Tomorrow I’ll wake up early, do a little jiu jitsu stuff, swim, shower, get into my making-a-record outfit, eat an avocado and a hard boiled egg, make an amazing coffee, and get to work on a new song.

James Murphy  ()

A year from now you will wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb  ()

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain  ()

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci  ()

Note to self: More levity. Less worry. Stop being so meta and just make stuff, not making stuff about making stuff. That sucks.

Frank Chimero  ()

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Goethe  ()

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman  ()

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.

Unknown  ()

The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something.

Seth Godin  ()

Choosing to do something not because it is easy but because it is hard is something we should all get behind.

Michael Eades  ()

Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over.

Jeff Bezos  ()

Have you ever asked a friend who’s an artist or entrepreneur how they’re doing on a project you know they’re psyched about? Sometimes you get the answer,

“I’m getting ready to start on it.”
“I’m working up the outline.”
“I’ve almost got the business plan.”
“I’ve got a little more research to do.”

When Resistance hears phrases like that, it can hardly contain its glee. Resistance knows that the longer we noodle around “getting ready,” the more time and opportunity we’ll have to sabotage ourselves. Resistance loves it when we hesitate, when we over-prepare.

The answer: plunge in.

Steven Pressfield  ()

We must first identify what’s most important to us, what we’re passionate about, what we want to spend our time on. And then we must focus on those things first.

Leo Babauta  ()

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

Seneca  ()

The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.

Thomas Watson  ()

If you want to work on big things, you seem to have to trick yourself into doing it. You have to work on small things that could grow into big things, or work on successively larger things, or split the moral load with collaborators. It’s not a sign of weakness to depend on such tricks. The very best work has been done this way. When I talk to people who’ve managed to make themselves work on big things, I find that all blow off errands, and all feel guilty about it. I don’t think they should feel guilty. There’s more to do than anyone could. So someone doing the best work they can is inevitably going to leave a lot of errands undone. It seems a mistake to feel bad about that.
I think the way to “solve” the problem of procrastination is to let delight pull you instead of making a to-do list push you. Work on an ambitious project you really enjoy, and sail as close to the wind as you can, and you’ll leave the right things undone.

Paul Graham  ()

The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance. [...]

The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself. Is he scared? Hell, yes. He’s petrified. [...]

So if you’re paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.

Steven Pressfield  ()

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

Niels Bohr  ()

Think about the things that you want to do and write them down. Then look at these things and identify the things that you really want to do, and write these down. And from those things, identify the things that you really, really want to do, and then go ahead and do it. You know, life is short. We don’t have that much time. And it’s too short to do what we feel that we have to do; it’s barely long enough to do what we want to do.

Tal Ben-Shahar  ()

Grandiose fantasies are a symptom of Resistance. They are the sign of an amateur.
The professional has learned that success,
like happiness, comes as a by-product of work.
The professional concentrates on the work
and allows rewards to come or not, whatever they like.

Steven Pressfield  ()

Some days will be easy. Some will be hard. Some days you dig soft earth, other days the shovel hits stone. But you dig just the same because that’s the only way the hole gets dug.

Chuck Wendig  ()

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Sister Corita Kent  ()

You only have one life to do whatever you want with. In 100 years nobody will remember the stupid mistakes you made, so make a fool of yourself while you still have the chance.

Unknown  ()

Talent comes by birth, but greatness requires hard work and dedication. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

Kevin Durant  ()

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

Jim Jarmusch  ()