Hello. My brain has been fighting with itself for the past few months. Maybe longer. I love doing comedy and know that if I focused on selling myself I could do well at it. I already do pretty well in the comedy world. I headline a lot of gigs around Scotland and have a decent following in my solo shows at the Edinburgh festival. I have always known that if I want to go up a few levels I need to be able to focus 100 percent on my comedy, both in creating more material and promoting myself and building an audience. I gave up a full time job a few years ago and after a bit of struggle financially for a few years I ended up working for an agency for a warehouse in Cumbernauld. A few miles up the road from me. This job suited my situation because It was flexible enough that it allowed me to do the gigs I wanted and it also gave me the shifts I needed to pay my bills. I was working there for three years and I suppose it worked for me for that time. The problem I had with the job was that it was mind numbing. It bored me to death and when I got home I was always too tired to do anything regarding my comedy stuff. For three years I became a bit stuck in that situation. The work was in a warehouse and to be honest it was quite a negative environment. The people I worked with were great , but the job was mind numbing. Nobody was really happy in the job. I hated when people asked me about it. “How was work today” Fuck up, lets go to the happy place and talk about puppies or something.
Anyway for a while I wanted to leave the job and go all in on my comedy and other stuff I do. I was stuck in the story in my mind that a day job was what paid the bills and gave me security. This drove me nuts. I knew logically that a bit of hard work on selling myself and creating my own gigs would work and give me enough money to live on and pay the bills. I have a mortgage and the fear of losing my flat kept me in this shite job. Although I knew these things, the mentality that I needed the day job was always there. I wanted to leave but was clearly shiting myself. I knew that during the Edinburgh festival that I always do pretty well financially but the social conditioning kept me in the fucking shit job. aaaaaaagh.
I feel like mentally I was in the movie the shawshank Redemtion. You know the movie where the guy takes 20 years to break free. I was in jail mentally. All I had to do was dig my way through a hole and crawl through a big shite pipe to freedom.
My decision to leave got stronger over the past few months. There was a few things that eventually caused me to make the move. I stopped reading newspapers and watching the news a few years ago. That helped a lot. I have been watching a lot of personal development stuff on youtube and reading a lot of books on this stuff. People slag this stuff off, but its fucking life changing shit. I have come to realise that we are not out past experiences, we are not the beliefs that we got from our parents or from our teachers or from society. We are not our debt or the limitations set by social conditioning, we are not what other people in our industry think of us, we are not what we think other people think about us. We are much more than that. We are all capable of doing much more than we think we can. Although I knew all this shit logically a bit of my brain was still keeping me stuck in the fucking day job . Three fucking years. Holy shit.
A big fear I have is getting to the end of my life and looking back and realising I never took the chances I should have taken when I was younger.
Anyway I made a decision to leave on Monday last week. I have a show coming up next week in Glasgow. Friday the 19th at Victorias (Shameless plug) GET TICKETS HERE. THe idea is to ignore the negative inner voice and sayu fuck it and do things I would not usually do. Last weekend I did a couple of random gigs. One in Edinburgh. THis was a gig where I was doing a wee bit before a guy who came over from America called Mishka Shubally. He is a singer who did a bit of support for Doug Stanhope. I did the gig because I though it would be cool meeting this guy. When I did the gig I plugged my upcoming gig in Victorias. The audience enjoyed my stuff and quite a few of them bought tickets for my show. I also managed to sell a few tickets on the train on the way back from Edinburgh. As well as selling these tickets there was a couple in the audience who had booked Mishka to do a gig in their converted garage in Paisley. They liked my stuff and asked me if I fancied coming over on the Sunday and doing some stand up in their garage before Mishka done his bit. I though ” Fuck it I’ll do it” I went along on the Sunday did about twenty minutes before Mishka. Half of the people that were there bought tickets for my gig I must be doing something right.
For years I have had this idea that I can’t do marketing and can’t sell myself, but that weekend proved me wrong. My brain was full of shit. I actually can sell myself. I just need to show people that I am pretty good at stand up and tell them what my show is about. Its all a win win for me and the audience. That was the breakththrough weekend that took me from knowing logically that I could leave my job and go full pelt into comedy. I have a plan of what I plan to do. I’m going to set up loads of gigs, do a daily podcast, maybe a daily blog, and daily videos. THe day job is gone now. My last day was yesterday. I feel great about it, a bit scared as well, but with just the right amount of pressure to give me the push I need to follow through with shit.
I couldn’t be writing a show called the Fuck it list if I still had a day job.
Come and support me and find out what else is going to be on the fuck it list at my gig next Friday in Glasgow. You can book tickets here.
Enjoy your weekend.
