the creative state

A dear friend of mine can write some amazing speeches when almost drunk, but in a normal state he can’t get to that level.

I always said that it’s a matter of practice, diligence and so on, that we shouldn’t use this tricks to enhance our writing.
Looking back to these thoughs I must say that in 20 years I still agree with them, although now I would add a little bit more to the topic. 

My friend is right: When he drank an extra glass of good gin he writes way better. So, for him, he has his good reasoning behind those choices.
He definitely tried to write in a normal state and failed.
And I’m sure he didn’t try only once. He’s a stubborn guy. He tried many times.

How to move from this? Well, creativity can be guided as much as any skill in the world. What’s he missing then? He’s missing the link, the ignition, the element that make that creativity spark.

He can try to write, but what he’s really missing is how to enter the creative state.
Right now that creative state is based upon drinking.  

That is the first element, but I’m sure he also uses his drinking to get into a deeper emotional state, to let the social shields down, to not judge what he’s writing.

Those three additional elements are probably keys to his success. Drinking makes them surface easier and I’m sure that if we could work on these elements, he would be able to write amazing things without the need to drink.

Afterall our brains uses neural connections to learn. When we first learn guitar the finger movement is a new neural connection that the brain has yet to automate. Once we do it for many times the brain knows that, when we light up a specific neural starting point, we want to play a C-minor. 
While with the guitar we have a clear path in front of us, here with writing and emotions we have something radically different that doesn’t have a map.

That’s why we have to learn what makes us tick, what makes us enter into a creative state, and by triggering it more often we can eventually learn to summon that state when we need it.

let’s talk about death

What does death means? 

For a child it means losing part of a habit, part of a life. There is no big emotional luggage if you’re small, there’s something more if you’re a teenager.

The hard part of death is filling the void.
We know it’s big, we don’t know how to replaced but eventually it’ll happen.

What seems impossible in the beginning becomes possible in the long run.
And even if this is a reminder that we can fill any void left, a sarcastic reminder of how we can ignore any pain in our life, it’s also a strong reminder that anything is possible. That even the biggest trial can be surpassed, that even the biggest mountain can be climbed even if we think it’s impossible.

Because death, for the people that continue to live, is like that: Believing you can’t do something, and do it without realizing it. It’s drawing the fine line between the illusion our mind create, and the reality our life encounter.

it takes courage to love

It takes courage to do what you can’t foresee in the future, what you know will be painful.

It takes courage to go into a steep road that will take effort and time to complete and might not be finished you.

It takes courage to dive into the unknown.
But what if you didn’t take the leap?
What if it stayed this way.

Would your life be better?

preparing is crucial

If you don’t study for an exam, what will be the result?

Work, life, is very much the same. If we don’t prepare, then the outcome will be the same. Things happen, things we couldn’t foresee, and they happen all the time.

It’s not how, it’s when. And if you’re not prepared, if you only think about the now, then you will be doomed to follow what happens.

how much will you stand for what you believe in?

It’s not a matter of believing in something.
You can believe many things, but only a handful of those deserve the right to fight, to stand up and protect our vision.

It’s all about knowing which are the battle you want to be in.
If there are none, it means your thoughts are meaningless, powerless, because no matter what you say or think, you won’t stand for it.

But if you have some ideas you’d like to protect, are you gonna accept a compromise?
Are you gonna permit an exception to the rule?

It seems riskless, a sane thing to do, but what you’re doing by allowing it is to reduce the value of what you believe in.
If you can settle for less today, you can settle for even less tomorrow.
It’s not a matter of when anymore, it’s a matter of how much.

Afterall beliefs are much like habits. The more you protect them, the more they last.

what are the alternatives?

If anyone tells you that you only got two alternatives to choose from, think twice. 
They’re right, from their point of view, but what’s missing in the picture is that there are countless alternatives, as long as you can imagine them.

The two options proposed to you are just the one they can see, but they don’t count the extra ones you can see, or the ones a friend can see.
You can stretch your mind and find alternatives as sound and as crazy as possible. Things you didn’t consider, things you excluded.

It’s not that your world will only have two choices. It’s just that those choices are the one the people are aware of.

being paid equals taking responsibilities

One simple rule: If you’re getting paid then you must be accountable for your work, for the quality, for the output.

If you don’t get paid, but you give your word, it’s the same because you’re defining an outcome and as such, you can’t abandon the project.

It’s up to you to manage those expectations, to communicate, to set goals. But in the end you will need to be accountable and take your responsibilities, because if you don’t then some people might even wonder: What am I paying him for?

a slight change

We all need some change. Not because we’re not being understood or because we feel our potential hasn’t been expressed.

No, we need it to get out of our confort zone, to conquer again new lands, to understand different parts of the world.

Change, is somewhat a cure.

ignore the bad

There are times when you can’t fight the bad. Maybe you’re out of energy, luck, whatever.

In those times: ignore it, don’t make it count, don’t make it rule your world.

Sounds like simple advice, but it’s actually really hard.

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