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“You can’t be anything you want,” said comedian Chris Rock. “You can be anything you’re good at, as long as they’re hiring.”
You need the cash. But you also need to expand your cognitive horizon and let your mind search for its own stimulation.
The artist thrives on autonomy and control. But they also benefit from the extra variety of dimensions that spill over into other areas of work and life.
There’s a reason why we always feel like a failure: We’re better off than ever.
With the Internet at our fingertips, it feels like we can all get ahead but mostly all we do is fritter time away in the cesspool of news. Even when we make something, it adds to the millions of other pieces of content everyone produces every day.
But there’s a difference between the artist and the creator. The former…
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now,” goes the old saying.
Waiting to start almost always means never.
The work in the head of a perfectionist will never match the reality it takes to get there, a path fraught with failure and mistakes.
But you have permission to error. In fact, your best work is simply an accumulation of trials. Time melts…
We all want a vocation that compels us to grow, not just in skillsets but as human beings. That’s why we attach so much to a profession — we become one with the work.
Yet, we are still drilled to separate work and play. The old factory mentality of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours of whatever makes us feel like cogs rather than learners.
“8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours…
The photographer’s job is to capture. They get a pass on intrusion, as does the scientist on dangerous experimentation.
The maker needs no excuse to have skin in the game but feels free to explore an aura of invisibility that demands to connect the seemingly unconnected.
We do things that make us bolder, including our jobs. We live to be more than proactive, thinking beyond the creative sheath of…
The psychic costs of living in a place with gloomy weather or having trite friends is scarring.
Our surroundings have a significant impact on how we think.
That’s not to say if you want to be an entrepreneur you have to move to Silicon Valley or Hollywood if you want to be a star.
Culture is vindictive — being surrounded by lookalikes can make us see the worst in ourselves.
Rather, what we seek…
Some of us ”sweat the night into words,” the poet Bernard Spencer wrote in his poem “Night-Time: Starting to Write.”
Morning or night, day time or lunch time, it really doesn’t matter when you write. A note, a recording, a scribble — we write it down to remember it now and for later.
Everything goes in the hopper.
The writer often feels compelled to notice and the readiness to do too much. But…
You have to be a little irrational to get what you want. If you’re too practical, you may curb your chances from the start.
The whole point is to at least give the moon at least a shot, not because you’ll achieve exactly to your wishes but because you’ll be motivated to keep pushing forward.
Playing in the NBA is a pipe dream for most of us. But by playing basketball you may acquire the…
Adults can’t handle free time — unstructured activity makes them anxious.
From high school on, all people are trained to do is work. So they forget how to play.
Yet, children always seem to find a creative outlet. They have no problem building something out of Legos or using their imagination to draw.
On the contrary, the adult version of playtime usually consists of material…