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Pear is ripe

“When the pear is ripe, it will fall from the tree,” they say. 

What they don’t tell you is to catch and eat the pear right then and there. 

Success is a consequence of timing. Yet, maximizing the perfect moment seems to be a game of luck. All you can hope for is being in the right place at the right time. 

While the odds of stumbling upon the perfect pair are slim, you can boost your chances if you visit the pear tree daily.

Consistency is the only guarantor of what’s to come. All one has to do is show up.

PS: There is no such thing as a eureka moment, for effort meets the mind of preparation.

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Flee Toward Danger

We’re either too stupid or bold. Daredevils enjoy fear so much they don’t even need to psyche themselves out. Rock climbers, test takers, and creators though, need extra confidence, as do most people who take on risks.

Fear is a catalyst for building up audacity. The practice provides the skills and mental strength to ameliorate fear. But it’s hardly wise to flee into danger without assessing the situation first.

Life is hard. Death is harder.” – Talib Kweli, “Good Mourning

Embrace the thrill of risk. But remain cautious in letting risk precede confidence. A proper risk wrestles with experience, instinct, and doubt.

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The chief danger in life is that you take too many precautions.

Alfred Adler
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Working Hard on the Right Thing

We all get sucked into busyness. Having a clear plate of work alleviates the stress and fear of having nothing to do.

But if we just do the work in front of us and execute based on the facts, we avoid risk. At some point we’re going to have to try something new if we really want to get anywhere. Do we want to be followers or industry leaders?

Doing the right thing is a sum of our actions. If we don’t take a few chances now and again we risk conforming to mediocrity. Yield to industriousness but don’t forget to lead the way.

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To publish: to make public what one believes in.  (via Casco)
To publish: to make public what one believes in.  (via Casco)

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“Don’t forget to do it for fun.”

That’s the advice my wife gave me last night when I found myself complaining about writing.

She’s right. I don’t need to write; no one but myself is forcing me to do this. I could stop right now and save myself a lot of grief.

But if I’m quitting to avoid the pain of writing I’ve lost the plot. Writing is a difficult process but it’s also supposed to be fun. It’s one of the few ways to sit back and make sense of the world.

And when you add the thrill of Internet distribution to your writing, it’s even more exciting. When you blog, you risk putting yourself out there. You become accountable for anything you say.

Criticism is part of online publishing. Some people disable comments; I keep them. A good debate is part of the writing process. Stimulating a response means you’re doing something right.

Writing has to be fun and risky or it’s not worth posting every day.

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“Mitigate the risk”…

is a cheap way of saying you don’t want to go all in because you’re not confident in the outcome.

Risk is ultimately a zero sum game. There’s no middle-ground. So if you half-ass the effort up front you should expect half-ass results.

Go all in or don’t go at all. Mitigation is hesitation.

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The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. Nobody will pay you to solve a non-problem.

Tina Seelig
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Excess Risk

Risking too much is gambling opportunity. Just because you can put it out there, whether it’s a piece of content or an investment, doesn’t mean you should. You risk losing more than you gain.

Biologically, risk produces dopamine. Dopamine is a dangerous addiction that can distort the reality of decisions. Hence, why people love Las Vegas when they’re there and hate it when they leave.

Conversely, if you don’t risk enough you’ll never get the recognition or the money you desire.

When it comes to risk, it’s much smarter to risk your art rather than money. Your art may not work but it’s generally cost-free. The hard part is getting people to notice. But recognition is also the most gratifying.

Rule of thumb: Ship often and leave your money in your wallet.