It’s hard not to think about the work you’re about to do. “The words will come out in exactly this order. Will I be able to practice well enough? Tomorrow’s competition will be fierce. Has the other team been practicing smarter than we have?” It’s just as hard not to think about the work you’ve […]Read more "Will, Was, Do"
Do Nothing as if your life depends on it. Become a No-Pro. Doing Nothing has only one rule: No cellphone. Examples of Doing Nothing: Walking. Writing in a journal. Napping. Eating an apple. Petting the cat. Sitting. Doing Nothing is not the same as procrastination. Procrastination is an act of delaying. Doing Nothing is an […]Read more "No-Pro"
The practice of what was once fun can quickly become a source of distress. Care too little and the quality of your art will suffer. Care too much and the quality of your well-being will suffer. Care just enough to commit to doing without any attachment to results now or later.Read more "Care For Doing"
Three ingredients on a piece of Jiro’s Sushi makes it the greatest in the world. A page with just two sentences is all Steven Pressfield needs to make his point that we are the ones at fault for our creative blocks. When the artist has access to nearly unlimited resources but chooses to use hardly […]Read more "The Bravery Of Empty Space"
Read to go beyond trivia. Read the great books because the wisdom from the great books was hard fought. Read so that you can embody the lessons not by memorization but though action. These are my most read books of 2019. Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl (Three times – I even created a […]Read more "Multi-Reads of 2019"
Routine is flexible. Routine lets you decide. Routine can transform itself to fit whatever qualities you’ve decided are essential to your next performance. Procedure is inflexible. Procedure is rigid. Procedure is step one, two, and three. Procedure is starting exactly here and finishing exactly there. Neither one is better than the other, but both have […]Read more "Routine And Procedure"
Discipline and momentum go hand in hand. Waver in your discipline, waver in your momentum. This is a much more useful relationship to foster for getting things done than relying merely on motivation. Motivation pushes us out of the starting line. Discipline and momentum gets us to cross the finish line. We’d all be at […]Read more "Discipline And Momentum"
They like the videos (free), so they’ll pay to see the show. They like the clips, so they’ll watch the whole thing (and they just might buy your merch.) The Internet has made working for free the best kind of advertising. But just because you’re working for free doesn’t mean that you get to […]Read more "Your Best Work Should Be Free"
Do less than you think you’re capable of doing today. Care about the work, but do just enough so that you’ll still look forward to doing the work tomorrow. Adrenaline only lasts for so long. “But I want to push myself.” Counter-intuitive and unproductive for the long game. (And it’s always going to be a […]Read more "Least Most Resistance"
Waking up before the sun rises. Taking a cold shower. Going for a run after taking the cold shower. It’s cold outside, but who cares. Suck it up. Rise and grind. Until grinding comes to a grinding halt. It’s not a sprint. It’s a jog. Sprint sometimes. Not always.Read more "Sprint Sometimes"