And Sometimes ... Why? with Rob Szabo

#47: Jeff Bryant

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Jeff Bryant is a musician, actor and standup comic. He is formerly one half of the folk-pop duo the Human Statues and is now forging out on his own as a solo singer-songwriter. We chat about gaining wisdom around achievement as we get older and letting go of externally imposed ideas of success. He shares experiences of heartbreak and a health crisis that added up to a “now or never” moment in his life. We also dig into ideas around letting go of certainty of outcomes and how that plays into stage fright and how some musicians look down their nose at playing covers. (Jeff reminds us The Beatles started as a cover band.) He also gives us a behind-the-shades view of his experience being an actual human statue and shares his daily journaling practice that focuses on hope.


“Like any other human being, I very much struggle with despair versus hope. Up until this point in my life, I think I frequently imagined (that) how I feel is just something that happens to me. And now, at this stage of my life, I understand hope is a muscle. Every single day in the morning I journal. And one of the first things I do is rate my hopeful mood. And that’s just an example of me being attuned to why I’m hopeful or not and for what reason. I notice the impact it has because what I do is I review my journal entries every week or two. One of the most interesting things I find is that there’s times where the despair can seriously kick my ass. And when it happens, it feels like my world. And what you realize when you look at the data is, no no, that was something that was going on that day, and it was temporary. The more your awareness evolves around that, the more you appreciate that there’s a fluid experience of optimism, pessimism, hopefulness, despair. And your job, just like how you eat, exercise, all these things, is to try to orient yourself around being a good shape.“

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