The enemy of creativity… is fear. We’re all born creative, it takes a little while to become afraid. A surprising insight: an enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up. – Seth Godin
But you’ve got to make the first move.
You need to be creative.
Otherwise the fear has no reason to leave.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. – Babe Ruth
It’s hard to hit the ball, let alone a home run, if you’re unwilling to strike out.
Because, to hit the ball you need to be willing to swing, and swinging means you’re going to miss sometimes, and sometimes you miss three times in a row – and you strike out.
And then what do you do?
Well you can either give up and step back up to the plate.
What are you going to do?
Are you willing to strike out?
Because that’s how you hit home runs . . . .
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in. – Alan Alda
Assumptions are both helpful and dangerous.
Yes, it can be helpful to bring a sense of what something is what you’re doing, but be very careful as un-examined assumptions can lead you astray – sometimes in a big way.
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. – Muhammad Ali
The champion’s body is made in the gym, but a champion is made in the mind first.
What do you want be a champion of?
What do you need to believe, first, to get you in the “gym?”
Everybody’s heard the saying “That which does not kill you makes you stronger,” Nietzsche I believe said it, or something very similar.
It’s wrong though, or at least woefully incomplete. (Or, it’s incomplete in the way we use the words these days.)
Nowadays people think that if bad stuff happens to you, you get stronger.
You get stronger because you work to get stronger.
The people who actually grow from tragedy or adversity are those work at using the event as fuel – they decide to get stronger.
I suggest we update the quote to be more useful, and accurate, for modern days:
That which doesn’t kill you merely isn’t fatal. Those who get stronger from adversity or tragedy decide to do whatever it takes to get stronger.