“Without them, the kinds of books that challenge us, that spark intellectual debates, that push society to be better, will start to disappear.”
“Social media is just the market’s answer to a generation that demanded to perform. It’s prison, it’s horrific, it’s performer and audience melded together. What do we want more than to just lie in bed at the end of the day and just watch our life?”
“The things that keep nagging at you are the ones worth exploring.” — Ev Williams
I’m a good writer. I’ve put in my 10,000 hours. I want everything I write to be great.
But that doesn’t mean this post will be. It probably won’t.
Because most things aren’t great — no matter how much experience or desire you have.
Greatness takes time. Patience. Magic.
It’s not formulaic. It’s unpredictable.
This post is going to be OK.
It may interest you. Make you think. See the world differently.
It may not change your life, but may be worth the minutes you invest in it.
It will be worth the time I invest in writing it.
It will be OK. And I’m OK with that.
You have to be OK with just being OK.
Most people aren’t. That’s why they quit. Or never start.
They don’t feel their work is great, so they abandon it.
They don’t think it moves others, so they bury it.
They refuse to settle for less than perfection, so they settle for nothing.
As a result, they never get to great.
Because being OK with being OK is a necessary step toward great.
It frees you to do the work you need to do to get better.
It enables you to create. To avoid being paralyzed by the pressure of your own expectations.
It allows you to evolve.
Great is never guaranteed.
Doing OK work doesn’t mean you’ll ever get to great.
But it means someday you might.
And I’m OK with that.
“If you go looking in the same place for inspiration as everybody else, you will find your work quickly resembles theirs. Go and see that odd Polish subtitled movie. Be one of the three in the audience.”
“We dream a little too big. The vision of that dream gets in the way of making it a reality.”
“When you take yourself seriously you will make others take you seriously. You will put your ideas out there. You won’t hide them. You won’t delete them. You will keep trying.”
“The Clinton campaign is particularly good at planning to be spontaneous.”
“’The open web,’ he says, ‘is pretty broken.’ But don’t worry — he has a plan to save it, or, at least, sort of save it.”
Stop trying to find your voice. You never will.
Because the “voice” you seek as a writer, artist, or creator can’t be found.
Your voice can only be developed.