Success Occurs in the Privacy of the Soul

Become unattached to outcomes

John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

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The Pisa Baptistry, Cathedral, and Leaning Tower of Pisa. All photos by John P. Weiss

What lessons does an ancient, architecturally flawed building have for writers and creatives hoping to craft something memorable in today’s competitive, unforgiving world?

A few years ago, the above question wasn’t on my mind as our little tourist group crammed into a small commuter van and made our way to the town of Pisa, Italy. I was busy fiddling with my range-finder style camera, snapping pictures of daredevil Italians swerving in and out of heavy traffic on their speeding scooters.

Eventually, we arrived in Pisa, and our guide found a small parking stall several blocks from our anticipated destination.

We climbed out of the van and hiked through the parking lot and down busy streets until finally the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) came into view. The domed Baptistry (the largest in Italy), dedicated to St. John the Baptist, appeared opposite the west end of the Cathedral (the Duomo). And just beyond them was the Campanile (bell tower), commonly known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Vendors tried their best to distract us with goods, souvenirs, and trinkets, but I was too busy snapping photographs. I became so engrossed that I almost lost my wife, who was marching ahead with the rest of our group.

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John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

I write books, stories and essays about life, often illustrated with my photography and artwork. JohnPWeiss.com.