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    "Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all."
    Emily Dickinson, posted by Daniel

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The work of top creatives isn’t dependent upon motivation or creative inspiration, but rather it follows a consistent pattern and routine. It's the mastering of daily habits that leads to success, not some mythical spark of creative inspiration.

~ James Clear
 
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When it comes to ideas, most people overestimate the risk of piracy, and underestimate the price of obscurity.

—Mike Trap
 

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Many of the “gurus” of popular culture get to where they are because they appear to be transformationally gifted when in fact they have little that is both new and useful to offer.

~ Robert J. Sternberg
 

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"People think I'm disciplined. It's not discipline. It's devotion. There is a great difference."

~ Luciano Pavarotti
 

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“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” —Eckhart Tolle
 

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“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”

– George Lois
 

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“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut
 

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Vonnegut faced a lot of obstacles in his life and career, including a lifelong struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts (more common in writers and poets and other creative individuals than most people realize) and divorce from his wife of several years when she became a born-again Christian which put the two at odds over his atheism.

Beyond his marriage, he was deeply affected when his son Mark suffered a mental breakdown in 1972, which exacerbated Vonnegut's chronic depression, and led him to take Ritalin. When he stopped taking the drug in the mid-1970s, he began to see a psychologist weekly.


I don't know anything about what type of therapy he was given but the choice of Ritalin as medication may have been unfortunate.
 

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A previous psychiatrist in Florida let me try a stimulant (Provigil) at my request to see if it would help with anything. After the first dose and feeling palpitations, I lost all interest in anything more stimulating than coffee.
 

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“If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.”

~ Jung
 

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"The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to a new creative movement. Awe is what moves us forward."

"We have a paradox. Going into the deepest aspects of inner space connects you with something that is the most vital for the outer realm."

~ Joseph Campbell
 

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“We can make the most of our short experience of life, actually, and to live it fully, to exist as a separate, creative individual, we have to differentiate in those ways.”

~ Robert Firestone, Ph.D.
 

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