Bryan Smith and Joel Yanowitz

What’s the easiest way to get rid of emotional tension? You can do it in less than a minute. Just diminish your vision. Revise it so it’s easier to attain – or abandon it altogether. However, when you relieve emotional tension, you also compromise creative tension. We call this the structure of compromise, or the structure of mediocrity. You could explain all the mediocrity in the world by this very simple dynamic: people don’t understand the difference between creative tension and emotional tension, and so diminish their vision to relieve that tension.

Another way to relieve emotional tension is by denying current reality. People who take this approach walk around pretending things are fine when they’re not. They might say, “We’re living our vision today, everything’s perfect, there are no problems.” And then they step into a huge pit that they couldn’t see because they’re denying current reality.

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