Notes & Quotes: The Heart to Start by David Kadavy

The following are my favorite notes from David Kadavy's The Heart to Start: Stop Procrastinating & Start Creating.
  1. People who believe they can learn, actually can ("growth mindset"). People who don't believe they can learn, struggle to learn ("fixed mindset").
  2. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." Pablo PIcasso
  3. Looking back, I understand perfectly why I didn't recognize myself. What I saw in the mirror was my true self. But the life I was living didn't reflect my true self.
  4. Your true self is constantly in conflict with the expectations of the world around you.
  5. The only way to become your true self is to find the art inside you and make it real. Your art is the best expression possible of who you really are. You make art when you take your passions, your interests, and even your compassion for others, and combine them to make something uniquely yours.
  6. Whether it's your fault or not is irrelevant. You are responsible.
  7. It's a crowded world out there. Sometimes it feels as if every good idea is taken. But if you follow your curiosities, they'll eventually converge into something completely original.
  8. One factor is absolutely critical to doing something notable: You have to listen to the voice in your head and pursue its ideas.
  9. It's better to be right one time out of a hundred than to be right zero times out of zero.
  10. If we believe we're going to make a grand masterpiece, we can justify not starting. Our egos will fool us into thinking that we need to do more research, or that we just need to carve out a few months of free time to rent a cabin in the woods.