Walking is a noble but neglected sport. Americans ‘hike’ once in a long while but seldom walk.
Robert Littell, Harpers 1933
I love walking, for both physical and mental health. Even when it rains.
What I like about you is the serious way you make up nonsense"—): "…it is an absolutely autobiographical statement. It is not only a definition of my work, it is a definition of my character.
"Little bets are a way to explore and develop new possibilities. Specifically, a little bet is a low-risk action taken to discover, develop, and test an idea. - Peter Sims
All believing is betting. But the only way to know if something sticks is to throw it out there.
Your action doesn’t have to be perfect nor revolutionary. Everything is rough. Your intention is to receive preliminary feedback.
This blog is a little bet. I write every day just to see what resonates. Most of the time I don’t hear anything back in return. Maybe my writing isn’t provocative enough. Maybe my ideas are too random and personal. James Altucher won’t publish any blog posts unless he’s scared. I try to face those same doubts.
You’ve got to test new material and be willing to fail like a comedian, or blogger. Risk keeps life interesting. If you’re ever 50/50, just say yes and learn from your mistakes.
All life is an experiment.
Bad moods are sticky. They’re the harbinger for pessimism and depression. No one wants to hang around a Scrooge.
"What you are thinking about you are becoming." Muhammad Ali
Bad moods are also contagious. People hate Monday’s because everyone else does too. People complain about rain, spreading feelings of anxiety and doom.
The irony of bad moods and things that cause them (Mondays, rain) is that they inspire creativity. Negativity makes you think different.
"That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward." - Ernest Hemingway
The flip side of emotions is also true. A positive outlook generates creative vibes.
"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will." - Zig Ziglar
Bad moods and good moods can also work together to benefit creativity. If a bad mood goads a rebellious thought, a good mood can calm you down, making your ideas more more optimistic and practicable.
Obsession with pessimism produces anger and constant sadness. It’s an artist’s poison. But positivity prevents you from clinging on to bad thoughts too long. Like a child, you can be mad one minute and happy and forgiving the next.
A proper attitude is free flowing, never stuck in gear with remnant and ill-will. The trick to brighter moments is to live on and let go.
When you go off into the real world, you need to find a way to stay a student. Continue to learn and surround yourself with those who want to learn.
Photojournalism is all about being invisible, but I think it’s more honest to show how I work and how I make my photographs.