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I have a colleague who is immensely talented and hungry to grow and succeed.


I cannot fault him for his ambitions and aspirations.


Trouble is…he wants to get there in 24 hours!


I can relate to it a lot and used to be quite predisposed to that type of wishful thinking.


Whether with a project, essay or bigger goal at hand mentally I’d appraise the journey to the finish line as a quick pick deal waking up the next day and there it would be.


Course, it ain’t like that…


Check this out


“A finished piece is, in effect, a test of correspondence between imagination and execution. And perhaps surprisingly, the more common obstacle to achieving that correspondence is not undisciplined execution, but undisciplined imagination. It’s altogether too seductive to approach your proposed work believing your materials to be more malleable than they really are, your ideas more compelling, your execution more refined. As Stanley Kunitz once commented, ‘The poem in the head is always perfect. Resistance begins when you try to convert it into language.’ And it’s true, most artists don’t daydream about making great art—they daydream about having made great art. What artist has not experienced the feverish euphoria of composing the perfect thumbnail sketch, first draft, negative or melody—only to run headlong into a stone wall trying to convert that tantalizing hint into the finished mural, novel, photograph, sonata. The artist’s life is frustrating not because the passage is slow, but because he imagines it to be fast.”


Bottom line is this...


Are you willing to play the long game?


Will Smith has been popularly quoted to say ‘Beat on your craft’ - day in and day out.


You willing to do this?


With ARETE,


Sean

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