In the act of creativity, being careful guarantees sameness and mediocrity, which means your work will be invisible.
Better to be reckless than careful. Better to be bold than safe. Better to have your work seen and remembered, or you’ve struck out.
There is no middle ground.
picture: courtesy of Coloribus.
Reflecting on Sinclair Lewis’s novel Babbitt (1922), Joseph Campbell, the profoundly wise American mythologist and philosopher said, “Remember the last line? ‘I have never done a thing that I wanted to do in all my life.’ That is a man who never followed his bliss.”
With this statement, Campbell nailed the secret of living a joyous, fruitful, and successful life:
Follow your bliss. That which you love, you must spend your life doing, as passionately and as perfectly as your heart, mind and insticts allow. And the sooner you identify that bliss, which surely resides in the soul of most human beings, the greater your chance of a truly successful life.
“I yam what I yam and dat’s all I yam, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.”
Whether you’re male, female, black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian ethnic, or gay (and wherever you work), you are who you are, and that’s what you are – and be damn proud of it. Don’t change your name, accent, heritage, don’t deigrate a humble upbringing. Be true to yourself and you’ll ring true to the world.
There are only four types of person you can be. Identify yourself:
- Very Bright, Industrious (You’re perfect)
- Very Bright, Lazy (A damn shame)
- Stupid, Lazy (You’ll just sit on your ass, so you’re a wash)
- Stupid, Industrious (Oh, oh you’re dangerous)
If you’re a number 1 or a 2, you’ll get a lot out of reading #120DamnGoodAdvice. If you’re a number 3 or 4, why are you reading this?
I bought a book titled “Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!)” written by George Lois (you can see his bio here and here). Starting from tomorrow, I’ll have a posting on each advice given by Mr. Lois. I do this because I want my fellow students-reader to listen and read the same advice that I get from this book.