Increasingly it appears to me that in a choice of career or vocation or perhaps even relationships, the important thing is not the product of any particular moment, but the overall rate of flow. The significance of what you’ve just created can only be understood in the context of what is coming next. An artist has found her medium when the rate of work is steady and strong. This proves she’s struck oil, that she is doing what she is meant to do.
This principle is embodied in the way companies are valued. The most important component of that valuation is the value of future cash flows, which is connected to growth rate, the movement, the trend: not merely the result, however excellent, of this or that particular quarter.
What is that stream of things which you can produce on a consistent basis? If you’ve found that, your interpretation of what you should do with what you’ve previously produced, your background, might change. Your goals might change. The overall goal should be to live a life where your flow of future creation can be expressed fully.