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The Case for Late Bloomers | The Saturday Evening Post
Successful late bloomers like Rowling and Fisher, with their bashful young years, slow starts, and unhurried journeys, have appealing stories. But their stories are also curiously out of step with today’s hip social media culture. Rowling is in her 50s, and Fisher in his 60s.

I believe that late bloomers do not get their due recognition, and that both people and society suffer for it. I believe the story of those who bloom later in life is more necessary and urgent than ever.

“There are no second acts in American lives,” wrongly observed the Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. But Fitzgerald was an early-blooming snob: He attended Princeton and was already a famous literary success in his mid-20s. But that was his peak. By his 30s, Fitzgerald was spiraling downward. He must have met all kinds of late bloomers and second acts who were on their way up. He died a bitter man at 44, the same age that Raymond Chandler began to write detective stories. Chandler was 51 in 1939, the year his first book, The Big Sleep, was published.

So what exactly does it mean to be a late bloomer? Simply put, a late bloomer is a person who fulfils their potential later than expected; they often have talents that aren’t visible to others initially. The key word here is expected. And they fulfill their potential frequently in novel and unexpected ways, surprising even those closest to them.
career  writing  inspiration  ambition  teens 
22 days ago by emmacarlson
How I Get It Done: Artist Marilyn Minter
When I was starting out, I knew that I was going to make a name for myself. I knew I had something to say, but nobody else thought that. Nobody. I just kept doing it anyway. Honestly, I thought, well, I like doing it so much, I don’t care if anyone sees it or not. I get enough pleasure doing it whether or not anyone else recognizes it. So that kept me going.

I think once in a while, if you do what you believe, the Zeitgeist comes to you. But you can’t make your work fit into the Zeitgeist. You just have to make work that you believe in, and sometimes you’re lucky and you’ll be alive when the Zeitgeist hits you.

I’m very ambitious. I want to keep getting better at making art, at everything. I want to get smarter, I want to get more articulate, and I want to make better decisions. I’m not satisfied. I still have a lot of curiosity and questions. I’m interested in everything. I read all the time, I go to movies. I travel a lot, and I go to museums everywhere I go. I’m lucky that I’m healthy. I don’t say, “Oh, gee, back in the day.” I find that very defeating. Back in the day for me is right now. I love today.

Success is satisfying for a minute, but it doesn’t fill that hole. I think I get that fulfillment from activism. Right now, I’m trying to organize a shoot for a TV commercial for Planned Parenthood.
art  creativity  work  habits  ambition  inspiration 
4 weeks ago by emmacarlson
Writer Naomi Klein on Coping With Climate Change Anxiety
t’s less about personal ambition and more about collective ambition. I think we live in a society that fetishizes and encourages personal ambition in all kinds of ways, including by creating all these levels of precarity and insecurity. The stakes of winning are so high, and everybody is so scared. While we encourage our personal ambition, we diminish and discourage collective ambition. I think that focus on personal ambition is really understandable, because we live in such an unequal society — but it will kill us.
ambition  career  capitalism  psychology 
4 weeks ago by emmacarlson
Why ambitious people have (unrelated) hobbies |
As millennial burnout becomes a crisis, psychologists say keeping an unrelated hobby can do wonders
hobbies  life  5star  ambition  psychology  happiness 
4 weeks ago by lightningdb
The Myth of Making It
The highest-ranking countries had not only healthy incomes but also robust social support systems, freedom, and generosity, none of which have much to do with making you feel accomplished but are rather about making you feel as worthy as everyone else.
Happiness  ambition  salary  from instapaper
8 weeks ago by laurenpressley
Kara Swisher on Ambition, Bragging, and Having a Baby at 56
I knew I was a good communicator and a good writer, and I wasn’t shy. I think most people do know when they’re good at things, and they do know their value, but then other people chip away at it. I don’t have impostor syndrome.

Also, I’ve never worried about what people thought of me, and I think part of that had to do with being gay. My feeling at the time was, Well, if they don’t like me because I’m gay, what’s the difference? I think it frees you. If people don’t like you for some inane reason, then why worry what they think? And if you don’t worry about what people think of you, you can do almost anything.
kara-swisher  ambition  career-advice  charlotte-cowles  imposter-syndrome 
10 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
How I Get It Done: Kate Lewis of Hearst Magazines
On to-do lists:
Once a week I write down everything on my to-do list. It’s a full page of items in eight-point font, and it’s a tremendously overwhelming thing. Then I throw it out. I figure whatever I can remember from what I’ve written down is what I really have to do, and everything else is kind of bullshit. It’s so good. For so long I had notebooks and downloaded to-do list apps, and as soon as I wrote everything in there, I was mad. So I was like, okay, I’m going to try a new approach, and this has been very effective for me. If you fall off the list, sorry!

On advice to her younger self:
I’m going to steal advice from Oprah. One of her pieces of advice, which is very counterintuitive, is to surrender. If there’s something you truly want, let it go. I really believe in ambition, but I love the idea of letting it take its course, or not.
publishing  books  ambition  advice  inspiration  productivity  career  writing 
11 weeks ago by emmacarlson
Pieter Levels: Legacy is kinda bullshit
"For ambitious people: people will have forgotten you and your achievements within a generation or two. If you get super famous: within 100 years. How many celebs from the 1919 do you know? So legacy is kinda bullshit. Nobody cares after you're dead. That's comforting IMHO
pieter-levels  legacy  ambition  mindset  commonplace-book  quotes 
11 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Meritocracy Harms Everyone - The Atlantic
Meritocracy has created a competition that, even when everyone plays by the rules, only the rich can win.
meritocracy  exclusion  elitism  inequality  socialMobility  competition  wealth  power  privilege  education  childrem  ambition  anxiety  overwork  stress  class  politics 
12 weeks ago by petej
On (not) climbing the mountain - Austin Kleon
Really resonated with me—literally and figuratively.
nature  hiking  ambition  mountains  walking 
july 2019 by alexpriest

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