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Friday, 31 July 2020


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Nice track, I've passed it on to some others I think might enjoy it. I'll have to burn it out to cd and see if the local independent radio will play it.

"... in the biographies of many successful people, you'll often read of the exact same sorts of early discouragement—bad luck, bad treatment, opportunities lost, breakthroughs that weren't—whatever; but the successful person managed somehow to regroup, maybe reappraise, and move on."
C'mon Mike, you don't really believe those stories do you?

Not talking about fate necessarily, but I do sort of believe that we end up being what we are supposed to be? If you were really meant to be a certain thing, something tells me that whatever setbacks occur, would be overcome. If the setbacks are insurmountable, it's probably a good sign to pivot, to yield.

Maybe not an 'accident' that the paper lost the pictures given the person in them?

DDD was friends with Picasso from 1956 until his death and did several books on him. I have this one and love to see my favorite artist at work being shot by one of the great photographers.


He did about 6 more books on Picasso.

Congrats to the Lewis' Dad & Son alike.

Re Set backs, I don't think we could find a person who has not experienced set backs and disappointments in their life ---creative endeavors or not. People who experience them most are often the folks who 'give up' least. The ones with perseverance. It is not how many times you fall down, but how many time you get up.
The advice you got was spot on, overcoming failure as a way of life forms us and primes us to succeed.
That is not to say that set backs are evenly distributed, they're not, some clearly get more than others, they also get more chances to prove that can get back up, and provide chances for the rest of us to lend a helping hand.

Your friend Kevin was, unfortunately, coming up too early. Nowadays, (1) his contract with the baseball team would have prevented his playing pickup basketball in the first place, or (2) had he injured his knee falling down a flight of stairs at the ballpark, the team's surgeon would have had him patched up in a day, in rehab for a month, and good as new in 60 days.

I tell my graduate students what George Patton said: “I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom” - as both motivation and a classic linguistic example of 20th century latent sexism.


Coincidentally I just finished Steven Pressfield's book, "The War of Art", a few minutes ago and then opened this post.

There's lots to think about in that book, and more mysticism than works for me. Nonetheless, the overarching message is clear: Do the work. Every day, show up, and do the work. Another place you can read this message, minus the mysticism, is "Art and Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

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