“The difficulty of always feeling that you ought to be doing something is that you tend to undervalue the times when you’re apparently doing nothing, and those are very important times. It’s the equivalent of the dream time, in your daily life, times when things get sorted out and reshuffled.”
Not all disasters can be avoided.
Not all disasters are fatal.
If you accept these two truths, your approach to risk will change. If you build a disaster-tolerant project you will be more willing to challenge the fates and won’t hide out.
The disaster-tolerant approach means that you can focus on the upside of risk instead of obsessing about the worst possible outcome. And once you do that, the upside is more likely to occur.”
It quite frequently happens that you’re just treading water for quite a long time. Nothing really dramatic seems to be happening. … And then suddenly everything seems to lock together in a different way. It’s like a crystallization point where you can’t detect any single element having changed. There’s a proverb that says that the fruit takes a long time to ripen, but it falls suddenly … And that seems to be the process. The point about working is not to produce great stuff all the time, but to remain ready for when you can.
There’s no point in saying, ‘I don’t have an idea today, so I’ll just smoke some drugs.’ You should stay alert for the moment when a number of things are just ready to collide with one another… The reason to keep working is almost to build a certain mental tone, like people talk about body tone. You have to move quickly when the time comes, and the time might come very infrequently – once or twice a year, or even less.
Craft- enables you to be successful when you’re not inspired. The difficulty of always feeling that you ought to be doing something is that you tend to undervalue the times when you’re apparently doing nothing, and those are very important times. It’s the equivalent of the dream time, in your daily life, times when things get sorted out and reshuffled. If you’re constantly awake work-wise you don’t allow that to happen. One of the reasons I have to take distinct breaks when I work is to allow the momentum of a particular direction to run down, so that another one can establish itself.”
Be willing to get hurt, get rejected, have everything conceivable go wrong, and still have the strength to come out the other side in one piece.
Don’t be afraid to start things – anything. Just by starting, you’ll kill the majority of the fear and the resistance you’ll face. Just do it.
Most of all: you only live once. Don’t take this life for granted.”