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The Truth About Being a Rock Star, Composure is Natural, & Two Secrets for Generating Ideas (Reading Notes 6.19.18)

Resource: Rock stars have a boss?
Link: https://sivers.org/noboss

Thoughts/Reflections:

Everybody has a boss….even rock stars.

Having a boss is always a choice.

A boss is not a slavemaster. Slavemasters rule you by violence of the threat thereof. A boss is someone is authorized by your own agreement to enforce or reinforce standards you voluntarily agreed signed up for.

There is no such thing as a level of fame where you’re not accountable to someone or something other than yourself. And even then, it’s a matter of choice.

Having internal standards always results in having external accountability.

Quotes/Excerpts:

“I ran the music library at Warner/Chappell. It was a huge room, near the executives’ offices, and I had it all to myself. Rock stars would come into my room before or after their meetings, to wait or relax. Because I was just some nobody working in the library, they would often speak candidly. What surprised me was this: These rock stars’ biggest complaints were about the things they were forced to do, or not allowed to do! Things like, “I think the album is perfect and finished, but the label says they don’t hear a hit, so they’re making me co-write.” Or, “I wanted to make a video with this director I admire, but the label won’t let me.” I had always assumed that rock stars were the top of the food chain. It was weird to realize they had a boss! But that’s the trade-off when you sign away your rights.”

“But you only have a boss if you choose to! Nobody is making you serve these masters.”

“Of course, if you don’t want a boss, then everything is up to you. Less promotion, but more freedom. Less help, but keeping all your rights. Riding the back roads, not the highway. Serving no one but yourself. Never forget you have the choice.”

Resource: Marcus Aurelius on How Meeting Reality on Its Own Terms Helps Us Live Through Our Difficulties
Link: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/06/19/marcus-aurelius-universe/

Thoughts/Reflections:

We are part of nature. Whatever happens to us is part of nature. To alienate ourselves from life, others, or integrity due to the tough times that befall us is to behave unnaturally. We have a duty to ourselves and to nature to maintain composure at all times.

Quotes/Excerpts:

“It is a man’s duty to comfort himself and wait for the natural dissolution, and not to be vexed, but to find refreshment solely in these thoughts — first that nothing will happen to me which is not conformable to the nature of the universe; and secondly that I need do nothing contrary to the God and deity within me; for there is no man who can compel me to transgress. He is an abscess on the universe who withdraws and separates himself from the reason of our common nature, through being displeased with the things which happen. For the same nature produces these, and has produced thee too. And so accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable, because it leads to this, the health of the universe.”

Resource: The two simple secrets to good ideas
Link: https://seths.blog/2018/06/the-two-simple-secrets-to-good-ideas/

Thoughts/Reflections:

Give yourself permission to ship bad ideas. Shipping bad ideas improves overall efficiency and allows good ideas to eventually emerge.

Be generous. By doing things for others, you lower the sense of risk involved in putting your creative ideas out there. When you make it about yourself, it’s easier to be precious with your ideas.

Quotes/Excerpts:

Secret #1 is the biggest one: More bad ideas. The more bad ideas the better. If you work really hard on coming up with bad ideas, sooner or later, some good ideas are going to slip through. This is much easier than the opposite approach.

Secret #2 is more important: Generosity. It’s much easier and more effective to come up with good ideas for someone else. Much easier to bring a posture of insight and care on behalf of someone else. It lets you off the hook, too.

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