"Learning from doing has a much stronger hold onto me, than reading about it. I knew nothing about the world when I started, the further I go, the more I feel like I knew nothing, so I must keep going.
I remember the first night I spent at my apartment, where I still live (and am writing this now). My parents and sister helped me move my boxes of things into the space, and transport the boxes of unbuilt furniture up to my floor. With a pile of boxes in the middle, the Sun began to set, a view I would see many many times since from my westward windows. They hugged me goodbye, saying to let them know if I needed anything, and got back into their car. I remember the elevator ride up, the walk down the hall, as quiet and empty as ever, before walking onto my carpet.
If you focus all your attentive hours into only a small subset of your interests, you’ll see your abilities in other areas diminish. I’m certainly no proponent of the “10,000 hours” plan, but I think a concentrated regular practice is important for most progress in a given discipline. After all, they’re not referred to as disciplines because you can be lazy about them.
I’ve written a few times about tracking your time, but it’s difficult to know where to start. There’s nothing easier than putting it off, waiting for the “right moment” to start. Or after taking a day or two off, trying to find the right time to jump back in. I can’t tell you how often I’ve skipped two days in running, journaling, or any of my goals for the start of a new week, or for some arbitrary “sign”. It doesn’t get easier. Just start now.
Karl One Knausgård is a polarizing writer. While successful and known in Scandinavia after his first few releases, he received international acclaim upon the release and translations of his six-volume semi-autobiographical masterpiece, ‘My Struggle’. I can confirm that you will get weird stares reading this on the subway.
Even before I started writing seriously, I was a voracious reader. My Mom tells a story of my realization of my ability to read while on a trip along the highway, in which I read out the signs and storefronts we passed, to my parents great annoyance.
I had a ton of fun with the last interview of Rutherford, which you can check out here. And from the responses I got, you guys did too.
Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of becoming friends and meeting a lot of people through the internet, especially on Twitter. For all the vitriol and aggression you see online, I truly believe that it's a tool to be utilized to connect people with information and each other.