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To get further in life, surround yourself with people who inspire you

Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer

Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer

That title is somewhat misleading. I don’t want this to come across as ‘use people to get where you want to be’ type post. That’s not what this is about, and anyone who does that is, in the words of Will Wheaton, a ‘Dick’.

As everyone is no doubt aware, my interests lie in a) hitting and kicking and locking and throwing people b) using swords to hit people c) writing d) editing.

A lot of the time I’ve had to do all of those on my own, and it can be very lonely and very hard to continue to get myself off the sofa after a shitty/long/long & shitty day and do them. However, if you have a martial arts instructor like Paul Drury, or see a talk by an author such as Philip Reeve, or go to a concert with someone like Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer, you can’t help but be inspired by them.

Just watch Will Wheaton at work on his show Tabletop, he makes me want to run out and buy every damn game they play! Have a listen to Mr. B, a top diesel punk chap hopper (the original Chap Hopper actually :)) and you can see just how enthusiastic they are.

These people have a clear love for their art and it’s infectious. Enthusiasm rubs off on you, in a positive way. If you surround yourself with people who are enthusiastic, who enjoy what they do, you can’t help but be carried along on their wave of enthusiasm and passion. You’ll be come enthusiastic and passionate, and they’ll feed off you as well. It’s a give-give relationship.

If you surround yourself with negative people, they’ll drag you down faster than a leviathan. They’ll suck the passion from you like faster than a vegetarian Vampire falling off the wagon. They’re toxic. It’s a give-take turning into take-take relationship, an ever increasingly destructive cycle.As the title of this short post suggests, if you want to get further in life, surround yourself with people who inspire you. And ditch the people who drag you down.

Follow @wilw, @philipreeve1, @gentlemanrhymer if you want a little fun 🙂

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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