magic“Four years before I had written Soldiers’ Pay. It didn’t take long to write and it got published quickly and made me about five hundred dollars. I said, Writing novels is easy. You don’t make much doing it, but it is easy. I wrote Mosquitoes. It wasn’t quite so easy to write and it didn’t get published quite as quickly and it made me about four hundred dollars. I said, Apparently there is more to writing novels, being a novelist, than I thought. I wrote Sartoris. It took much longer, and the publisher refused it at once. But I continued to shop it about for three years with a stubborn and fading hope, perhaps to justify the time which I had spent writing it. This hope died slowly, though it didn’t hurt at all. One day I seemed to shut a door between me and all publishers’ addresses and book lists. I said to myself, Now I can write. Now I can make myself a vase like that which the old Roman kept at his bedside and wore the rim slowly away with kissing it. So I, who had never had a sister and was fated to lose my daughter in infancy, set out to make myself a beautiful and tragic little girl.” – William Faulkner, An Introduction to The Sound and The Fury

I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “art for art’s sake.” I’ve always considered it to be one of the most crucial stages any artist must go through.

It’s easier said than done, mostly because we feel life’s a competition. We play to win, and the pleasure of simply playing the game is not enough. Continue reading

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The impossible journey

one_wordWhen I first started this blog back in April 2012 I had absolutely no plan whatsoever. I had tried blogging for a few weeks back in January 2011, but it didn’t work out because I couldn’t find any readers.

The thing is, the Internet is pretty much a bizarre world. Yes, you’ve got millions and millions of people, so the potential is there, but at the same time you can’t stop asking yourself how on Earth are all these people going to find you among so many others who are doing kind of the same thing?

So, instead of focusing your time and energy on what you’re doing, you keep trying to find something unique and brilliant, something no one else has ever thought of doing before. Continue reading

Fail and keep failing

“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

The bitter truth is that no one who’s good at something knows much about why they’re good. The secret got lost after thousands and thousands of failures. The thing is, they subconsciously know it’s simple: you fail and keep failing until you get better. And then you fail some more.

All you need is a strong enough reason to keep failing. Continue reading

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“You cannot dream yourself into a character. You must hammer and forge yourself one.” – Froude

There are so many things I want to do. I honestly believe that I can put a dent in the Universe. I want that. I want to change things. To achieve greatness.

I want my words to mean something. I want to inspire others. I want to leave something behind.

But most of all, I want to be the proof that anything is possible. That circumstances can be beaten, that one can overcome adversity by sheer power of will

I struggle. Yes. It is difficult. I have to fight for even the most basic of things.

I want to hustle every day for the rest of my life; that is the only way to become better than I used to be.

Quotes don’t work unless you do.

You’ll never be rich enough to pay someone else to do your push-ups for you.

Words are nice and they mean a lot, but we should never forget that actions speak louder than words. And, ultimately, we are the sum total of our choices, not our words.

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Never retreat, never surrender. Never give up.

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We are not defined by our trials, but by how we face them. We are all afraid; bravery is a choice, that though you may lose, you shall never be defeated.” – Jill Anzinger

Imagine how your life would look like if you wouldn’t be afraid. How you’d act, talk, walk, pursue your dreams…

But fear exists; like a dark shadow, always waiting around the corner.

The thing is, fear is just an illusion. It’s a self imposed limit.

Fear can be faced and defeated.
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Darkest Hour

inspirational-quotes-motivational-quotes-quote-motivation-inspiration101-CopyThey say we are born with only two fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.

How many fears do you have right now? How are these fears preventing you from achieving your goals? Living the life you’ve imagined? Being who you’ve always wanted to be?

I think that we are all born great. Invincible. Our thirst for knowledge insatiable. But I also believe that we encounter setbacks, temporary defeats we misinterpret as permanent and grow weary. We become afraid. Continue reading

Work of Art

You.

Yes, you.

You are a work of art.

You are beautiful. You are the only part of this Universe capable of understanding itself. You are the only part of this Universe that is capable of creating beauty by sheer power of will.

You are art.

You are beauty.

You are grace.

You can become who you want to be, do what you want, change and change again. You can conquer the most inhospitable places in the world, you can travel the sees, conquer the empty space between stars.

But you often forget, don’t you?

You get so busy “living” life that you have no time left to witness the magnificent beauty of your own being.

You have no time to admire the beauty around you.

You have no time.

A shame, really. Because you must never forget that you are a work of art.

You are the most advanced being nature has created. You are the only part of nature that can create art.

What does that make you?