“The real risk is not changing.“
“The real risk is not changing.“
What’s the device that unlocks you? Is it the camera, a pen, or a paintbrush?
Creativity is a passport to freedom. We combine divergent tools to strengthen the entire arsenal.
The running conversation in your head is to focus on one thing — photographers speak through photos, writers only write, cartoonists draw etc.
We shape our tools. And they shape us.
In exploring different widgets we collect…
Motivation ebbs and flows. It is fickle and short-lasting.
So we can’t wait for the muse to compel us to work. As Chuck Close said, “inspiration is for amateurs.”
However, what we can do is develop a passion for something and use it to solidify our grit. Having a little excitement helps us push through crap (criticism, rejection, assholes, and pressure).
If pertinacity and practiceare a powerful…
Perfection is the antithesis of inspiration — it prevents you from getting started.
The trick to getting going is to do it badly. That’s right: Be intentionally messy.
Producing crap isn’t the end-goal. The point of taking small actions is to create enough momentum to feel like we’re winning.
What sustains persistence are small improvements. You’re looking to go from one pushup a day to…
What goes up must come down. Complacency eventually turns into panic. Once the stream of contentedness kicks in, progress stymies. The will to compete and improve wanes. Expectations which set the tone of achievement, fall at the wayside.
Motivation is a wonder drug. [As Brian Eno said](https://wellsbaum.blog/everything-good-proceeds-from-enthusiasm/), “Everything good comes from enthusiasm.”…
Enough schooling will kick the creativity out of you. What it doesn’t teach you is how to push ideas to completion. That comes within.
The interested artist stops for nobody even if that means painting from memory, not life. Hyper-vigilant to blind spots, the curious maker is also looking to out-innovate themselves.
Doing what your told is better than standing still. But it is mostly…
The game is in our heads, not always in our hands. Like a skilled attuner we can produce ideas in a Ford production line and then pull back into idleness.
If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy, we already have everything we need. The only missing variable is motivation and perhaps some WiFi.
We know nothing and then we accumulate slowly. It is within that process we decide the frequency of knowledge…
Persistence is the key that separates the professional from the hobbyist. The professional does three things:
- He sticks to a strict schedule
- He completes the work, no matter the circumstances
- He progresses, listening to feedback and strengthening his weak points
The professional devours aim and purpose. He is ok with banal routines as a means to corroborate the placebo.
From hard work to head…
The biggest productivity tip anyone can offer is to do it now. No more waiting, no more excuses, no more muses.
The biggest productivity trap is to postpone, to wait until all conditions are ideal before getting started. Perfection is a recipe for disaster.
Words mean nothing without action. Once you realize such a banal statement, it also becomes apparent how a lot of folks can’t do…
The carrot dangles, tempting a response. But the incentive is not always worthy.
What we need more is a beautiful constraint, to cease ourselves from the pursuit of vices.
To follow unconsciously is another person’s business opportunity. Once we investigate the soul, the rest follows, and we can avoid the trap.
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