Title: Govt Cheese
Author: Steven Pressfield
Read In: 2023
I entered [the world of art] without any apparent talent, a thorough novice, incapable, awkward, tongue-tied, almost paralyzed by fear and apprehensiveness. I had to lay one brick on another, set millions of words to paper before writing one real, authentic word dragged up from my own guts. The facility for speech which I possessed was a handicap; I had all the vices of the educated man. I had to learn to think, feel, and see in a totally new fashion, in an uneducated way, in my own way, which is the hardest thing in the world.
—Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart
But let me try to strip it down.
Let me tell the parts I normally leave out.
I will learn what I have to learn. I will overcome whatever I have to overcome. I’m through being a failure and a loser. I’m going to make it here.