Category Archives: First Steps to Success

Practice Cactus Seuss Moose

brenb_books_02[1]More from Bounce, by Matthew Syed:

Before Dr. Seuss, or as he was known then, Ted, went to sleep at night, his mother would sing him and his sister rhyming songs. So all through the night, Ted was dreaming in rhymes. (Me=Mindblown) Also, he was never seen without a pencil in his hand.

Immerse yourself in your craft people.

Let it be with you as you eat your cereal in the morning, as you drive to work each day, and as you fall asleep at night.

What has been sown into your craft is what you will reap.


10,000 hours

10,000 hours

My mom is reading this book called Bounce by Matthew Syed (who’s this amacrible(amazing/incredible) olympian table tennis player and other stuff but just go with me on this)  and it’s pretty amazing. I think my mom and I make a great reading team. We could be world famous and travel the world in an attempt to become the world’s most well-read mom and daughter. Ever. She’d read the non-fiction and I’d read the fiction and maybe every spring break or so we’d switch genres for a week.

Anyways, the whole reason I’m here is because mom read in her non-fiction book that it’s scientifically proven that it takes about ten years (about a thousand hours a year) of practice to become a professional at something. We all know that practice makes perfect but, no really. And it’s been found that it is ONLY the practice that makes people good. They weren’t born with innate talent. They aren’t unusually blessed. They practiced. Child prodigies? Practice. Yeah, sure their parents probably beat them and made them go without food if they didn’t keep they’re squishy little hand on those piano keys. Sure they’re probably a little emotionally…in need of healing. But what I want you to get out of this, is that in ten years, you could be anything you want to be. Anything. Now I don’t know what it is that calls to your heart, that maybe, you’ve never pursued because you don’t think your any good, but I do know, that if you practice and you learn with a humble and teachable heart, you will succeed.

Keep me accountable guys–this is my list of things I’m going to do/become:

  • a successful published author
  • a pianist and song writer
  • how to dance (now this is a huge one for me because right now I suck and I’ve been telling myself I suck for about three years)

I’m taking a accelerated shot at this writing thing over the next twenty or so days (: (That’s when I turn EIGHTEEN!!!!) And of course I’m gonna keep writing until I’m a pro. Leggo!…Okay I give up being hip or ghetto or whatever: Lets GO!

P.S. I just finished a fiction book called Paper Towns by John Green and it was pretty good. I read it in a single yesterday.




As you probably didn’t know, my blog is entitled: thisneverland, a seventeen-year-old’s perspective on life and that second star to the right... Now I realize that most people probably don’t care a hoot about what a seventeen year old thinks. Therefore, (and also because I feel that a focused blog will probably be better) I am brainstorming ideas either about a new blog, or about ways to change thisneverland, or both. Probably both.

And just as a heads up (because maybe somebody possibly might (and I say ‘might’ in a really high-pitched voice) have an interest in bettering their lives, improving their relationships, paying off debt, and securing their future, I am going to be writing about my experience this past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. This is going to include lots of amazing real-life stories that you need to hear so make sure to check back!

For now, you can go to and get a taste of what I was learning.

P.S. Did you know that ‘blog’ stood for web-log?

It took me a while folks! But I have finally learned the name of this thing I’m writing here.

P.P.S. (post post script) here’s the link to and  in case you’re having a wedding-low! Or if you’re a guy who likes either funny things or harry potter OR Paramore, you can go here: or

Have an awesome weekend!

Love Always,



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