Skip the whole “Minimal Viable Product” thing. It leads to incrementalism. Try “Maximum Fucking Love.” It leads to something that someone else might actually care about.
“To create is not just to create objects,” he explained. “Coming up with a question is also creation—the very essence of a question is its power to elicit the possibilities of reply, to collect a variety of thoughts… I believe that the richness of thinking may be the critical resource needed to give this world a future.”
- recognize that pleasure is a measure of freedom;
- notice what makes you feel good and what you are curious about;
- learn ways you can increase the amount of feeling-good time in your life, to have abundant pleasure;
- decrease any internal or projected shame or scarcity thinking around the pursuit of pleasure, quieting any voices of trauma that keep you from your full sacred sensual life;
- create more room for joy, wholeness, and aliveness (and less room for oppression, repression, self-denial and unnecessary suffering) in your life;
- identify strategies beyond denial or repression for navigating pleasure in relationship to others; and begin to understand the liberation possible when we collectively orient around pleasure and longing.
- Bonus: realize you are a pleasure activist!”
- Just Get Shit Done…stop talking about doing things and make them happen. Start small, scale down, make small models really fast, learn to fail faster, then scale up or scale down. It’s better to count your mistakes in minutes, then in years. Trust that others will contribute, add, modify, revise, inform, and transform what you do.
Self Doubt — Doing Difficult Things
Use the support available to you. Talk, don’t shut off, communicate. Things grow out of hand when they're not addressed and the people around you are there to help you.
Take a deep breath and calm down. Have faith in what you’ve been immersing yourself in and separate that from the nerves and doubt.
Run over the essentials. Refresh your knowledge and perspective. Synthesise into the simplest idea.
Remember that anyone could draw, theoretically. It’s just hard and requires continually being assaulted by failure. Saying “I can’t” means “I’m not going to try”. What else are you going to do? Try. Keep a growth mindset.
Take a step back and cut off sources of saturation and distraction. Limit your sources of input while you reassess and distill.
Stop comparing yourself to others. Honestly just don’t look at other people’s work or their bios or their skillsets. There are times for tunnel vision; this is one of them.
Get out of your head. Try to objectively assess the hard skills you need and take the emotion out of it. Make a plan to develop them.
Don’t make any extreme decisions.
A key underlying concept that we shouldn’t miss here is that in order for humanity to progress intellectually—or otherwise, we must become comfortable with not knowing. This does not mean that we should not strive to learn all that we can about our Universe. Instead, it says that there is power in the acceptance that we may never fully know everything because, like the many dimensions and universes that surround and overlap our own, knowledge is infinite, and in our corporeal forms, may be beyond our understanding.
I trained myself to instinctively react. You can do things like that because you're prepared physically as well as mentally.
Out there, years of practice have allowed me, no matter how I look, to maintain some semblance of control over my life. I can speed up and slow down. I can have an easy day or a hard day. I can push my own threshold of pain, dial back, and push it again. I imagine this kind of feeling is not limited to running, and certainly not limited to the physical. I think of dancers, those who meditate. That sense of carving a world within the world that you know just a little bit better.