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If you haven’t seen Finding Dory yet, you’re failing at life. I’m just saying. In fact, this was my 2 1/2 year old son’s first movie experience. He loves the “fishes”.  And he did great! But enough about my kid.
   As wonderful as the movie was, I may have enjoyed the Pixar short, Piper, that proceeded it even more. There’s already a flock of articles out there (see what I did there) noting the accomplishments of its animation–how it’s pushing animation at Pixar forward. What I want to talk about though, is it’s message and how we can use it to push ourselves forward.
   So, if you haven’t seen “Piper” by Pixar – Spoiler Alert! I’m about to ruin this thing for you.
   A baby Sandpiper (It’s a bird. Yeah, I didn’t really know either.) finds itself being taught life skills by its mother. In this case, to seek out his own food. This involves digging up a host of different shell residing creatures hiding just below the sand along the edge of the ocean. But while working out it’s technique, the little Piper gets walloped by a wave that crushes it both physically and figuratively. And the baby Piper quits. When the baby bird discovers how a crab rides out the wave by digging into the sand and letting it flow over it, the little Piper discovers it can gain a moment of clarity while under the water and see where those pesky dinner items are hiding. So with his new found power, the Piper becomes the Michael Jordan of food gathering. Happy Ending.
   What I loved is the lesson that can be learned from the little Piper’s journey. It boldly goes out into the world, only to be crushed by a major obstacle. So the Piper quits. (Sound familiar? It does to me. I face this very issue. CONSTANTLY )
   But then, the little Piper gets hungry.
   And that hunger leads to, not only, the overcoming of that obstacle but the little Piper goes farther than any of the other birds. Because the other Sandpipers were merely managing the wave–avoiding it. But the little Piper conquered it.
   So here’s the lesson:
   #BEHUNGRY You can achieve greatness if you’re willing to face the wave.
   I don’t know about you but I’m hungry. I’m also real scared of that wave. But the only way to get where you want to go is through it. There’s countless articles around the web detailing the traits of successful people. One of those things is to “Do the hard stuff.” That means facing the wave.
   I’m ready to face whatever wave comes at me. I’m tired of hiding in the sand waiting for opportunity to find me. If you’re ready to face your wave, let me know about it in the comments below. I’d love to hear about the hard thing you’re facing.
   Until next time my fellow creatives, Unleash Havoc!

Nick Welch

Nick is loudmouthed storm of havoc working on a number of projects that will see the light of day sooner or later. In the meantime, he's writing motivational and inspirational articles for sequential artists and writers.


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