This chick is happy today.
It’s overcast and cool outside, we’ve had a little bit of rain yesterday and today and I’ve got coffee number 2 on my desk.
Aaah…. simple pleasures, right?
More than that, this weather totally makes me want to close off from the world and create.
Remember when you were a kid and you would lose track of time because you were in your own world?
Yea… that kind of creativity.
That kind of creativity where you look up and realize “what the bucket? where did the last two hours go?”
But the truth of it is that you don’t really care because you know you just created something pretty dang awesome (or magical… personally I’ll run with magical, being the Harry Potter fan that I am).
What if you could consciously create that in your own life, on a regular basis?
Over the last few months I feel like somehow I’ve ‘woken up’. There have been massive changes in my personal life and my business. I can feel the shift and am starting to reap the rewards for it. The beauty is that none of it was because of one BIG thing.
It’s been small, consistent action that has made all the difference in the world.
Which is why I have to recommend Dan Norris’ new book, Create or Hate.
I’ve read Dan’s other books (well… I have his Operation Brewery on how he started his Microbrewery, but haven’t read that one yet. But I have read The 7 Day Startup & Content Machine… both excellent books) and have always kind of wondered if Dan actually sleeps.
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There is a TON that I loved about this book (he has some epic quotes from some great minds that I had to copy down for future social sharing), but mostly I loved the human element.
He consciously chose not to write a book about success because it’s “random and unpredictable.” I was hooked when he shared that most successful people don’t even know how they became successful and that they usually say “it’s because of “hard work”… they think they work harder than other people who aren’t as successful. In truth, they probably don’t – you are probably working just as hard.”
As an ex-hustler you probably know how much this resonated with me. #FtheHustle
AND.. he even recommends rest. Getting away from the same environment (going for a walk) and changing things up a bit.
No where does he say you need to ‘outwork’ everyone else.
We’re ALL creative.
It’s just a matter of finding where we need to be creating.
Here’s one of the quotes from the book:
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
—Henry David Thoreau
Like the rest of his books before this one, Dan has launched it on Amazon for free for the first 5 days. You can download the Kindle version and it won’t cost you a penny.
Not a bad deal, right?
I’ll be getting the paperback version as well (please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?) because I want to highlight it.. take notes in it. And really… there are certainly worse habits I could have than buying two versions of the same book, right?
Now I’m off to do a little creating of my own.