February 26, 2016
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Why I Won’t Double-Tap That: Lessons From Instagram

I recently launched a new Instagram account specifically for BrianBandas.com and I began looking around and perusing the accounts of various success-oriented accounts. Lots of inspirational quotes and photos of Lambourghini’s. I’ll tell you what frustrated me, and what I think is missing. Meaning. Substance. And struggle. In short, authenticity. The pain is missing. The confusion, the angst, the worry, the fear, the not-having-all-the-answers. The fight against the world and against self that inevitably follows those who follow the road less travelled. The meaning is missing, too. The depth. Something more than I-wanna-have-more-than-you-and-do-what-I-want-and-make-sure-people-are-jealous. I saw a meme yesterday (I flinch […]
February 24, 2016
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Why I Embrace the Angst of Pursing Big Goals

We who fight for our dream suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse, “Oh, well, I didn’t really want it any way.” We do want it, and [we] know that we have staked everything on it…” -The Alchemist   I was in tears. I remember sitting in the car with my dad, grasping for some sort of definite sign, some sort of concrete assurance that one day the dream that I wanted so badly would become more than that. I wanted it. I needed it. I desired it at a […]