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The Long Game

Do you ever have that feeling that everyone else is more successful than you?
If you think that’s bad – try being Leonardo Da Vinci.

This is the first of a two-part series on our distorted view of creativity and success.

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was No Genius

The Long Game Part 2: The Missing Chapter

All of history’s greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. But rather than celebrating this part of the creative process we ignore it.

This missing chapter in the story of success reveals the secret to doing meaningful work. But in the modern world, full of distraction, do we have what it takes to do great things?

This celebration of youth, coupled with technology, has distorted our perception of time — the world moves faster, and so do our expectations. Today, we want success in seventeen levels, or seventeen minutes, seventeen seconds — and when the promise of something new and better is just a click away, who wants to wait seventeen years? But that’s the thing that connects all of these great people — they played the long game.

All of us have the brain, and the talent, and the creativity to join them. But now, right when it matters, do any of us have the patience?


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Laurens Van Der Post

“There’s nothing wrong with searching for happiness, but we are using happiness there in a term as if it were the ultimate in human striving. . . And what gives far greater comfort to the soul is meaning, because meaning transfigures all; and once what you are living and what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you are happy or unhappy. You are content. You’re not alone in your spirit. You belong.”
–Laurens van der Post

Laurens van der Post, author and mystic and a renowned 20th century natural philosopher, shares his vision on life in an interview done 4 years prior to his death in 1996.

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