Today's book nugget is extracted from... The Lean Startup by Eric Ries Use the above link to buy the book through Amazon, and The Pizza Bats will receive a commission.
Have you ever heard the advice to "think of your life as if it is your favorite movie, and you are the leading role?" It's supposed to encourage us to dream big and have a fulfilling and eventful life, but the thing about cinema is that traditionally it only shows the really juicy, exciting stuff, and the hard work that gets us there is skipped over using a motivational song and a montage.
The Lean Startup is about being an entrepreneur inside of a startup. But in true Pizza Bats form, I choose to believe that you can apply the rules of business to any passion project in your life.
"I have learned from both my own successes and failures and those of many others that it's the boring stuff that matters the most."
What kind of stuff is considered boring to other people that will propel your world ahead? In what ways have successful people before you developed methods to make themselves more efficient? When we talk about lifestyle, we often call this routine.
In the same way that learning business has enhanced my ability to express myself creatively, more organization in my daily life has helped me better understand the difference between relaxation and working.
I think this is why a lot of artists struggle with creating content. If we wait until we are inspired in order to create, then we're avoiding the boring-ness. I think that this comes at a large cost. If we can fit a time of productivity into a box, then we start to build the habit every day and our experience expands within that time frame.