“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 pondering for a while now, and after some recent developments in my life and a sudden storm of creativity, I decided to take the plunge and turn my idea into a reality.
What is this site supposed to be?
The simple answer is a motivational blog, geared towards individuals of the nerdy persuasion. However, a more complex answer exists. This blog, plus accompanying multimedia and my in-person presentations, are a journey. Not just for you, but for me as well. I do not have grand accomplishments or a decades long life story to share (I’m only 25 after all), so exploration of motivational topics I hope to be a benefit for us both. There are lessons to be learned for everyone. Several different types of posts will occupy these pages. Aside from website news, posts will be divided into three categories:
- Build Your Character Sheet: A friend once said that instead of complaining about being single, one should use the free time for self improvement, or as he put it, “build your character sheet.” However, this pearl of wisdom encompasses more than just relationship statuses. These posts will present various methods and approaches for self improvement, to build esteem and empower in ways via methods you may not have imagined.
- Icons of Motivation: We’re nerds, we have our fictional characters we idolize and admire. Both current and past heroes will be examined, to keep things fresh and mixed up. Even in worlds completely unlike our own, there exists universal truths and valuable lessons to be learned from people/entities who never existed.
- Real Stories: Just the same, or perhaps moreso, real people have stories to tell that can empower and inspire. These posts will consist of examinations of real people, but also guest contributions by people who have achieved great things or overcome taxing hardships. Personally, this is the category I am most excited to develop.
- Shoutouts: For my benefit and yours, I review helpful media and products for motivation and self improvement. These include books, workout routines, products, and useful websites.
Additionally, there will be multimedia content once I have acquired the proper equipment. I also host panels at local comic and anime conventions, and there will be video of said panel appearances when it is available. More projects may materialize in the future, but this is the planned content.
Who am I?
To use an overdone cliche, I wear many hats. My roles include web developer, birthday party character entertainer, fitness enthusiast, volunteer mentor, cosplayer, and of course, motivator. I was born in North Carolina, but spent the majority of my life in the beautiful plains and mountains of Montana. Small town boredom and isolation developed my nerdy side, because hey, there wasn’t much else to do than play video games. After graduating from Montana State University (Bobcats represent!), I returned to North Carolina to be close to family and pursue a better job market. I quickly gravitated to North Carolina’s convention scene, which partly inspired this venture. Expect the occasional post about be con-ventures and cosplay/craft projects, because I always have something brewing. If you’d like to learn more about me or my other ventures, check out my personal website.
Why ‘Drill Soul?’
To quote the Eleventh Doctor, “The name you choose is like a promise you make.” It is, of course, based on my absolute favorite show, Gurren Lagann. I reference it in my everyday speech, or call on its wisdom in times of trouble or confusion. I started this article with a Gurren Lagann quote. The title “Drill Soul” is based on a quote by the protagonist Simon, “My drill is the heart of my soul.” This show taught me to advance, to evolve, to press forward and break through the obstacles in my path, like a drill boring through earth and stone. However, it also stresses the importance of empowering others to do the same. The lessons and philosophy of this show I intend to pass on to others, hence, this venture exists.
As I said before though, this site is intended to be a journey we take together, a conversation, a collaboration. I welcome email comments or suggestions for posts, just contact me. Thank you for your time and visit. Always remember, kick logic out and do the impossible.