Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Words I Live By


Last edited: January 29, 2024

The guidelines and biases listed below provide a framework through which I can make big decisions. I also use it recalibrate top priorities.

Sharing them publicly scares me because they’re so meaningful and personal. So I’m stepping into the fear (Principle #4) and doing it anyway.

My hope is to inspire one person in the world to create their own guidelines or claim their own biases.

My personal guidelines

🧘🏻 Philosophy

Life amplified by art (lifeᴬᴿᵀ)

📜 Motto

Semper Curiosa Semper Crescente
(Always Curious, Always Growing)

🚀 Mission

• Create art.

👓 Vision

• Be my own boss.

💎 Principles

• Be consistent.
• Be authentic.
• Be gentle.
• Be mindful.

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.” — Joe DiMaggio

❤️ My “Why”

Connect with others and learn new things.

⚙️ Strategy

• Go on quests.
• Move in silence
• Level up.
• Read to understand.
• Write to expand on thoughts.
• Step into the fear.
• Focus on “the one thing”.
• Play the long game.

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action” — Herbert Spencer

“I’m just about that action, boss…I ain’t never seen no talking winning nothing. Been like that since I was little. I was raised like that…I’m gonna get it. Don’t need to talk about it.” — Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day interview with Deon Sanders


• Make something that sticks to the ribs of our cultural consciousness.

Claiming my biases

I am an essentialist.

I know that I can do anything, but not everything. So I choose the essential; the vital few; the things that matter to me.

I am not in a hurry.

“I don’t want to hurry it. That itself is a poisonous twentieth-century attitude. When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and you want to get on to other things. I just want to get at it slowly, but carefully and thoroughly…” — Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

I am a slow thinker.

“I’m a disappointing person to try to debate or attack. I just have nothing to say in the moment, except maybe, ‘Good point.’ Then a few days later, after thinking about it a lot, I have a response.

This probably makes me look stupid in the moment, but I don’t mind. I’m not trying to win any debates.” — Derek Sivers, Hell Yeah or No

I am an artist.

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.” — Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?