How I Stay Motivated

Burnie Vlog: How I Stay Motivated

Burnie moves to LA to refocus, and to stay motivated in his creative endeavours.

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  • Klorix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Thanks a lot for those tips, Burnie! I've been struggling a lot to get on track. I'll make sure to look into some to-do-list programme. Maybe that will help after not being very successful with Outlook's to-do functionality.


    But even if I dedicate myself to my work, I value my weekends and will try not to have work-related to-dos on those two days of the week.

  • SamuelRobins FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    So I'm still a little confused -

    So, Burnie's moving to LA for a few months, but not permanently? Do I have it right?

    • Draconious FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Yeah, I'm a little curious about that as well.

    • Klorix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      He's back already. And it triggered some of the best Podcast topics (butter sticks) I've listened to here. (Did not listen to many Podcasts yet, so bear with me if you like other topics better.)

  • EvanLX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SPONSOR

    2 months ago

    How the fuck has Burnie not spilled that coffee?

  • GBBGUY FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GBBGUY

    2 months ago

    I really like this little talk Burnie did here, discipline, good habits, and not inspirational video of the day keep you going and doing things. Lots of respect for this guy 

  • MikeOgden FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Excellent Vlog Burnie. As an animator in his late 30s that works for a company that doesn't exactly produce anything creative or exciting, it's been hard for me since college to have that drive to work on personal projects to help further my career. I think that we all have been trained that "motivation" is so important when it comes to creative endeavors, we forget that sometimes when you aren't "feeling it" doesn't mean you can't still be productive. That's very good advice though, and something I'll start using in my daily life. 

  • ylurkes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    ok. this vlog is next level.

  • TidalSoltair FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    i dont have the discipline that burnie has massive respect im kinda lazy piece of shit who leaves stuff to the last minute and would rather just not do anything at all tbh there are times i wonder whats the point in my existence and those are the times im truly scared of the answer i have no one but myself and my work even there i dont really have friends inside or outside of it life comes in all shapes and sizes and after watching this im tempted to try and better myself 

  • Henrytownez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Wise words

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Gonna miss you being on RTP and stuff, Burnie, but I'm looking forward to whatever's next for the company.

  • LycaNinja FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Werewolf Assassin

    2 months ago

    Staying in LA for getting Sugar Pine 7 started up? Woot

  • SailorGirl81 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper Of Kittens

    2 months ago

    I agree about the streak thing. I did an artwork a day project for an entire year and believe me, many times when I had zero motivation or inspiration the only thing that kept me going was NOT breaking the streak. And it worked. 

  • ParaMigi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I love those tilt shift shots you put in the vlogs and hope there will be more :D

  • thataznguy34 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Discipline > motivation. You'll never have to "feel" like doing something, you just get stuff done.

  • WhiskyOmega

    2 months ago

    I needed to hear this from Burnie. As an artist it's hell to stay motivated, especially since it goes a lot more often then it comes. Hearing what Burnie had to say and that little quote made so much sense to me and it's exactly what I needed. Thanks Burnie! satisfied

  • Reese94 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Reese

    2 months ago

    Great blog Burnie. This came at a perfect time for me, when I am struggling to stay disciplined, both with my research and with my writing. Seeing how much you have created inspires me to keep working on the things i care about, so it is very useful for me to hear about how you work and how you keep yourself working. Especially on long projects that take not only a lot of time, but a lot of energy that sometimes you want to invest in different things. Anyways, top stuff Burnie, thanks! 

  • jobrown1187 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I love the tilt shift shots

  • adrianragot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I love these types of Burnie Vlogs, where he really talks to the audience instead of guiding them around, I really learn a lot from these and this motivation vs discipline vlog gave some really great insight. Thanks Burnie :)

  • NoxiSpartan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Wicked Vlog Burnie

  • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Now that you're in LA for a while does that mean you won't be on the podcast? But you're the best part about it :(

    • SummerTaco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      He also said "Through RTX" Im really sad about that. This years RTX might be the last one I might be able to attend. Ive never met Burnie irl and he also gave me the most laughs at last years RTX. I saw more panels with him than anyone else. So when he said that, my heart broke a little. Slim chance he misspoke but Im super bummed now :'(

  • STEVENJJOBES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Steven

    2 months ago

    Thank you for this Burnie!

