Clay Shirky reminds us that the media business has changed. Forty years ago, your TV show only had to be better than two other shows--not every show, just the shows on the other channels. Today, of course, with a million...
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I myself fail loads of times. I guess because I also like change a bit too much. Which is fine by me.
There are some good tips in the article, but I also do believe how much you want to get into some habit is the key.
Either way, it is worth thinking about these tips, maybe it will take you one step forward on improvement.
Are geniuses really geniuses?
An interesting discussion coming from a kid who supposedly was autistic since the age of 3 :)
What Jacob states is that maybe they did have high IQs, but more than that, they got or created the chance to stop conventional learning and get the time to think on what really interested them.
Some of these people create great things, others don't, but another interesting perspective of Jacob's is that they at the very least pursued their passion and therefore were happy while doing it.
Makes sense? Watch the video!
"What do you do when you lose the motivation to create? When the ideas seemingly stop coming and any task feels like a burden?
Or you can follow some piece of advice mentioned in the article, which is "talk to another creator".
Even if this is someone who has no knowledge on what you are doing, a complete outsider. It works. Blockages do get cleared out. It helps all of you thinking outside the box, looking at the problem from a different perspective and find alternative solutions. And yes, you may also find new problems.
Just keep focus on the goal.
Worked for me several times, the last being yesterday and actually it came out of mere coincidence and casual conversation. Better than singing in the shower!
Then... for sure you will never be happy. Not truly.
The satisfaction of doing something good to any living being clearly overcomes the satisfaction of getting something you want for yourself.
Unless of course what you want for yourself is to make other living beings feel happy.
Nobody said it was easy.
A very pertinent question.
We always tend to ignore the facts and past experience, completely run over all those things with all our willingness to do more and more, using and abusing of a false hope to be more efficient.
Just face it: we are humans.
So, leave some room to go with the flow, will you?
Summarizing and highlighting how much I agree with Arialdo, I just take my chances on quoting his excellent article:
"Rule#1: there won't be any other rules beyond this one."
Whenever you have rules, you have ways to bend and work around them in the dirtiest way possible. Unless you have interiorized the principle behind them.
Always and forever keep questioning.
I've been called that numerous times. I've been lead to believe I was some kind of monster. It sunk me down and alone in the darkness.
And then I came to believe that these people were wrong. We need balance. And I do think they easily forgot what I did for them and still do sometimes. In the very same way, I got tired of merely accepting stuff to make them happy or do something the way they wish to make them happy. Especially when I feel something may come out wrong.
We need to have argumentation capabilities and care for our own ideas as well. Nobody is entirely right, so please, find something in the middle. Keep defending your point of view and perspectives with passion. It will keep you alive, give you the kick to have more and better ideas, to do more and better things for everyone.
(do you find this contradictory when compared to the latest post from Seth Godin I just published here? - deal with it)