Anyone can dream a dream, but it takes hard work, dedication, the grit and determination to not stop working, believing, and achieving... to not get complacent, or lazy... or unmotivated. But wait... motivation can only take you so far, it is an amazing partner when you are starting a project, but does it ever actually last? Can you feel motivated through an entire project, even the middle part that is usually oh so boring? That's when I believe it just takes sheer determination, white knuckling to get'er done.
I've talked a lot about creativity and how I define it:
I’m sure you are looking for a wonderful fairy dust laden image of what creativity is. First let me tell you what it is not. Creativity is not unicorns farting rainbows*, (and thank God, because I haven’t seen one of those in a long time- and nope, I won’t tell you the last time I did see one). It isn’t a high that you go on and come down from. Creativity is synonymous, in my opinion, with consistency. The more you do, (it can be anything, writing, drawing, hand lettering, creating graphics, thinking outside the box, mathematical equations -anything) the more creative you will be. By doing, it’s as if you are winding-up a clock, if you windup a clock, it will tick. It is the same for us as creatives. If you are consistently winding-up your creativity, it will tick, you will tick, and ultimately you will create.
Personal experience has been a great teacher, it has taught me; the more you share, the more you will have. I love this quote by Anne Frank; “No one has ever become poor by giving.” I believe this relates truly to ideas, creativity, and love. You cannot out give the ever flowing fountain that lives inside of you. You create this fountain by consistently doing. It bubbles up and will run over freely. Give it.
Creativity lives in a world of collaboration, not competition. Don’t compete with others, collaborate with them. Don’t hide what you are doing, share it. Find someone who you truly admire and ask to work with them on something. It doesn’t have to be a famous person, it can be a friend, colleague, relative, neighbour, even your kid. This collaboration thing, this one, this is hard one. We aren’t taught this in life, we are taught to look out for number one. Collaboration- I have had to learn, and it has been a journey, but now, I try to share everything.
Trying to one-up everyone else in the entire world is absolutely exhausting! (<- what a great way to drain creativity). Remember there will always be someone above you, and someone below you. So don’t hate- Collaborate!
So this one is for me- and all of YOU, all of you hustlers out there, gritting through the middle of your project, making it work, working it so it works... this one is for you. The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately. Keep on Hustling, You've got this!
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Ps. this is written especially for me today, I need to keep on hustling, I feel like my white knuckles are slowly letting up and I am getting a little complacent... So this print was made as a reminder for me... I'll be getting the hubby to print it off so I can post it :) Thought I'd share, because I'm pretty much guarantied that I am not alone in my "I just want to watch TV " moments :)
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