“Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.”Alain de Botton
The movie never stops. Interrupted by a flutter of blinks, the mind makes the world whole.
It slams the breaks on silence in exchange for blizzards of visual cues.
We are the opposite of a lighthouse, consuming energy without giving any back.
Perhaps if we framed the photo, took a pause from licking the eyeballs, it would all mean a bit more.
Nature doesn't care — it devours everything and moves on. The problem becomes when we try to control it.
Like the mind, the more we try to alleviate tension in the world around us, the worse it gets.
We are not directors of the environment. “It's really the wand that chooses the wizard,” as J.K. Rowling writes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
We can’t rule nature. The force is too strong.
Instead of seeking to dismantle our surroundings, it would behoove us to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and adapt to the circumstances accordingly.
It is never an escape from the conditions but an expansion of our comfort zone.
The synchronicities tend to happen in our most relaxed moments, not when we’re stressing out about work or life.
Bothersome thoughts place a block on our ability to connect disparate ideas.
Unmoored from the monkey mind, we grant the synapses a passport to freedom.
In a state of flow, nothing is wanting. The pen can hardly keep up with the bicycle of impressions peddling through our heads.
Awake on our passions, always working to a place where we catch onto to things.
We treat fame and social media status like currency. We presuppose that anonymity or a lack of engagement trivializes what we do.
Even worse, we let TV and Instagram determine our self-worth.
But what and who matters is rarely popular. No one wants to pull back the curtain and see the sweat and tears of a Van Gogh, who toiled in obscurity his entire living life. He never knew publicity.
Even if you've achieved some level of recognition, what you consider your best work will almost always contrast with the public perception.
At the end of the day, humans want to feel necessary. They want to commit themselves to a worthy discipline, whether's it's expressed through art or driving an Uber to support the art or vice versa.
It's a canard to think that fame predetermines whether you matter or not. The most important things in your life are provided by the most anonymous people.
Fame is fake stimuli. If you feel like your work matters, that's the only placebo you need.
If you've ever published anything on the web you know what it's like when all you hear are crickets. No likes, no comments, no reshares.
You think your content sucks because no one's acknowledging you. But it's a misconception to sell your work short, especially if it's your labor of love.
There are 2.1 billion+ people on the Internet. If you're writing, acting, or sharing your music someone's going to connect with you. They may be a fan, a teacher, or someone you admire within your scenius. But you're never going to appeal to everyone.
“The less reassurance we can give you the more important the work is.”Seth Godin
All social media is based on reassurance. That's why most Instagram content looks the same. If you want to guarantee success, you'll share photos of beaches, dogs, selfies, and food.
“We were raised to do things that work.”Seth Godin
But why not challenge sameness by trying something new? Go for some tension. Err on the side of being vulnerable if it means you get to make the stuff that makes you happy.
Unlike politics, creativity asks that you own up to being edgy, different. People that make change stand up and take responsibility for causing a ruckus.
“The internet could save your life because it'll keep you from a lifetime of being told what to do.”Seth Godin
Choose yourself. The rest follows.
All quotes above are from Seth Godin's most recent presentation. Watch it below.