Why Your Brain Does Not Want You To Succeed


Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse

How many of you know a friend or colleague ( or maybe even you) who (at one point) was an aspiring “something” (writer, basketball player, ceo, etc) but quit the dream? Life happens, right? B**lsh*t. Complete bologna. Life does not just happen. Life is defined by every every decision (no matter how small) and the consequences of that decision.

Sh*t happens, yes (tragedy, illness, etc). But in between the proverbial sh*t and your dream there are choices that block the dream. How many times have you slept in on a Saturday instead of spending time on a writing project, etc? How many times did you decide to do something else (going to a movie, meeting for coffee) instead of spending time on a creative project?

These are choices. And they add up.

Steven Pressfield (author of The War of Art) describes dubious distraction, procrastination as a form of resistance. Pressfield (among many others) believe the brain is wired to not let you succeed in fulfilling your soul’s calling. And you can blame it on your limbic system.

So why do people like Mother Theresa, Annie Leibowitz, Stephen Hawking, Billy Joel, and Matisse make it happen while many of us spend life stuck in an anxiety fueled cocktail of procrastination and distraction? And what if they failed? They would learn from their mistakes and try again. And again. And again.


Most talented and driven folks anticipate the resistance. They allow the anticipatory anxiety and fear to happen, vomit, than keep moving, writing, painting, creating. They make it happen despite feeling like sh*t. They feel like sh*t and do it anyways.

Do you think Beethoven slept in (on a Saturday) when he wrote the 5th symphony?

Hell no.

So get to work and create your masterpiece (whatever it is).

No excuses. Never surrender. Farshtay?

Jeanne Verger