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Happiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

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One thing I wanted to say is, um...
One thing I wanted to say is, um...
Don't be fooled by the internet
Don't be fooled by the internet
It's cool, it's cool to get on the computer
But don't let the computer get on you
It's cool, it's cool to use the computer
Don't let the computer use you, y'all saw "The Matrix."
Y'all saw "The Matrix."

[Chorus]
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul

[Instrumental Bridge]

[Chorus]
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul

So, be careful
Be careful
Be careful
Be careful
The substance of the tree is carbon, where did that come from?
It comes from the air
It's carbon dioxide from the air
People look at trees and they think it comes out of the ground
That plants grow out of the ground
But if you ask, where the substance comes from?
You find out, where did it come from?
Trees come out of the air?
They surely come out of the ground
No, they come out of the air
No, they come out of the air

The carbon dioxide in the air goes into the tree and it changes it
Kicking out the oxygen
And then pushing the oxygen away from the carbon and leaving the carbon substance with water
Water comes out of the ground
Only it came out of the air, didn't it?
Came down from the sky
So most of it, almost all of the tree is out of the ground
I'm sorry, it's out of the air!
Now, of course I told you the oxygen and carbon stick together very tight
How is it that the tree is so smart to manage to take the carbon dioxide, which is the carbon oxygen nicely combined and undo that so easy?
Ah, life. Life has some mysterious quirks
No, the sun is shining
And it's the sunlight that comes down and locks this oxygen away from the carbon
So it takes sunlight to get the plant to work
And so the sun, all the time, is doing the work of separating the oxygen away from the carbon, the oxygen is some kind of terrible byproduct, which it spits back into the air and leaving the carbon and water and stuff to make the substance of the tree
And then when we take the substance in the tree, and stick it in the fireplace
It is the only oxygen made by these trees
And all the carbon would much prefer to be close together again
And once you've let the heat to get it started, it continues and makes an awful lot of activity while it's going back together again
And all this nice light and everything comes out and everything is being undone, you're going back to carbon and oxygen, back to carbon dioxide
And the light and the heat that's coming out. That's the light and heat of the sun that went in
The sun that went in

[Pre-Chorus]
So it's sort of stored sun that's coming out when you burn a log
So it's sort of stored sun that's coming out when you burn a log

[Chorus]
So it's sort of stored sun that's coming out
When you burn a log
So it's sort of stored sun that's coming out
When you burn a log
So it's sort of stored sun that's coming out
When you burn a log
So it's sort of stored sun that's coming out
When you burn a log
Um, I was talking about that this weekend, thinking a lot about it
I think the two basic types of music indigenous to this country are
Um, the Black music blues
And the kind of folk music that was brought over from Europe
And I guess they call it country music or the kind of West Virginia high and lonesome sound
Those are the two mainstreams of the root American music
It looks like, uh 10 years ago what they call rock 'n' roll was kind of a blending of those two forms
Uh... I guess what's happening now is rock is kind of dying out
And everyone's going back to their roots again
Some are going back into country and some are going back into basic blues
I guess in four or five years the new generation's music will be, it'll have a synthesis of those two elements and some third thing
Some third thing
Maybe it will be, uh… it might rely heavily on electronics, tapes
I can kind of envision
I can, I can kind of envision, maybe, uh

One person with a lot of machines
One person with a lot of machines
One, one person with a lot of machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
One person with a lot of machines
One person with a lot of machines
One, one person with a lot of machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Tapes or electronic set ups, uh
Using machines
Using machines
Using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Using machines

[Instrumental Bridge]

Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Using machines
Using machines
Using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Using machines
I realized this way back
First everybody says, “Oh, ideas are a dime a dozen. Execution is everything.”
And they just assume that at some point they'll be walking around and lightning will strike them and they'll think, “Oh my gosh. People should share cars and I'll make an app in the middle to connect people with cars and I'll call it Uber.”
No, ideas don't really work like that
Nor does execution work the way most people think
People think, I'm gonna take this great idea and now I'm going to do it
The doing it, it can happen in 1,000 different ways
People don't realize there's a whole spectrum of execution ranging from really, really bad so that an idea will fail or really, really good so that even a bad idea might have a chance for success
For success
Having ideas is like a muscle
Having ideas is like a muscle

[Chorus]
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
Having ideas is like a muscle
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
Try to practice having 10 ideas a day
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
It doesn't have to be a good idea or a bad idea
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
But it keeps that idea muscle in practice

