“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Originals are able to put social conditioning aside. They analyze what they are thinking, as well as how they are thinking. This enables them to see these accepted truths for what they are, either to go along with them or ignore them. By distancing yourself from your thoughts, you gain clarity and a deeper understanding. Be prepared to swim against the tide.
The most prolific people generate their most original output during periods in which they produce the most volume. It’s widely assumed that there is a trade-off between quantity and quality — if you want to do better work, you have to do less of it — but it’s not true. When it comes to idea generation, quantity paves the path to quality. Individual creators are better off over a lifetime of ideas. When we judge their greatness, we focus not on their averages, but on their peaks.
The way to achieve the perfect work-life balance is to not do any work. If your work and life are separate to one another, something is wrong. Creatives are people who choose a lifestyle and then design what they have to do to make a living within that way of life. When they are working, they are doing what makes them truly themselves and would not want to be doing anything else. The creative person’s work and life are one, inseparable. There is no work-life balance because they are bound together.
In essence, it’s not the activity that matters, it’s the mindfulness and love with which one carries out the activity that matters. It’s possible to be depressed in an ashram, just as it’s possible to be enlightened at the Grammy’s…