A post is a sprint. Keeping an active blog for years is a marathon.
A sales presentation is a sprint. Winning a sale and delivering the intended result is a marathon.
Infatuation is a sprint. A relationship is a marathon.
A sprint is a technique, part of a marathon.
There are many books about keeping the nose to the grindstone. A lot of rock’n’roll, too.
Jackson Browne’s The Pretender was always my favorite, until he did For A Dancer at Bill Graham’s memorial.
The problem is most of these commentaries tend to mushroom into a belief system, and then a behavior system, as adherents add paint jobs, and performance decals, and fuzzy dice to the frame.
Many of us have a fascination with the trappings of doing better work. Marc Andreessen called it “productivity prøn.” Finding a better way is worth celebrating.
Steven Pressfield wrote one of my favorite books this summer. The Profession is a very useful fiction. I decided to read his other books.
War of Art is not fiction. It is a stripped-down examination about the act of being productive.
It’s a three hour read that changed my understanding of what I do.
It has some amazing distinctions, like the difference between a fundamentalist and an artist, which have resorted a lot of what I believe.
A very useful book.