“The point is the doing of them rather than the accomplishments.”
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the rewards that come with hard work…and we forget that the hard work itself was reward. Bam! I didn’t even make you work hard to read that tip. Let’s elaborate.
I learn a new technique. I post it online. It gets very little response. I get upset because it’s a cool trick that deserves recognition. “What’s the point of posting if noone recognizes it.” Wait…you still learned that trick and you love it. Stop right there.
When did this become the focus?
You had a golden moment of training - a discovery, an advancement within yourself that will stay forever. Did you just lose that feeling? Why ruin that feeling with needing others to validate your efforts? Didn't you just level up an ability FOREVER? Whaaat!
If you share something, you are a mirror. Others see things according to how your work triggers their worldview and perspective. You don't usually get to control their story and how they integrate it with your work. So don't base your value on it.
I remember the story about a person that lost a loved one. This person messaged me to thank me because she was able to learn the nunchaku and carry on his memory through that training. From a numbers standpoint, she only liked the video once. One like. Imagine if that was the only like my video received? What if I wasted time being frustrated about the "one like" response, not realizing the quality of that one number. Think about it. You never know the stories behind the people, you only know the numbers. Making it a numbers game erases the stories. These stories are probably what you are looking for, more than the numbers.
"I mean, I think I'm cool but only 3 people told me that RIDICULOUSLY fiery wings are cool. So maybe it's not cool."
If you are doing it because you're passionate about it, focus on what you can create and be okay with how things fall as they may.
Your creation, that's great...
You creatING, that is the real masterpiece.
It is art unfolding through time. Keep creating, keep being awesome. Your past efforts will be turned into badges. Appreciate them, but try not to fall in love with them too much, try not to let it blind you from seeing all the masterpieces waiting for you in the future. Stay the path and keep the power of artistry in your hands.
As you create, the reward is in the creating. Stay with that.
- Like this post? Be sure to share, like and comment or I won't believe it was worth writing it. Joking...joking... 😉 Well... I mean, if you did share it, I'd appreciate it. Oh the irony! hahaha
- Also, I am aware that if you make art your business, engaging an audience is more of a requirement. But I am also suggesting that you will appreciate the process a whole lot more if you only focus on improving the things you can control...
Good approach: Make great art. Know your value. Connect with the right people that resonate or share your vision. Repeat. Pow!
Bad approach: Make great art. Convince people your art is valuable. Wait for their response. Decide your value. Repeat.