Song Spotlight of the Week: Save it for Another

A big part of my life, since my teens, has revolved around music and I’ve written and recorded a lot of material. Each week, I’ll spotlight a song from my arsenal and give you some background info, mood and style. I’ll attach either a Soundcloud link or a video.

If you like what you hear, links for Spotify and Apple Music will also be provided, so you could follow me on those.


Cygne Noir / Save it for Another (2014)

Save it for Another is the closing track on my 2014 EP Smile at the Sun. It was inspired by Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’.

Mood: striding, laid-back, uplifting
Style: rock, disco, R&B
Sounds like: Stevie Wonder, Indie rock meets 60s soul, music for a sunset cruise

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How to Live a Fulfilling Life Pt. 2

This is part 2 of my simple guide to a fulfilling life series. If you missed the first part you can read it here.

My name’s Daniel and I’m on a mission to help those who are searching for a way to live a fulfilling life.

What follows are things most of us do that are actually hurting us and impeding us from feeling good about life. I’ve divided the blogs into bite sized chunks and will give you 5 things you should stop doing, at a time.
Change your way of thinking and get ready for a tsunami of positive vibes.


STOP BEING AFRAID OF FAILING

If you don’t fail, you’re not trying hard enough. Imagine you’d quit after falling off your bike for the first time? Almost no one gets it right the first time. It takes a lot of trial and error. You have to fail so you can learn from your mistakes and get closer to success. Forget the stigma that if you fail, you’re a loser. Losers are only the ones who fail and don’t get back up.


STOP PLAYING IT SAFE

Get out of your comfort zone. If you play it safe, you’ll never know what you are capable of. You have to push yourself sometimes to see where you end up. New ways of thinking occur when we are faced with new situations that we don’t have a process for. Sailing uncharted waters, although scary, will undoubtedly give you a new perspective and new ways of doing things. 


STOP TRYING TO AVOID RISK

Everything in life is a risk; it is inevitable. The difference between parachuting and crossing the street, is not that one poses a risk and the other doesn’t, it’s that you are used to crossing the street so the risk is not so present. The more you do something, the less worried about the risk you become. There are times though, when you will be faced with completely new situations that pose a prominent risk. It’s the first time you’ve done this, so experience won’t help. What do you do? Well, instead of trying to avoid the risk, try minimizing it. In other words, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you want to start a business, don’t quit your job just yet. If you want to invest money, don’t put it all in one stock. If you want to run a 10k marathon and have never done one before, then start with something smaller. In any case, don’t let risk get in the way of your happiness.


STOP CRITICIZING

Criticizing people, things or ideas is one of the worst things you could waste your time on. For starters, it adds nothing to the conversation. People who criticize often have no idea how something should be, therefore answering to their negative words will only start an argument. Secondly, it’s nothing but toxic. Criticism is usually direct and unapologetic. It’s a sure fire way to demotivate and hurt someone’s feelings. Lastly and most importantly, it won’t make things better. If you wanna help, then be specific as to what you didn’t like. For example, if I made you a burger, and then asked you how it was, you could say: “I didn’t like it” , “worst burger ever!” , “that’s not a burger”. The problem is that I wouldn’t know where to begin to improve it. A better approach would be to tell me that the meat was too dry or that it was too salty or that the bread was falling apart or that there was too much sauce on the burger.  This way, I don’t have to start all over again from scratch. I know what is good about it and what to fix. 


STOP DOING A JOB THAT DOESN’T FULFILL YOU

Out of the 24 hours we have in a day, we spend 6-8 hours sleeping, 8-10 hours working and commuting, and only a few hours for everything else. This means we spend most of our time, either sleeping or working. How would you feel about sleeping night after night, in an uncomfortable bed that doesn’t let you get a good night’s sleep, gives you body aches and constant back pain? How quickly do you think you would try to fix this situation? Then why do you work somewhere that makes you feel stressed, burnt out, unhappy and emotionally spent, and do nothing about it? When you do a job that fulfills you, satisfies you and makes you feel good about yourself, you approach those few hours a day you have for your family, your friends and your hobbies with much more passion and eagerness. A good mattress also helps!





 

How to Live a Fulfilling Life Pt. 1

I’m on a mission to help those who are searching for a way to live a fulfilling life. To be the best YOU, you can be. There are so many things that we do because we are programmed to do them. Our obsession with social media and the internet as a whole has taken the place of our inner voice and become our adviser. What we read and watch informs the way we look, the way we talk, the way we act and even the way we think. We are a generation of followers, lacking the courage to be ourselves.

What follows are things most of us do that are actually hurting us and impeding us from feeling good about life. I’ve divided the blogs into bite sized chunks and will give you 5 things you should stop doing, at a time.
Change your way of thinking and get ready for a tsunami of positive vibes.


STOP LISTENING TO OTHER PEOPLE

I don’t mean you should stop listening to good advice, what I mean is people who think they know how to live your life better than you do. If you have a great idea, as crazy as that idea may sound, don’t let others sway you away from it. When I was in high school, I decided I wanted to be a rock star. Of course a lot of people told me it was a bad idea, that I would never make it, it was too difficult and that I was throwing my life away. They were right about one thing, it wasn’t an easy road! However, the path to rock stardom taught me about perseverance, dedication and hard work. It also taught me how to listen to my heart and express my feelings openly. It showed me that difficult things are worth fighting for. I also learned that if you do not fail, you are not trying hard enough. Being afraid of taking risks, therefore playing it safe, will prevent you from finding fulfillment in life.


STOP DOING WHAT OTHERS EXPECT OF YOU

Who’s life are you living anyway?  If you don’t take care of your life, your happiness and your goals, nobody else will. Doing what somebody else wants is only serving them and their agenda. They might mean well, but at the end of the day you are the one that has to deal with the consequences of your actions. Take a moment, step back and figure out what you want to do.

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STOP BEING SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT

All our lives, from the time we’re children, somebody has been trying to mold us into the person we should become. Be it an athlete, a scholar, a classically trained musician, a doctor or a lawyer. Maybe it’s family tradition, or maybe you just want to fit in; be part of a group. Being something you’re not is the same thing as lying to yourself. Be a maverick, be unique, not a copy of those around you. Be yourself and be happy.

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STOP FOLLOWING THE HERD

Imagine getting on a bus, or a train, or even an airplane, just because everyone else is getting on. Where is it going? What if it’s traveling in a completely different direction to your destination? Without even realizing it, you could be putting even more distance between you and your goal, therefore canceling out the hard work you’ve done so far. Don’t follow the herd, the herd has no idea where it’s going. It’s following someone else. If you are more comfortable being a follower than a leader, it’s OK, but at least make sure you are following the path that’s right for you. You’ll almost certainly find others on the same path, but the bus won’t be as crowded.


STOP WAITING FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN

The difference between dreams and goals is that dreams don’t come true. You have to actively pursue them as goals and work hard at attaining them. Even if your dream is to win the lottery, you still have to buy a ticket. You can’t just sit there and hope it happens someday. You may still not win, but at least you’re in the game.





 

Song Spotlight of the Week

Here it is, the first post.
A big part of my life, since my teens, has revolved around music and I’ve written and recorded a lot of material. Each week I will spotlight a song in my arsenal and will give you some background info, mood and style (for all you music sups), and I will attach either a Soundcloud link or a video.

If you like what you hear, links for Spotify and Apple Music will also be provided, so you could follow me on those.

So without further ado…

Cygne Noir / Gloom (2013)

Gloom is a song about feeling lonely, unwanted and getting to that point where life begins to have no purpose. The songs character is singing the song to his one true love. He wonders if she/he has ever felt the way he does now. Although the answer won’t make things better it may be the only thing that saves him.

Mood: gloomy, dreary, scary, scared, panic attack, nervous breakdown
Style: rock, dubstep, electronic, indie rock
Sounds like: a mixture of The Rapture, The Cure and ‘I Got 5 On It’ by Luniz, with a subtle dubstep beat.

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Thank you for stopping by

Welcome to Be a Hero Creative’s blog. I am your host Daniel and I will be sharing many things with you here. To really understand what this blog is about, you have to know a few things about me.

I’ve been making music since I got my first guitar at the age of 13.  While trying to “make it” in the music industry, I had to learn many things. I worked as a buyer and an assistant manager in record stores, a sound engineer, a freelance graphic designer, a DJ, a cook and a language teacher. I studied music and sound engineering, taught myself graphic design, got a degree in Culinary Arts and a certificate in Front-End Web Development.

I’ve lived in five countries and speak three languages. I believe in doing things with passion and perseverance. I think if you love something or someone, you should be willing to give up everything for them. I love to eat, to travel, to try new things and I have a fascination with learning.

At 45 years old, I like to say that I’m just getting started. I plan on living a very long time because there are just too many things left for me to do. I have a lust for life, I love unconditionally and I believe that we all have to teach what we’ve learned at some point in our lives. 

That’s what this blog is about. I will share my music, my graphic work, my favorite recipes, my thoughts, my passions and my life advice. I think being happy is great, but being fulfilled is better!

Hope my posts will inspire, motivate you and help you, even if just a little bit, to become a better you.

Love,
Daniel

One of my favorite songs ever!