Friday Favourites Vol. 1

All good things are wild and free.
— Henry David Thoreau
 Photo by  Maxime Bhm  on  Unsplash

Photo by Maxime Bhm on Unsplash

My Mom says I share awesome articles. And she would never lie to me. Here's a roundup of my favourites for the week. 
 

Why Louis C.K. Became Funny and Why it Matters - His brief remarks provide interesting insight into the reality of how people reach elite levels in their fields — and why it’s so rare.

About fifteen years later, I had been going in a circle that didn’t take me anywhere. Nobody gave a shit who I was, and I didn’t either, I honestly didn’t. I used to hear my act, and go, ‘this is shit and I hate it.’
— Louis C.K.

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy - To get to the bottom of why we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place.  It comes down to a simple formula: Happiness = Reality - Expectations.

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space - We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.

Fear is Boring, and Other Tips for Living a Creative Life - Creativity is a tricky word. Consultants peddle it, brands promise it, we all strive for it, often without really knowing quite what “it” really is. Put simply, there’s a lot of snake oil around creativity. But now here’s author Elizabeth Gilbert (TED Talk, Your elusive creative genius) cut through the guff with her distinctly refreshing take on the topic. For her, we’re all creative souls already, we just need to figure out how to harness inspiration and unleash the creative spirit within. Here, she shares her best pieces of advice for living a meaningfully creative life.