Slay the dragon.

08 June 2023
Posted in Inspiration
08 June 2023 dougsxmpson

In my experience, being 85% prepared is a great place to begin your battle. We are never 100% prepared for anything. 100% percent preparedness implies that you “know” all outcomes and possibilities. We don not. Variables are at times, infinite. The best we can do is analyze and anticipate based on past actions, point and subject references, and experiences. You will never be 100% percent prepared for anything.

To me, 85% is the sweet spot.

Enough to confidently set out on a course of action. The 15% percent is where we flourish and grow. Unforeseen circumstances, variants of what you anticipated and shocking twists all imbue us with knowledge and experiences that we wouldn’t or could never come up with ourselves. So, we set out to slay the dragon, armored and weaponed down, only to discover we’re fighting something else entirely.

Set out anyway. Pivot when necessary. Finish the task.


Composer, producer, songwriter and recording artist Doug Sxmpson has written and produced songs that has spanned network and cable television, documentaries as well as independent and major motion pictures. Doug Sxmpson’s work has been featured and supported shows like Blue Bloods (CBS), Millionaire Matchmaker (VH1), Cribs, Pimp my Ride, Super Sweet Sixteen, Made, True Life (MTV, MTV2), Ray Donovan (Showtime), First Look: Straight Outta Compton (HBO) and a host of other reality shows, dramas and documentaries. Doug’s catalog has also been featured in independent films and specials such as A River Washes Over Me and Owen Smith’s comedy special. Doug’s first major motion picture placements were two songs in Universal Pictures Fast Five (2011), followed by music in Universal Pictures Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Despicable Me 2 (2013). In 2012, Doug Sxmpson became the recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award, an award from the performing rights organization, which recognizes a songwriter’s creative contribution to American music. Doug continues to compose, write and record music for film and television, most recently having his work featured in Grown-ish (ABC/Free Form) as a performing artist and producer, as a composer and music supervisor for One Bedroom and as a music producer/composer for "House Rules", a series on iOS/Android app Hooked.