Rejection educates. Failure teaches. Both hurt. Only distraction comforts. And of these, only distraction can lead to destruction. Rejection and failure can nourish us, but wasted time is a tiny death. What determines whether we will succeed as creators is not how intelligent we are, how talented we are, or how hard we work, but how we respond to the adversity of creation.
— How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery
Valerie Geary says
Now…back to being creative…
Thank you for introducing me to this book.
Caroline, Thank you for sharing this succinct truth. The world, perhaps especially those of us in the United States, who are distracting ourselves to death, need to hear and respond to it. Creativity requires courage–it’s hard work.
This “Only distraction comforts. And of these, only distraction can lead to destruction.” is a brilliant reminder. Going [to] write now. Thanks!