Book Quote (12/17/12)

From chapter 3 in Stephen Altrogge’s Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff:

The folks who are the most productive and creative are the ones who are always getting started. They have a bias toward action. Toward movement. Toward pushing ahead. They don’t wait for the stars to align or the house to be perfectly quiet. They don’t wait for everyone to approve their idea and tell them how great it is. They just do it. (Kindle location 232/724)

Chapter 4 is entitled “Be Okay with Being Okay,” and I found a lot to chew on here. This is especially related to the quotes from chapter 2 about fear:

It’s a ridiculous line of thinking but it’s a trap that tends to snag artists. For some reason we think that we should be masters from the start. That there shouldn’t be much hard work. That we either have it or we don’t. We tend to treat creativity like magic: we should be able to summon it at will. (Kindle location 278/724

You’re going to stink in the beginning. In fact, you might really stink. But that’s fine. It’s okay. Get used to being lousy for a while. (Kindle location 283/724

This brings us back to the question of identity. Is your identity wrapped up in your ability to be a poet or blogger or sales manager, or is your identity wrapped up in Christ? If your identity is somehow tied to the things that you create you will not be okay with being lousy. Because being lousy can be pretty embarrassing. (Kindle location 294/724)

Trying to be perfect all the time takes the fun out of creativity. You’re not going to be perfect in the beginning, and you’ll be far from perfect by the time your creative career comes to end. So be okay with being okay. Because hopefully, someday, you’ll be better than okay. (Kindle location 334/724)

I don’t know how regular this feature will be, but I thought I’d share some quotes from the books I’m reading. I present these with the understanding that I do not necessarily endorse all of an author’s positions in this particular book or in his/her writing in general. These are quotes which I found interesting, provocative, well-written, or worthy of sharing in some other way.


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