August 22, 2019

The Pain Of Boiling An Ocean


Sometimes the task in front of me seems to be so large and never-ending that I get despondent. And then I read something like this and I just tell myself to shut up and get on with it.

John Steinbeck

I wouldn’t normally link to something like this - at least not on this blog - but this morning I also happened to catch Rob Long’s Martini Shot Podcast … a ‘shot’ in the arm over a few minutes. It’s the one dated August 21st that I want you to listen to. Sage advice and not far off from what I was writing about in this week’s newsletter and then seeing this … well ‘put up or shut up’ as they say.

“I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this.”

John Steinbeck [efn_note]Steinbeck is one of the four John’s that I constantly reference and have read ‘everything’ that they have written.[/efn_note]

He was talking about The Grapes of Wrath, a tour de force that he wrote in 100 days in 1938. It was published in 1939. One Hundred Days.

Read The Guardian Article Here

“It isn’t the great book I had hoped it would be. It’s just a run-of-the-mill book.” A year later, it won the Pulitzer prize. Eighty years on, it’s sold more than 14m copies.

The Guardian

Bottom line. Get on with it John. (This John that is).

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