The only thing different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. You might be more talented than me, you might be smarter, but if we get on a treadmill together, there’s two things: you’re either getting off first or I’m gonna die. It’s really that simple.
One of my professors showed us this video on the last day of class. Long story short, the secret to succes is to have an insane work ethic.
Somewhat related: The Campaign for the Accurate Measurement of Creativity
“I don’t know what the hell is going on. Neither do you, and neither does any one else. We’re all lost and improvising, making things before we know what they do, and breaking stuff before we know what replaces it. We’re all tinkering and speculating, listening to see if our shovels hit something hard while we’re digging. I suppose that’s what world-building is, though, so let’s get used to it. We need to learn to tolerate ambiguity.”
Frank Chimero, telling it like it is. I suggest you read the whole thing. Here’s another nugget of wisdom:
Increasingly, our way is to fake it and assume that others are doing the same. We fein interest in work, speak sarcastically, buy things that are new reproductions of old things, and often presume someone is selling us something. Skepticism as a default state is a hell of a thing. We’re a hungry culture starved for sincerity, authenticity, and honesty.
What does fixing it look like? It doesn’t look cool. In fact, it probably involves being so passionately enthusiastic about something that it is the exact opposite of cool. By caring intensely, we can connect to one another in more meaningful ways.
Everything is a Remix is an insightful four-part video series exploring the notion that nothing is original. Part 3 takes a deeper look into how the act of copying has driven (and continues to drive) creativity and innovation in all aspects of our culture.
While I agree that copying is humanity’s way of learning and progressing, I don’t think this gives us free reign to copy somebody else’s work and slap our names on it.
There is a difference between reproducing and remixing.
The problem is that we often copy previous forms of work subconsciously, making it difficult to distinguish one from the other.
My head hurts…
“Procrastination most often arises from a sense that there is too much to do, and hence no single aspect of the to-do worth doing…Underneath this rather antic form of action-as-inaction is the much more unsettling question whether anything is worth doing at all.”
“I sort of love it when things are going badly because I know that means that soon things will go well. I just stay at my desk, and I say, ‘There’s no shame in writing crap,’ knowing that it’s good for the brain because meanwhile, in some corner, something is getting nudged.”
INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.