When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Turn まじめ

(Majime.)

Hunter S. Thompson valued professionalism above all other virtues. If you’d met the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas three days into a cocaine binge, and asked him if it might be time to call it quits, he would have shrieked in outrage —not because you were judging his drug habits, but because you were implying he wasn’t fully conscious, aware, centered and intentional in his behavior.

Do you think this is some kind of amateur cocaine binge?” he probably would’ve howled.

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Do NOT Quit Your Job. DO Your Job.

A retraction of every “live your dreams” screed I ever wrote

Confession time! I used to write some of those “Quit your job! Follow your dreams!” articles. You won’t find any of them in my Medium history now, though, because I deleted them all months ago.

Looking back on my smugness now feels like looking back on my goth phase in high school: I’m not exactly ashamed of it, because I can understand the motivation behind it; the need to craft a public identity that would validate my perspective on the world— but it still makes me cringe a little,

Because I wasn’t nearly as cool as I thought I was.

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The Beating Heart of Creativity

Why “trying” to be creative doesn’t work —and how to fix it

Everyone on earth has brilliant original ideas several times a day.

Even if you’re in a bad mood — even if you’re mentally ill — you’re brainstorming all the time. Problem is, the instant you get a great idea, one or both of the following things happens:

  1. You grab onto the idea and start trying to develop it more fully, but the more you try to shape it, the more it slips through your fingers and disappears.
  2. Your mind reacts with, “Eh, that’s not important!” and tosses the idea away before you even get a clear look at it.

These are both natural reactions, because you’ve been taught all your life to scrutinize and critique unusual ideas, while it’s unlikely that anyone’s taught you how to come up with them in the first place.

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