Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Important Matter of Doing Creative Work You Can Believe In

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) (Photo: Wikipedia)
by Christopher Connors, Medium - The Mission:
"If one has fear, there can be no initiative in the creative sense of the word. To have initiative in this sense is to do something original - to do it spontaneously, naturally, without being guided, forced, controlled. It is to do something which you love to do" - Jiddu Krishnamurti.
I see so many creative works these days that lacks authenticity and integrity, because they’re regurgitated, reprocessed trash. Whether writing, painting, spoken word or music, there’s too much art now that is unoriginal. We’re lacking innovation and creativity because few people are trying to invent something wholly original and unique to their DNA. 

They’re not even mimicking what someone else did. They’re reproducing exactly what someone else did and calling it their own. Some might call that stealing or copying. I call it, “unoriginal excess” that does harm and danger to the creative community.

I checked out Facebook earlier to find that a good friend of mine had one of his designs taken and used by someone else. He’s a graphic designer and a very talented one. He’s grown a small business around Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gear. It’s thriving and growing. He’s passionate about it and believes in it.

And now, there’s someone else trying to not just mimic - but completely usurp and take his hard work to make it their own for profit. Somehow, someway, we’ve come to tolerate this garbage. It’s become more acceptable. Thing is, the part that bothers me most isn’t the stealing. Which DOES bother me. It’s the total lack of originality and the thought of getting away with it.

Original Content
"If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original" - Ken Robinson.
Crafting original content means that you take the brilliant ideas that pop into your mind and write them out in the unique style that only you can. And if you can’t? Be willing to cite or give a “shout out” to the person who did. Then, work harder and learn from those artists that you admire. Because eventually, your end-product will be a conglomeration of ideas, thoughts and works from thousands of sources that will end up uniquely your own.

I think about this constantly. I’m always trying to craft original content based on my life experiences. I’m always competing to find new ideas in the marketplace, when I go out into the world and in new things that I read online and at the library. I turn to writers of yesteryear - literary giants like Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis and Stephen Covey. I look to the stars of today like Brene Brown, J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell. On this publication alone, I’m inspired by a true original, James Altucher.


Inspiration is vital. It should lead us to a greater belief in ourselves, to find what we want to do and then go create it with maximum effort and a positive attitude. That’s when we do our best work. I pour my heart and soul into each article I write. I’ve had some extremely kind people in this Medium community reach out to me and offer me praise. It touches my heart. Writing is such an enormous part of my life and I have big, big dreams just like so many of you. All of us should want success on our terms, rooted in the belief that we can have it if we stay true to ourselves.

Trust me when I tell you, imitation is not always the most sincere form of flattery. Value your originality and the desire to be yourself over any desire to want to be exactly like someone else. That’s something you can count on and believe in with all your heart.

Believe In It
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy" - Norman Vincent Peale.
If you’re a creator of art, chances are, you do it “for the love of the game.” You want to inspire, attract and produce content that a community of people get value from. That’s the way it should be. We as a people are so afraid to make mistakes, these days. So as a result, we sometimes lack faith in three ways:
  • We’re afraid to simply put our art out there
  • If we do create, we’re afraid of what others might say
  • We’re uncertain and doubt whether our creation is “good enough”
We have to disabuse ourselves of this mindset! It’s stultifying progress and hindering bold, new creations from coming into existence. 

Do what you love. But first, believe in it! You have to believe in what you’re doing. That belief should transcend every other factor or obstacle in your life. Your faith should be rooted in creating and doing things that ONLY YOU can do. Work and art that is unique to you, because there is only one you. Never, ever let anyone hold you back from this. Be original.

Believe in what you’re doing. Don’t just do something because you think it’s what people want. When you’re true to yourself and uniquely, boldly yourself, you’ll see the best results. The world will thank you for it.

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