Woody Allen, Abstract and Atomic Habits
Two years I watched the excellent Netflix documentary series, Abstract - The Art of Design. It shows the work and craft of designers from various fields. I highly recommend it, if you want to know what goes behind the scenes when a good quality art or product or design is made.
I remembered this documentary after reading the short and extremely actionable book of James Clear, Atomic Habits. If you are interested in improving your daily habits, read this. James gives a clearly defined framework in succeeding it. I really love his clear and concise 4-step formula in building good habits and eliminating bad habits. It is short. It doesn't insult your intelligence or assume you are dumb, like many business or self-help books.
The book is full of many short and memorable quotes. But I want to highlight one aspect of it. James says this:
If you want to master a habit, the key is to start with repetition, not perfection. You don't need to craft out every aspect of the habit. You just need to practice it.
This exactly what we are all trying to do in the 200WaD community. We are all getting our reps of writing 200 words every day, come what may. Of course, later we should hone the craft and be insensitive to the quality. But that comes later.
I remembered the documentary because one of the designers featured in it, Christoph Niemann, says:
You have to practice and become better. Every athlete, every musician practices every day. Why should it be different for artists? Passion is for amateurs, practice if for professionals. Every day you sit and ship things. Period.
Finally, the master director, Woody Allen has an excellent saying:
80 percent of success is showing up.
Kudos to all of you showing up every day and maintaining the streak. Kudos to all of you who are consistently shipping things, even if the streak is broken.