Monthly Archives: June 2013

Writing interview – Tim Ferriss and Neil Strauss

THESE ARE MY NOTES FROM TIM FERRISS AND NEIL STRAUSS INTERVIEW ABOUT WRITING.
….an hour long interview boiled down to the key points for quick reading.
This interview drops golden tips for aspiring writers everywhere.
Link to watch 1-hour interview: Here

You can download the .PDF or .DOC files of my notes here (2 pages each):

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Feel free to use/modify/distribute for free.  Enjoy!
Sincerely,
Neville Medhora

something from nothing

I once heard an interview with the famous music composer Quincy Jones (the guy who produced a lot of Michael Jackson’s stuff)…..and he said this awesome quote:


“Music is a wonderful business, because you take nothing, and make it into something….and you can sell it!”
 

I was reminded of this after recording myself writing a chapter in the book I’m writing about Kopywriting.I started with a blank page.
I ended with a chapter of a book people will pay for.

You can see it (sped-up) here:

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JahxPjJP2iE

This is just another reason I’ve found being able to write well has improved my life.

I can turn nothing, into gold, with my fingers!

Sincerely,
Neville Medhora – A real-life genie

 

P.S.  Have a great weekend :)

motivational links

I am one….lazy….bastard!
And an important part of getting me up and doing things is a steady stream of motivation.

Motivation is SO different from person-to-person, so for what it’s worth, here’s a couple of things I randomly consume whenever I need a shot of adrenaline:
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Dave Matthews blowing his lungs out:
After a 2-year long tour, this Central Park concert was the very last for The Dave Matthews Band, and in their final song “All Along The Watchtower” he screams his lungs off  (watch whole thing if you like, but screaming starts at 11minute mark):
http://youtu.be/fOaMQ-R9YGM?t=10m58s

 

Ellen DeGeneres speaking at a college commencement:
I like how she speaks.
http://www.upworthy.com/ellen-s-tragic-lesbian-love-story-has-the-most-beautiful-ending?c=ufb1

 

Earl Nightingales “The Strangest Secret”.
I can never make it all the way through without getting several great ideas and getting back to work.  Love Earl’s stuff:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62DqsD2s5V8

 

Pendulum performing 2 re-mixed songs at GlastonBerry.
Cinematography is wonderful.  I dunno if they’re techno or a rock band, but I used to watch this constantly at wall-shaking & neighbor-complaining levels:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnD0YRAT0bg

 

Slipknot performing “Wait and Bleed” live.  
I think the 1st minute of this live recording is unbelievably well done.  Don’t know why.  You might not wanna watch this at work or around kids:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yngxExGNIHg

 

Steve Jobs talking about poking life.
I. Love.  This.  Video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYfNvmF0Bqw

 

I have over a hundred of these, but this might be enough inspiration to get you going.
Bookmark the one’s that speak to you.
Sincerely,
Your lazy friend,
Neville Medhora

P.S.  Even if you don’t think any of my personal choices motivate you, I’d highly suggest you put a “Motivation” bookmark on your browser.  When in a lull, you’ll know what to do.

 

P.P.S.  Please share this list with someone you know it may help.

Louis CK gets better

I’m a nerd so I watch YouTube videos and interviews allllll the time when at home.

One of my absolute favorite pieces of entertainment which I learned a hulluvalot from is a short documentary called “Talking Funny” (It’s just Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, and Chris Rock talking about being funny for an hour….and it’s FREAKING AMAZING).

There’s a profound moment I will NEVER forget…

It was said by Louis CK, while he was talking about how he makes his act stronger:

Click the image below and it’ll take you to the video starting at the 4min15second mark:


Link: http://youtu.be/OKY6BGcx37k?t=4m15s

He says this brilliant thing:

“One of the things I started doing was taking my closing bit, and opening with it, just to fuck myself.  Because then I have to follow my strongest bit.  So the end of my act gets stronger, because I don’t have a choice.

–Louis CK

I won’t sit here and micro-examine that phrase, because I’m sure you extract what you need from it on your own.

Just thought I’d share this piece of advice that’s stuck with me since the day I watched it (I’ve since watched it at least 30+ times…no joke)!

Watch it now, or save it for later.  Enjoy!
-Neville

Tell a friend to singup to me: Hey

June 2013 Goals

My goals for June 2013 are pretty simple.  Only two.  (although might add another if needed).

june-2013-goals

 

I’m re-designing this blog to be a little easier to read, and kinda go back to the old-school layout I used to have back when I was on Blogger.com.

Like this:

Old School NevBlog

I dunno what it was about that layout, but it was just easy-as-hell to read and easy to endlessly scroll through.

Kinda want some elements of that back.

Working with Alf, and already got some of the very basic framework spec’d out:

nevblog-mockup4

Obviously a lot of the elements (like background) will change.  But this just the general framework.  POINT IS, this is moving already, so should be completed soon.

 

 

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Next goal is a kopywriting book.

I randomly started writing it, and it went quick because it was based on the KopywritingKourse.

Now I think the video course is by FAR the best way to learn what I have to teach, but the book will be great for people who can’t watch it for whatever reason.  It’ll also expose Kopywriting to a large audience.

It’s ALWAYS harder than it seems to crank out a book (I learned this from my Book In Two Weeks Experiment), but hopefully I can finish this month.

I’m going to TRY to limit the book to 70 or 90 pages so it’s really quick.  Like a copywriting guide.

 

ANYWHOOZLE, those are my goals….Got yours set for June 2013 yet??
-Neville

 

risky kinetic

Three phases of every human life that’s ever existed:
1.) You’re born.
2.) You do some things.
3.) You fucking die.

So no matter what your problem is…..it pales in comparison with that 3rd stage.

This might help pump you up before you do anything:

YouTube video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaiizcLTp0

Bookmark this video as a small piece of inspiration (I have a folder in my book marks just for inspirational stuff).  Also give it a YouTube “Like” if you don’t mind.

This video was originally part of an email I sent out called “Risky” which got an insanely large response.  Then Bryan from VideoFruit made my soothing voice into kinetic text.  Awesome!

Stay young & dumb my friend (said in my best Dos Equis Man voice).
-Neville

This is my twitter: @NevMed
This is my YouTube: Kopy.tv
Tell a friend about this stuff: Hey