“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.”Elizabeth Gilbert
Creativity (of any kind) is far from a straightforward career in life. The competition is fierce. The doubt is real (even after success). And we never really ‘make it’.
What’s the first thing someone asks an artist after their latest piece, a musician after their latest album drop, an author after a book launch…and so on… ?
So, what’s you’re next thing going to be about.
No — success, financial freedom, impact, and influence are the byproducts of doing great work, over and over again (think years, not days) AND being lucky enough for others to take a chance on checking out your work.
Which makes creativity really really hard to pull off, but worth it in the end because you get to do what you love and eventually find success (or die trying).
But it’s not going to happen on its own.
Our art isn’t going to make itself.
Our community isn’t going to grow without us nurturing it.
Creativity lives and dies by our practice. How frequently, consistently and intentionally we practice is what separates us from the closet creatives or people who only talk about their dreams.
We must cultivate our practice in order to grow our creativity to that next level.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #696