Book: The Tipping Point

IMG_5019 I like to go to bookstores and see what new book I can discover. I kept seeing The Turning Point by Malcolm Gladwell displayed everywhere. More than the fact it’s a national best seller, it was the title that I found intriguing.
The first few chapters I read through, enjoying what I was reading but it was the last chapters that I started to highlight key points. Though out the book I was looking for the answer on what creates a Tipping Point for something, what causes a street trend to exploded to main stream, a movement or change culture. But instead I found what to look for in different people I come across. Those who carry the gift to sale, to inform, or connect with other people.
The book shares ideas and stories of failed and successful epidemics that took place in our culture and changed everything. The stories help you see what happened to create a tipping point that had a revolutionary impact.
I thought about the people who played the three different roles to create a tipping point in my life. My friend Geo connected me with so many of my friends and told me about Hillsong, which led me to attend their Bible College and move to Australia. Or my friend Desiree who’s word of mouth power has given my photography business so many clients, and my always cool friend Carlos who knows the trends before they happen.
I thought about what my role can be to impact culture and how I can use this knowledge to play a role in what I do for a living. I’ve always been a Maven but liked to keep things to myself in fear of everyone knowing and copying me or showing up at my new found coffee house. Now as I am sharing information, it shows me that I can be that tipping point in someone else’s life.

The Biggest Lie I Ever Told Myself

6325072032_c7a8baf6c6_oThe biggest lie I ever told myself was when I was in the third grade. I began to do poorly on test. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t smart like the other kids. I figured they were born with knowing the answers. I remember telling myself at that young age, “I’m not smart.” My third grade teacher told my mom that I probably had trouble hearing. Because I believed the lie I told myself, I didn’t blame my ear, I blamed my brain.

 

I believed it all though out high school. I always made sure to do all my homework because I knew I wouldn’t do good on my test. I would just make a passing grade. I even made sure to be a good student so my teachers would feel sorry for me and pass me.

It’s when I started to read more, that I saw I was getting better at remembering things and communicating my thoughts with others. Reading books grew my confidence and knowledge. I realized as an adult, I was smart, I just needed to work out my muscle inside my head, my brain!

Now I see, if I want to learn something new, I need to go out, read about it, discuss it, research it, seek it, to prove the lie wrong.

Self Help Junkie

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I’m on the verge of becoming a self help junkie. But fear not. I promised myself the next book I read will either be about production or a biography.
During the Christmas holidays I found myself lazy, fat and exhausted from the previous months of work, life and goals setting. I came across this book, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. Such a shocking title for this little Christian girl, but this slap to the face title caught my attention.
This is one of those books that I’m not sure if I should share, because it can be a little new-agey, but Jen Sincero shared some amazing concepts on moving pass self doubt and walking in faith. I enjoyed the challandge of finding scriptures to go along with some principles. This book taught me how to put faith into action, and not just saying, “God is in control” but to see that God wants me to playing a role in creating my destiny, seeing things hope for, the evidences of things not see. (Heb 11:1)

Every chapter help me realize my thoughts where effecting my reality and letting go of false beliefs. Things I grew up believing that weren’t true, where still haunting me, I can never live in a house like that. I saw myself still as a child, I’m just a little Mexican girl, was effecting my work and confidence. The chapter on meditation reminded me of the scriptures,

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is nodal, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praise worthy think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 4:8)

It also brought to light one of my largest fear, it encouraged me to thank my fears for trying to product me and to speak truth to it and encourage myself.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Quotes – Jen Sincero

Our greatest fears are the greatest waste of time

…it’s much scarier in your mind than it is in reality.

We’ve made fear being a habit.

It touched on making decisions, which for me I would wait things out.

Being so afraid that if they pick one thing, they’ll miss out on another, so they either choose to do nothing or try to do everything, which are both excellent ways to miss out on all of it. They basically decide to never decide because they don’t want to make the wrong decision…

Deciding is freedom. Indecision is torture.

Indecision is one of the most popular tricks for staying stuck within the boundaries of what’s safe and familiar.

I was encouraged to create a vision board, searching for what I really want in life was a bit exciting. As I was putting my board together everything seem possible.

Your beliefs hold the key to your financial success

Most of the time its not a lack of experience that holds us back but rather the lack of determination…

What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.

Yeah.. I’m done self doubting.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Everything you do along your journey contributes to where you’re going.  Jen Sincero

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My Personal Film School

I may not be able to afford film school but I can afford books. Here is my film library. Some of these I read a while back and others I bought yesterday when I was in Burbank. I am now on my third book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Film School.”

I just finished, “In The Blink of An Eye” and loved every moment of it. I didn’t want the book the end. My personal film school is: Read a book, make a film, read a new book, film….

Here are a few more books I am looking to read:

Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV
by Lori Coleman and Diana Friedberg

First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors
by Gabriella Oldham

Do you have any favorite film books?