Perfect is the enemy of good.
What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.
The other day someone asked me why I am not being patient, to whom I answered, well I am very patient, I am just at war against time
My circumstances of unrelieved responsibility and permanent distraction necessitated the short story form.
Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.
The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.
but I have no mind for business and considered staying awake to be enough of an accomplishment.
We must work together on a common vision and a common goal.
Today's inaction is tomorrow's reality.
When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work – the most you will make is 5 dollars.
Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.
The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for.
Some say if you want success surround yourself with successful people. I say if you want true and lasting success surround yourself with people of integrity.
Be as successful as a Smith.
It takes many years to become an overnight success.
You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
After some point, working harder makes achieving the goal harder or even impossible.
The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It is true, that no diligence can ascertain success; death may intercept the swiftest career; but he who is cut off in the execution of an honest undertaking has at least the honour of falling in his rank, and has fought the battle, though he missed the victory.
Jordan B. Peterson says self-esteem doesn’t exist… and that SE training mostly results in narcissism. Jack Canfield says he wrote his first book about it. And guess what? They’ve BOTH been to Harvard! What are we to do in this confusing world? I started going to AA meetings and people there tell you to find a loving God… and then to get a job at the Kroger… Something’s wrong with this picture. If self-esteem exists, and I pray to God that it does, I cannot possibly find a job that will pay me enough money without undermining the dignity of my work, after all this Spirituality, and Sobriety, and Self Esteem & Therapy I've accumulated.... don't make me laugh. And I’m a bright guy, too. Officially.
If you don’t know your tendencies and can’t analyze when you are most effective, then how can you get the most done in the least amount of time with the best results?” ― Loren Weisman, The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business: The “Who, What, When, Where, Why & How