The interval between failure and success

Because no one is able to produce a great work of art without experience, nor achieve a worldly position immediately, nor be a great lover at the first attempt; and in the interval between initial failure and subsequent success, in the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation. We suffer because we cannot spontaneously master the ingredients of fulfillment.

– Alain de Botton

Minimalism: more than owning less stuff

We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy.

 – Richard Foster

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.  

– Harold Kushner

Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.  

– The Dalai Lama

For me, minimalism is about getting back to the essentials of life, the core of living. It’s about having and consuming only what I need.

I focus on the core of what I want to achieve. I want to be a writer, so I get a pen and a piece of paper and I write. I don’t spend time emailing or tweeting that I #amwriting. That’s extra. That’s more than the work. The minimum action I need to perform in order to be a writer is to write.
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Happy Birthday to my blog!

‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’

‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’

― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

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Instructions for writing about Africa

A satirical, very pointed, quite painful, set of instructions for writing a novel about Africa (for Non-African readers). I thought my clichéd “white person on safari” photo accompanied it rather nicely. Continue reading



Stop living your life to gain the approval of others and start living according to your own values. Do what makes you happy. This is the only way to achieve success.