#9: it’s all relative
What’s on my mind
Mastery comes from doing things.
The motivation to do things stems from viewing them as experiments.
And regardless of the outcome, taking the learnings and applying them to future experiments.
It would be nice if it worked the first time.
But it’s rare to succeed without ever making mistakes along the way.
Success can’t even be clearly defined in the absence of failure.
Just like up and down, or black and white.
It’s all relative.
This week’s stories
You can acquire a rare skill if you invest 100 hours in it.
With 1,000 hours, you can master a completely new category.
That’s 20 hours per week in one year.
There’s huge pressure to fit in, and plenty of benefits if you invest the time and stand out instead.
Creative work is rarely a straight line.
It usually starts off along the lines of I can’t wait to get started, reaches the why am I even doing this, and with enough persistence and belief, finds its way back up to the point of WOW!
What personally keeps me focused during the downtimes is constantly reminding myself of the reason why I first started.
It’s crucial to have a clear why right from the beginning.
Different types of work demand their own kinds of schedule.
Makers do their best work by having long time blocks focused on specific tasks.
As a maker, it’s tough to have a productive day with meetings here and there. The gaps in between meetings are often not large enough to truly focus and ship anything meaningful.
Think about the length of your sentences when you’re writing a paragraph next. Make some longer and more descriptive. And some shorter.
It’s hard to strike a balance between different life areas at all times.
We have a finite amount of time, energy and attention.
Recently, I’ve been trying to get more clear on defining these life areas for myself.
And use that to paint an ideal vision of what it could look like in 1, 3, and 5 years in the future.
While keeping in mind that, “life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”