About HOLY FOOL
Holy Fool Productions is rooted in asking questions, solving puzzles, understanding, being amazed, and seeing things that we’ve missed suddenly materialize before our eyes — like when when the killer is revealed at the end of a book and you can suddenly see all the hints that were there all along, or when you first show a child what happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda, or when they first ride a bike on their own. There’s that realization is their eyes when what seemed impossible moments ago suddenly happens and they know that the power to do it was inside of them.
Holy Fool is about questions. Not answers.
Holy Fool is about stumbling back in awe at the things and people all around us and learning to see that power in ourselves. Holy Fool is learning to live inside of the possibilities.
Chad Hall:The supreme fool
The Holy Fool mission is my own personal mission. I want to learn to listen rather than to compulsively assume I know the answers to everything. I believe that there is a way to use my hunger for knowledge and learning to improve the lives of others without becoming a fake answer factory or some bullshit guru. I believe that by letting go of my assumptions I can grow, I can press down the tall grass for others, and that together we can all lay in the fields of rye staring up in awe of the stars and the infinity of space--and each other.
I've written a few fairly popular pieces on reading, productivity, and not going paperless for places like Todoist & The Observer. I've also had my writing referenced by LifeHacker. I published on book of poetry called Erectile Dysfunction: Stunted Poems of Stilted Emotions. But honestly I'm more proud of the sloppy 200 daily vlogs I created on YouTube. The idea of creating a new video every day was something I thought impossible. I knew very little about YouTube, filming, and absolutely nothing about editing. But forcing myself to publish every day taught me more lessons than I can count, including grit, deditcation and the ability to share something imperfect, knowing that I would get better. I've taken that some philosphy to podasting (which I've been doing since March 2016.)
I'm a writer at heart, a reader in action, and a student in soul. My bookshelves are overly full. I own more books than I have time to read—but despite my eagerness, I know that the value of reading comes from contemplation rather than consumption. That's why I wrote Read Less, Learn More. And ultimately, that is what lead me to podcasting. I believe I've found an intimate way to create from a place of learning rather than a place of feigned knowledge.
Some of my current favorite books are Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Between the World and Me, The Celestine Prophecy, & In Search of Lost Time.
Some of my favorite films are 8 1/2, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Dictator, & Dodes’ka-den.
I've played guitar since I was in puberty. I'm ok. I've never been in a band. I used to have a terrible voice, but now I sing in the shower. Sometimes I draw, or paint. And I love to play around with photography (especially black & white.)
In another life I might have been a criminal profiler, a jazz drummer, an architect, or a children's book illustrator.
I want to be a better person every day. I want to serve others and the world. I want to use my talents to create and inspire. I want to be the fool tripping my way towards something scared and real. Come listen to me learn from other people, share my thoughts, and go on adventures.