Obie. You are only one fuck it away from changing everything
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Yesterday I had a winge on Facebook about negative people getting on my tits. What happened was that I was out running. I’m training for the Edinburgh marathon at the moment. three weeks to go. Anyway. As I was running towards home I passed a wee local woman who was out walking. She has seen me out running a few times. AS I ran past I slowed down to say hello. She said ” you are doing well” Then with a concerned look on her face ” she said, but try not to do too much” At that point I felt a wee bit angry. I sped up before the urge to say fuck off happened My gripe yesterday was that I have an issue dealing with negative people. You know the ones who try to keep you in your place when you tell them about big plans you have. They say things like ” Yes but what if ( Something negative happens or it doesn’t go as planned”
There are other people that annoy me for this reason. I feel like I’m quite a positive person who has ambitions and sometimes feel like these people hold me back. Then after a bit of thinking I got realised that the negative people aren’t the problem here. I don’t think they genuinely mean any harm in what they are saying. They are just seeing the world from their point of view. They see the worlds through a different lens than I see the world. Where I see an opportunity, they see a problem, Where I see a big goal that gets me away from the boredom of a normal life, they see a scary risk from the normal nine to five secure day job.
So the problem I have been having here is not these people who see the world differently. The problem is how I have been letting there way of seeing the world affect me. There probably isn’t a lot I can do to make them change how they think. They are probably quite happy in the way they look at the world. So from now on I’m going to accept how these people see the world. We are all different and have different ways of looking at things. They are quite happy in their world so who am I to change that. All I can do is do what I want and only be influenced with the people that have see the world through the same coloured glasses as me.
Fuck the system glasses
If you want to hear more about this story and how saying fuck it more is a good thing but tickets to my show in Victorias on the 19th of May. CLICK THIS LINK FOR TICKETS NOW.
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I have a show coming up on May the 19th. I’m working on a show called THe Fuck it list. I am also doing this show at the Edinburgh festival and planning to tour it as well. I want this to be more than just a show. I want this to be a project that helps me and other people out of living a boring life. I want to help myself and other people live a more fulfilling life. Fuck it. I want this show to be part of a movement where people say fuck it and do things they have never done before. I’d love to being able to do the show and hear about people who have watched the show and went away and done something different with their life like leaving there job, asking that person out and traveling the world. Fuck it. I want to hear of people trying something they have always secretly wanted to do, but have been scared to do because of their internal voice or the idea of what other people think of them.
This is more than a stand up comedy show for me. In my head I want to make it a movement that allows people to say fuck it and do more exciting things. There are opportunities out there for everybody. I believe we are only two words away from getting to them “Fuck it”.
A lot of people have the feeling of not being good enough. Including me. It really is bollocks. We are all good enough. Its now time to say fuck it and just do it. You are only here once unless. You only get one life to do what you want. Fuck getting to the end o your life and realising you never said fuck it and done the things you wanted to do. I’m doing this show because I’m shit scared of not doing things. I also have the fear of doing things I want to as well, but the fear of not doing what I want and taking action is fucking scary.
Say fuck it now and go and do that thing. Come and see my show. Book tickets now. Click on this blue link now. Fuck it. Do it now. You are onlu one fuck it away from changing everything.
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This blog is about thinking patterns. Everybody has them. Some are good and some are bad. Have a think about what your thinking patterns and see if they are serving you well or not. if not then get them to fuck. The reason I am writing this is because sometimes I find it hard to deal with people with negative thinking patterns. I think I have quite a good way of thinking, although its not perfect and needs some further improvement I think it has served me well over the years. My thinking pattern has got me into stand yp comedy, helped me start my memory training business and made me run two marathon e.t.c.
My thinking pattern as far as I know works like this.
1. Think of something I want to achieve.
2. Decide that I’m going to do it.
3. Find a way to do it and fucking do it.
4. Overcome any obstacles as they come up and learn from them.
The reason people with negative thinking patters drive me fucking mental is because they have this thinking pattern if I tell them of a goal I have.
!.Listen to goal that the person wants to achieve.
2. Think of all the negative things that could stop the goal.
3. THink about all the things that could go wrong.
4.Decide its not a good idea and advice you to be safe and not bother trying.
FUCK off. That patter of thinking drives me mad. I used to try and justify myself to these people about why there way of thinking isn’t a good way of thinking but they really can’t help themselves. However I find that most of the time the conversation is pointless. They can’t see past their way of thinking. Stay safe and don’t take any risks in life. I find now that its pointless telling these people any plans you have so I now avoid leading the conversation that way. Instead I now talk to the people who are doing ambitious things with their life instead about my plans.
