Reading Notes for:
Kevin Kelly’s 99 Pieces of
another bunch of unsolicited advice.
That thing that made you weird as a kid could make you great as an adult — if you don’t lose it.
If you want to see a great and inspiring example of this, google up Joe Rogan’s interview of “Mr. Beast” from youtube.
Several years ago, I was talking to an older, dear friend about his nephew. I said, “You know, in this day and age of the internet, you can make money doing ANYTHING. You can make 6 figures selling doll house furniture. But you have to do the shit out of it.” I will hold that picking something you love – and doing the shit out of it is a big part of the recipe for happiness and success.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
And, as I said above, I think that going all-in on the project is how you “become” something as you are “doing” something.
At your funeral people will not recall what you did; they will only remember how you made them feel.
It’s not an apology if it comes with an excuse. It is not a compliment if it comes with a request.
For extra credit – Tony Robbins once taught me “A good compliment includes ‘because’ and a great one will follow it with an ‘and’.” I like that.
Jesus, Superman, and Mother Teresa never made art. Only imperfect beings can make art because art begins in what is broken.