A manifesto for a happy creative life Eric Karjaluoto on the importance of practice. “People often confuse doodling with practice. Good practice isn’t solely about doing what you want, or what feels good. To improve, you need to force yourself to do work that’s challenging, and perhaps beyond your current capabilities.” The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready James Clear on the most important habit of successful people. “It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.” People simply empty out Charles Bukowski on life and full time employment. “To not to have entirely wasted one's life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.” The 30/30 principle Eric Karjaluoto on side projects. “I’m employing The 30/30 Principle because I don’t believe in lucky breaks. I believe in work, consistency, and reasonable expectations. I’m not building the next Instagram, nor am I aspiring for our agency to be the next Ogilvy. I just want to build things.” Probably my biggest mistake Shane Reiser on job decisions. “I read that humans spend more of their waking lives at work than not at work. I know now that when it comes to making decisions about your job, these are the things that matter, in this order: 1) Does it make you happy? 2) Does it positively impact others? 3) How awesome are the people you’ll work with? 4) [lots of other things] 5) How much it pays” Passive income hacker vs startup guy Myles Recny on different points of view on work. “[...] He suspects that passive income hacker is not someone who lives to work, and is not passionate about startups. He suspects they have wildly different goals, and that he has nothing to gain from interacting with passive income hacker.” Make it count Harry Roberts on not wasting your time. “If you’re going to take on side projects and speaking and writing and open source and suchlike then please, make them fucking count. Do not run yourself into the ground working on ‘career moves’ if you’re not going to cash in on them.” Existential depression in gifted individuals James Webb on “existential depression among gifted young people” and how to fight it. “In such depression, gifted children typically try to find some sense of meaning, some anchor point which they can grasp to pull themselves out of the mire of "unfairness." Often, though, the more they try to pull themselves out, the more they become acutely aware that their life is finite and brief, that they are alone and are only one very small organism in a quite large world, and that there is a frightening freedom regarding how one chooses to live one's life.” The trap Eric Karjaluoto on freedom. “Yesterday, I received “that” call. I get a similar one every six months, or so. This call was from a high-level creative person working in a very large agency (you know the name—it’s one of the old, big ones). He was sick of it: the petty office politics, the inefficiencies of working in a company of hundreds, and the toiling over campaigns for consumer products that amounted to little of anything. He dreaded that for all the aspirations he started with, the design he produced was largely meaningless.” Don’t panic Great excerpt from “The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development” book from Chad Fowler’s blog. “Heroes never panic. They’re always the people who can have a nuclear bomb dropped on their city or crash in an airplane and manage to organize a group, help the survivors, outsmart the enemy, or at least just not break down in tears.”