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Our economy has reached a logical conclusion. The race to make average stuff for average people in huge quantities is almost over. We’re hitting an asymptote, a natural ceiling for how cheaply and how fast we can deliver uninspiring work. Becoming more average, more quick, and more cheap is not as productive as it used to be. […] So, what’s lefts is to make - to give - art. What’s left is the generosity and humanity worth paying for. What’s left is to take the resistance (the very same resistance we embraced and rewarded for decades) and destroy it.

— Seth Godin, from Linchpin

Photo by Zalmy Berkowitz.

Photo by Zalmy Berkowitz.

Rush Hour by Fernando Livschitz

Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized that the more fun I had, the better I did it, and I thought, Well, that’s a job I can be proud of. I’d be proud to have that job, if I had to go to work and say, ‘No matter what my condition or what my mood is, no matter how I feel about what’s going on in my life, if I can relax myself and enjoy what I’m doing and have fun with it, then I can do my job really well.’ And it’s changed my life, learning that. And it’s made me better at what I do. I’m not the greatest or anything. But I really enjoy what I do.

— Bill Murray from ‘7 Steps To Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray' by Jada  Yuan.

Sonic Youth (with a very young Chloe Sevigny) - Sugar Kane

(Source: Brain Pickings) Ray Bradbury, on the Secret of Life, Work, and Love.

Photo by Geordie Wood.

Photo by Geordie Wood.

Photograph by Janine Mizera.

Photograph by Janine Mizera.

Beck by Autumn De Wilde.
It’s impossible to make art for everyone. There are too many conflicting goals and there’s far too much noise. Art for everyone is mediocre, bland, and ineffective. If you don’t pinpoint your audience, you end up making your art for the loudest, crankiest critics. And that’s a waste. Instead, focus on the audience that you choose, and listen to them, to the exclusion of all others. Go ahead and make this sort of customer happy, and the other guys can go pound sand.

Seth Godin from ‘Lynchpin