Wish I'd seen this 20 years ago

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Albert Einstein.”
~H. Jackson Brown

Of course, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Einstein did not have the lure of the internet to eat up their hours, like magic, and if they closed a door to work, there were no beeps or buzzers able to reach them.

But the point still holds.

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  • keith

    Lure of the internet?

    Maybe…

    But, you did not have Pope Julian 2 asking you every 5 mins “…when is my dang tomb going to be done…” or “…you’re gonna have to paint a fig leaf on Adam…”

  • Annie

    Thanks…I needed that!

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Yes, but no matter how much time I have, I still don’t have Pasteur’s, Michelangelo’s, Leonardo’s or Einstein’s brain. Seems to me that not all time is equally productive. ;)

  • Barbara

    Agreeing with Manny – on time not being equally productive.

  • Joseph Marshall

    As far as Mike and Leo go, I’d have to disagree. Neither you nor I have patrons willing to fork out the cash needed to keep us flat on our backs up in the air painting the ceiling, for however long it takes.

    Also, consider how much time it takes in an auto to go anywhere you MUST go to do work and make money. Thomas Jefferson had his lap desk to work on inside the carriage, but he could do it without being a danger to himself or others. Time in transit now is simply time lost. In many ways, the Internet, if used with discretion and discipline, has actually returned much lost time to us.

    And not even that much discretion and discipline, certainly not as much as Dickens or Dostoyevski writing it all down by hand. James Joyce not only wrote Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, he also had to proofread all the copy in the cafe every day with steadily failing eyesight!

    You have to want it really bad, to do that.

    The problem is not brains or talent. Each of us has at least some of both. The problem is, do you want it badly enough.

  • http://quirksandglitches.blogspot.com marytoo

    I don’t wish to take anything away from the geniuses (genii?), but I’m willing to bet none of them had the care and constant feeding of a pack of kids hanging on them.

    And I think Joseph is right on the money about a whole lot of things. I have the same 24 hours, but I have a long-term sick daughter who needs care. And her four children need care. I manage a home office so my husband’s business can run efficiently, and if you don’t have a business, you cannot imagine the amount of paperwork required by the government…more time that is simply lost. I’m pretty sure all of these guys didn’t have that to deal with.

    Like I said, I don’t take anything away from their genius, and I am grateful for their contributions. I just think it’s a little simplistic to say if they can do it you can do it.

  • keith

    There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall

    - Cyril Connolly


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