Creativity and how to find the work you love

“What is the work you can’t not do?”

Takeaway from this career strategist…
How to find and do work you love | Scott Dinsmore | TEDxGoldenGatePark
http://youtu.be/jpe-LKn-4gM

Here are some direct links and excerpted quotes to the related works that spiral off from this Brain Pickings post… Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer http://bit.ly/1veLHDP

“To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.”

Charles Bukowski on the Ideal Conditions and Myths of Creativity, Illustrated
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/04/charles-bukowski-air-and-light-and-time-and-space/

“but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I’m going to have
a place and the time to
create.”

“(no) baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.”

So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity http://bit.ly/1oTGLAI

“if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.”

“unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.”

Here is a post on How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/

How to Do What You Love by Paul Graham http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html

“To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love.” But it’s not enough just to tell people that. Doing what you love is complicated.”

“…you have to like your work more than any unproductive pleasure. You have to like what you do enough that the concept of “spare time” seems mistaken.”

“If your work is not your favorite thing to do, you’ll have terrible problems with procrastination. You’ll have to force yourself to work, and when you resort to that the results are distinctly inferior.”

“What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world.”

“…if you admire two kinds of work equally, but one is more prestigious, you should probably choose the other. Your opinions about what’s admirable are always going to be slightly influenced by prestige, so if the two seem equal to you, you probably have more genuine admiration for the less prestigious one.”

“Always produce” is … a heuristic for finding the work you love. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you’re supposed to work on, toward things you actually like.”

“…you have to make a conscious effort to keep your ideas about what you want from being contaminated by what seems possible.”

“The organic route: as you become more eminent, gradually to increase the parts of your job that you like at the expense of those you don’t.
The two-job route: to work at things you don’t like to get money to work on things you do.”

“…it’s easy to get sucked into working longer than you expected at the money job. Worse still, anything you work on changes you. If you work too long on tedious stuff, it will rot your brain. And the best paying jobs are most dangerous, because they require your full attention.”

“Which route should you take? That depends on how sure you are of what you want to do, how good you are at taking orders, how much risk you can stand, and the odds that anyone will pay (in your lifetime) for what you want to do. If you’re sure of the general area you want to work in and it’s something people are likely to pay you for, then you should probably take the organic route. But if you don’t know what you want to work on, or don’t like to take orders, you may want to take the two-job route, if you can stand the risk.”

“Constraints give your life shape. Remove them and most people have no idea what to do: look at what happens to those who win lotteries or inherit money. Much as everyone thinks they want financial security, the happiest people are not those who have it, but those who like what they do.”

Alain de Botton’s A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
http://youtu.be/MtSE4rglxbY

Hugh McLeod’s Ignore Everybody http://gapingvoid.com/ie/
As he says, 25% of the book is free to read here—and worth it; it’s a great enticement. My excerpts…

“1. Ignore everybody. The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you.”

“2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours. The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.”

“9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. You may never reach the summit; for that you will be forgiven. But if you don’t make at least one serious attempt to get above the snow-line, years later you will find yourself lying on your deathbed, and all you will feel is emptiness.”

“13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.”

“22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.”

 “…doing something seriously creative is one of the most amazing experiences one can have, in this or any other lifetime. If you can pull it off, it’s worth it. Even if you don’t end up pulling it off, you’ll learn many incredible, magical, valuable things. It’s NOT doing it when you know you full well you HAD the opportunity- that hurts FAR more than any failure.”

And here’s his life’s story, so far:
http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/000729.html

Words To Live By: 5 Timeless Commencement Addresses http://bit.ly/1x6BLSd

Steve Jobs’s 2005 Stanford commencement address, excerpts…

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

“…you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement address, excerpt…

“I stopped pretending to myself to be anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I believe I truly belonged.”

The Holstee Manifesto, excerpt…

“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit.”

Maria Popova

“The best cultural artifacts — the most compelling art, the smartest books, the most interesting films — didn’t begin with a business model, they began with a great idea, which in turn came from exploring the fringes of curiosity.”

Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life
http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/15/debbie-millman-look-both-ways-fail-safe/

Debbie Millman

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”

wisdom from Debbie Millman, quoted at BrainPickings.org

From http://www.brainpickings.org/ and Maria Popova, literary collector/curator of cultural wisdom from our time and the historical beyond.

NYC’s natural history: 400 years ago, today, tomorrow

Manahatta, by landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5955328-mannahatta?from_search=true
“…reconstructs…the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown (to) show what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago.”

Beyond Manahatta…
Welikia
http://welikia.org/
“The Wildlife Conservation Society launched the Welikia Project, an effort to document the historical ecology of all of New York City and compare it to the current biodiversity of the city; it includes materials…for the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. “Welikia” [way-LEE-ki-a] means “my good home” in Lenape, the Native American language spoken in the New York City region 400 years ago.”

See also:
Where do we go from here? The future of Manhattan…
https://www.mannahatta2409.org/

Bookstores in NYC

Manhattan unless specified…

McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St. NOLITA
Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton St. Brooklyn, FORT GREENE
Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St. Brooklyn, DUMBO/FULTON FERRY
Three Lives, 154 W. 10th St. WEST VILLAGE
Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave. Brooklyn, PARK SLOPE
Bookcourt, 163 Court St. Brooklyn, BOERUM HILL

As listed at http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/6-nyc-independent-bookstores-that-are-thriving.html?wpsrc=nymag

Also:
Strand, Broadway and 12th Street
Rizzoli, Broadway and 26th Street
St. Marks Bookstore, 31 Third Ave. EAST VILLAGE
Book Culture, Columbus and 82nd Street
Book Culture, Broadway and 112th Street