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I think this hits on an important idea...that doing consistent great work operates like a reciprocating engine. In order for there to be a top dead center there also needs to be a bottom dead center.

One of my favorite examples of this is Elmore Leonard (one of my favorite authors, Detroit native and alum of my high school). For 11 years he woke up at 5AM and wrote his westerns and crime novels for 2 hours before heading off to his agency job (writing Corvette ads, eventually tutoring a young guy named David E. Davis, Jr.). Think about that...11 years of before-the-sun work on his real passion. Every morning I wake up early to get started I think about him doing that and it inspires me.

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