“Have you ever been to a workshop? These boondoggles are colleges of Resistance. They ought to give out Ph.D.’ s in Resistance. What better way of avoiding work than going to a workshop?”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“What counted was that I had, after years of running from it, actually sat down and done my work.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“Have you seen interviews with the young John Lennon or Bob Dylan, when the reporter tries to ask about their personal selves? The boys deflect these queries with withering sarcasm. Why? Because Lennon and Dylan know that the part of them that writes the songs is not “them,” not the personal self that is of such surpassing fascination to their boneheaded interrogators.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you’re feeling massive Resistance, the good news is, it means there’s tremendous love there too. If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“Have you ever watched Inside the Actors Studio? The host, James Lipton, invariably asks his guests, “What factors make you decide to take a particular role?” The actor always answers: “Because I’m afraid of it.””

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

I thought of you when I read this quote from “Aleph” by Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa – “I skim an article about Chinese bamboo. Apparently, once the seed has been sown, you see nothing for about five years, apart from a tiny shoot. All the growth takes place underground, where a complex root system reaching upward and outward is being established. Then, at the end of the fifth year, the bamboo suddenly shoots up to a height of twenty-five meters.” Start reading this book for free: https://a.co/e1Rt3xo

“Heaven and Earth are meeting in a storm that, when it’s over, will leave the air purer and the fields fertile, but before that happens, houses will be destroyed, centuries-old trees will topple, paradises will be flooded.”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“In theory, every loss is for our own good; in practice, though, that is when we question the existence of God and ask ourselves: What did I do to deserve this?”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“When a sense of dissatisfaction persists, that means it was placed there by God for one reason only: you need to change everything and move forward.”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“Life is the train, not the station. And what you’re doing now isn’t traveling, it’s just changing countries, which is completely different.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. I spent a large part of my youth traveling the world as a hippie, and what money did I have then? None. I barely had enough to pay for my fare, but I still consider those to have been the best years of my youth: eating badly, sleeping in train stations, unable to communicate because I didn’t know the language, being forced to depend on others just for somewhere to spend the night.”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

““You’re not here anymore. You’ve got to leave in order to return to the present.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

““There’s no point sitting here, using words that mean nothing. Go and experiment. It’s time you got out of here. Go and re-conquer your kingdom, which has grown corrupted by routine. Stop repeating the same lesson, because you won’t learn anything new that way.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“In India, they use the word ‘karma,’ for lack of any better term. But it’s a concept that’s rarely given a proper explanation. It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

““That’s because, like everyone else on the planet, you believed that time would teach you to grow closer to God. But time doesn’t teach; it merely brings us a sense of weariness and of growing older.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’ | by Namwali Serpell | The New York Review of Books

Drunk: My man, what’s happenin?Sun Ra: Everything is happenin.Drunk: What is this? I mean, wh-like, uh, where am I? You know, uh, who is you?Sun Ra: I’m everythin and nothin.Drunk: Nothing?! Well, you better tell me about this nothin stuff cuz, uh (chuckle), I need a job. And I—and I ’on’t know what to do.Sun Ra: What have you been doing lately?Drunk: Uh, huh, huh, huh, nothin really, nothin.Sun Ra: How long have you been doin nothin?Drunk: Quite some time, quite some time.Sun Ra: You must be an expert at it.Drunk: Got my BA, shiiit.Sun Ra: We’ll hire you to do that.Drunk: How much I get paid, man?Sun Ra: Nothin.

Source: Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’ | by Namwali Serpell | The New York Review of Books

““I’m filled with doubt, especially about my faith,” I say. “Good. It’s doubt that drives a man onward.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“My search for wisdom, peace of mind, and an awareness of realities visible and invisible has become routine and pointless.”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“In this uprising we free ourselves from the tyranny of consumer culture. We overthrow the programming of advertising, movies, video games, magazines, TV, and MTV by which we have been hypnotized from the cradle. We unplug ourselves from the grid by recognizing that we will never cure our restlessness by contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit, Inc., but only by doing our work.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“What does Resistance feel like? First, unhappiness. We feel like hell. A low-grade misery pervades everything. We’re bored, we’re restless. We can’t get no satisfaction.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built Apple’s G4 Cube. It Bombed | WIRED

In a 2017 talk at Oxford, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the G4 Cube, which he described as “a spectacular commercial failure, from the first day, almost.” But Jobs’ reaction to the bad sales figures showed how quickly, when it became necessary, he could abandon even a product dear to his heart. “Steve, of everyone I’ve known in life,” Cook said at Oxford, “could be the most avid proponent of some position, and within minutes or days, if new information came out, you would think that he never ever thought that before.”

Source: 20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built Apple’s G4 Cube. It Bombed | WIRED

How you attach to people may explain a lot about your inner life | Science | The Guardian

By contrast, children of unresponsive or insensitive caregivers form insecure attachment. They become anxious and easily distressed by the smallest sign of separation from their attachment figure. Harsh or dismissive mothers produce avoidant infants, who suppress their emotions and deal with stress alone. Finally, children with abusive caregivers become disorganised: they switch between avoidant and anxious coping, engage in odd behaviours and, like Cora, often self-harm.

Source: How you attach to people may explain a lot about your inner life | Science | The Guardian

“We get ourselves in trouble because it’s a cheap way to get attention. Trouble is a faux form of fame. It’s easier to get busted in the bedroom with the faculty chairman’s wife than it is to finish that dissertation on the metaphysics of motley in the novellas of Joseph Conrad.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.””

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield