I’m Afraid of Being Pollyannaish

I’m very afraid of being pollyannaish. I’m scared to pursue what I love because there’s no obvious way to ever monetize this. It feels foolish to do what I’m doing right now: almost like doing therapy in public. Writing out my unfinished thoughts here, and probably nobody ever reading it. And if somebody ever reads … Read more

Creativity is our true nature

I’m currently reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and right in the beginning of the book, she says she believes that creativity is our true nature. That resonated strongly with me. I believe it is true for me: creativity is my true nature. At least it’s a core part of me. I don’t know … Read more

Focus on What You Can Control

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. — Reinhold Niebuhr Life is often overwhelming, distressing, and outright unfair. Most of what’s happening in the world is totally outside of our control. But if you focus on what you … Read more

Writing Is Lonely? No, Says Steven Pressfield

“Is the writing process fundamentally lonely?” is a question Lex Fridman asked Steven Pressfield in an interview. I loved his answer: No, because you’re with your characters. […] My desk used to face the wall, and people would say: Don’t you want to look out the window?” But I’m in here, I’m seeing the spartans. … Read more

Not Enough Time for Your Creative Pursuits? You Need to Hear Steven Pressfield’s Truth Bomb

Can you pursue your dream when you’ve got a full-time job, a family to take care of, and other responsibilities? I personally have postponed pursuing my dream for these and similar reasons for many years, and when I heard Steven Pressfield and Marie Forleo discuss this, their take resonated strongly with me. It’s actually based … Read more