Amazon recently announced that it would be shuttering CreateSpace, the website that changed my life.
As Ryan Holiday writes in Ego Is the Enemy, John Boyd is “one of the most influential strategists and practitioners in modern warfare,” yet he’s “someone most people have never heard of.”
The fact that Boyd is unknown is fitting, because his lasting legacy is a speech he gave to scores of young officers that has come to be known as the “To Do or To Be” speech:
Each month, I send a newsletter that is a collection of all new random thoughts and scribblings on a variety of subjects as well as quick reviews of books I read that month. It’s free and it goes right to your inbox!
It’s tempting to try to jump on a trend.
I’m willing to bet that many of us that (try to) write have seen a post that looks like it wasn’t very difficult to write go on to do big numbers and major engagement.
I know I have.
I read it and thought to myself, I can do that.
So I did it.
Even if you realize it’s hard, it’s still far harder than you realize
One of the (many) reasons I don’t like working with my hands is because I don’t feel any sense of accomplishment with having done the work. If a fence needs to be built in my yard, I feel the exact same way if I do it or if I pay someone else to do it.
And that’s how I feel in all aspects of my life.
I value the destination over the journey.
It’s been an interesting year for all of us, but for me, this was even more true.
“I’ve never tried to be some kind of serious literary artist.”
No one grows up dreaming of working a safe, mundane job. Nearly everyone in that position wants to be something else.
A musician. A painter. A crafter. An inventor. A brewer. A writer.