I don’t talk a lot about my passion for drones on The Wild Man Project, but it is one of the things that keeps me energized and feeling alive. Since I started flying them eight months ago they have become an integral part of how I care for myself. I try to fly almost every night, even if it is only a few rounds around the living room in my Tiny Whoop.
One of the ways I use my love of flying to keep me motivated and inspired is to spend a little time every day watching video shot from or about drones. Whether it landscape footage taken from a professional camera rig, a technical teardown, a how-to video on repairs… they all keep me hungry.
My absolute favourite style of drone video, however, is footage taken from racing drones involved in acrobatic “freestyle” flight. The people who create these videos are not just incredible technical pilots, they use flight as a form of expression; they capture a feeling through their aerobatics, and then distill their flights into short videos set to music. These freestylers are an amazing fusion of pilot, electrician, videographer, and artist.
One of my favourite such pilots is Steele Davis, known as Mr. Steele on Social Media. He is a frequent competitor in international competitions for both racing and freestlye, and a member of the incredibly popular Rotor Riot crew. He also records cinematic drone footage for several production companies.
Mr. Steele has been suffering from burnout lately; work travel and obligations have left him feeling tired and uninspired. For many freestlyers this can be the beginning of the end of their media presence. They lose interest in flying or vlogging, and eventually their following dwindles until they just no longer see the point.
In Mr. Steele’s case, though, he has made a decision to take command of his feelings instead of letting them command him. He has come up with a pretty amazing and ambitious plan to get himself moving and motivated again. He went back and looked at all the things that motivated him and inspired him over the years, and made an incredibly ambitious schedule, including exercise, revisiting his old hobbies, performing at open mic nights, and forcing himself to take old skills to the next level.
And he shared it online to his tens of thousands of YouTube followers, giving him possibly one of the biggest accountability networks possible:
This is the kind of plan that I aspire to create for my clients in the first month of work… it is ambitious, demanding, and doesn’t allow for zero days. There is accountability built in. Most importantly, it took a lot of self-knowledge to develop.
I have no idea if Steele Davis has a coach, a good friend who is happy to ask the right questions, a really good library, or just clarity of thought, but it is an amazing piece of self-coaching work.
If you find yourself struggling with energy, creativity, or inspiration, this kind of plan is an excellent template to start with. From there the trick is to add something new that you have never tried before, and find an honest outside perspective to help you to challenge yourself to go just a little bit bigger.
It is a hell of a way to crush the blues.