Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a s****y first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.
“The officers reacted heroically, I believe, and saved at least two lives,” he said. “When our officers went into that room… they knew they were going into a dangerous situation but felt compelled to because the believed there was a hostage.”
I feel proud and humbled to work with such fine men and women.
I’ve retained my longtime ritual of deciding the night before on the most important thing I can accomplish the next morning. That’s my first work activity most days, for 60 to 90 minutes without interruption. Afterward, I take a 10- to 15-minute break to quiet my mind and renew my energy.
The article is a good reminder of how much so many of our lives are driven by the Internet. (As I sit in the waiting room of the dentist reading my phone.) The quote is a good reminder for me to some deep and important work done first thing in the morning.