So for the people who are interested here are my upcoming goals. Give me support if you have the same way of thinking as me If all you see is obstacles and ways that it can go wrong keep it to yourself
1. Goals. Be fully working for myself with mostly comedy, solo shows , circuit gigs, dvds etc. Alsoo make some good money from multiple sources of income I have including my memory training( Including New improved online course coming out soon), Affiliate marketing. I am using an online software just now that will help to promote my memory training course once I have it out. This program is great. It costs a few quid monthly but its well worth it if you are selling anything online or offline. I have also signed up for an affilate program for this service which means that if people sign up for it through me I get a recurring monthly commission. About £30.00 per customer per month to be made if they sign up. Click here to get a free book on this stuff. I have also joined an online group called profit maximiser that shows people how to scalp money from the bookies using bonuses e.t.c. . Costs about £100 a year to join. I’ve easily made a couple of grand from it Sounds dodgy as fuck but it works. With a good starting bank I could easily make enough money that covers what I earn in the shitty day job I have at the moment. You can try it out for 14 days for £1.00 Here is the link. I’m also planning another onine course called ” Feel the fear, say ” Fuck it” and do it anyway. This is going to be based on my new show I’m writing called the fuck it list. THe idea is to show people how to live their life the way they want. As I work out how to do that myself I’ll do the course as I go
So that’s the goals thing. I have tools some people I am giving in my day job. They seem to think I’m just fucking off with no plan, but as you can see I have planned this shit.
2. Decide that I’m going to do it. I’ve decided so there.
3. Find a way to do it. I know exactly what I want to do now. I have a rough idea of how to do it. Just need to now take the action and get on with it.
4. Overcome obstacles as they come up. Clearly there will be challenges as I go through this. That’s all part of it. No businesses go smoothly.
So that was a blog about thinking patterns. I reckon I had to get that off my chest because of a thinking pattern I have had which isn’t good. It was probably as follows.
1. Have some goals.
2. Decide I’m going to do it.
3. Tell people about the goals.
4. Here reasons why its too risky and what might go wrong.
5. Get angry about the lack of support.
6. Be less productive because of thinking about people not supporting my goals.
7. Watch Netflix.
Fuck this is turning it to a psychological analysis, The above thinking patter is definitely not productive. So I am now simplifying it to the first one .
1. Have a goal.
2. Decide I’m doing it.
3. Overcome obstacles on the way.
4. Fucking do it.
So that’s the end of the blog. Fuck knows if it makes any sense to you. I just thought I would get it out there. I’m off out to run 16 miles because I’ve decided
Enjoy your day and go and do shit.
p.s. I just got another thinking pattern there.
1. I’m quite happy with the blog I just wrote.
2. What if people judge me on what I’ve wrote and think I’m mad or over ambitious.
3. Fuck them. Send it out anyway. Fuck the system.
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THis is the second time I’ve started this post. Accidentally deleted the last one. Bastard. Anyway, the title is a bit clever sounding isn’t it. Oooooooh. Mirror neurons. Check you out and you fancy patter. What the fuck is a mirror neuron.
Good question. I’m not going to go in to all the science behind it but apparently mirror neurons are part of the secret of how humans learn from others so easily. How it works on a basic level is say for example you watch someone lift up a bottle of beer. Well as you watch this action mirror neutrons are fired in your brain similar to the ones of the person who is doing the action. Does that make sense so far? Good. AS well as simple actions mirror neurons work with emotions. For example if you are with someone who is very negative then your brain might fire similar neurons and you might feel negative as well. Of course there are ways to overcome these things however you are more likely to feel negative if you are around negative people as a result of these mad neurons. In a similar way if you are around positive and happy people you are more likely to have your positive and happy neurons firing in a similar way.Bellow is an example how this works. watch this and notice how you mirror neurons make you laugh as well.
and then there is this one. These mad babies will drive your neurons nuts.
Anyway the whole point of this post it to say ” Surround your self with positive people because it is scientifically proven that you are more likely to feel positive if you are surrounded by positive people.
At the moment I work 3 or 4 days in a warehouse. The job is quite mind numbing. The people I work with are great but because of the job a lot of people are walking about with negative body language and miserable faces. I’ts very hard for this not to have an effect on you. Although there are ways to do this and I can overcome it sometimes . I feel like a lot of the time I am fighting against the shitey neurons getting fired in my brain. If that was all I did I would probably go nuts.
Outside of work I have recently made an effort to get out and about to meet more positive people by going along to things like Toastmasters and personal development seminars. These positive people are definitely having the desired effect :0
I’m now gradually reducing the amount of hours I have to work in the warehouse and moving in to doing my own thing full time. Being around more positive people and working on the new show The Fuck it list is definitely helping.
Come along to my show and be part of a room full of positive people having a laugh and getting your happy neurons fired to send happy chemical round your body.
Book your tickets here. CLICK HERE
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