My Conversational Partner:
Douglas Vigliotti is a writer that didn’t know he was a writer. He’s authored two books, The Gap and The Salesperson Paradox, and one ebook, Pumpernickel & Peanut Butter. He also writes articles about big ideas to help people live better at and curates a private reading list to help people maintain a reading habit.
Pay Attention To:
- Do you want your brewery featured on B3? Reach out and talk to us.
- Creativity stems from and encompasses more than just stereotypically artistic endeavors.
- You should have a mindset that connects the intention and desire of creation to all of your activities.
- Why we shouldn’t tell kids what they are good at. And instead we should let people try more avenues of expression.
- Find a model (AKA – why the Rolling Stones wanted to be the best blues cover band in the U.K.)
- How Douglas wandered into being a writer.
- Why everything is a trade-off.
Things We Mentioned:
“Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free from fear or ambition. I want you to look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young, and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say that I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. My benefactor’s question has meaning now. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey, as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”
Carlos Castaneda – The Teachings of Don Juan