This is a guest post from my friend Mark Brown. Mark is the writer of the awesome blog and future book Notes-To-Self (which I highly suggest you subscribe to and get in your inbox every morning… NOW!) and he’s also a brilliantly talented speaker. I love his work and it’s an honor to have him write for The Work Blog. You can connect with him through his blog and on Facebook.
Three Pillars of Creation
This, while seemingly obvious, is difficult at times. Creativity is not a constant,inexhaustible attribute gifted only to a few at birth. There are many times when inspiration is absent, and we still must consciously choose to create. Creativity is a mindset to be producer instead of simply a consumer for a period of time. It’s a wonderful openness to impress a point of view upon others AS WELL AS have points of view pressed upon you. It’s malleable. It’s evolving. It’s a “living” seed that needs nourishment, patience, and care.
This, in my opinion, is the hard part. This is the part that takes tremendous courage, faith, and diligence. This is the part we have to internalize that KNOWING IS NOTHING– that the only way for our art to take it’s first breath into the realm of real is to DO. Here we must put pen to paper and choose not to let our gift suffocate and expire within the parameters of our mind. When we truly understand proactivity, we release the illusion of tomorrow and take action now.
Because of the mammoth amount of self-talk, self-persuasion, and self-imposed confidence it takes for any creative to actualize their art, sometimes we forget to turn these mechanisms off after the fact. But it’s imperative to do so. As creatives, artists, workers, and makers we must simply release our piece into the world and allow the community to react naturally (simple, yet hard). I personally like to think of our work as a child. As such, I ask myself how I would like to hang out with new parents that only boasted, bragged, and could only carry a conversation about their child? The short answer is, I respect their decision to do so, but then no longer desire their company. Let’s be humble when it comes to our creations and, heck – our lives in general. If the late Mother Theresa could be humble about her work, certainly we can be humble about ours.
I’m excited to see your work. Be well!