Bike, bike, tennis, bike

I’ve read a few blog posts from author Stephen Pressfield.

The first was about Artistic Distance. Pressfield discusses how you need to take a step back from your work as an artist, specifically remove yourself from your writing. I found this article pretty insightful. So often I’ve heard many novels were written as a self-reflection, and the author would put themselves into the characters and experiences, rather than simply pull from their imagination. But isn’t our imagination also stemmed from our past experiences and memories?

There’s a lot to ponder.

This article is really geared towards any entrepreneurial startup, titled Self-Doubt and Self-Reinforcement:

“Almost no one recognizes a good idea. And the bolder the idea, the more people will be blind to it. If you’re seeking reinforcement from outside yourself, you’re in for a long, lonely haul. The answer to self-doubt is self-reinforcement”. 

Another, In the End, We’ll Succeed. We need commitment to the ultimate object, along with indifference to setbacks along the way.

And lastly, Resistance comes second

“Resistance has no power of its own. It’s a shadow, nothing more. As soon as we learn to look past the shadow to the Dream that has cast it, the shadow loses all power over us.”

Lot’s of good exercise today. Rode 40 minutes to and from the gym, took an hour cycling class, biked 25 minutes to and from work, then another 20 minutes to play tennis for two hours. I had a lot of fun, but my form certainly isn’t very good. Lot’s of room for improvement next time. Hello new muscles!

Tomorrow will be day two of core circuit training. Time for some shuteye.

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One thought on “Bike, bike, tennis, bike

  1. Indeed, the Pressfield piece is worth pondering. It’s a paradox that self-awareness (not self-absorption) allows an artist to observe and integrate their surroundings. A self-aware person sees themselves as others see him/her and thereby understands how others see the world. Characters can be created out of that understanding. Audiences can be satisfied. Useful, beautiful, products can be created. Deals can be closed successfully, …

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