Burnie Vlog: How I Stay Motivated

RT Life: Burnie Vlog: How I Stay Motivated

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

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  • WhiskyOmega

    5 hours 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

    16 hours 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

    19 hours 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

    22 hours 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

    1 day ago

    Wicked Vlog Burnie

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

    1 day 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

      14 hours 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

    1 day ago

    Thank you for this Burnie!

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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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 days 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 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

      2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days ago

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

  • Eddy85 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

      2 days 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

      2 days 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

    2 days 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

      2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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 days ago

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

  • RWBimbie Keeper of Poems

    3 days 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 days ago

    Loved the Vlog this week!

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

    3 days 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 days ago

      I imagine he will fly back to Austin reasonably often.

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

    3 days ago

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

  • GreenBull92 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blarg

    3 days ago

    Amazing vlog this week Burnie!


    I really enjoyed the "PBS style" that this vlog exuded.

  • tybr00ks1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    Check out this model airport. Looks similar to the tilt shot

  • 242proMorgan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Oliver Morgan

    3 days ago

    6:18 Was it just me or did someone hear Burnie say "bolth". I remember them talking about it on RT podcast a while back but I didn't think it was Burnie who says it.

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

    3 days ago

    A different kind of vlog from what I normally would expect but still very enjoyable and fascinating. Thanks Burnie

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

    3 days ago

    I never thought about the inconsistencies around motivation.  As a college grad with a bachelor's degree, I find it difficult to be consistent with my writing habits now that I'm a member of the real world.  Back when there were deadlines for my projects, there was never any problem getting the work done.  Now that there's no one overseeing my work there's no longer any inspiration to write.  I've been fighting with myself for months trying to figure out how I can adapt, but it looks like I found that answer.


    Self-discipline. 

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

    3 days ago

    wow I've had a similar opinion on motivation vs. discipline for a while now but was never able to put it into words. Whenever my friends say they just don't have the motivation to study etc, to me it sounds like they don't want to do it. There's plenty of things I don't like doing, but that doesn't mean I can ignore them.  

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

    3 days ago

    Burnie, I'm really curious about how you handle maintaining a fixed routine that is also adaptable? Does your routine work as a framework that allows for variation? Do you sometimes find yourself being spread too thin between all the to-do lists? I'm in my mid-20s, trying to balance everything, would love to know how everyone copes with all the responsibilities that pile up.

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

    3 days ago

    Does anyone have a link to the app Burnie is talking about? Would love to use it.

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

      3 days ago

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.todoist

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pilanites.streaks


      Sorry if you don't use android, I have no idea how the apple app store works

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

    3 days ago

    As someone who've been in a the creative field for 20+ years and who often struggles with motivation, I can completely agree with Burnie's advice. Not to say that it's the same for everyone, but it definitely resonates with me. I use apps as well to keep me on track. 


    Love these blogs. Keep them up! Can't wait to see what you're doing in LA. 

  • Thehood_62 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    what is this intro music??? i want to know the song!

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

    3 days ago

    I completely agree with Burnie's opinion on motivation, I just finished my last University assignments for my second year last week and while I was doing them I kept losing motivation to do them, but I knew I had to get them done so I pushed through and I would start to get on a roll and the motivation would come back. There was also a lot of procrastination and distraction caused by the internet but we can just ignore that.  

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

      3 days ago

      its my goal for this summer to build up my discipline I finished my final exam for this year first two went great but after that my final one went down hill a bit because I kept losing any will to do anything so if i can be ready for my second year I'm gonna go for 100%.

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

      3 days ago

      In my first year I had to redo three of my assignments because I just missed the pass mark by about 5% on all three, which made me really buckle down and try harder in my second year and so far I've managed to get around 60% on all my assignments this year bar one which I just hated and it was a stupid assignment anyway. So you should do alright in your second year so long as you remember not to repeat what made you go down hill.

    • Xena1016 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      My first two years of college went by with little drama, but these last two have been awful. I completely lost all motivation during this last semester of college. Now I have to attend one more year to make up for it. I was planning on "kicking my butt into gear" over the summer for next year but: Building discipline sounds better. First step in the plan is getting my sleep schedule back on par. 

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

    3 days ago

    I absolutely love Burnie's perspective on what motivation. It makes sense and I honestly feel as though that works better for me. Yet, I can't help but find it rather amusing that his whole concept of discipline over motivation was gathered from a Reddit post that begins with the line "fuck motivation. it's a fickle and unreliable little dickfuck and it isn't worth your time." What Burnie was able to extract from that post made me think the post was some deep philosophical analysis until I looked at the screen and read that XD.

  • AD04RT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    Seeing as I made the decision a few days ago to start focusing on loosing weight rather than focusing on strength training, this vlog is perfect timing. Especially since I know my motivation is the worst haha.