I’m Chase Reeves. I collect and develop thoughts on how to make and live matterfully. Mostly for men. Make sense? Hmmm... lots of ‘m’s.

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“You are not an artist… You make things in order to sell them. The difference between you and an artist is you can’t wait years to be discovered.”

David Hieatt

“I am myself the matter of my book; you would be unreasonable to spend your leisure on so frivolous and vain a subject.”

Michel de Montaigne

Richard Saul Wurman on the Arrogance of Doing

“Please understand that everything everyone has done in this room — including myself — is primitive. We’re in the first moments of doing something. And we have this arrogance that we’re ‘really doing something.’ No. We’re in this rapidly changing thing and we can’t vest in the excellence or the finality of anything we’re doing.”

Richard Saul Wurman

“We are gods with anuses.”

Ernest Becker

“It seems ridiculous to me when people take business too seriously. I regard making money as a boring errand to be got out of the way as soon as possible.”

Paul Graham

Here’s another from him on money:

“Another thing we tell founders is not to worry too much about the business model, at least at first. Not because making money is unimportant, but because it’s so much easier than building something great.”

“The spirit is really the bouquet of life. It is not something breathed into life, it comes out of life.”

Joseph Campbell

“Religion is a defense against religious experience.”

Carl Jung, via Joey Cambs

“Don’t worry about making it. Worry about being good.”

Noel Gallagher

“The journey is known. It’s just a matter of whether or not you’ll have the courage to walk it.”

Joseph Campbell, via this podcast

“I would have given anything to die in a war that meaningful”

Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

Who Have I Blessed More Than You?

I thought some wrongness in my self had made me that alone.

And God said, You are worth more to me
than one hundred sparrows.
And when I read that, I wept.
And God said, Whom have I blessed more than I have blessed you?

And I looked at the mini bar
and the bad abstract hotel art on the wall
and the dark TV set watching like a deacon.

And God said, Survive. And carry my perfume among the perishing.

Tony Hoagland

This comes from a poem called Bible Study. I’m not as ostensibly churchy as I used to be, but you don’t have to be for this one to hit you right between the lungs.

“Are there groups of scruffy but sophisticated users like the early microcomputer “hobbyists” that are currently being ignored by the big players?”

Paul Graham

This inspires me.

I’m a lazy turd. You can hear me whine about it here. But I’ve stumbled into a way to motivate myself to do the stuff I don’t want to do in life and in business.

  1. Treat your future self like he/she is a completely different person than you.
  2. Care for that person.
  3. Set things up today so he/she has the best possible chance of succeeding tomorrow. (i.e., fold your fucking T shirt!)