You Aren’t Lazy or Untalented. Your Environment is Wrong

Your success has less to do with you “trying harder” and more to do with the expectations placed upon you.

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Can you guess which of these paintings belongs to Braque and which belongs to Picasso?

Talent is a big deal. Environment matters more.

1) Respect your environment’s role in the first place

“It is the Western way to isolate and decontextualize, whether that be variables in a science lab, or ourselves.”

“You need a sealed space, an environment that is not home, not the office. You need a place you can walk into and your brain says ‘Ah! I know what we do here.’”

2) Carry around a notebook 24/7

“The second you move an idea from the cerebral atmosphere of your neurons to the concrete plane of your notebook, you free up working memory for more ideas.

The process for imagining an idea is different from the process of developing an idea is different than the process of executing on an idea. They each deserve their own space.”

3) Stop throwing stuff away

“Tyler takes the piano, rippling the keys with a song from Avalon…my very first musical, which has rested dormant for nearly ten years…Now, it may have life after all. I think to myself the secret lies in never throwing anything away.”

4) Be around creative people

Please understand this: your success will likely have less to to do with “trying harder” and more to do with the expectations placed upon you (directly or indirectly) by those whom you are closest.

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An optimist who writes. www.toddbrison.com/infinite-ideas

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