Commitment and Resolve — To Be Great.

More interesting than one quote is two. Context requires the plural.

When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop… But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem — and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works. — Steve Jobs

A tenacity for the solution.

We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. — Alan Watts

The destination is the journey.

Taken together, the quotes seem to point at the other and say, “you’re doing it wrong.” The former, of course, guides to a solution. The latter, using metaphor, shuns the destination.

Taken together, they mean something. And, taken individually, they still have purpose. But, ignoring both leads to poor work: poor because it’s bad and poor because it’s unfocused.

This is de facto for many of us: we miss it. We have no purpose, but to solve this problem, to gain a hill, to generate wealth. But, with this thinking, we always miss the mountain. It’s a lack of rigor and a lack of self-control.

Of course, we should not avoid this problem, the hill, or the wealth. Rather those are a byproduct or being on the mountain.

Why do you want to {build this startup}? Stop scratching an itch, solving that problem. Challenge what’s in front of you and challenge it with rigor and devotion. I guarantee that the destination will be a hell of a lot more interesting than if you’d tried to plan it.

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