Stay Stupid

For the past couple of months I have been learning from Steven Pressfield through his writing. I am currently reading Do the Work.

He has one section in the book under the heading Stay Stupid. His premise is that “smart” people see how impossible the task at hand really is and therefore never even attempt it. Ignorance is bliss, so to speak.

Pressfield writes, “Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be — and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway.”

According to Pressfield, big brains are usually the companions of tiny hearts.

I say if I have to choose one or the other, give me the big heart. Big hearts create the best art. Big hearts don’t over think things. Big hearts go for it, unafraid to fail. If you have to choose between being smart and making art, then stay stupid. Go with the big heart.

Truthfully, I used to be a lot more cocky than I am now. It was back when I was clueless, before my heart shrank. Now that I am smart I find it easier to play it safe. Thoughts like, “What if they think what I write is stupid?” and “There is a chance they will delete this without reading it,” tempt me to take my blog and go home.

If I give in to the voices then, by definition, I forfeit the game. As a kid, there was nothing worse than showing up for a game only to find out that the other team had forfeited. No show = loser.

I do not wish to be

a loser. I would rather be bad and be here than be good and stay at home.

As you approach your work today, ATTACK! Show up, be cocky, tune out the voices, and make your art — whatever it is.

We need you to contribute. You need to do it. You CAN do it.

But only if . . . you stay stupid.

i2i,

Randy

Is there an area in your life where you are holding back?

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Chris Patton

8 years ago

I really needed this one today, Randy! Fortunately I had not wandered too far from stupid. I will take the short trip back and stay there!
Thanks for the redirect!

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Chris!

Ja

8 years ago

Its not a long trip back for me either… Matter of fact I am not sure I ever left it…
God Bless,
Ja

Coach Brown

8 years ago

When we live by our heart and not our head we find we are closer to where God resides within us… Inspiration and motivation comes from the heart! Thanks Russ for steering me here today! Thanks Randy…

Coach Brown

8 years ago

Sign me up Randy

randygravitt

8 years ago

I added you Coach. Thanks!

Rick Walton

8 years ago

awesome reminder!
how great thou “ART”!

Ja

8 years ago

Well then I should fit right in cause most of the time I feel pretty stupid… Thanks for the encouraging words. I guess had I really thought about it I would never have begun writing the daily devotional series. I would have also quit by now (did I spell quit right?). Anyway, Thanks again for sharing…
I remember playing on a church softball team. It seemed we lost more games than we won. I remember one game we beat one of the best teams. It was becuase they didn’t have enough people to play that night… Show up you just never know…
God Bless,
Ja

randygravitt

8 years ago

So true Jason

coach mac

8 years ago

great stuff

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Coach!

Pmax

8 years ago

This sure did seem to tie into my day, great post mr gravitt!

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks PMax!

Jack

8 years ago

That fits and works perfectly for me.. I like it !

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Jack!

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