Favorable Conditions Never Come

“We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” – C.S. Lewis

Read this from one of my favorite thought leaders, Cal Newport, as I’m struggling with overwhelm/overload across multiple fronts. It’s easy for me to want to punt as a means of resolving circumstances, but I also recognize, after a few decades of experience, that a change in circumstances rarely makes a lasting impact. Bloom where you’re planted, as we told many a midshipman.

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