We’re All Amateurs

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photo 7The pace of change makes us all amateurs. Austin Kleon encourages us to embrace it (Show Your Work, pp. 16, 18):

Amateurs might lack formal training, but they’re all lifelong learners . . . Writer David Foster Wallace said that he thought good nonfiction was a chance to ‘watch somebody reasonably bright but also reasonably average pay far closer attention and think at far more length about all sorts of different stuff than most of us have a chance to in our daily lives.’ . . . They’re just regular people who get obsessed by something and spend a ton of time thinking out loud about it.

The world is changing at such a rapid rate that it’s turning us all into amateurs. . . . the best way to flourish is to retain an amateur’s spirit and embrace uncertainty and the unknown.

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