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Days Seventeen and Eighteen: Perhaps I Have A Solution To Entering "High Creative Mode"

"Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here." -- Inscription on the Gates of Hell, Dante Alighieri's "Inferno"

The worthy detour? I think I've got a formula for "High Creative Mode"... just it's not particularly consistently effective yet, and it's playing a pretty high stakes game. On Day Seventeen, I made my first crack at applying it, and had an incredible day. I wrote a 5000-word piece, that after editing and getting the ending right, I think could be amazingly fantastic. Just writing it was a joy.

Following from that, I was walking on air for the rest of the day.

In Day Eighteen, I attempted the same thing, and fell short. This was maddening, and the whole day was aggravating. I think I've got a rough formula for High Creative Mode, but it doesn't produce 100% results. And when it fails, it's pretty ugly, at least so far.

I kept detailed notes on both days, much more fleshed out than usual. There's more stream-of-consciousness. They're... honestly, a little weird. You can evaluate for yourself:

Why Failure Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

On David Paul Krug

When I was younger I had a lot of success. Success that came too easy. You might wonder why that's a bad thing. But sometimes success shields you from what you are really good at, or what you really want out of life. At 32, almost 33 I'm a much different person than I was 10 years ago. Yet, 10 years ago success came about as easy as picking apples out of apple trees. I couldn't do any wrong. I build websites and they took off. They made  a lot of money. But without a strong foundation in my life that money, and that success did not last. 

Then came failure. 

You might think I'm crazy but failure was the best thing that ever happened to me. Over the course of a few failures it shaped my soul, it shaped my mind, it created a narrower field of focus. It created a deeper desire in my heart. It helped me find myself. I was not the product of success, nor failure. All of that comes from within me. 

I realized that I had sacrificed part of who I was to achieve success, and failure was my way of bringing balance back to my life. It made me realize there's a lot of me to work on still. It made me realize that I could be the architect and designer of my life. That I didn't have to take every opportunity and run with it. 

It made me realize that with hard work, with desire, and with passion that I could create opportunities out of nothing. That my greatest talent, my greatest skill was my ability to create. And the world turned upside down again. 

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