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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Quotes from the book:

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ~ by Steven Pressfield

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

 

“So if you paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”

 

I can add that not only fear, but feeling guilty is a good sign too. I feel guilty when I do something personal for myself.
 

“The more Resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”

 

“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”"

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Find the red line.

“The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.

Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly.” ~Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod
via www.brainpickings.org

What do you need for Self-Actualization?

This article by Saul McLeod is very useful for people who want to reach their full potential. But especially it’s very helpful for parents.

Carl Rogers (humanistic psychologist) believed that humans have one basic motive, that is the tendency to self-actualize – i.e. to fulfill one’s potential and achieve the highest level of ‘human-beingness’ we can.
Like a flower that will grow to its full potential if the conditions are right, but which is constrained by its environment, so people will flourish and reach their potential if their environment is good enough.”

“For a person to “grow”, they need an environment that provides them with

- genuineness (openness and self-disclosure),
- acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard),
- and empathy (being listened to and understood).

Without these, relationships and healthy personalities will not develop as they should, much like a tree will not grow without sunlight and water.”

The self-concept includes three components:

Self worth (or self-esteem) – what we think about ourselves. Rogers believed feelings of self-worth developed in early childhood and were formed from the interaction of the child with the mother and father.

Self-image – How we see ourselves, which is important to good psychological health. Self-image includes the influence of our body image on inner personality. At a simple level, we might perceive ourselves as a good or bad person, beautiful or ugly. Self-image has an affect on how a person thinks feels and behaves in the world.

Ideal self – This is the person who we would like to be. It consists of our goals and ambitions in life, and is dynamic – i.e. forever changing. The ideal self in childhood is not the ideal self in our teens or late twenties etc.

Carl Rogers believed that every person can achieve their goals, wishes and desires in life.”

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You are you, and I am I. Fritz Perls quotes

«I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.»

(Fritz Perls, 1969)

«I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.»

«Learning is the discovery that something is possible.»

«Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.»

«To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness.»

«…nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.»

«You cannot achieve happiness. Happiness happens and is a transitory stage. Imagine how happy I felt when I got relief from bladder pressure. How long did that happiness last?»

«The only difference between the wise man and the fool is that the wise man knows he is playing.»

7 reasons why you might fail to become the best in the world…

“7 reasons why you might fail to become the best in the world:

1.) You run out of time,
2.) you run out of money,
3.) you get scared,
4.) you’re not serious about it,
5.) you lose interest or enthusiasm and settle for being mediocre,
6.) you focus on the short term instead of the long,
7.) you pick the wrong thing at which to be the best in the world.”
~Seth Godin, the Dip
Now the main question:-)

How to find the right THING?

Then I will find time, money and everything from 1 to 6 of this list.

I know only a partial answer – it’s inside myself.

Quotations about passion. September.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.   ~Albert Einstein

If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you. ~ T. Alan Armstrong

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about. ~ Steve Pavlina

Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~ Arthur Buddhold

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

Passion requires focused direction, and that direction must come from three other areas: your purpose, your talents, and your needs. ~ Steve Pavlina

The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. ~ Yves Saint Laurent

Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~

Quotations about beauty. August.

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!” ~Wanda Landowska

” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

” When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” ~Buckminster Fuller

” To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.” ~Bernard Edmonds

” The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” ~Albert Einstein

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” ~Rumi

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” ~Maria Montessori

“People tend not to use this word beauty because it’s not intellectual – but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.” ~Tadao Ando

“There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.” ~Joseph Addison

“People say I’m extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?” ~Imelda Marcos

Quotations. July

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~Albert Einstein

“Are you doing work worth doing, or are you just doing your job?” ~ Seth Godin

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”  ~George Bernard Shaw

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” ~Christopher Morley

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” ~David McCullough

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

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