order theory

Gustave Flaubert said, “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” As one of the greatest western novelists of the 19th century, he should know. I like the essential tension that Flaubert highlights and can say from personal experience that order in my mind, soul, spirit and day to day life, definitely fuels a greater level of creativity and energy in my work.

Thomas Mann echoed this when he said, “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” I have a responsibility to master the things I am passionate about, to not simply dabble in a jack-of-all-trades manner, but to focus myself on the work that really matters: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

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