others’ thoughts

On the road today. Here’s a couple of thoughts from other folks.

Seth Godin:

Failure, success and neither

The math is magical: you can pile up lots of failures and still keep rolling, but you only need one juicy success to build a career.

The killer is the category called ‘neither’. If you spend your days avoiding failure by doing not much worth criticizing, you’ll never have a shot at success. Avoiding the thing that’s easy to survive keeps you from encountering the very thing you’re after.

And yet we market and work and connect and create as if just one failure might be the end of us.

From one of Seth’s posts yesterday – Are You Rational:

…Irrational passion is the key change agent of our economy. Faith and beauty and a desire to change things can’t be easily quantified, and we can’t live without them…

From Hugh MacLeod’s Gaping Void website:

The secret to focusing on the important is simple:

  • Turn off the TV.
  • Donate your junk.
  • Turn off your smart phone.
  • Quit your day job.
  • Stop buying stuff that doesn’t matter.
  • Cultivate silence.
  • Work on your art.
  • Have your own ideas.
  • Push for change.
  • Do something that matters.

All of that nonsense they told you to buy isn’t going to make you happy.

The only thing that is important making art that matters.

The only way to make art that matters is to focus on the important.

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