You can hold two opposing thoughts in your head without jumping off a cliff.
The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
Part of the reason I keep this blog is to force myself to write every day, in the open and ready for criticism.
At this point, the daily ritual of blogging is like brushing my teeth; if I don’t do it I just worry about it until I do it. It’s the unscratchable itch.
“Inspiration is for amateurs.” - Andrew Zuckerman
Inspiration is futile. I’m going to ship something daily regardless, throw my words out there to see what sticks. I don’t even like the writing so much as the consistency. If I can do this, I can do just about anything else. The practice of work keeps me inspired.
I was blogging every day for years with just a few followers. And those followers were my friends. Now I’ve got a couple hundred that may or may not even be there anymore. The size of the audience doesn’t matter; I’m still hitting the publish button every 24 hours.
Do you see any ads or tagged purchase links on this site? I’m not doing this for the pennies.
Sure, a like or share from others vindicates the work, makes me feel useful. But there’s always room for more writing, more improvement and more confidence in doing more in just about anything.
I update this blog mostly for my creative self, partly for the readers, and just because I can. This blog is my microphone. You can turn it off completely or check in whenever you want. I promise that I’ll post something new every day.
If we’re willing to write what we truly believe — the stuff that scares us — we get to experience true vulnerability and connection with our readers. And I believe that connection will not only make our lives better, but will also make us successful beyond our wildest dreams.
Write to be heard. Write to spark the conversation. Write to be different. Just write and the rest will take care of itself.
“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.” - Mohandas Gandhi
The people who control culture in China have no culture.
The myth of the overnight success is just that – a myth.
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Notebooks might be as good as art gets in our time.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Sometimes the adjacent trains zoom by so fast you can still see the other side, uninterrupted, just through two additional windows instead of one.
Passenger head silhouettes pop in an out of view rapidly, none of which look the same. The people standing up look like giants.
Perspective is whatever you want to see plus awareness. Life moves fast. It’s vital to stick to a vision unimpeded while being equally aware of your surroundings.
You have to know what’s in your way. Sometimes a hurdle is an open door to opportunity. You’ll never see other opportunities if you solely focus on your main goal. Tunnel visions blinds.
The environment is open to adherence and mutation. Nothing stands still, time always keeps moving. But everyone has the ability to stay composed and open-minded as keen students of life.
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.