If you know you have a Creative mindset, but need some tips, tricks, or a good old fashioned kick in the butt to help you put a dent in the world, this is the place for you.
Because I know what it’s like to be at the bottom, to stare at a blank screen for hours with nothing coming to mind. I’ve shed tears because the Resistance convinced me nobody would ever care. I’ve stared down obscurity and insignificance, wondering if anything I said or do would make a difference.
But I’ve also had some highs – Like when my teacher looked me straight in the eye and said “You’re a great writer, just like your dad.” Or when I wrote a post in college that had random classmates telling me how it made them feel. Or when I wrote a post which reached the top ten in the world on Medium.
Either way, I’m on the journey of a Creative for life, I’m not going away any time soon, and I hope you join me.
Since you’re still here, there’s something we need to talk about:
Every Creative is cursed.
You are born with a gift to give to the world, but nobody shows us how to do that. Worse, when we try and share our gift with the world, people actively attempt to criticize, shame, and destroy us.
We are cursed because even when we are successful, people usually don’t care about us. They care about what comes from us. The Creative, at best, can only hope to become completely transparent – a vessel of light and sound and color and, sometimes, beauty.
There is, however, one thing we need to be able to do above all others:
Come up with ideas.
I know you’ve been here – some days the ideas come in droves. You couldn’t stop them if you wanted to. Suddenly you’re getting that feeling- the rush, the thrill, the flow. It’s probably the reason you love Creating in the first place.
And some days, the well is dry. You despise your useless brain. You shut your laptop down, put away the pens, and binge watch a new show on Netflix, praying the Muse will be kinder tomorrow. I’m willing to bet you’ve been there too.
But ideas do not come to the passive. The Muse is a jealous lover who must be pursued daily. That’s why I created Micro Journaling. A short daily process which helps you stop waiting for ideas and gets you running after them instead.
Know this: Ideas are infinite. What matters is how many we’re able to find. Here are my best resources in coming up with new things. (I do ask for your email to access the “101 Ways” document) :
Alright, so the ideas are a given. We had to get that out of the way because whether no matter who or what you’re working for, ideas are your life blood. I don’t want that to be the most stressful part for you.
Now, it’s just a matter of doing the work…
Working for “The Man”
Hoo boy. This is a big one, isn’t it? Unless you are one of the few people who gets to jump right into your own career, you will definitely end up in this situation. In fact, you’re probably there right now.
It’s at this point we need to discuss my view on money. No I don’t think it’s everything, but I don’t want you to be a starving artist either. There are few things less fun than being poor and cranking out work that isn’t fun or interesting to you just to keep the lights on.
That’s where a “real job” can come in handy.
The truth is this: even though your inner Creative begs to be a raw, uncensored presence, you’ll often have to deal with a boss. Luckily I’ve been dealing with a boss for a while and I have some thoughts on how to deal with it.
Working for Yourself
Everyone wants to do it. Few people can pull it off. Many people will tell you the Internet is a magical place where you can put up your work, people pay for it, and all you’ll have to worry about next is which lake to buy your second house on.
That hasn’t been my experience.
However, I have found some success online, including the inception of this site, the aforementioned top-10 post in the world, the 3500+ followers who look forward to my original posts on Medium, and the time an editor of LinkedIn asked me to repost something in their network.
I can’t speak to the money making stuff yet. I can speak to facing the fear to put yourself in public and start building your audience. If you want to work for yourself, but don’t think you can do it, these articles are a good place to look:
On and On it Goes
Just like you, I’m still figuring things out. And I’m putting it all in the open as I go. If you want to follow along and get the best of my thinking, sign up for the newsletter down below.
See you soon,