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creativemornings:

From my experience, you can’t wait around to find what you love. You gotta work your ass off. And then you find what you love by doing piles and piles of work.
Kate Bingaman Burt, Illustrator speaking at CreativeMornings/Portland (*watch the talk)

creativemornings:

From my experience, you can’t wait around to find what you love. You gotta work your ass off. And then you find what you love by doing piles and piles of work.

Kate Bingaman Burt, Illustrator
speaking at CreativeMornings/Portland (*watch the talk)

"We offer our contribution up to a company or perhaps just to one person, a boss, or perhaps to a cause, a political cause, or perhaps to a nation. But usually, each of us as individuals, we are focused on just one little work. We want to try and do that to the best of our ability. And we gain the sense of dignity and pride from being able to do just our little thing well. And we offer this up, upstairs, and just hope that somebody up there uses it in a good way. But often we abandon the responsibility of how our contribution will be used… [T]he butler in my book… is a great expert. But, as far as he’s concerned, it’s not his position to question his master… He has a sense of loyalty and his attitude is very much that I will do my job the best I can and it is up to my master, my employer to use my contribution in the way that he thinks is best. What I’m suggesting is… whether our lives and our energies are wasted or not ultimately depends on this other person upstairs."
Kazuo Ishiguro
Motoyuki Shibata “Interview 7: Kazuo Ishiguro”, 9 Interviews, Tokyo, 2004
March, 10th 2012 @ 02:45 / 2 / Permalink
creativemornings:
From my experience, you can’t wait around to find what you love. You gotta work your ass off. And then you find what you love by doing piles and piles of work.
Kate Bingaman Burt, Illustrator speaking at CreativeMornings/Portland (*watch the talk)

creativemornings:

From my experience, you can’t wait around to find what you love. You gotta work your ass off. And then you find what you love by doing piles and piles of work.

Kate Bingaman Burt, Illustrator
speaking at CreativeMornings/Portland (*watch the talk)

Seth Godin: You will be disappointed

Sooner or later, you’ll ask for something or read something or expect something and you won’t like what you get. You’ll feel like I wasted your time, wasted your money or didn’t meet your expectations.

Not just me, of course. Everyone. Even you. You will disappoint someone, and the organizations you depend on will disappoint you. Expectations keep rising, and promises keep being made. We keep bringing more magic into the world, but rising expectations mean that there’s more disappointment as well.

That’s part of the deal of being in the world.

The alternative, I’m afraid, isn’t to choose a path where we make everyone happy and always exceed their expectations. Nope. The alternative is to hide, to fail to engage and to produce nothing.

A pretty easy choice.

February, 6th 2012 @ 02:32 / 1 / Permalink

Seth Godin: Trading in your pain

The pain of a lousy boss, of careless mistakes, of insufficient credit. The pain of instability, of bullying, of inadequate tools. The pain of poor cash flow, corrosive feedback and work that isn’t worthy of you.

Pain is part of work. And it leads to two mistakes.

The notion that you can trade your way out of pain.

"If I just get a little bigger, a little more famous, a little richer—then the pain will go away."

This notion creates a cycle of dissatisfaction, an unwillingness to stick it out. There’s always a pain-free gig right around the corner, so screw this, let’s go try that.

The truth is that pain is everywhere, in every project and in every relationship and in every job. Wandering from one to another merely wastes your energy.

The other choice, though, is:

Embracing your current pain and avoiding newer, unknown pains.

This is precisely the opposite mistake. This leads to paralysis. Falling in love with the pain you’ve got as a way of avoiding unknown future pains gets you stuck, wasting your potential.

As usual, when confronted with two obvious choices, it’s the third choice that pays.

January, 11th 2012 @ 21:27 / 8 / Permalink
Edmond TerakopianLove Your Job, 2011 

Edmond Terakopian
Love Your Job, 2011