“I live just about as much during the day as a trapeze performer does when he is on the bars — it’s catch the right bar at the right minute, or into the net you go” – Willa Cather
Keeping on the theme from earlier in the week, I thought I would share some links to videos and reads about taking risks and getting just a little uncomfortable (in a good way) that I have found inspiring and motivating.
The quote above is from a beautiful, insightful, eerily prescient letter by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather, which features in this great Brainpickings piece about the tradeoff between productivity and creativity; about how being busy can be a distraction from delving deep into what it is you really want to do.
The one question you should ask about every new job.
“Embrace discomfort as a path to freedom and integrity”: Interesting piece on Psychology Today.
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety”: Wise words, and a cute print.
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” This beautifully animated Ted Ed vid shows that you have more in common with Katniss Everdeen than you think.
I have such a woman crush on Paola Antonelli, who has been a curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York for over 20 years and doesn’t shy away from risk (she famously brought Pac-Man to MoMA). In this great talk for 99u, she discusses why we should try to embrace, and not fear, failure and rejection.
“Our fear of messing up should give way to the only real danger there is: that of never trying.” On confidence.
What is it you want to dive into? What breadcrumbs are calling for you to follow them?
Have a lovely, restful (cosy!) weekend.
Top pic: Mademoiselle Banvard, 1907 (Frederick Glasier), found here.