:”A Survival Rule: ‘Do it; don’t judge it.’ . . .

“You might as well just do it, and do it stubbornly, and do it all the time.  Because mood is a slippery thing and what it tells you cannot be trusted—but process can.  And process is the reward of patience.”


Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1996), 193.


2 thoughts on “Wednesday, 18 April 2012

  1. This is a very good quote. And it explains quite well why endless practice is the single most important factor in the development of *robust* expertise, with robust meaning expertise that still manifests itself when one’s mood is bad, circumstances are bad, shitte is confusing, your computer just crashed, etc. It’s not a coincidence that airline pilots that save their planes in crazy emergencies are the ones with the most hours in the cockpit.

  2. Precisely! The time you waste dismissing or deriding the possibilities of your own work is time you could have spent not only writing down the rough draft but moving onto the next bit, getting better as you go.

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