You Suck At Everything
People are born with talents. You better hope you get one that’s impressive or lucrative, because otherwise you’re screwed.
Take these two artists for example:
I didn’t choose these two artists so I could pick on the first one though. I actually picked these two because they illustrate my point, and there’s something really interesting about both of these guys: they have the same name. It’s not impossible, but “Jonathan Hardesty” isn’t the most common name to share.
The Difference Between The Jonathan Hardestys
I want to show you another comparison. It’s the Jonathans’ self portraits.
What are the chances of these two artists’ names being identical?
Jonathan #1 is from 2002. Jonathan #2 is from 2011, almost a decade later.
The Jonathans have the same DNA, the same mother, the same father. The difference between the two Jonathans is time, determination, and persistence. Talent doesn’t exist; get to work.
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Dominoes and the Price of Admission
I really wanted to quit my job. I was too afraid of the domino effect to do it though. Quitting my job meant not being able to pay my mortgage and take care of my family. We get stuck because we start thinking about the domino effect. The fear that the changes we *want* are going to cause a cascade of changes we **don't** want. The sticking point here is that we spend all this time thinking about the aspects of our lives we want to change, but when we can't figure out how to change those things without affecting...
How to Draw
The Last Psychiatrist just released an article that beautifully articulates a point I've made weakly several times in my writing. The point is essentially that we project so much of our own meaning onto the world that we forget to see what's actually there. > … Edwards calls this the “tyranny of the symbol system” because it dictates to us, forces our hand to draw symbols rather than what we see. > > But it isn't simply that we draw using these symbols; we perceive using them as well. I don't bother to see the actual shape of a head...