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The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist…destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
Thomas Merton, as quoted in Courtney Martin’s weekly column for On Being, "The Spiritual Art of Saying No"
Those who develop so-called mental disorders are those who are sensitive, which is viewed in Western culture as oversensitivity. Indigenous cultures don’t see it that way and, as a result, sensitive people don’t experience themselves as overly sensitive. In the West, “it is the overload of the culture they’re in that is just wrecking them,” observes Dr. Somé. The frenetic pace, the bombardment of the senses, and the violent energy that characterize Western culture can overwhelm sensitive people.
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The biggest obstacle to creativity is attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing. And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities.

I got a call from someone who wanted me to lead a workshop on creativity. He needed to tell his management exactly what tools people would come away with. I told him I didn’t know. I couldn’t give him a promise, because then I’d become attached to an outcome — which would defeat the purpose of any creative workshop.’

It’s hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.
The more you are like others, the more secure you will feel, yet the more your heart will ache, the more your dreams will be troubled, and the more your soul will slip off into silence. Finally, one day you will have forgotten you have a soul. You will rise, drive through traffic, arrive at work, and not remember how you got there. Once you have reached that condition there is no further need to think about much or face painful choices. You will have developed enough conditioned reflexes to make it through your life on automatic pilot.

-James Hollis, Creating the Life You Want

The more you are like others, the more secure you will feel, yet the more your heart will ache, the more your dreams will be troubled, and the more your soul will slip off into silence. Finally, one day you will have forgotten you have a soul. You will rise, drive through traffic, arrive at work, and not remember how you got there. Once you have reached that condition there is no further need to think about much or face painful choices. You will have developed enough conditioned reflexes to make it through your life on automatic pilot.

-James Hollis, Creating the Life You Want

  • Using this parable, Collins came up with the hedgehog concept, or the three questions you can ask yourself if you're on the right path:
  • What are you deeply passionate about?
  • What can you do better than most others? (or Can you get better at it?)
  • What can you do that will earn you money?
  • The intersection of the answers to these questions is your sweet spot—the one thing you can do best and earn a living from.
When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.
Neil Gaiman