If You’re Not Feeling Discomfort, You’re Not Moving Forward

If You’re Not Feeling Discomfort, You’re Not Moving Forward

have good news and bad news about your ability to move forward as a creative.

The good news is that you have the control to move forward. You don’t have to wait for permission, you can just take the steps needed to learn, do and share your work.

The bad news is that you have the control to move forward, but it won’t always feel good at the start. In fact, what feels good from the beginning is often avoiding the work rather than doing the work.

Your Story is Not Your Bio

Your Story is Not Your Bio

Over the past year, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with storytelling. 

I haven’t been watching films or television. I’ve been listening to podcasts about artists, makers, doers and looking at how the most interesting stories are told. 

I feel like so many people struggle with telling their story. And when they do tell it, often people start at the beginning, their own ‘once upon a time.’

But we are no longer in a ‘once upon a time’ world. We’re past beginnings and want to jump to the point.

I found something common across the best told stories. 

They all offer a vision.

Why getting to Your Why is difficult for creatives

Why getting to Your Why is difficult for creatives

Your “why” these days has a very specific connotation. The author, motivational speaker and organization Simon Sinek introduced this idea to millions with his TEDx talk, “How great leaders inspire action.”

His idea: People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

Basically, according to Sinek, most people talk about what they do, what they offer, and that is not interesting. So an artist who puts their heart and soul into the work and talk about what they do will have fewer followers, fewer buyers, less interest than an artist who talks about why they do their art or creative work.

So this why is important. It makes a difference between selling, showing, sharing your work, or not.