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Common Discourse is a project designed to help others (and ourselves) think through creativity, focus, and intentional work—from Alex Tan & Alice Otieno.
Every Tuesday we share words from a journal, a few ideas, a quote from somebody else, and links worth sharing. On Fridays we invite a guest to share images from their camera roll and a sound that resonates with them. Words from the Journal come once a month.
Saving my breath for a journal we’re publishing this week. Here’s the first one we wrote earlier this year in case you missed it.
A few ideas
Some of our greatest moments in life are not pleasant, successful, or positive in the moment, but feel the most rewarding in hindsight.
Trying to make ends meet financially. The first run of marathon training. The early days of starting a new business.
When it feels pointless to keep going, just remember that there’s a lot of good waiting for you on the other side.
In retrospect, the moments of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
II. BEATING CREATIVE BLOCKS
A photographer doesn't photograph because they forgot how to operate the camera and a writer doesn't stop writing because they are struggling to type.
Makers don't have a problem with doing. We have issues living with bad or imperfect work.
The best way to address this isn’t to wait to be perfect. Because if you wait, you’ll never get there.
The best way to deal with it is to do more, and to realize that your bad work isn’t fatal.
Like with everything else, we only get better with time.
III. BEGIN AGAIN
One way to beat perfectionism out of you is to begin again.
Start something new. Find something, anything, that you completely suck at.
Learn to leave with the results. Learn to show up again. Learn what it means to talk yourself through it.
Learn, learn, learn…
A quote from somebody else
“What I’m saying is this: You are born with this weird interiority that no one else can see. You can’t see it either at first. But if you run enough experiments you get a sense of how that inner space behaves. In particular, you can figure out which types of people can fuse with your interiority and expand it. You will not be able to explain how this fusion works. So don’t do it. But when the interiorities do fuse: notice how things are set in motion.”
Links worth sharing
🌊 Shaped by Water, a Google Design Studio installation in collaboration with artist Lachlan Turczan that explores the role water plays on our planet.
👁 What I See When My Eyes Are Closed, is an online data visualization project that documents the approximate colors seen by users when their eyes are closed. What colours do you see, when your eyes are closed?
🍎 Steve Jobs, Make Something Wonderful Archive documents the life, work, and many inspirational words Steve Jobs shared, that have gone on to shape some of the greatest products we see today.
🔬Last week we introduced the Research & Development vertical of the studio, a space we have been steadily building for the last 2 years. MWRC is a place for exploration, in search of something that doesn’t quite exist yet.
🫖 Collector Systems is a collaborative archive of objects by Heath Ceramics and Edith Heath Foundation.
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