Until we have a way to name and measure something it’s difficult to really understand it.
“Everybody likes to think this idea that we’re born done, that we even ever really arrive anywhere.” – Ethan Hawke
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
– Upton Sinclair
The point is, forget the gatekeepers. As far as I’m concerned, what you create in a 30-seat, hole-in-the-wall improv theater in Phoenix can be far more meaningful than a mediocre sitcom being half-watched by seven million people.
I got better at using a notebook when I stopped thinking of it as an important artifact of my life.
If you feel any resistance at all about the value of your notebook as an artifact being higher than the value of your stupid, crappy thoughts that go into it, it’s time to re-evaluate.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been through a fancy, expensive notebook phase and made it out the other side.
I used to stockpile notebooks from Muji and Moleskine. Hard-cover, soft-cover; Squard, lined, blank. My obsession with fresh school supplies carried on. But I was scared to put pen to page, afraid that an errant stroke would tarnish an otherwise perfect symbol of organization and productivity. Four pages in and a smear was all it took to start over with a completely new book.
“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question — you have to want to know — in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.”
Jason Fried paraphrasing Clay Christensen on Medium.
Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.
The future belongs to the best editors.
Jason Fried on Medium. I would take that class.