Pokémon Creator Satoshi Tajiri and a Childhood Passion-turned-Billion Dollar Franchise

Pokémon Creator Satoshi Tajiri and a Childhood Passion-turned-Billion Dollar Franchise

On this day, twenty years ago, two glitchy JRPGs were released to a handheld system on its last leg, and spawned one of the most successful gaming and entertainment franchises ever. Yes, it’s another Pokémon post.  I can’t help it, Red, Blue, and Yellow have been released on virtual console and Sun and Moon versions will rise this holiday season. Today’s subject is the creator of the franchise, Satoshi Tajiri. Series Producer Junichi Masuda and Designer Ken Sugimori are arguably the most prominent staff members of Game Freak in the public…

Icons of Motivation: Ash Ketchum

Icons of Motivation: Ash Ketchum

It’s a grand week. Saturday the 27th marks twenty colorful years with the Pokémon franchise. Of course, you probably already knew that. Nintendo and Game Freak have made plenty of noise to celebrate this milestone, including a Super Bowl spot, re-releases of the Generation I games on 3DS virtual console, the mobile augmented reality adventure Pokémon Go, and a mysterious announcement planned for Friday. Millions of dollars were spent for airtime for an advertisement that announced nothing. For the first Icons of Motivation, I’ve chosen the human face of the…

Begin.

Begin.

If you are here, chances are you have an interest in motivating yourself, even if it is just a fleeting fancy. You may feel the desire to get in shape, finish a stalled project, acquire a new skill, get a better job, find love, or whatever else. You may be working towards that goal already, but if you aren’t, and you’re seeking the spark, here is one word for you: begin. We all know Newton’s First Law, an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at…

An Introduction

An Introduction

“We evolve beyond the person that we were a minute before. Little by little we advance with each turn. That’s how a drill works!”- Simon, Gurren Lagann There is only one way, for me, to start a blog about motivation, and that is with a Gurren Lagann quote. Get used to them, because they’ll be popping up a lot here. Hello world, my name is Patrick Hessman, but for all intents and purposes, I will go by my chosen title of Drill Soul. This is a project I have been…