Archive for April 6, 2016

YOURENOTCOVERThis voice will start to get you to self assess. It will get you to start to compare yourself with others and it will show you all the areas you come up short. Sometimes it comes from the outside, nagging critics or even well meaning people who love you and fear that the risk you are taking is too big or that you’re in over your head. Sometimes the voice comes from within. Insecurities of various types, fear, anxiety and on and on come to call until eventually we give up. One of the first steps to creative success is to ignore those voices.

Let’s be real for a second. You’re probably not the best in the world at any given field. After all only one person can be that. But imagine world with only one doctor, one artist, one teacher, etc. All the rest gave up because they could not be the best. It would be disastrous. The point is, you don’t have to be the best in the world, you just have to be learning and working and growing. I know it sounds cliched but what you need to focus on is being the best “you” you can be. Then you bring your best to the project every single day, In doing that, you will improve and get better and better.

The key is don’t wait until you get better to start. For example, there is a little voice inside my head even now that says, “Who are you to write this book?” You’re not a raging success. You don’t have a ton of accolades. You’re not a millionaire. You’re just some guy who likes t make stuff. Sound familiar? Well here’s the thing, some of these things are true. I’m not, for example a millionaire and I don’t have a shelf full of awards, but here’s what I do have. I’ve always loved to create, and in spite of what some naysayers have said, I have earned a living as a creative for almost 30 years. In the process, I have learned a lot that can help other people and I’ve found a fair amount of pitfalls that I can help others avoid. It is true that I have not accumulated massive amounts of wealth but I have gotten to do some pretty cool things and I’ve found a way to be happy doing something I love. None of those things would have happened if I had hid in my studio waiting for someone to anoint me as “good enough.” Instead I set out on a journey of creating and (by the way this is the important part) releasing those creations to the world. Are they flawed? Yes. Are they the best in the world? No. Have they helped people? Absolutely, and isn’t that a huge part of what this is about?

There is one thing you need to know. No one ever got good enough by working less. That’s why this lie is so debilitating. It convinces us to give up when we need to be working to improve. People rave about natural talent and natural talent is a beautiful thing, but quite frankly I would rather work with someone who might have less natural ability but who works hard, than with someone who feels they are so talented they don’t have to work at it. The key to being good enough in any field can be summed up in three words—“do the work.”

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