Labor not talent

There are plenty of ra-ra-ra motivational gurus around but the only one I listen to is Steven Pressfield, a consummate novelist but also author of seven “how to write: craft and motivation” books. His latest, which I’ve just begun reading, is Put Your Ass (Where Your Heart Wants to Be), and it is exactly what it sounds like … and genuinely stimulating.

Pressfield also has a blog on his website. The latest morsel is entitled “Talent is B.S.” and it’s a corker. Listen (words he takes from one of his novels but based on advice he was given): “Appreciate life. Never complain. Work hard and do your best.”

I need nothing more or less than that right now.

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