The First Chapter

Readers! I’m back! How are you guys/gals/extremely intellectually advanced house pets/alien lifeforms who intercept my blog ? Good? Excellent. I am good as well, but I am also insanely busy.

For those who don’t know, college has a officially started. I am enrolled as a freshman at the University of Tulsa. Great school. zzGreat professors. LOTS of work. It’s like they don’t realize I’m trying to write a book (or four), maintain a blog, send out newsletters, and film my vlogs.  (Check out my newest one HERE!) Anyways, I will post as frequently as possible, but don’t show up on my doorstep if it isn’t every two weeks exactly. Unless you want to help me write some papers, and if that is the case, come on! The more, the merrier.

All joking aside, I am really enjoying this first chapter in a whole new book of my life. My professors are all fantastic, brilliant people, and I have made a couple new friends, doubling my total. (Another joke, I can’t refrain!) All in all, I feel very blessed to be attending school here, and still managing to write this post to share with you all, dear readers.  Will I regret taking this ten minutes of my life to blog? Probably. Should I be doing something else at the moment? Definitely. But it is still worth it now because I am getting to connect with every single one of you! That makes it worthwhile.

So updates on me: Besides starting school, I recently finished Project Alpha (I love it), and I am preparing to speak at the EnclyoMedia conference in October! (Click HERE to read more) This means more speech writing and memorizing. Fun stuff.

That is pretty much all the time I have, my readers, so let me leave you with this. Your life is a library, full of books. My newest book began as I started college, and I want to make sure that I “write” something that I am going to be proud of. No matter where your life is taking you, make sure that your books are something that you would be proud to have your children, friends, or family read. Stay positive and press forward.

Until next time,

Jesse Haynes

 

Dreamers of the Day.

“What is a dream without a drive?” – Goran Blasnoff

The quote above comes from my latest manuscript, and it is something that I have always believed in. What the character is saying is that to achieve dreams, a person must have the drive to make it happen. T.E. Lawrence said it best when he wrote the following: (Please don’t skip over it because it is a quote, this is good stuff – I promise!)

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they must act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

I will give you a moment to absorb the absolute beauty of those words. *pause here to reread quote and reflect on the message.* T20150809_125338 (1)hat’s good stuff, isn’t it?  Between my quote from Project Alpha and the T.E. Lawrence quote, I got to thinking a lot about dreams, goals, etc., and how I plan to achieve mine.

So first, let me ask you this: Do you have goals or dreams? What are they? I have several big ones, and some short as well. My big goals are things like publishing a NYT Bestseller (ultimately want to do it by age thirty, but who’s counting…), live a Christian life, and try to maintain an overall good level of physical fitness as I grow old (hopefully).  Being a generally happy person would be awesome too. Short term goals are things like maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA at TU, and some other things. I try to keep all my posts under 500 words, so I won’t get into my personal problems and how I intend to resolve them.

But most importantly, let me ask one more question: What kind of dreamer are you? Are you a dreamer of the night, whose only big dreams comes when you sleep? Or are you a dreamer of the day, who actualizes dreams by having the work ethic and mindset to pursue them? No matter how outlandish of a dream you might have, the best advice I can give is to “go for it.” Growing up, I always said I would publish a book while I was 16. It didn’t happen, and I was pretty bummed, but I didn’t give up and Creepers released while I was 17. Even though I failed in doing what I was originally intending, I kept trying to market my manuscript, and eventually I actualized my dream of publishing my first book, so there is a lot that can be learned from that.

I hate to say this, but for many of my readers, school will be starting soon. Regardless if you are going to school or the workplace, what I would like to tell you all, dear friends, is that even if you are currently a dreamer of the night, all it takes is a little planning, a little work, and a lot of drive, and you can become a dreamer of the day – making anything you set your mind to possible.

Do your best to become a dreamer of the day over the next few weeks, and feel free to contact me with any questions of for any advice.

– Jesse