Reading Notebook #2: Invent a Story That Enhances Your Life

Art of Possibility

Snippets from The Art of Possibility by Benjamin & Rosamund Zander.(See a really cool TED talk by Benjamin Zander.)

It’s all invented anyway, so we might as well invent a story or a framework of meaning that enhances our quality of life and the life of those around us. …

Virtually everybody wakes up in the morning with the unseen assumption that life is about the struggle to survive and get ahead in a world of limited resources. …

Resources are likely to come to you in greater abundance when you are generous and inclusive and engage people in your passion for life. … When you are oriented to abundance, you care less about being in control, and you take more risks. …

(John Imhof quoted): “We keep looking so hard in life for the ‘specific message,’ and yet we are blinded to the fact that the message is all around us, and within us all the time. We just have to stop demanding that it be on OUR terms or conditions, and instead open ourselves to the possibility that what we seek may be in front of us all the time.” …

(Kierkegaard quoted): “If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility?”

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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