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By Nature men are nearly alike

By Nature men are nearly alike
By practice they get wide apart
– Confucius

We all have base level instincts and emotions, anger, sadness, happiness etc

This is where we are all alike, but through practice or not is where we set ourselves apart

One person can have desires for material things and always gives in to temptation to buy them,

Where as the next practices frugality and resists the urge to buy them

One person gets in a rage about the slightest upset, the next practices hardship and readys its mind for them to arise.

It’s also the same way your friends grow apart from you, they practice something you don’t and eventually your interests dont align anymore…

We are all alike
Until we practice

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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.

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Now is no time to think of what you do not have

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do with that there is”

-Hemingway

When Musonius Rufus was exiled from Rome, he would use that time to help the others who were also exiled. He found them an underwater spring and stated how man usually turn out better when exiled than they do whilst at home.

He came out with something along the lines of ‘When your at-home how often you see the world, how often do you see all your friends’

(Not an exact quote) but it means that you will never have everything at any one time so make do with what you have.

When we focus on what we don’t have, we lose sight of all we do. We lose sight of all the possibilities that are at hand.

We become blinded to desire.

There is so much at your fingertips.

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Evil Is…

Evil is Whatever Distracts

Franz Kafka

I happened to stumble upon that quote whilst being distracted.

Distractions do nothing but take away time from doing something meaningful and take away time from our life as a direct result of that.

Distractions don’t allow us to get any Deep Work accomplished as Cal Newport would say, and what we’re left with is half-arsed work that doesn’t match our true potential.

Distraction don’t challenge our minds they just merely keep them entertained so we don’t have to do too much thinking.

Distractions are evil because they drain our life ever so slowly we don’t even realise it until its too late

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Ideas come from nowhere

There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers

Stephen King

In his book about ‘on writing’ he says that ideas just come out of nowhere, sometimes it’s two ideas put together

And our job is to recognise them when they do appear, not to go out looking for them

This is true not just In writing but in any idea we have

They say the best nights out are the random ones that just happened out of an idea not pre planned

My best posts (based on likes and my blog stats) are the ones that just sort of happened, where as my well thought out ones most of the time are greeted with nothing.

Ideas generally come when we least expect them, like in the shower or whilst driving (the amount of ideas I’ve had and forgotten whilst driving because I couldn’t write them down is frustrating)

Stop trying to be creative and just let the process happen

But when it does be ready to recognise and catch it

Like the guy who created the flaming hot cheetos he just happened to dip his cheetos into some chilli powder (I think) whilst on his day job

Random idea dudes quite rich now