A still inchoate creator

The blank page doesn’t write itself. It stares at you, pleading for you to quit and move on to something else. Those who persist pace themselves into unfamiliar territory. A big bang does no artist any good. What matters is not the end result, but pushing through in a gradual approach. Creators strive for long-term […]

Tools for Titans

What’s the device that unlocks you? Is it the camera, a pen, or a paintbrush? Creativity is a passport to freedom. We combine divergent tools to strengthen the entire arsenal. The running conversation in your head is to focus on one thing — photographers speak through photos, writers only write, cartoonists draw, etc. “We become […]

The emotional journey of creating anything great

Why is it that every new idea begins with excitement but ends in the ‘dark swamp of despair?’ Writes Angela Duckworth in her book Grit:  “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” Angela Duckworth The key to achieving anything is not necessarily maintaining that excitement but pushing through all the CRAP (criticism, rejection, assholes, and pressure) and maintaining […]

If you’re struggling to get started, do it badly

Perfection is the antithesis of inspiration — it prevents you from getting started. The trick to getting going is to do it badly. That’s right: Be intentionally messy. Producing crap isn’t the end-goal. The point of taking small actions is to create enough momentum to feel like we’re winning. What sustains persistence are small improvements. […]