The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
We are not the same person we were 1 year ago. Definitely not the same person 10 years ago.
And yet, we behave as if we were.
To solve a problem facing us, we must grow/change/evolve and expect to solve the problem.
Nothing is original.
Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.
Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.
If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.
Authenticity is invaluable;
originality is non-existent.
And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it.
– Jim Jarmusch
This was sent across to me from a friend and regular reader. I love this.
Back in my youth, whenever I'd get an idea, I'd be convinced of two things. One, it was revolutionary and the bestest idea ever. Two, it was original and no one had ever thought of it.
Today, whenever I get an idea, I scribble all around it and wait a day or two. And then once I am done vomiting everything out, I search the Internet for other people who've had that idea and what they've done with it.
Ideas are (mostly) useless. It only matters what you do with them. Just because someone else has already thought of your great idea does not mean you cannot take it somewhere. Dream!
Whatever excites you, go do it.
Whatever drains you, stop doing it.
– Derek Sivers
In addition to doing the occasional time logs, I've recently started doing energy logs. There are some days when I feel great. And some days when I feel absolutely drained. Some days when my brain does not fire at all at the end of the day and I am just staring at a book, and then eventually close it and go watch TV. And other days when I cannot put the book down or stop writing thoughts and ideas.
It all has to do with the energy balance. I think.
Thanks for reading.