Feck Perfuction by James Victore
I absolutely loved this little book. I doubt I would have ever heard of this book on my own but while writing a review for Finish by Jon Acuff I saw Jon make a comment about this book on his instagram. It’s all about being an artist with your life, living a purpose driven life, and rewiring your thinking to stay on the mission you’ve been called to. And the art in this book is quite amazing. I’ll be buying this in print so I can see this book laying around as a reminder.
Highlights from the book:
Dangerous because it opens up the possibility that the life you’re living may not actually be yours, but a template assigned to you by scared and unimaginative people.
if you fail to use your voice, others will be in charge of it.
When people see their own struggle reflected in yours, you create the potential for shared humanity.
The more vulnerable and authentic you can be in expressing your opinion, the deeper the connection you have with others. This is the value of your opinion—what is most personal and unique to you is the very thing that, if you risk expressing it, will speak volumes to others. The hardest part is to trust that your story and opinions have value.
as I see it, “fitting in” denotes a lack of character.
Your attitude creates your reality.
Heroes are the reluctant ones with the courage to face their dragons. Every damn day.
Failure is a shepherd who’s smarter than you.
The path to success is marked by failure. Not just once, but again and again. Accept it and learn. Reject it and . . . well, fail.
“Thomas, here’s your tombstone: ‘Here lies Thomas. He would have done great work, but he had to pay the rent.’
I want my children and even the public to see me fighting for my living and my freedom, not begging for it.
Life is a test of your conviction and vision. You choose whether to play the victim or the hero.
Make the work you want to make, dance like a fool, and leave your ego at the door.
Admitting you don’t know is the path to knowledge and even wisdom.
Learn to enjoy struggle. The reward will take care of itself.
Confidence is one of those ambiguous traits, like willpower or intuition, that can be practiced, exercised, and strengthened like a muscle.
You can’t be a mover and a shaker if you’re standing still.
The most common knowledge about the muse is that she won’t find you at your desk, in an office, or on a schedule.
The search for comfort and security rarely yields the desired fruit.
Dream big—if you want a pony, ask for a unicorn.
We want creative freedom and agile lives, yet we attach ourselves to the very things that restrict our movement.
Your happiness shouldn’t teeter on a bank ledger or come from any source other than acceptance of who you are.
I have to occasionally check myself and make sure that I’m creating healthy business practices, and not just hacking away at life with a dull blade.
If you focus on your flaws, they’ll flourish right in front of you.
You can be brave and scared shitless at the same time.
Your fear should never keep you from doing what you need to do. It’s just a reminder that it won’t always be easy.
We’ve gotten so used to looking around that we’ve stopped looking inside.
We can drown in our flaws or, by owning them, we can find our strengths.
You ain’t lost, you’re searching.
It’s completely probable that not everyone will heed your call; but trust that the ones who do are your team, your support, and your audience.
You are not qualified to judge your own work, you are only qualified to make it.
No artist or author or inventor in history ever knew they were making something of interest.
You can’t expect greatness from others when all you express is your confusion and pain.
Lead by example, see yourself reflected in others, and be responsible for your actions and your legacy.
There are some jobs you do for god and some you do for money—and it’s important to know the difference.
Crap work begets more crap work.
“You can’t change the world, but you can clean up your room.”
The better you take care of what is within your reach, the farther you can reach.