"Let's assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let's assume that you can't see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN— and here is the essence of all I've said— you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH."
This is just one of many useful tips offered by a young Hunter S. Thompson in a 1958 letter he wrote to his friend. You can read the letter at Open Culture. It's also in the excellent book, Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.'
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