And prepare for death. 

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YOU WILL DIE ONE DAY

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” -Samuel Johnson.

“To study philosophy is to learn how to die.” –Cicero.

“Be happy while you’re living, for a you’re a long time dead.” –Scottish proverb.

“Life is short. Make it amazing.” – @gapingvoid cartoon.

The British author, John Mortimer once described Life as “A tiny blip of time, separating two vast expanses of eternity”.

The insanely brilliant stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius famously coined the phrase, “Live every day as if it were your last, for one day it will be.”

The great mythologist, Joseph Campbell thought that religion came about once human beings first became aware of their own mortality.

Ain’t that the truth. I believe all these great thinkers were right on the money, in their own way.

Without death, life would have no meaning. It is death that gives life its edge. And it’s that edge that gives life its meaning. That gives us the experience of being alive. Which is what the meaning of life is really all about.

To know life, is to know death. And maybe, just maybe, be OK with it.

Now go do good work, with all your heart. Yes.


You don’t need to do it full time.

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YOU DON’T NEED TO DO IT FULL TIME

You don’t need to do it eight hours a day.

An hour or two before breakfast is plenty. After few years it starts to add up.

The rest of the time, you can actually go out and interact with the real world, make a proper living, act like a grownup.

I did all my best work when I had a day job, when I had to “steal time” to get it done.

Stealing time made it more satisfyingly urgent and real, somehow,.

Sure, your bohemian friends will call you a sell-out if you take this route.

Fuck ‘em.


Get yourself a Creation Myth

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GET YOURSELF A “CREATION MYTH”.

1. A very dated-looking pho­to­graph from 1978. Ele­ven young, goofy-looking techies. They turn out to be the foun­ding mem­bers of Mic­ro­soft, inc­lu­ding Bill Gates.

2. Michael Dell foun­ding his com­pu­ter empire in his dorm room at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas.

3. Ben & Jerry’s star­ted making ice cream in a con­ver­ted gas sta­tion in Vermont.

4. The busi­ness guru, Tom Peters often wri­tes about how his time as a young man ser­ving in the US Navy hel­ped evolve his now-famous worldview.

5. The Beat­les pla­ying those early gigs at The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

6. The famous tech blog­ger, Robert Sco­ble tal­king about his job wor­king in a dis­count camera store, back when he was a kid, and how that informed his career.

7. How a bunch of young, angry social mis­fits start a small nightc­lub, the Caba­ret Vol­taire, in 1916 Zurich [at the height of World War One] and in the pro­cess invent Dada, one of the 20th Century’s most influen­tial art movements.

8. Abe Lin­coln was born in a log cabin.

9. Mssrs. Hewlett and Packard starting a elecctronics firm in a garage in Palo Alto.

So… What do these all have in common?

They’re all Crea­tion Myths. That’s right; just like The Gar­den of Eden.

We humans seem to need them, somehow. They manage to arti­cu­late who we really are, somehow. The help explain our core values, somehow.

And for wha­te­ver rea­son, REALLY suc­cess­ful peo­ple are even more likely to have them, even more likely to need them, somehow.

Does your sch­tick have a good crea­tion myth? If not, maybe it needs one?

Think about it.