I hope to learn from this.

Question everything.

Write more. Care less.

Overcome fear.

Tame perfectionism.

Unleash creativity.

Fail safely.

Find my voice.

Create awareness.

Connect with people.

Permission to do what you believe will make you happy

Does doing something for oneself make one selfish?


Everyone is doing what they believe will make them happy. Failing to do what makes you happy is falling into the unselfishness trap.

It is exclusively our job to do what makes us happy.

Do you want to make someone happy? Go to it — use your talents and your insight and benevolence to bestow riches of happiness upon the one person you understand well enough to do it efficiently — yourself. I guarantee that you’ll get more genuine appreciation from yourself than from anyone else.

Give to you.

Support your local self.

– Harry Browne, 1973

Failing to make ourselves happy is what Harry called the Unselfishness Trap in his life-changing book How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World (1973).

The Process is the Reward

I enjoy writing and have written at different times in my life. Writing and all creativity are forms of self-expression. If I write and no one reads the words; did I write? Yes indeed, for the process of creation is the reward.

In most all creative endeavours I find myself at times in “flow”. I forget my “self” and thus allow consciousness to flow forth.

These ideas were formalised by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his original work on flow and his later book Flow (1990).

A state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.

– Csikszentmihalyi, 1990

Overcome Fear

I have wanted to share my voice with the world for years, doing so only sporadically. There was always a reason to put it off. Fear of what others may think? Perhaps fear of rejection. Is it really better to die with many ideas, thoughts and magic unformed into creation?

Failure is growth.

The obstacle is the way.

When we choose to share our creation, we express a deeper need to connect with people.

Contributing and creating doesn’t just make you feel alive, it keeps you alive.

James Clear

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making better mistakes: a journey of self-knowledge through experimentation, failure and growth

1 Comment

Ultramel · 17th February 2019 at 7:29 pm

Good luck on your learning journey! 🙂

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