“High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.”-George Orwell
Yesterday I referred to a Pearl S. Buck quote as having Orwellian overtones, an oblique reference to his novel 1984. I wanted to give Mr. Orwell his due today by presenting a quote by him that is truly inspirational. In the corporate world I have always tried to lead from the front, never asking someone to do something that I wasn’t willing to do myself. That doesn’t mean that I was any good at it; the people that worked for me had skillsets that I didn’t. Doing their work once in a while, though, gave me the perspective to appreciate the work they did, and showed that I did understand their job and their perspective to some degree.
One of the things I want to accomplish with this blog is to offer some inspiration to other folks leading the creative lifestyle. I want people to know that they’re not the only ones going through the sorts of things creative people go through. I want to show them that it can be done. I’m not calling myself a hero, but sometimes the most heroic thing a person can do is get out of bed and face the day the best they can, in spite of the pain, the obstacles, and the lack of inspiration that are staring them down.
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