“You always need an excuse to set off on a journey. … A creator always needs excuses.”

Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini

Filmmaker Federico Fellini wrote that in an essay on creativity. It does seem the most meaningful excuses lead to the best journeys. For example, “I need bread” only gets many of us as far as the grocery store. However, if you were living in Galle, Sri Lanka, the day after the tsunami destroyed coastal industries, an “I need bread” excuse might cause you to create a bakery. A person’s work ethic changes dramatically when their motivated to fulfill a passion, rather than earn a paycheck.

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