The Download for March 15, 2016

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.  –Moorish proverb (via Swiss Miss)

Amy Hoy: The Good Enough Launch

A crappy launch is infinitely superior to no launch at all.

Really, it is. I promise.

Cal Newport: Write an Attention Charter

The reason I suspect strategies like an attention charter work, is that it acknowledges that certain time fragmenting activities are necessary, but it gives you the hard limits you need to engage in these activities without losing control.

It’s hard to say “no” to a reasonable request without providing yourself a good reason. An attention charter gives you that reason. How to Afford an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle: A Comprehensive Guide to Minimum Viable Income

In many cases, making the leap into a new entrepreneurial lifestyle involves some element of financial risk. Many aspiring business owners are making a comfortable living as they contemplate a new path, and this inevitably means a reduced paycheck to start out with.

But just how low can you afford to go? Some people call it a “spaghetti number”, others like to think of getting to “ramen profitable”, but all of these pasta analogies boil down to exactly one question: how much money do you need to make in order to support yourself (and possibly a family) on a monthly basis?

This monthly number should not be incredibly comfortable — in fact, it might scare you a little, which is why the word “minimum” is in there — but it should be enough for you to keep the lights on without having an anxiety attack.

Jamie Varon: To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Life

what I think we all need more than anything is this: permission to be wherever the fuck we are when we’re there.

You’re not a robot. You can’t just conjure up motivation when you don’t have it. Sometimes you’re going through something. Sometimes life has happened. Life! Remember life? Yeah, it teaches you things and sometimes makes you go the long way around for your biggest lessons.

You don’t get to control everything. You can wake up at 5 a.m. every day until you’re tired and broken, but if the words or the painting or the ideas don’t want to come to fruition, they won’t. You can show up every day to your best intentions, but if it’s not the time, it’s just not the fucking time. You need to give yourself permission to be a human being.

MSN: 8 Ways To Think Like An Entrepreneur

Regardless of what you do, however, here are the eight parts of the entrepreneurial mindset — the way entrepreneurs think and act. How many do you have?

Sara BenincasaReal Artists Have Day Jobs

Real artists have day jobs, and night jobs, and afternoon jobs. Real artists make things other than art, and then they make time to make art because art is screaming to get out from inside them. Screaming, or begging, or gently whispering.

Don’t ever let them tell you you’re not a success. Don’t ever let them tell you you’re not good enough. Don’t ever let them tell you you’re not the real deal.

More importantly: don’t ever tell yourself any of these things.

Believe me when I tell you that no matter how much time you spend at the office, it’s just a side gig. You are an artist, full-time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Now go make your art.

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