Here’s a few very nifty internet finds for you.
People who accomplished great things, [Duckworth] noticed, often combined a passion for a single mission with an unswerving dedication to achieve that mission, whatever the obstacles and however long it might take.
…She developed a test to measure grit, which she called the Grit Scale.
The Daily Rituals of Artists: fascinating stuff, must read! Many cool tales form the lives of creative types of all kinds!
These kinds of creative routines are also useful when our energy lags or we become stuck. Studies show that mental relaxation and a rise in dopamine levels aid the creative process. (This is why it’s not always more productive to push through and continue work when our body demands a break).
I always used to soldier through, thinking that any other option was slacking. Now I know I’ll be better off if I take a nap. I highly recommend the article and the book!
And the delightful Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. Because I am of an age that remembers rubylith. Not fondly, though.
For the record, I still use many of the tools this site raves about, including the zip-a-tone that almost no one else uses, but made restoration on A DISTANT SOIL such a pain in the ass.