There are two patterns that I’ve noticed in my friends that are prolific and poetic writers.
According to an article in the New Yorker, “Moleskine-style” notebooks have been produced since the 1850’s, by small French bookbinding companies, and distributed in Paris bookstores. They were used by Picasso, Hemingway, Van Gogh, and the like. (“Moleskine” refers to the traditional oilcloth binding; moleskines are not made out of moles’ skins).
Every piece of career advice you’ll ever get talks about the value of a mentor.
Mentors in Conversations
Naturally, everybody who doesn’t have a mentor wants one.
So they approach potential mentors with emails about what they need. What they don’t realize is that the mentor-mentee relationship is something that occurs organically, when both of them have something of value to offer each other. All of the following are patterns I’ve observed over 700 plus interviews and conversations with friends about how people found their mentors.
The great thing about having a 12 week year is that the deadline is always near enough that you never lose sight of it.
Time Is the Most Valuable Asset at Your Disposal
You can always make more money. But the one thing you can never get back is your time. One of our biggest misconceptions about time is how long something should take. We don’t see that we are the ones who determine how long we think something will take. To our detriment, we usually overestimate the time and make slower progress towards our goals.