The importance of keeping your cool

Remember: Tantrums neither intimidate nor inspire loyalty. They only create doubts and uneasiness about your power. Exposing your weakness, these stormy eruptions often herald a fall.

Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

 

Perhaps this is part of the reason that meditation could lead to better performance at the workplace (which is ultimately about managing people).

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Tortured writers

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, similarly, whenever he wrote a successful novel, would feel that the financial security he had gained made the act of creation unnecessary. He would take his entire savings to the casino and would not leave until he had gambled away his last penny. Once reduced to poverty he could write again.

Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

 

I wonder if this has more to do with having your back pushed to the wall, or the fact that writers need some form of angst and turmoil in order to produce a brilliant piece of work.

I do a bit of fiction writing on the side as well, and I find it far more difficult to write when I am lacking that element of emotional struggle.