Luck, Excitement, & a Little Planning

Thinking about how I think about what I want in life and how I set out to get it, especially since I’m not a “goal setter”, here is something to think about:

“Habitually creative people are, in E.B. White’s phrase, ‘prepared to be lucky.’

The key words here are ‘prepared’ and ‘lucky.’ They’re inseparable. You don’t get lucky without preparation, and there’s no sense in being prepared if you’re not open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

Woody Allen said that eighty percent of success in show business is showing up. It’s the same with luck: eighty percent of it is showing up to see it.

Planning lets you impose order on the chaotic process of making something new, but when it’s taken too far you get locked into a status quo, and creative thinking is about breaking free from the status quo, even from one you made yourself. That’s why it’s vital to know the difference between good planning and too much planning.” (from The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp)

“Strive for Excitement! Instead of asking “What do I want or what are my goals” ask ‘What would excite me?’ “ Timothy Ferriss 

Go and be prepared to be lucky! Have an exciting week! -Maria

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