ABOUT LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION, AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS
For writers and thinkers, artists and creators
Our work is changing (from information to knowledge)
Our tools are changing (from attention to creation)
Our focus is changing (from time spent to quality time)
On the other hand, maybe those things aren’t changing at all.
We sometimes have 👇 relationship with our tools:
Other times we have 👇 relationship with our tools:
The nature of these relationships hasn’t changed for centuries (though the character of these relationships changes every day).
I admire people who get above the noise and live in a magical way — people who change themselves from consumers into better and more prolific creators. 🧙♀️🧙♂️
The Everybody Letter is for readers and thinkers, creators and artists. It’s inspired by people who share in the spirit of helping others. I invite you (and everybody) to help create the Everybody Letter!
Is it not a curious fact that in a world steeped in irrational hatreds, men and women – old and young – detach themselves from the angry current of daily life to devote themselves to the cultivation of beauty, to the extension of knowledge, to the cure of disease … just as though fanatics were not simultaneously engaged in spreading pain, ugliness, and suffering? … The world has always been a sorry and confused sort of place – yet poets and artists and scientists have ignored the factors that would, if attended to, paralyze them. From a practical point of view, intellectual and spiritual life is, on the surface, a useless form of activity, in which men indulge because they procure for themselves greater satisfactions than are otherwise obtainable. In this paper I shall concern myself with the question of the extent to which the pursuit of these useless satisfactions proves unexpectedly the source from which undreamed-of utility is derived.
-Abraham Flexner, “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge,” Harpers, 1939