  • Mastiv

    2 months ago

    I never realized how tall Burnie was until he stud up and walked to the camera lens. You could tell he is 6'2.

  • beastdude FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rock god in training

    2 months ago

    I like tilt shift shots. I learnt how to do them in forza horizon 2 at one point and have been taking alot of shots in that style since. I call them 'toy' shots as it makes the cars look like toys :D

  • ImAbetastic Ignite

    2 months ago

    Of course things get done with Discipline and Routine alone, we do it every day when we go to work, in fact that's what "working" is in different variations depending of what you do for a living. 


    But motivation in this scenario is what makes you enjoy it on the fly by "thinking from the other end" when you are doing something that by nature you don't like. Motivation is enjoying what you are doing because you in-vision you are going to feel good once you're done.


  • noxxboxx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    This is the best advice I have heard in a long time. I have been so swamped and depressed lately that it has been hard getting important things done, let alone personal projects. Definitely going to work on my discipline. Thank you.

  • BlazeGP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Burnie, a great man.

  • Pauliosis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    This vlog could not have come at a better moment for me. Thanks for the wise words and potential new apps and services Burnie. 

  • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

    3 months ago

    Wow!!!!!!!! THAT'S what's up!!!! That explains sOOOO much!!! 

    (Sound a but like the English 'Code of the Samurai' Yeah?)

    Thank you for sharing this Bernie!!!!!!!


    Cheers! beers

  • Marnsghol FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Yes finally someone that thinks the same and it's Burnie ! I want to quote George Carlin here god bless his soul(lol) actually let me paste a link on his standup it will be funnier that way 

    • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

      3 months ago

      Too bad RT doesn't have an 'AWSOME!' "Mod This" button!


      Cheers! beers

  • WarriorWrath FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    I agree discipline and routine are key.

  • twiffidy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    It's cool to hear that you're going to be spending so much time in my home town, Burnie!


    I definitely agree that discipline is far more important than motivation. Discipline is what gets you there when motivation is nowhere to be found, and it is something you have control over. Lists work for me as well. I'm getting my MBA, and I recently felt overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to get done by the end of the semester (which is today!) and I wrote down everything I had deadlines for and taped it to my desk next to my monitor in the office. Once I was done, I'd cross it off. It really helped me prioritize and constantly reminded me that I should be working on at least one of those things that day, even when I didn't feel like it.

  • alyxjpg FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold several drunk bees

    3 months ago

    I emotionally connected with this so much I got the motivation to get up and get stuff done that I needed to today.

  • Mr_Eddy

    3 months ago

    Holy fuck the beginning trip me up nice shots.

  • GrumpSupport FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    That's an interesting look on motivation. I'm someone who has always struggled with my motivation because my emotional state has always been pretty sufficiently shit. But now that you've sort of given me a second perspective and what motivation is, I think I need to look into my discipline a little more- which already I can see is pretty nonexistent. Hmm. Thanks Burnie!

  • isatwilie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Hey Burnie, uh... so I've been struggling with things like motivation and discipline for a while now, and I know you're probably not the right person to ask about it, but... how do you train yourself to do things like streaks when you can barely get out of bed on day two or three? I've got some pretty intense mental illnesses, depression and anxiety teaming up with executive dysfunction that make it almost impossible for me to just force something like you're advising us to, because I have to rely on the fleeting inspiration/motivation, otherwise nothing gets done. If you (or anyone else) has any advice on the matter, it would be much appreciated. :3

    • AggroAndy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Andy Heath

      2 months ago

      While I'm not Burnie. I might have some helpful tips!


