Mixtape #3 – Persistence & Determination
Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Linnéa Hultén / Senior Editors Eleen Murphy & Camille Duran / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Transcript from the Episode
Hello everyone you’re listening to The Green Exchange, this is our thematic mixtape number three.
Not a regular brain intensive episode. Just 30 minutes of music for moments of the day where you need to let go and get inspired at the same time. Rollerskating by the beach, watching your kids play football, or maybe cleaning your garage because you bought too much stuff over the years and now it’s time to donate half of it. or why not donate everything and start living a minimalist lifestyle? Have you thought about this?
We mix DJ sets with quotes from our interviews or from around the web, and share tips and guiding thoughts for the change agent that you are – this way you can escape and hopefully get inspired at the same time.
You know it, it’s not always the kind of music you would expect on a sustainability podcast but that’s what we want. That’s one stronghold of the Green Exchange family – We are trying to keep an open mind and challenge ourselves at all times. Today we go on the electro side of things, with some african influences and synthesisers that remind us of the Detroit techno scene, (laugh) that sounds a bit crazy no? It’s really not that crazy, it’s taken from an EP called DrumTalk.
This mixtape is designed for 3 specific situations:
S1: you are late on a deadline, there is noise in the office or in the house, you keep being interrupted and you really need to get this piece of work done. this mixtape is going to make you type faster than ever before
S2: you are going out for a jog or ready to pump iron at the gym and let me tell you, this soundtrack is going to make you perform like a machine.
S3: you are Alone in your car and you want to crank up the volume and dance at the red-light – yes, let it go.
If you’re not in one of those 3 situations, you may want to wait for the next mixtape…
Today, we talk about being determined and persistent in your work as a change agent, and that’s why we’ve chosen something around electro beats.
I think we’re ready to go, let’s dive in.
Quote from Calvin Coolidge:
“ Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
So I choose to be persistent.”
CD: Persistence and determination are probably the most important attributes of the change agent.
And there are different ways you can become more persistent, it’s like a muscle, you need to train it.
CD: Oftentimes, the reason for quitting is hardships, discomfort and uncertainty. We let our fears and doubts paralyse us.
CD: There are different ways to boost persistence
First, you can try to better identify your wants & desires, writing them down.
Then, ask yourself: Why is it that I want this, why am I pursuing this?
Quote from Simon Sinek: “We assume we know why we do what we do, but then how do you explain when things don’t go as we assume?”
CD: If you’re clear with what you want to achieve and why? Then you can get into the how. And at this point you want to define action steps that are going to help you achieve your goal.
You may want to have a plan A, a plan B, a plan C, the “ ow” is what you’re going to navigate from now on.
CD: Another factor that will boost our persistence and determination is a positive mental attitude.
And this one is difficult.
Quote from Leo Gura:
“How do you actually actually cultivate a positive attitude, because it’s very easy i find to talk about positive thinking, and we all know that we want to be more positive but then we fall back into our groove and we remain the negative selves, the critical selves, the judgmental selves, the worrying selves, the stressed selves that we’ve always been.”
CD: Another technique you can use is to build your mastermind group, or simply select a group of people that make you feel motivated, that are positive thinkers, that are persistent and proved successful in the past. Surround yourself with those people, they will bring you the confidence you need when you need it.
CD: One more ingredient to boost our ability to be persistent. Developing Discipline & Habit, yep! so important
Quote from Terry Crews:
“The thing about self-discipline is that it is necessary, for everything you do in your life, you need to be disciplined.”
CD: And this as well is like a muscle we need to train. That’s why this music is so appropriate, because that’s the sound of habits, the sound of discipline, consistency and pace. And that’s key to persistence
CD: To finish, here is a quick story about persistence:
There is a man called Aki Ra, in Cambodia – not shakira in columbia, Aki Ra.
This man had 3 tools with him: a shovel, a stick, and a knife. He went out into the jungles of the densely-populated Siam Reap region of Cambodia. His goal was to remove Soviet, Chinese, and Vietnamese-constructed land mines. He almost single-handedly cleared out all the explosives surrounding Cambodia’s primary tourist attraction – the incredible Temples at Angkor Wat – before turning his attention to local playgrounds and farmlands that had been off-limits for decades. … he claims that in the 16 years he has been on the job he’s personally removed and cleared over 50,000 mines by himself. That’s persistence & determination.
We hope you enjoyed this thematic mixtape, we’ll be persistent and back soon with more green knowledge, inspiration and entertainment, keep up the good work in the meantime.