Should You Admire Hard Work?

I like how Theodore adds the qualifier “ … worth doing” to his thought. You’ve likely heard a phrase that goes something like this: Sometimes, our egos love the idea of hard work. That way, we get to…


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Dig Through Your Junk

Maya Angelou once said, “I can’t work in a pretty surrounding. It throws me.”

As Flaubert said, “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

If you can’t stand the sight of a junk pile — and I get it: it pains me to look at all the post-it’s I’ve got lying around — then at the very least, make a commitment to read through old notes. Steven Johnson describes Charles Darwin’s practice in the fantastic Where Good Ideas Come From, “ Darwin was constantly re-reading his notes, discovering new implications. His ideas emerge as a kind of duet between the present-tense thinking brain and all those past observations recorded on paper… He adhered to a rigorous practice of maintaining notebooks where he quoted other sources, and provides new ideas, interrogated and dismissed false leads, drew diagrams, and generally let his mind roam on the page.

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