Slay A Dragon

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About a week or so ago I read an article at International Freelancers Academy on Facebook, the article was called “12 Hot Freelance Productivity Tips from the Pros”.
#2: Eat the Alien
“The worst thing you do when you wake up each morning is to eat a live ‘alien,’” explains Becky Blanton, freelance ghostwriter, author of The October Abduction of Thomas Martin series and TED Global speaker 2009. “Renowned motivational speaker Brian Tracy says something similar: ‘eat the frog.’ But whether it’s an alien, a zombie or a frog, the first thing you should do each day should be the hardest task you have to do all day.

“Do the thing you’re dreading most before you check email or anything else. After you eat the alien, the rest of the day is a piece of chocolate cake. No wait, it’s like chocolate cake with coconut sprinkles.

“Try it for 30 days and see if your productivity doesn’t soar. Find some way to make it obvious, but fun. I write down my alien on a small white board the night before. It’s propped up by my computer waiting for me when I land in the office.

“If you’re Sigourney Weaver (a.k.a. Ellen Ripley) and can kick three or four alien butts a day, go for it. But ‘eat’ at least one every day!”

Since I’m not into aliens or zombies or even eating frogs I made this motivational sign to prompt me to slay the many dragons that keep pileing up and gettin put off. Made from some old pine that was in the shorts pile and no finish as yet since I’m not sure how I’m going to display it.

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 03:04 PM

Great idea, will have to try it, but your mention of the shorts pile brought up memories of “The Dirty Shorts
Laundry Shop” They specialized in nothing except fun and motorcycles. They slayed their dragons early and
had great time, and could even overhaul a diesel engine, or build you a shop. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 03:22 PM

I do this mentally everyday, except I refer it as “Taking up your cross”. Everyday it is a different thing and somedays it is a huge undertaking and other days it is easier.

Good work on the sign.

-- Please recycle. Save the trees.......for woodcarvers!

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 06:30 AM

Very nice work, did you draw that free hand or did you use a computer to draw it? (The pattern)

-- Vince

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 12:25 PM

It was a set of old stencles that I have.

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 04:30 PM

nice work

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 06:20 PM

Nice work. It will make a great sign.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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