And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.Robert Frank
“My mistakes are my life.”Samuel Beckett
The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.
Continually learning, constantly changing. The human mind is as fickle as the seasons. It is not mathematical models that predict the future but the law of nature.
Writes Richard Bookstaber in his book The End of Theory. “The world could be changing right now in ways that will blindside you down the road.”
Nothing is linear and predictable; rather, everything emerges from its highest, heuristic probability — the upshot of the freedom of trial and error.
“Humans are not ergodic, however. We move through the world along a single path, and we get only that one path. Where we are on that path, our experiences, our interactions, the view we have of the world at that moment all determine the context for our actions. That path is not repeatable; we are not taking draws from a distribution.”Richard Bookstaber, The End of Theory
Even the rare anomaly becomes the impetus for our actions. People try stuff on a whim to check their pulse.
It is futile to aggregate behavior so we can algorithmicize systems. The world is unpredictable, especially the economic one.
“Chaos is the law of nature; order is the dream of man.”Henry Adams
Why is it that every new idea begins with excitement but ends in the ‘dark swamp of despair?’
Writes Angela Duckworth in her book Grit:
“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”Angela Duckworth
Of course, you’re likely to lose interest, energy, and emotional support from family and friends along the way. That’s why it’s equally important to have a vision of where you want to go and what you’d like to accomplish. Developing habits, a daily practice, also help fight the resistance.
Good things are supposed to take time. Progress ebbs and flows.
It’s beneficial, almost necessary, to step away from the work and plan unscheduled time. Even when you’re not thinking, you’re thinking; the brain never turns off.
If innovation were easy, anybody would do it.