Advice is often worth testing, but reserve judgement on whether it’s really worthwhile until you see how it goes.

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The minutia


Be sure you’re focusing on the things that matter. Organizing the minutia can be valuable, but it should either be the thing you’re the best at, or something you let lapse entirely.

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Win by default


It feels better to triumph over a long struggle than to win by default. But that means that you have to deal with the long struggle first.

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But it's not working


Maybe you want it to happen. Maybe you’ve tried and it’s not happening. Okay. Does it have to happen today? Maybe you need to be a slightly different person before it will work. Maybe you have something to learn first.

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The creativity multiplier


As a factor in creativity, I think being around the right people is underappreciated. Being around people who inspire you, who believe in you, who are creative themselves, and who click with you personally is a multiplying factor in any creative endeavour.

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In ancient Rome, when a general would win a war or whatever and be paraded through the streets, they would pay a guy to follow the general around and whisper in his ear “Remember: you’re going to die.”

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Let it be what it is


The surest path to creativity is to release your inner standards and just accept whatever comes. That’s why creativity is so often associated with drugs. It helps people turn off their censors and just be at peace with who they are.

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Knowledge without understanding


I’m bad at trusting my gut, but I’m trying to get better. When your gut tells you it’s all too familiar, you’ve seen it before and you know how it’s going to turn out, well. That’s a message from the supercharged pattern matching subconscious part of your brain, and that’s always worth listening to. It’s a gift. Ignoring it would be a shame.

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I forgot to do laundry today and I’m angry at myself. Can you imagine that? What a bizzarre way to feel.

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Feeling the truth


I believe in objective truth. But I believe even more that the truth is more or less unknowable. And even more than that I believe that the truth is unfeelable.

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