- Fear creates indecision and thwarts action.
- Fear causes anxiety and kills brain cells.
- Fear constrains freedom and the will to fight or run away.
The only way to face fear is to either accept it or face it again and again so that you become bored of it. Repetition weakens anxiety.
But eradicating fear is impossible and thereby never a goal. Audacity remains the only constant for taking control.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. - Mark Twain
To be like water over rocks, to move and produce naturally, to surrender to what makes you feel good.
Is there anything better than flow, that state of effortless productivity?
Don’t waste your time practicing an inherent weakness. The farthest you’ll ever get is mediocrity. Let other people excel in that thing.
Instead, embrace your strengths and outsource the rest. You don’t need to try harder, you need to try smarter.
Every man lives by exchanging. - Adam Smith
Use your blog to connect. Use it as you. Don’t ‘network’ or ‘promote.’ Just talk.
The ability to write in the open is as liberating as it is bold. A blogger’s job is to provoke new ways of thinking and seeing the world. It’s not about being right.
I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.
It doesn’t matter if you’re right, it matters if you are understood.
They say that second place is more aggravating than third. The same feeling goes for missing the bus by a hair. It probably would’ve been better had you not seen the bus in the first place and avoided that costly step in the mud altogether.
Seeing is believing. Whether the idea exists in your head or in reality, you can imagine the execution. But trying is a really an uncertain game. Making an effort never guarantees success.
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. - Lao Tzu
The only thing you can control in failing is your reaction. You either mull over regrets or accept the facts and do better the next time, or both.
Of course, sometimes you just get plain screwed. Those moments are the worst of all because there’s nothing you can do about it.
There is no demand for messages.
Doc Searls, 1998
He’s right. No one wants ads in their messaging apps. In general, mobile is a different architecture that’s super personal and too small a screen for banner ads.
Naturally, platforms will just have to work smarter. And Facebook now has a ton of weapons to A-B test (re: Instagram, Paper, and now WhatsApp) to get mobile ads, whatever iteration they become next, right.
If you want to work on your art, work on your life.
We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.