Creativity brings us pleasure, but it’s made necessary by the things that delay, decrease, or deny our pleasure. When we feel disappointed with the world, that is not a reason to give up on creativity. That is a reminder for why we need it.
When considering a way forward, the discussion initially seems to be complicated because there are a lot of things that have gone wrong in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death.
Nobody is 100% on their A-game all the time. We all fall short of the standards and ideals we pursue. That’s why we pursue them: because we understand that character is a journey, not a “one and done” transaction.
If you have a fire, do what’s necessary to keep things from burning to the ground, but don’t forget to create space in your day to invest in the kinds of possibilities that can only emerge when you’re in a state of play.
You have the RIGHT to feel whatever YOU wish, but beware the machinations of those who claim you have the RESPONSIBILITY to feel whatever THEY wish.
When we reach for new ideas, it results in a more nuanced relationship to the ideas we already have. By grappling with unfamiliar concepts, we breathe new life into the familiar ones. Learning not only begets new information. It begets new opportunities with old understandings we may have taken for granted.
I have never troubled myself with a preoccupation over the following question: “Am I a writer?” I simply write. Sometimes I do a decent job. Sometimes I do it poorly. At ALL times, I do it in ways that could use some improvement. The most important thing to me, however, is that I do it at all.
Don’t apply for “a job.” That’s too general. Apply for a specific opportunity to create a specific kind of value for a specific company. If you apply for something, that’s actually what you’re doing anyway. So you might as well adopt a mindset that’s congruent with the task.
Two economic tragedies: 1. Refusing to acknowledge any forms of value that don’t make money. 2. Resenting markets for not rewarding all the things we value in terms of money.
Instead of pressuring yourself to discover and defend new dogmas, focus on exploring and experimenting with new mental models. Self-improvement is an adventure, not a religion.