We had the good fortune of connecting with Opie Macleod and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Opie, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor is simply dedication. Commitment to the vision/goal. There are slow starts, failed ideas, tedious moments, as well as when things get moving and just seem to snowball and move very quickly. Through all of this a lot of core ideals will come into play. Adaptability, patience, problem solving, but mainly it is about adhering to the original vision. The determination to stick to the basics, keep to a schedule, work on the project at hand no matter how little. That commitment to the goal is what has ultimately seen the most success come my way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At a young age I sought to be a real life Jedi Knight and yes that was as silly as it sounds. Though there is real applicable philosophy and life lessons to be gained from such imaginings. It is never an easy thing to set out on a path that has been well worn by people much more educated and successful (in just about every metric) than yourself. It is even tougher when considering a path that is inspired by popular culture and science fiction. So seeking to write and create content on social media in relation to philosophy, life, and pop culture without infringing on copyrights and trademarks is a fine line to walk. Philosophers have been doing it better for years. There are much more eloquent writers out there producing quality works. Social media personalities providing much more entertaining content. It has felt at times exactly what it originally sounded like, a childish and unrealistic dream. As Theodore Roosevelt once dais, “comparison is the theft of joy.” Learning to look at the challenges and learn from those are successful in their craft has helped me move through the sinking feeling of imposter syndrome. It isn’t about better or more or even different. It is simply acknowledging that you have an idea, a product, a concept, a voice that is something you feel is worthwhile. That is all that really matters in the end. You cannot please everyone and you will always have critics and detractors. A core part of the journey is facing these challenges and finding your own way through them. For me it has been about just focusing on the content itself. What is the value of it? When I really sat down and dug into it I created what has become the foundation of my various works. I found myself asking the same questions to make sure the ideas and concepts I was supporting and living by were of actual value and not just some wishful thinking. This created what I call the APBP Test, where one asks is this applicable to my life? Is it practical to live by? Is it beneficial to my life? Does it have a positive impact to my life and those around me? From this simple formula a philosophy based on fictional inspiration became a much more grounded and useful took to navigate this ever changing world. Jediism (Jedi Living) now has quality content in the form of books, videos, and websites to due this simple approach.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is an awkward time for visiting and enjoying Los Angeles. 2020 has not been kind and we find a lot of the usual haunts are staying safe until we can get back to some semblance of normal. So I’ll approach this in two ways. First lets assume LA is as it was. A long weekend trip is easy, as I have done this many times before. First, you pick them up at the airport and head over to Venice to get a coffee or matcha at The Cow’s End. A quick few steps away is the beach where you can enjoy the ocean and walk along the various shops. Then head on up to the Getty Villa. Nice drive (traffic accepted) and keeps the ocean nearby. It is a lovely spot for some learning and even lunch. You end the day by heading over to the Santa Monica pier. Next day should be a Disneyland visit, not everyone’s cup of tea, so a substitution of Knott’s Berry Farm or Magic Mountain might be in order. Though the atmosphere and dining options are much more varied and entertaining down in Anaheim. The next day is a trip to the Griffith Observatory and then down to do a tourist visit to Hollywood. Plenty of museums, shops, and landmarks to see and talk about the history. You end the night at one of two of the best bars in Los Angeles, either the Scum and Villainy Cantina or Bar Sinister. Really just depends on the vibe you are feeling that night, more nerdy or more gothic. That covers a three day trip. Not the cheapest trip, but definitely filled with sights, culture, and memories. In the current climate such options are not only unavailable, but simply dangerous as well. Beach visits are still open as well as outdoor dining at The Cow’s End. So that doesn’t have to change too much. Really it is about enjoying the actual scenery of LA. Trips to Lake Balboa, Descanso gardens, hiking up by the Griffith Observatory (West Trail Loop), there are many options for still enjoying the culture and scenery of Los Angeles. Taking a drive on old route 66. There is just many chances to enjoy the beauty of both the city and the nature around it. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been a few people throughout life that have helped me stay the course and grow in a beneficial direction as a person. Considering the present moment I’d have to say my Mother deserves the lion share of the credit for various reasons, but just being supportive and providing the opportunity to focus on my dreams has been the most helpful. I also owe a thanks to Kinzie for seeing value in my pontifications and being a source of constant encouragement in my endeavors.