Monday, 14 May 2018

Quotes: Steve Jobs

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." –– Steve Jobs

Monday, 7 May 2018

Quotes: Thomas Edison

"Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." –– Thomas Edison

Monday, 30 April 2018

Quotes: Oscar Wilde

"That is the mission of true art –– to make us pause and look at a thing a second time." –– Oscar Wilde

Friday, 18 August 2017

Quotes: Carol Goodman

""That's what art does," Monty had told us once in class. "It turns the catastrophes of our lives into something glorious."" –– Carol Goodman, The Widow's House, page 109

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

Quotes: Deborah Willis

Failure and Rejection
"One of my writing teachers, Patrick Lane, once told us a story about a group of writers who had a competition with each other to see who could get the most rejection letters in one year. At the end of the year, they found that the writer with the most rejections was also the writer with the most acceptance letters. I heard this story when I was about 18 years old, and am still grateful for it, because it has allowed me to see rejection as a necessary part of the writing and publishing process, not as failure." –– Deborah Willis (b. 1982), Canadian author

*source: The Book Report: Deborah Willis. 'Books.' The Globe and Mail, Saturday February 25, 2017, p. R20

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Quotes: Louise Desalvo

Failure
"Chip Heath and Dan Heath's Switch (2010) states that if we want to reach our full potential, we need to cultivate "a growth mind-set." According to Harvard professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, "Everything can look like a failure in the middle. At the beginning of a project, we feel hope; at the end we might feel confident. But in between "there is a negative emotional valley labeled 'insight'," according to Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO. During this phase, it's easy to become downhearted because it's immensely difficult to figure out what to do next.

"It's hard to take a mountain of manuscripts we've written –– starts, false starts, finished work, half-completed work, fine work –– and turn it into a book. Brown insists it'll be easier to weather that trough in the creative arc if we anticipate, even expect, failure in the middle of the process. Brown encourages people to "seek out failure" because it's the only way for genuine growth to occur. Without failure, our work stagnates. Without failure, we're not frustrated enough to seek new solutions to the challenges we're confronting." –– Louise Desalvo (b. 1942), American author

*source: Louise Desalvo. The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2014 (p.122)