      SO, for starters, I too understand the depression aspect. I've dealt with it for a vast majority of my life. Add to that a job that sucks up most of my time and double it up with friends and family that are moving deeper into their own lives and farther from mine and I absolutely understand the "hard to get out of bed" aspect.


      in the past 2 years i've started a journey of self-improvement that has taught me quite a few things about how to topple all of the things that can feel crushing or insurmountable:


      1.) The human body likes routing, but it takes a little time to build that routing. Imagine working out, for example. Once you get in a flow of doing it on a schedule, it becomes easier because your body knows that schedule, but if you were to go on a small vacation and neglect you routine, you would find it much harder to jump back into it when you get home. It's much easier to stop things than it is to start. Starting anything is difficult, but anything worth doing normally isn't easy. And once you start something that may be a bit hard at first, you start to see results. Those result are what Burnie is referencing when he talks about streaks. When you have a physical reminder of your progress it aids you in seeing how far you've come, and at a certain point you'll see that progress and feel like you just have to keep it up. Important point though: the point where you see that progress and it hits you in that way will always differ from person to person.


      2.) Focus on one thing at a time. Before I started my journey I would look at everything that I felt was wrong in my life and it always felt like too much. But if you focus your effort on one thing at a time it doesn't seem so impossible. For me it was my depression. I've never been a person who cared for medication. I always felt like if i can't beat it on my own then I'll just have to live with it. After years of being coaxed by family and friends I finally relented and saw my doctor. He gave me a 6 month prescription and said that we'd revisit everything then and he'd write me another script. It took 2-3 weeks before I saw any effects but once I did I felt better than I ever had. When the time came to get a new prescription I had a clear head and was able to find different ways to cope with my depression (since I absolutely refused to be on pills my entire life). This came in the form of exercise. Exercise, I had read, was one of the best ways to counteract depression and anxiety without medication. So, feeling good from the pills, i decided to try it. Walking lead to running, running lead to expanding my plan to start eating better to stave off my depression as well. All of this lead to weight loss (I lost 52 lbs between february and christmas of last year). Cardio and weight loss lead to lifting weights (this years new years resolution) and all of these things made me feel better and helped my fight off my depression. I lost weight, Started eating better, stopped being so ashamed of my body so much, and fought back against my depression all because I decided to make a doctors appointment. When you focus on one thing, its easier to accomplish because you can put your whole self into doing that one thing! And that one little thing can turn into a lot if you just run with it.


      3.) Time. Time isn't as much of a factor on things as we perceive them. Theres a great documentary on Tony Robbins and his "Date with Destiny" seminar on netflix called 'I am not your guru' (and i highly suggest it), in which he tells someone something that has been an invaluable piece of knowledge to me. "We over estimate what we can do in a year, but we underestimate what we can do in 10 years." Time can seem like that biggest factor that we pit ourselves against. In todays world, where we can have anything in an instant, and a culture focused around how "life is short", its easy to feel like time works against us because a lot of the time the timeframe we set for ourselves is us trying to pile too much into too little time. And thats an anxiety attack waiting to happen. But whenever I start to feel trapped by time constraints, the feeling that i'm somehow running out of time, I always remember that quote and try to remember that my timeframe is much larger than what I'm imagining it to be. And it helps.


      So don't put too much pressure on yourself. Find one thing you can focus on, make a plan, and give it everything you have. Because at the end of the day, we're all stronger than we think, we just have to figure out how to harness that strength, and once you figure that out you'll be unstoppable. But always remember that you aren't gonna figure that all out today or even tomorrow... but thats ok... because you have time.

  • vegasdidntdoit FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Burnie is the real MVP. Solid and sound advice on how to essentially follow your dreams and do the things you want to do 

  • PenguinLion7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Really interesting and cool perspective on motivation. This definitely changes my opinion on it. The 'streaks' idea seems great and something I am going to take up. Thanks Burnie!

  • Jicori FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Burnie, if you see this, thank you so much for this! The discipline of which you speak, and the power of wanting to not break "the streak" when I am doing well, have been a major factors in my life in recent years. Most recently, it has been in the form of improving my health, both in diet and in exercise. I keep a spreadsheet about what I'm doing each day, and I blog about all the physical and emotional aspects of the journey. When I see amazing progress for days or weeks at a time, I am actually less inclined to take a "day off" and break that streak. It's amazing the sense of confidence and self-control that has given me. 


