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<h1><a href="/" title="Derek Sivers">Derek Sivers</a></h1>
<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
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All the best, happiest, and most creatively productive times in my life have something in common: being disconnected.
Long uninterrupted solitude.
When I was twenty-two, I quit my job and spent five months alone in a house on a remote part of the Oregon coast.
Practicing, writing, recording, exercising, and learning.
I drove into the city only once a month to see friends and family.
The rest of the time, I was completely disconnected.
In those five months, I wrote and recorded over <a href="/music">fifty songs</a>, made huge improvements in my musicianship, read twenty books, and got into the best physical shape of my life.
When I was twenty-seven, I moved to the <a href="http://www.jpfolks.com/ECRoadTrip00/ECpages/cdbaby.html">woods of Woodstock</a> and did that again.
Months and months of lovely solitude.
That’s how I started CD Baby.
It’s not that I hate people.
The other best times in my life were with people.
But it’s interesting how many highlights were just sitting in a room in that wonderful creative flow, free from the chatter of the world.
Silence is a great canvas for your thoughts.
That vacuum helps turn all of your inputs into output.
That lack of interruption helps you <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_%28psychology%29">flow</a>.
Every business wants to get you addicted to their infinite updates, pings, chats, messages, and news.
But if what you want out of life is to <strong>create</strong>, then those are your obstacles.
People often ask me what they can do to be more successful.
I say disconnect.
Even if just for a few hours.
Turn off your phone and Wi-Fi.
That’s what’s rare and valuable these days.
You get no competitive edge from consuming the same stuff everyone else is consuming.
It’s rare, now, to focus.
And it gives such better rewards.
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<div class="small">Illustration © 2018 John Warner</div>
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