Cross-post from my LinkedIn profile.
I’ve written before about my fountain pen obsession. Although I use fountain pens every day, I haven’t done anything to clean and maintain them.
This weekend I decided to do the research to figure out how to give my pens a proper cleaning. In doing so, I learned the one of the biggest challenges in keeping fountain pens in perfect condition is when the ink dries. If unused for a long enough period of time, the ink stops flowing, turns solid, and you have to go to great pains to restore the pen to working order.
There’s an easy solution to this, however: don’t let the ink go dry!
It’s a simple idea with far-ranging applications:
- It’s hard to get back into shape when you’ve been lazy for so long.
- It’s hard to get back into the habit of writing every day when you’ve allowed yourself to prioritize other things.
- It’s hard to revive a meetup group that has gone dormant.
For all of these things, the easiest solution is to not let the ink go dry. To keep doing the things that are important to you.
The first in a series of posts highlighting meaningful advice from people I respect.
In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.
Kevin Smith takes risks. To make his first film Clerks, sold a large portion of his extensive comic book collection, maxed out eight to ten credit cards with $2,000 limits, dipped into a portion of funds set aside for his college education and spent insurance money awarded for a car he and a friend lost in a flood. (source: Wikipedia)
There was absolutely no guarantee that the movie would do well enough to cover the bet he made, but he took a shot at what he wanted to do.
The quote above is a simple, yet powerful one. Knowing that the clock is ticking, why not spend the time we have trying to reach our craziest of goals? In many cases I think it’s because we are afraid to fail – and we’re afraid what others will think of us if we do fail.
But I like Smith’s conclusion that there’s no excuse:
If you’re not working on what you love and trying to accomplish your dreams, there’s no one else to blame.