YOU NEED A LITTLE IGNORANCE TO START WORKING ON AN IDEA.  The fact that you don’t know what’s coming is in your favor. In the beginning, you dream about every possibility. It feels so real.  It’s only when you start experiencing reality that your ambition gets crushed. The true test of passion is judged by your reaction to roadblocks. Some people give up all together. Others work around challenges or blend their learnings into an alternative direction. The whole purpose of starting is to put the bones in the goose, to evolve, to strengthen mind and body to deal with CRAP (Criticism, Rejection, Assholes, and Prejudice). Don’t quit. Keep pushing for success, even if it takes you 20 years. Rarely do you start something and get exactly what you envision. So start with a blank state and leverage your overall passion and curiosity to build out an idea. By being flexible and open many other opportunities will come your way. That’s when you have to get good at saying no.
YOU NEED A LITTLE IGNORANCE TO START WORKING ON AN IDEA.  The fact that you don’t know what’s coming is in your favor. In the beginning, you dream about every possibility. It feels so real.  It’s only when you start experiencing reality that your ambition gets crushed. The true test of passion is judged by your reaction to roadblocks. Some people give up all together. Others work around challenges or blend their learnings into an alternative direction. The whole purpose of starting is to put the bones in the goose, to evolve, to strengthen mind and body to deal with CRAP (Criticism, Rejection, Assholes, and Prejudice). Don’t quit. Keep pushing for success, even if it takes you 20 years. Rarely do you start something and get exactly what you envision. So start with a blank state and leverage your overall passion and curiosity to build out an idea. By being flexible and open many other opportunities will come your way. That’s when you have to get good at saying no.
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Never…

  • Never outsource your chance to think.
  • Never fast track to success without first mastering the fundamentals.
  • Never pursue a popular career unless it really excites you.
  • Never ignore your own natural talents.
  • Never favor over analysis against your gut. Never run from opportunity in disguise.
  • Never hold back a curious question or be afraid to offer valuable insight. 

Bonus:

  • Never stand near a line you’re not meant to be in. 
  • Never occupy the middle of a room without being aware of both sides.

Strength Finder

If you work on your strengths rather than improving your weaknesses, everything else just seems to come.

The problem most people have is in identifying their strengths. They tend to think of their strengths in terms of employment rather than their human nature.

Are you naturally creative, curious, and disorganized or more analytical, good with numbers, and detail oriented? Are you introspective or do you love to talk? Any mixture of those traits is completely fungible since no one is exactly alike.

Time is not only money, it’s happiness. Don’t get bogged down where you don’t have an innate ability. Rather, spend that time discovering and building upon your strengths. #yolo

“Just Quit When You Have to End.”

But that’s exactly the problem isn’t it?  There is no end.  You strive for perfection and excellence in the hope that one day we’ll find success.  

THE ROAD TO “DONE” IS UGLY, paved with obstacles and hard work.  But you don’t get to the exciting part just by shipping an inferior product and releasing anxiety.  You get to the exciting part by doing the work and enjoying the process.  

There’s never a firm end date.  Your gut will tell you when the time is right to move on or discontinue.   

Sometimes capitulation is a proper success.  Giving up and retiring can have practical benefits such as less-stress and the chance to try something else. 

All quitting is situational.  At some point in your life, you’ll have to make the call to keep shipping or hang it up.  Either way you’ll be right.  

Instincts

The more we know a territory through routine the easier it is to slither in and out. Our instincts for timing get better, we know the decisions of the crowds. Ultimately, our pace begets success. We get a better seat on the train or buy the stock before it rises.

Seeing the future and hunting by gut is a practice. It's like catching the wave when surfing in the ocean; you can either ride the wave of opportunity or miss out completely.

Most people miss opportunities because they don't develop awareness. Awareness is a 6th sense, the combination of doubt, hunger, and guessing. It can be learned but it'll never come as natural if you're not vigilant already.

Luck is great timing. Build a better gut.

creativemornings: Work hard. Stay humble. And get your work out there, because you never know who’s watching. Mike McQuade, Illustrator and Graphic Designer speaking at CreativeMornings/Chicago (*watch the talk)
creativemornings: Work hard. Stay humble. And get your work out there, because you never know who’s watching. Mike McQuade, Illustrator and Graphic Designer speaking at CreativeMornings/Chicago (*watch the talk)

Uncertainly Certain….

If you chase certainty, you’ll certainly never be right.  Nothing is certain.  There’s only high probability. 

Still, some people seem to get it right.  They’re lucky, fortunate to have found a pathway that satisfies them.  Luck is a combination of preparadeness and carpe diem. 

You get lucky only when you make decisions and try a lot.  Unfortunately, rightness and wrongness in decision-making comes after the fact.  You either selected the right path and can breathe a sigh of relief or are enduring hell because you went the wrong way. 

The irony of the bad decision-making is that at least you cured indecision by going in a direction.  Now you know with more certainty about the things you want in your future.  At least you tried and gained some knowledge out of the experience.  Life is clearer. 

If you’re uncertain, you’ll almost certainly be right.  Uncertain people are risk-averse, and also the unhappiest people.  The happiest people make decisions and are willing to be right or wrong.  Either way, they get luck or learn a valuable lesson. 

Life is an experiment, most of which fail.  But the best part about is that you can keep going, get back up again and try something else.