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July 10th: Love the humble art

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Love the humble art you have learned, and take rest in it. Pass through the remainder of your days as one who whole — heartedly entrusts all possessions to the gods, making yourself neither a tyrant nor a slave to any person. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.31


Stop by a comedy club any weekend night in New York or Los Angels and you're likely to find some of the world's biggest and most commercially successful comedians in there, workshopping their craft for just a handful of people. Though they make a fortune in movies or on the road, there they are, practicing the most basic for of their art.

If you ask any of them: Why are you doing this? Why do you still perform? The answer usually: "Because I'm good at it. Because I love it. Because I want to get better. Because I thrive on connecting with an audience. Because I just can't not do it."

It's not work for them to get up on stage at Carolines or the Comedy Cellar at 1 a.m. It's invigorating. They don't have to do it. They're freee and they choose this.

Whatever humble art you practice: Are you sure you're making time for it? Are you loving what you do enough to make the time for it? Can you trust that if you put in the effort, the rest will take care of itself? Because it will. Love the craft, be a craftsman.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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