wendy {dot} blog

A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Inspiration

Here you’ll find things that might just make you heave a big sigh and whisper “Oooh, that’s so deep!” or possibly slap yourself in the forehead and shout “That’s GENIUS!” At minimum, I hope to at least give you the kick in the seat of the pants that you need to go out and BE AWESOME!

Lessons from Bill Walsh

I’ve been on a personal/professional development reading kick recently and I just finished reading The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership. Co-written by Bill Walsh and Steven Jamison, it’s an interesting combination of football field-meets-boardroom. To be sure, there are many parallels between coaching a winning football team and a winning business team. However,

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Do you have the “right stuff”?

I just started reading Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars today and came across this passage*: Here’s the other thing that’s changed since the heyday of space exploration. Crews aboard [space craft] are two to three times the size of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo crews, and the mission spans weeks or months, not days. This makes the Mercury-era “right stuff” the wrong stuff. Astronauts have to be people that play well […]

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Art and the Art of Noise

I came across an article in the October issue of Mental Floss (one of my fave magazines) about the role that ambient noise plays in fostering creativity. The article says this: According to a University of Chicago study, moderate noise helps creativity by slowing down the speed at which we process information. The lag keeps us from fixating, prompts abstract thinking, and even provides a healthy dose of mind wandering. […]

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The Secret Ingredient to Success

After reading the article that inspired this post on what it takes to be a writer, I was reminded of something I read several years ago on the most important predictor of success. You might think the secret to being successful is talent or intelligence. Or maybe it’s having a jumpstart with a good education or a big bank account. Or maybe it’s all a matter of luck—you know, being […]

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Perversity of Spirit

Talent is the least important thing about a writer, compared to a love of books, which must be deep and abiding.

The only thing a writer really needs is perversity of spirit, the emotional equivalent of a cartoon character’s bouncy springiness, so that after being run over or blown up—or, in the case of the writer, rejected, then rejected some more—the writer is irrationally unfazed by even the most valid criticism and continues with the work of being a writer, magically unharmed.

~Rufi Thorpe on what it takes to be a writer (Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2014)