    This vlog is reminding me that I should apply that same approach to a recording project that I have recently felt "unmotivated" to do. If I can plan and apply that same discipline, instead of waiting for that emotional wave of "motivation," I think I can finally move forward.


    I needed that reminder. Thanks, Burnie!  burnie 

  • sonny88p

    3 months ago

    What most people will take from this vlog by removing a lot of layers of good info from it: fuck emotions, just do your work

  • MartyGras2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Tilt-shift shots do look neat.

    I know that all too well about working with out motivation.  

    I have to get stuff done or else my brain would shut up about it.  In a sense I continue to work on stuff even if I don't want to do it to shut up my brain.  Because I will not stop hearing about it if I don't get things done.

  • KobiSteelflex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Whatever coffee shop Burnie was at that was playing Smino is live af! #BLKSWN #BLKJUPTR


  • Matts296 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

     "Build motivation instead of relying on it" 

    Some general words to live by and an awesome way to end a vlog.

    These volgs where you talk to the camera and don't something "really cool", to me, are so much more entertaining.

    Please have more volgs like this.

  • simrell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold not drunk

    3 months ago

    eyyy! that exact same sushi restaurant is in little tokyo in LA as well, if you want to grab lunch sometime lol. 


    i'm always baffled when i learn someone has only ever lived in one place their whole life. it seems so narrow to me. as soon as i graduated high school, i moved from my dinky hometown to chicago to go to school and gain some real world experience. the did the exact same thing when i graduated college and came out here to LA. you've already spent so much time in LA, though, so i would you really call it moving to a new place? i guess living here is very different from visiting. 


    that is a DAMN COOL lense. extremely unaffordable for the casual vlogger, but still cool. 


    that motivation post on tumblr is eye opening. i feel like that's how i work fairly often tho. even if i don't have any motivation, i still gotta make content. people who are paying to see my stuff would be pretty pissed if i just said "eh i can't stay motivated to make stuff for you right now". having a list is a great strategy. ever have everything go wrong and ruin your whole work flow?


    thanks for your vlogs and your perspective, burnie. these have turned into my favorite weekly production.

    • CHEEZEy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      Not everyone can move away from their homes because of money issues. 

    • simrell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold not drunk

      3 months ago

      yes. i am well aware of how much it costs to move, considering i was homeless for the first 4 months i lived in la. thanks.

  • scubadan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    So I guess you won't be on the podcast as much.  disappointed

    • devilito666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      Dude soup maybe ?

  • eggbagel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Thara

    3 months ago

    I'd add that if someone is experiencing a chronic lack of motivation problem, it might be that they're just not doing stuff that they like.  Sometimes, if you have a lot of discipline, you can get a lot of stuff done even if you don't like it, but you won't feel satisfied or motivated to do better or grow.  So I would add that you need to find something that gives you fulfillment, and then get disciplined about it.  Too many people skip the first step!  Obviously, Burnie is not one of them.  

  • kjseek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Yay!  The Vlog intro and outro music is back!  I dont know what it is about that music but i really like it.  Great vlog, Burnie, keep it up!  I love these! Also, the tilt shift shots are awesome, I love how they look and change your perspective.

  • ytrahne FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x6

    3 months ago

    Oh man... Church of Church going strong in this vlog.

  • RWBimbie Keeper of Poems

    3 months ago

    Classic Burnie: Telling RTPodcast how much he hates LA, and how there was no way they could have done the Day5 Congress shoot in LA instead of Austin.


    Modern Burnie: Finds out LA aint so bad... if you're rich and famous

  • zaheelee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Loved the Vlog this week!

  • thisisfreetrial

    3 months ago

    So what about RT Podcast , you wont be on it when u move to LA ??? I guess more of u in DUDE SOUP is not bad either and Cow Chop Starting a Podcast as well so good ..

    • Velric FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      I imagine he will fly back to Austin reasonably often.

  • Medical_pizza

    3 months ago

    Please do something with Cow Chop now you are in LA!