“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” –Florence Nightingale
You can’t achieve perfection. You can’t even fool the rest of the world into thinking you have. Getting somewhere, getting anywhere in life is about going through a process of experimenting, making mistakes, learning and improving.
If you try to get around that process, the only thing that happens is you become completely wound up in yourself and you fail to improve your work, your product, or your creative skills.
I think I’ve learned, over the last 15 years, that success in life isn’t best measured by what you achieve. It’s measured by what you overcome. For me, that has meant overcoming the sheer weight of my own mistakes.
If you try and pretend that you don’t make mistakes, you lose the chance to do remarkable things. You’ll spend your time doing safe things. Celebrate your mistakes. Don’t glorify them — but look on them as chips that can be cashed in for future success.
All my love,
Don't compare your journey to someone else's. It's so easy to get wrapped up in comparing yourself to others. But let's be honest - there's never going to be anyone out there who's been through exactly what you've been through. Be the best version of you, and let the rest take care of itself.
Clean up your surroundings. Your office environment impacts your work.
It could be the quality of your work.
It could be the quantity of your work.
It could be the amount of time you take to work.
But it could also be your creativity. The key to unlocking the best in what you do, is removing the clutter from your mind and from your desk.
Make some room to be playful. We need more play in our lives. It’s not just because we’re kids at heart; it’s because play is essential to creativity, intelligence, and personal well-being. Play is the opposite of boredom, and it’s the key to unlocking our imagination and sense of wonder.
“It’s not just a matter of having less stuff or having nothing or having that one carefully arranged bohemian tchotchke on your live-edge cedar coffee table. (That’s only useful if minimalism is simply an aesthetic you like for your Instagram and Pinterest posts.) If we don’t solve for enough, for our specific and personal enough, minimalism is vapid at best and a constant state of judgement at worse.”
Read: Scaling down: on seeking fewer goals, relationships, and experiences
“Reading about successful entrepreneurs or scrolling through an endless feed of inspirational posts may trigger a desire to achieve more by expanding your goals. You too, should learn how to speak Mandarin or to play the guitar; you too, should get a promotion; you too, should launch a blog. The result is an overwhelming laundry list of ambitious goals.”
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