If you're sick and you lie in bed for two weeks, you might actually need physical therapy to walk again
Your leg muscles atrophy that fast
It's the same thing with ideas
If you don't have ideas every day, your idea muscle is not gonna get bigger
It might atrophy and so I try to practice
I'll come up with a topic and I'll try to practice having 10 ideas a day around, each day'll be a different topic
But I'll try to have 10 good ideas around that topic
Now they won't be good ideas because you can't have 3,650 good ideas a year
But I try to make sure they're as good as they possibly could be
I've been doing this every since I wanted to network, and I'm not a very good networker
I wanted to ask my heroes, can I buy you a cup of coffee and pick your brain?
So I wrote to 20 people
They didn't even say no
None of them responded
Why would they respond?
Warren Buffett's not gonna say, hold everything
Clear up my schedule, Gladys
He's never gonna even respond to me
He's gonna think I'm an idiot
So then I started writing down, I started researching everyone's business and I started writing down 10 ideas for Warren Buffett's business
10 ideas for this person's business
10 ideas for this person's business
And then I would send those ideas to the people
And I would say, "Hey, you don't have to respond to this. I don't want anything, but I really admire you and your business, here's 10 things where I think your business could improve."
And then I started getting responses, and it actually changed my life, some of those responses
And so I started doing it every single day
Without fail since then

[Chorus]
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
Having ideas is like a muscle
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
Try to practice having 10 ideas a day
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
It doesn't have to be a good idea or a bad idea
Idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle, idea muscle
But it keeps that idea muscle in practice

[Bridge]
Idea muscle
Ideas everyday
Idea muscle
10 ideas a day
Idea muscle
Ideas everyday
Idea muscle

Idea muscle
I mean, I shouldn't say every single day
Some areas when I kind of dropped my discipline, I stopped doing it and I immediately felt the consequences
And now I do it every single day
It doesn't have to be a good idea or a bad idea
But it keeps that idea muscle in practice

And usually by number seven
It's like a workout
Like, my brain is sweating
I keep counting like, did I hit 10 yet?
And then eight, nine, 10 are the hardest
And it takes me 10% of the time is the first seven and the other 90% of the time it's the last three
Then I know it's a decent list
I was just thinking that Jocko's kind of…
A lot of people can be real father figures for me
I have such a desperation for that energy and that connection in my life that I will latch on to people or put them in a place where
Oh, I gotta tell you this
So, I saw my dad in a dream
When I was in Hawaii or in Maui
Sorry, when I was in Maui
And it was really crazy 'cause I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
You know, and I had an adult vision and I saw him
You know, and I saw him and it was crazy, we were at a..., it was kind of confusing
It was a dream, you know?
And Robert De Niro was there and Matthew McConaughey was there
And we were in Maui
My dad was in one room eating at a table and Matthew McConaughey and Robert De Niro were in another room
And my dad wanted to come and meet Matthew McConaughey, but he didn't want to meet Robert De Niro
And so I was trying to, like, mediate between the two of 'em
And finally my dad and Matthew McConaughey got to meet each other, which doesn't mean anything, but it was just interesting to see my father. I hadn't seen him

[Chorus]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

You know, I'd seen him in pictures and I'd seen him in just, you know, imagination what, what his
What he looked like or something, but I hadn't seen him really
And it made me think that my dad lives in Hawaii or something, you know?
Like I was like, oh, is this where he's been?
And it made me think, well of course this is where he's been
This is where I would be
It is stunning but yeah, I got to see my dad, man, I got to see him, it was
I just didn't know
I just didn't know
I didn't know that he's been in Hawaii or been, you know, that he's been there
And he was healthy
He was healthier looking than I'd ever seen him in my whole life, that's what's wild
He was kind of thicker, he been eating
His hair was darker
And um, he was laughing, man, he was laughing
He was kind of being cool
Kinda a little bit play it cool or be cool I guess, I don't know
I mean, he, you know
I mean, he lives in that world in the subconscious or in dream world, so, you know
I have no idea what his life is like there
He may drive a Corvette, I don't know, I didn't see
You know, the parking lot or anything like that
I just saw just him

[Chorus]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

[Chorus by Akira The Don]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

And man, right when I got up
I've just been on this kick where I've just been trying to stay more motivated and like
When it's time to get up it's time to get up
And I need to do things, and I want to have more experiences in my life
You know, recently I've just been realizing, like, I do a lot of stuff but it's a lot of the same things
And I'm not really having a lot of new experiences
And so I want to have a little bit more of that
Man, I wish I'da just laid back down and try to go right back and see him
You know, wherever he was, but it's just so funny, man
I've slept in, you know, in the past 20 years I've probably fallen asleep in 42 states
In 15 or 20 or 30 uh, I don't know, countries
And not once did I see my father and then bam
I'm in Maui and there he is

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