A life spent with all things largely known at daybreak is unlikely to yield much in the way of success when the sun goes down. Success usually comes from the discovery of something that was unknown, be that a new business partnership, a piece of art, or smartly executed social media campaign.
Boredom suggests a restlessness that must be fed
I seem to be in an eternal rearguard action with my desk. It drives me crazy. But, lo and behold, I think I’ve finally figured out how this mess always happens.
The process of successful creation is intangible. I know there is sky above me and I know there is air all around me and I know that the air around me connects directly to the sky above me. Somewhere the two meet, but the dividing line is a fiction of language, a function of our senses being given over to words. There is no dividing line between air and sky, but we describe the expanse of blue overhead as something different than the wind moving leaves on the trees.
If you care about what you create, every project you undertake has to have a standard of quality on which you can confidently put your name. If you cannot bear to have your name on a creative work, you shouldn't take the gig.
There’s no such thing as a meaningless job if you’re doing something germane to a collective effort.
Taxes are not the problem in and of themselves, and yet, to an creative person, the act of preparing taxes is a psychic exsanguination.
If you’re trying to create something substantial in your life, try to find your own cabin in the woods. Spend some time there, even if it looks like the same four walls you’re used to seeing in your office. Declare your space, define your terms, and create something real.
You have to be in the world to experience the world. But one you're there, you can still miss it if you're not paying attention.
Emergent properties tend to have deep truths. They bubble up organically, like they were just waiting to be discovered all along. The best way to cultivate their growth is to learn how not to suppress them, how to get out of your own way.