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Questions of doubt to slay as you start your journey
What if I am alone?
You will be. To go through a process you and only you will understand is to be alone.
You can and should expect support from people, but you shouldn’t expect them to walk with you.
What if people don’t get me?
Nobody will get it. Not your mom, not your brother, not your boss.
And that’s the whole point.
If they got it, they wouldn’t need you.
The primary asset which sets the Creative apart is her ability to see a future nobody else sees.
People will question your vision all the way up until the point where you bring it into reality. (After which, everyone will say “I could have thought of that,” but that’s another topic for another time).
Don’t explain what you’re trying to do. Do what you’re trying to do, and then let your art speak for itself.
What if I can’t “make it?”
I honestly don’t know if you can. I don’t know if you’re good enough. I don’t know if you’ve got it in you.
But you owe it to yourself to find out.
What if I get stuck?
Let me tell you a little secret: getting stuck is part of the game. If you never get stuck, you aren’t producing enough art.
At times, the Muse will withdraw. You’ll show up to where you’ve met her before, and instead you will find emptiness.
The metal of every creative is forged in this valley. Each time you get stuck, you learn another way to get unstuck, wiggle out of the darkness, and dance once again.
What if being an artist makes me poor?
It could happen, but I hope not.
I say this online all the time and I’ll address it more in this book — I don’t want you to be a starving artist. Being poor sucks, and in this world of infinite connection, there’s no reason to be.
More than that, though, you may need to take a look at what “poor” is.
How much money do you really need if you’re doing what you love every day?
What if I never get famous?
Fame is a by-product of talent, work, luck, and time.
Let me say that again, this time in italics:
Fame is a by-product of talent, work, luck, and time.
Talent: Not necessarily what you’re born with, but what you cultivate. It’s your responsibility to foster whatever natural ability you have and grow in those abilities.
Work: Showing up, every day. People with half the talent can win twice as much as they should just by out-working their peers. (Trust me, I’m half the talent)
Time: Nothing is grown overnight. Most of the time, people get famous just by staying in the game longer than anyone else. Jordan Harbinger started the Art of Charm podcast before anyone else was doing it. 7 years later, he’s quite the star.
Luck: When you’re awake at 11 P.M. and someone sends you a message about doing custom work for them — that’s luck (sort of). When you’re exploring a new app, happen to mention what you do, and someone requests your service by the end of the week — that’s luck (again, sort of). When a friend of a friend of a friend introduces someone to your work — that’s luck (you guessed it, sort of).
Luck is one of those things which happens to people who are in the right place at the right time to the right people. Become the right person, and the right times and places generally find you.
A lot of Creatives start because we love the attention, but more attention is not always better. Fame is not always better.
Again, the goal should be building a lifestyle that lets you do what you love, however many people that includes.
Why do other people get attention, but I don’t?
For now, just assume everyone who has a big platform deserves it.
One of the most poisonous lines of thought will tell you success is random, there’s nothing you can do and life isn’t fair.
All you can control is what you do. Comparison is a waste of time.
Create art. Create art. Create art. Everything else can fall where it may.
Do I suck?
Insecurity and doubt is a part of art. Besides, in such a subjective field of work, someone will always think you suck.
The true answer to this is “I don’t know,” so here are a few tips to knock the edge of the question:
- Do the best you can. Nothing less. Pour all your ability, no matter how small or large, into your work.
- Figure out how to get better. It’s important this is kept completely separate from your published work. Few things destroy an artist’s confidence quicker than trying to publish and learn simultaneously
Nirvana for a Creative is to create exactly what she means to, exactly when she means to. When you can do that, you won’t suck.
Am I kidding myself?
No. If you’re reading this book, it’s likely you have some untapped creative potential. Unless you have zero self-awareness, you’ve got to see this through.
Don’t allow anyone to tell you what you should feel about yourself.
Is any of this worth it?
Yes. Yes yes yes. The reward of a Creative is always worth the fight.
Better to go through a little discomfort finding yourself now than to live with a mountain of regret at the end of your life.
What’s the point?
The point is to get to start finding and nurturing your talent so you don’t grow up an old, bitter could-have-been.
Too many people give up on the dream at 24, and trudge their way through the next 60 years where they die, happy to finally be released from a life of boredom.
Don’t do that.