You get to choose how you paint

June 8, 2015

Garbage in, garbage out.
Good stuff in, good stuff out.

I’ve wondered how Tolkien wrote The Lord of The Rings.
Or why Michael Jordan worked so hard & was so good at basketball.

Warren Buffett says that everyone gets a canvas to paint their painting.
His happens to be Berkshire Hathaway.

Whatever goes in your head will eventually come out.
It’s like pouring a bunch of red paint into your cup.
Eventually, it will overflow.

If a person never saw you pouring the paint, nor your cup, he may wonder how the red colored droplets got on the carpet.

I think that’s how it is with the successful folk.
Tolkien probably read a lot. So he wrote a lot.
His canvas was books.

For George Lucas, it was movies.

And there are many canvases in the world.
Singing, dancing, writing, acting, painting, making videos, running a business, playing basketball, designing iphones, making electric cars.

Don’t worry about finding your canvas.
It will find you.
Like Jeff Bezos says: you don’t choose your passions, your passions choose you.

You get to choose how you paint.
Whatever you put in your head will eventually leak out for the rest of us to see.

Make the best out of your canvas and paint something good.

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A. “In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiography, Franklin listed his thirteen virtues as:”
1. Temperance
2. Silence
3. Order
4. Resolution
5. Frugality
6. Industry
7. Sincerity
8. Justice
9. Moderation
10. Cleanliness
11. Tranquility
12. Chastity
13. Humility – thirteenvirtues.com

B. Amazon Core Values
C. Zappos Core Values
D. Cultivating an Unshakeable Character (audio) – Jim Rohn
E. Warren Buffett on cultivating good character (video) – beginning part of speech starting at 4:24