It’s one thing to put bread and wine away in a store room and another to eat them
Epictetus makes the point that eating bread and wine gets used and absorbed by the body whereas just leaving on the shelves does nothing until eaten and compares it to philosophy (and other studies)
What is the point in study if all you are going to leave what you learnt on the shelves to gather dust
When we study or even get an insite from a film or book we must use it and embody it
Otherwise what’s the point
To say you know something and maybe impress someone
When we embody something we have learnt we improve our lives and the time we spent studying was not wasted
Embody your studies
Comfort is the enemy
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
None of us know why we want to write, or not at the beginning.
But once the determination takes hold we have to do it.
– Michael Baldwin
Not just with writing, but anything in life, we often have urges to do somthing that we never would have thought of doing,
We don’t know why we got the urge, but it doesn’t matter anymore
The determination has taken over we have to follow through our it will eat away at us, plague us until we do
Has some determination taken over you?
Destiny may be calling you, what are you waiting for?
The same man can play Craven in the morning and hero in the afternoon
– Last of the Amazons
It can be turned around as fast as that
Just one thought, just one action, just one stroke of luck
And your whole life could change
When you think that you have been defeated and there is no hope left.
Just remember that there is
The trials we encounter will introduce us to our strengths
We all know someone who talks the big game, but then something comes up and they’re nowhere to be seen (maybe its you)
Then theirs that shy timid person who you never hear a peep out of but something challenges them and all of a sudden they are this confident person and everyones like woah where that come from
Wheather were loud or shy or anything inbetween we really don’t know what we’re made of until we get out their into the world
I heard a quote once saying it’s easy to be a Buddhist in the hills and live a peaceful life, but try and find tranquility in the markets or busy street that’s the real challenge
If you want Strength in a certain area then you need to work on that area of your life
Other wise you will always be weak in it