When was the last time you did anything 100%?
A blog on creativity
Wanted to pass along a great blog, Jeff Goins’ Writer, that I’ve been reading lately. It’s all about writing, the creative process, and passion. Here are three recent posts that I found helpful and inspiring:
When others write about people who live on the edge, who challenge their comfortable lives - and it has happened to me - they usually do it in a way that allows a reader a way out. You could render generosity into pathology, commitment into obsession. That’s all in the repertory of someone who wants to put the reader at ease rather than conveying the truth in a compelling manner.
What the Public Thinks
I once had coffee with a prominent Minneapolis entrepreneur who is running several establishments that are lauded by critics. Success like his always grabs my curiosity. How was he able to create businesses that he not only loved in design and execution, but believed in?
“I spend zero time thinking about what the public wants.”
He simply created what he thought would be great. Places he’d love himself.
Even if you are the most unique person out there, there are others that are into the same things you are. If you create art you love, others will be drawn to it.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Passion Over Experience
If you’re really passionate about something, you’ll figure out how to make it work (you’ll work harder because it doesn’t actually feel like work). Passion often trumps actual experience.