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Comfort is the enemy

Comfort is the enemy
-J Cole

When Cole was talking about how he didn’t become a professional basketball player he said that it was because he wasn’t putting in the work,

He said he was playing ball every day, but he wasn’t working with coaches and practicing drills, he was pretending to do something…

Then when his friends pointed out that he was doing the same thing with his rap career

He was like oh shit and it woke him up that he was just working in his comfort zone

So he would write a song or a verse and make a beat before he went to the studio.
He would do 7 minute drills where for 7 minutes he would write.

Comfort is the enemy, comfort cost him his basketball career and almost cost him his rap one too

Do the work
Every day

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Creativity Break

Creativity break

Ok creativity does not take a break, it jumps at you from nowhere, sometimes in the most random times

Like in the shower or on a long road trip, you know when there is absolutely nothing you can do about it

So why the creativity break

You know, your sat at your desk, your boss or your client is down your neck or your firing blanks in the ideas meetings

You stare at a blank screen or paper, forcing your brain to come up with something

But it just relays the fact you got nothing.

So what do you do?
Get away from your desk and do anything other than think about the problem

Take a walk, exercise, take a weekend away and just dont think about the problem

But whatever you do, take a notepad and be ready to capture the ideas as they come

Because they will If you take a break from trying to find them

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There is only Perfectionist Block

Perfectionist Block

– Jessica Brody

Perfection blocks us from pretty much anything we do in life,

I remember when I thought about starting this blog and I said to myself I’ll wait until I am a successful businessman till I start writing (Lol) because then it will be perfect

That would have been many years of writing not done

I always hear people say they’ll wait until they lose weight before they go to the gym < like what?

There is no such thing as writers block or gym block or anything block the only thing that is blocking us is that we want everything to be perfect

And nothing is
So nothing is done

Allow yourself to be bad

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Plunge in anyway

No choice but to plunge in anyway

– Steven Pressfield

In the authentic swing notes from Steven Pressfield first novel

He talks about sometimes a writer doesn’t know what the theme of a book is before or during writing

But he says that’s fine we just have to plunge in anyway

Meaning do the work and write before you have all your ducks in a row

This is true for anything we do in life

A completely unrelated example

I am useless at the online dating thing

I would spend far too long thinking about an opening line then think about what I would say after that and have this whole conversation in my head before I even sent a message

Most of the time the messages never got sent

But when we do the work

Things start to play out and results manifest

Writing the book the theme unfolds
Sending tbe first message the conversation starts
Putting a few quid in a savings account and before you know it you have a nice little some

Whatever you do, you have to plunge in without the answers

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Don’t cheat the world of your contribution.

Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got

– Steven Pressfield

We’re not going to be a hit overnight
Our work may go unnoticed for a very long time.
We may feel like we’re getting nowhere
But one day all of a sudden  something might change.

But it never will if we give up on day 2.
If we wait till we’ve worked those overtime shifts
Or we have all our ducks in a row.

Because it never will happen.
So get in your office, workshop, studio or wherever  you produce your art and Do the work.

Because your contribution matters.
Especially more than ever today.