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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: ‘Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do’

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

— Johann Wolfgang von GoetheDoing is knowing. Doing is how we evolve. Doing puts the bones in the goose.

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When something is important enough, you do it, even if the odds are not in your favor.

Elon Musk
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When you learn to be provocative every day, creativity is always accessible. Breakthroughs are far more common.

Erik Wahl
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A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.

William G.T. Shedd
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“Are we going out or are we making things?”

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There are two ways to get what you want: you either pay someone else for the finished good and get the satisfaction of instant delivery or you buy the individual components and spend the time making something yourself.

The resistance/lizard brain always tells you should play it safe and just consume, especially if that shortcut allows time for the work you actually enjoy. But if you’re not doing the work that matters, then you’re wasting time.

For every action, there’s a reaction.  Creation is the action without a compelling need to dictate the end result. Everything you see today is the result of someone else’s hard work. The trick to starting is merely starting.

A funny thing happens when you “just” start tinkering: you forget about the big, intimidating picture. – Mark McGuinness

We have to balance passive consumption with the art of doing. Studies even show that when you work out while making music it makes the exercise a bit easier.  When you make something, you burn off ignorance and dictate the terms.

Creativity is more gratifying than consumption, especially in the long-term. No one remembers the buyer, the fan, nor the guest but they do remember the artist. Your contributions are always welcome.  Make something.

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On Thinking Caps

I’d like a literal thinking cap. A regular baseball hat, but with the look of an orange or yellow construction hard hat. It would say “Construction in Progress, Do Not Disturb” on it.

Here’s why. There is an annoying asymmetry between inside-head and outside-head thinking. A thinking cap would solve this problem.

People think they can disturb you when you just sit.  They think you’re doing nothing but staring off into space.

You don’t necessarily need a pen and paper to think.  You need peace and quiet and little movement.  Just because you’re not moving or holding something, doesn’t mean you can be interrupted.