Does it make you happy? Work I mean. Are you content with your lot? Our western industrialised culture says that you shouldn’t be. To be content, to be happy where you are equals lack of ambition and stagnation. “Become a better version of you!” The 30-something internet self-development man says. To be ambitious in the modern sense is to believe in a future where life is better somewhere other than here and now Therefore life is not good where we are.
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Welcome to the Sunday Letters archive where you can read all past issues of the weekly Sunday Letters publication. Sunday Letters goes out weekly to subscribers to my material. Each week I try to present to you a different perspective of the world in which we live and work in an effort to encourage you to perhaps think differently about yourself and develop the courage to follow your creative passions. Subscribe free to get Sunday Letters each week.
Last Tuesday I paid a visit to Eddie Doherty, Handweaver in a small town called Adara, Co. Donegal on the northwest coast of Ireland. I had been in his shop a few days before, just browsing, not looking for anything in particular. When I saw the set-up, I immediately thought that a conversation between us would make a good episode for the Podcast.
I received an email the other day that promised me “success hacks”, shortcuts, quick fixes to the realisation of my dreams. “Ooh, wonderful!” I said. “Finally, the solution I’ve been looking for. God knows I’ve tried so many”. “Maybe this one will work”. Or maybe not.
Having many creative ideas is something that many people wish they had, but for others, too many creative ideas can be accompanied by overwhelm. As a result, we do nothing. Or maybe we try everything and end up with a scattered or diluted focus.
This week on Sunday Letters I’m discussing the subject of propaganda, of public relations. I’m looking at the practice undertaken by corporations and governments the world over to engineer the consent of the masses towards their aims. Download the 1928 book titled; Propaganda, by the controversial figure, Edward L. Bernays.
In today’s episode, I’m discussing two books, the first one is called Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and is an exploration into what makes us happy, and the second, The Road to Excellence; The Acquisition of Expert Performance. Listen to the full episode on The Daily Larb Podcast.
The following article, The Timeless Creative Mind, is an excerpt from a chapter titled “Timeless Creativity” (working title) from the forthcoming paperback, The Artist’s Manifesto. Find out how you can support the publication of this book and receive your free paperback and audiobook version.