Starting points

With the New Year just beginning, I was reminded of this cartoon from two years ago, one of my personal favorites, one that carries A LOT of personal meaning for me. It got some water spilled on it; you can just see the damage in the photo.

Anybody who’s an artist or an entrepreneur will eventually ask themselves the question, “Well, when do I arrive?”

When will I be successful or rich or secure or vindicated or allowed to relax etc.

That moment never comes. There will always be something left to do, something unfinished, some itch still needing scratched.

And Thank God for that- as Archimedes pointed out, life is a river. Exactly.


  1. Life is a river and so it’s better to go with the flow. Cheers to all goal-driven people! All the best for everyone this 2013.


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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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