– James Salter, from The Art of Fiction No. 133
– Anne Lammot, Bird By Bird
"Self-consciousness, however, does hinder the experience of the present. It is one instrument that unplugs all the rest. So long as I lose myself in a tree, say, I can scent its leafy breath or estimate its board feet of lumber, I can draw its fruits or boil tea on its branches, and the tree stays tree. But the second I become aware of myself at any of these activities — looking over my own shoulder, as it were — the tree vanishes, uprooted from the spot and flung out of sight as if it had never grown. And time, which had flowed down into the tree bearing new revelations like floating leaves at every moment, ceases. It dams, stills, stagnates.
Self-consciousness is the curse of the city and all that sophistication implies. It is the glimpse of oneself in a storefront window, the unbidden awareness of reactions on the faces of other people — the novelist’s world, not the poet’s.”
-Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim At Tinker Creek, pg. 82
If you can just loosen your grip, it all works out. Mostly, at least.
And I’m the biggest skeptic of that to the point that I almost wish it wasn’t true, but I’m pretty sure it’s true. And I hope it is because it’s much easier that way. You know, it’s one or two or twelve less things on my plate.
Now if I can just bear it in mind the rest of today and tomorrow and the day after that I’ll be good.
It could happen.
Letting go of worry, of doing so much, of the desire to communicate every little thing, of having to be known in the way I want to be known, of building the world I see in my mind.
None of it matters because, when it comes down to it, we have control over so little. Holding on to what we think we have control over is effort in vain, exhaustion, a chasing after the wind, meaningless.
If you can just loosen your grip, it all works out. Mostly, at least. I think.
If businesses aren’t happy with Marketing, my guess is, it’s less about expectations and communication between departments, and more about the speed at which technology and tools are changing, and the failure of either the Marketing department or the organization enabling the Marketing department to keep up with new trends and/or try new ways of connecting with customers.
The “communication” breakdown might happen over the inability to talk about and report on theses new ways of doing business if, indeed, Marketing is innovating in the way(s) it needs to be to meet the demands of the changing marketplace.
To keep up the pace and also to tell the success stories in a manner that is not only simple and thorough is modern Marketing at its very best, but not always given time and space to be done right.
There are huge demands on today’s marketer to understand these new tools and methods. To have conversations that matter, start with that knowledge. Understand the demands so that conversations can take place that are beneficial.
As long as technology continues to change at rapid speed, organizations who wish to keep up will have to leave expectations of “old ways” at bay and be open to new ways of reporting and presenting on this information. Stories, case studies, etc.
Today’s Marketing is not yesterday’s marketing. The conversation has changed. The conversation will keep changing.
"When we consider that each of us has only ONE LIFE TO LIVE isn’t it rather tragic to find men and women, with brains capable of comprehending the stars and the planets, talking about the weather; men and women, with HANDS CAPABLE OF CREATING WORKS OF ART, using those hands only for routine tasks; men and women, capable of INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, using their minds as a bowling-alley for popular ideas; men and women, capable of GREATNESS, wallowing in mediocrity; men and women, capable of SELF-EXPRESSION, slowly dying a mental death while they babble the confused monotone of the mob?
For you, LIFE CAN BE A SUCCESSION OF GLORIOUS ADVENTURES. Or it can be a monotonous bore.
Take your choice!”
"Deliberate practice, by its nature, must be hard. When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend. … Regular practice simply isn’t enough. To improve, we must watch ourselves fail, and learn from our mistakes."
zoom in on practice
the quality of practice
the harmony of it being thoughtful
the practice of being
asymmetrical when expressed
– Jay-Z from Made in America
Charles Bukowski (via jesscolumbo)
"…we don’t need no stinkin’ badges anymore…what we have is the ability to let our work speak for itself. " -Seth Godin
Let’s be honest. Vegas is a workout. All those people, lights, smoke and sounds? It’s a serious drain on all the senses. And let’s not talk about how hot it is there, okay? I don’t really understand the appeal of any weather that literally feels like stepping inside the hottest oven of life, but who…