Why we don’t need millions of fans to have a sustainable creative career,
we just need one thousand true fans.
Kevin Kelly, the previous associate and editor of Wired magazine, put forth this theory 10 years ago. He gave artists and creative entrepreneurs some hope in building a sustainable and equitable future in the arts.
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“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Upon not playing or writing any music for about 3 months straight: feelings of distress, anxiety, resentment, self-doubt, self-pity and discontentment were seeping into my psyche. I couldn’t believe that this was due to not playing the guitar. So, I sought out some help.
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Gratitude is something that we often overlook. Instead, we often try to be
better, faster, smarter and stronger, in an effort to stay ahead of the game and other people.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to be better, but, we start to run into problems when we put personal achievements ahead of gratefulness. When we do this, what we end up with is entitlement and discontentment with what we have, and most concerningly; with who we are as people.
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What’s the point trying to hack your creativity when every idea under the
sun has already been thought of?
It’s true that no fundamentally new ideas exist. Every ‘new’ idea is based on the thinking of the previous era. This means that when we have ‘new ideas’, they are really just mashups of previous ideas.
“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism” – William Ralph Inge
So, why bother creating anything if we can’t do anything original?
a) I don’t know, creativity makes us feel good?
b) Enter deep philosophical answer…
I would say that it has something to do with art being a reflection of life. When an artist paints, they do so within the context of how they were raised, their beliefs, their insecurities, their physical attributes, their influences and so much more. So, while there is nothing new under the sun, each individual can still contribute to the pool of creativity with their own interpretations. Continue reading “How to hack your creativity – Part 2: Steal and collaborate”
“Creativity scares us. There is so much uncertainty about it that we often reject it in favour of predictability and conventionality” – Bruce Nassbaum
If you’re a creative person and you are making money from your craft; congratulations, you’re an entrepreneur! But, many as many creative entrepreneurs quickly find out, there is a constant barrage of admin tasks that need to be done in order to keep the money rolling in.
The stress piles up when your days are full of these tasks, and you end up with little energy and time to fulfil your creative needs. Here is how to hack your creativity by using scheduling.
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For the first ever Book of the Month, I want to provide a concise foundation that will help you all get set up for 2018. Peter Voogd’s book; 6 Months to 6 Figures, is a great reminder that personal development is key on our journey to success. He provides 6 key meta-skills that we can implement straight away.
Whether we choose to implement them in our workplace, business or in our own life – that is up to us.
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Self–reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence.
The key message here, is to regularly engage in self-reflection regarding where you are at in your life; how did you get there, are you happy, are you getting closer to your goals?
My self-reflection process involves:
- Regularly journaling
- Constantly revising my goals
- Asking myself if what I’m doing now will get me to where I need to go
- What did I engage in that did not work?
- What worked well?
- Am I happy? do my close friends and family think I’m happy?
- What did I accomplish that I’m proud of?
- What can I change now that will provide me with the greatest advantage?
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