prey counterparts. So if having fewer but larger meals works for the lion, why not us? Many have tried and succeeded at this. There are programs designed around this entire … Continue reading