‘You break experience up into pieces…’

“You break experience up into pieces and you put them together in different combinations, and some are real and some are not, some are documentary, and some are imagined…It takes a pedestrian and literal mind to be worried about which is true and which is not true. It’s all of it not true, and it’s all of it true.”

— Author Walter Stegner in an interview with Richard Etulain

Fact or fiction, our lives are but are an amalgamation of experience and imagination, neither of which explains the factual nature of our origins. Context fence-sits to prove no foreseeable answer, one that needs no seeking anyway.

The above quote is lifted from the afterword in Wallace Stegner’s novel Crossing to Safety, a highly recommended read.

Nassim Taleb: ‘The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations.’


“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations.”

— Nassim Taleb, [easyazon_link identifier=”0812979680″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder[/easyazon_link]

Daily prompt: Pleased


The power of rituals 

Photo by Wells Baum

Rituals:  They drop heart levels. They alleviate anxiety. They deaden the fear by practicing it beforehand, strengthening confidence.

At the end of the day, you’re either ready or you’re not. But priming the mind with a ritual — whether it feels random or not — may just be the thing that gets you over the hump.

“Habits are more important than fears.” – Seth Godin

Read The power of rituals: they calm nerves and boost performance

I think that anybody who is a creative artist, who is making something out of nothing, has got to be allowed to explore and go into the wild, even if that is in the middle of a city.

Amanda Harlech

“Inspiration is for amateurs”

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close

Inspiration strikes when you do the work, not when you wait for it to come.

Seeking inspiration is an excuse for inaction. It’s the reason why so many of us start but never finish.

What you need instead of inspiration is a willingness to be ruthless and consistent about an idea.

Productive people are a bit mad and selfish for a reason. They don’t want to wait for the rest of the world to push them or agree with them. They want to make their own contributions right now.

This present moment is all we have. The more you do in it, the more you have to play with and refine. The endless need for output and perfection are true inspirations that drive the need to ship something that matters.