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We opt for More instead of Better. We tend to pack as much stuff into our days, our lives, and our work as we possibly can, but it’s good to take a step back now and then and remember that more isn’t always better.
The restaurant makes the menu longer instead of figuring out how to make even one dish worth travelling across town for. We add many slides to our presentation before figuring out how to utter a single sentence that will give the people in the room chills or make them think. We keep adding, inviting more new friends in life, as If it means more best friends, instead of knowing/loving few of those that we have today. Like hamsters running on a wheel, we live in an endless cycle of ephemeral content consumption a merry go round that spins faster and faster but barely goes anywhere. Even though, we’re just a click away from the greatest authors of all time, we default to novelty instead of timelessness. We confuse variety and range with quality.
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Overcoming microwave mentality
I recall one day standing in kitchen around microwave and thinking, “this thing is taking long time!” As soon as those words entered my mind, I realized that I had been conditioned by instant-gratification mindset. I was no longer patient. I wanted instant results—results so quickly that I considered the microwave as taking too much time. This was an eye-opener for sure.
In order to have anything of lasting value it must be started on a strong footing. We need to realign our thinking, the groundwork may take time, yet it’s essential for quality to be prevalent.
Practice is also not the answer here. Practice, the 10,000 hours thing, practice alone doesn’t produce work that matters. No, that only comes from caring. From caring enough to leap, to bleed for the art, to go out on the edge, where it’s dangerous. When we care enough, we raise the bar, not just for ourselves, but for everyone.
Taking a step back to simplify your life and getting rid of tasks is just as productive as getting more done. That means not trying to learn everything in four hours or less, not trying to read every book as quickly as possible, or not signing up for every free app/service that pops up online.
To dream to learn to create, It’s something you’re born with and lives inside you, inspires the things you choose to do things that may not always change the world in a big way but can change it in a million little ways. Do what you do because it matters to do the things that matter, after all if you’re going to do something make it matter.
Pursue your goals and dreams with a desire for quality, regardless of the time and effort it takes. Go find an art you care enough to make better instead. It’s your life, make it matter. After all, anything worth doing is worth doing right.