And seven other thoughts for 2017...
I love a new year.
New plans. A new mindset. A fresh canvas.
But I'm not a fan of resolutions. I think it's something to do with the pressure. (Because as if any of us need any more of that?). Instead, I believe in thoughts to guide me throughout the year ahead. Call them commandments, if you will. Here are eight of mine.
1. Stop doubting, start doing
Fortune favours those who take action. Stop overestimating the competition and underestimating yourself. You have one life. How do you want to spend it? Doubting or doing?
2. Accept that it's important to make mistakes
Fail, fail and fail better. The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything. Embrace the mess and learn from it. There’s always mess in any kind of ‘success’.
3. Practice patience
The Internet has made us all too used to instant gratification. The reality is, there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. Put in the work, day by day, and be patient.
4. Be mindful about money
It’s ok to want to make money. Hell, it’s ok to love money. But it’s not ok to do things you hate, for prolonged periods of time, just for the money. You don't have to prove anything to anyone. Be kind to yourself.
5. Write not what you know, but what you want
The same goes for any kind of creating. “Draw the art you want to see. Start the business you want to run. Write the books you want to read. Do the work you want to see done.” — Austin Kleon. Preach.
6. Chase your curiosity
2017, for me, is about learning. Follow your interests, be interested and stay curious, always.
7. Remove yourself from the world when you need to
Lose yourself in a cocoon of books and art and music and TV shows and movies and guilty pleasures. Escaping every now and again is essential.
8. Believing in yourself isn’t crazy. It’s mandatory.