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Don’t think. Act.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be—and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Don’t think. Act.

Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
Arts Creativity

Why we ship

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“When we ship, we're exposed,” writes Steven Pressfield in his book Do the Work.

Do we deliver? The professional artist ships even if they don't believe 100% in what they make.

Why?

Because behind the cycle of perpetual creation is a signal–whether through viewer feedback or connectivity—on what to make and where to go next.

What feels like a sinking ship is a great ship sliding out of port, toward a compassless journey that is long, arduous, but despite the shakiness, inherently still. The lighthouse is always there to guide us when we get lost.

The creative process rides the water's edges in an attempt to find the treasure in the middle—the one that promises a little peace for the risk within ourselves.

We steer the ship. But only if we choose to keep slipping out to sea, on board with the whims of the waves.

gif by @mjguzmans

Arts Books Quotes

‘The enemy is our chattering brain’

Don’t prepare. Begin. Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is Resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do. Start before you’re ready. Good things happen when we start before we’re ready. For one thing, we show huevos. Our blood heats up. Courage begets more courage.

Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
Arts Books Quotes Writing

‘Start the next one today’

I remember rolling the last page out and adding it to the stack that was the finished manuscript. Nobody knew I was done. Nobody cared. But I knew. I felt like a dragon I’d been fighting all my life had just dropped dead at my feet and gasped out its last sulfuric breath.   Rest in peace, motherfucker.   Next morning I went over to Paul’s for coffee and told him I had finished. “Good for you,” he said without looking up. “Start the next one today.

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Arts Books Productivity & Work Quotes

Define your fears instead of your goals

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Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

— Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art

Echoing Seth Godin, “Habits are more important than fears.” Or as Tim Ferriss says, “Define your fears instead of your goals.”

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#NationalDonutDay: The history of a donut in a GIF (plus some life advice)

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gif via Kyle Victory

I'm not one to celebrate national trends but this gif tells you all you need to know about the history of the donut.

And you know those brassy looking pink donut bags at high-end donut shops? It's a marketing gimmick; a trigger for emotions.

How the pink box has persevered so long may be about more than just dollars and cents. Experts say the color triggers an emotional connection to sweetness that makes doughnuts more irresistible than they already are.

If you're a writer and you like donuts, you may also find this Steven Pressfield quote handy.

“As you travel through life, let this be our goal: keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole.”

Steven Pressfield