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In this episode, Joel and Antonia reflect on the death and legacy of Neil Peart (drummer for the progressive rock band Rush) and how thought leaders shape how we think as people.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Neil Peart died January 7, 2020, at the age of 67 of brain cancer
- He was the drummer and lyricist for Rush and an author of multiple books.
- Our guess for Neil Peart’s best fit type is INTP.
- His lyrics and music were very intuitive and geeky.
- Dave Grohl was a huge Neil Peart fan.
- The song Limelight dealt with what it means to be a celebrity.
- Limelight: “I can’t pretend this stranger is a long-awaited friend.”
- You can’t pretend a fan is a long-awaited friend.
- Dormant messages
- Rush is an acquired taste. They were very progressive for their time.
- You have to get used to the singer’s voice.
- Red Barchetta: a post-apocalyptic song where driving is outlawed.
- Sometimes we don’t know how someone’s expression of art is going to affect us.
- Marathon is a song about what it takes to make something big happen. It is a lifelong commitment: a marathon.
- Occasionally, you can take a breather, but you gotta get back on the road because nobody gets a free ride. Stay on purpose.
- Mission is a song from Neil Peart. It’s a love letter to those who inspired him:
- It’s cold comfort
- To the ones without it
- To know how they struggled
- How they suffered about it
- If their lives were
- Exotic and strange
- They would likely have
- Gladly exchanged them
- For something a little more plain
- Maybe something a little more sane
- We each pay a fabulous price
- For our visions of paradise
- But a spirit with a vision
- Is a dream with a mission
- Anybody who wants to make an impact in the world gives up so much to make it happen.
- These people sacrifice a normal life to follow their mission.
- People on mission may feel lonely because of what they have sacrificed.
- There is so much safety and familiarity in a templatized life.
- What are we allowing in now that is going to sit dormant and impact us in the future?
- Good messaging or disempowering messaging?
- Steve Jobs never took short cuts. He soldered straight lines that nobody would see.
- TJs and FPs like to model how others go about things.
- TPs and FJs like to model how things are said. They value the importance of good word choices and grammar.
- Mentors are very important.
- Apocryphal story: Dark wolf and a light wolf. The one you feed will win.
- The part of us we want to be the biggest influence over who we are is the part we need to feed.
- Mentors, thought leaders, and artists are crafting us to be better human beings.
- When we find somebody who has highly calibrated thought, there isn’t anything wrong with following them and recognizing how much they have impacted us.
- We can be those people for others, too.
- There is a hostile zeitgeist in the world today.
- How are you feeding into it?
- Are you contributing to the hostility?
- Neil Peart put a massive amount of time and attention into the songs he released.
- How much care do we take with the messages we send out on social media?
- Recognize how careful thought and influence can do a lot of good.
- Evaluate what you say before sending it.
- Introverted Feeling likes to model other people’s lives.
- We can be a force for good if we pause and think things through.
- There is so much content in the world.
- Talking for its own sake, has become a lot of noise.
- Most people don’t have much to say. They are just repeating what they have heard.
- Real thought leaders have something useful to say.
- Instead of arguing at the social media level, what can you create at the top level?
- Great creators think at the top level.
- They express and create.
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