“Even if it takes a lifetime to deliver your best work, don’t stop. And just because [people] tell you everything you did was wrong, doesn’t mean you should quit. Because to deliver greatness takes time. It takes getting a lot of [work] wrong to get one amazingly right. It takes hearing you suck before hearing you are a genius.”
Marc Barros’ To the Creators
Posted December 9th, 2013 at 2:25 pm by Tanner Christensen
From Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit
Posted December 9th, 2013 at 7:00 am by Tanner Christensen
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs during his Stanford Commencement speech in 2005
Posted December 7th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Tanner Christensen
“We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if we have good ideas, we will succeed. It’s all a lie…We think of creative people in a heroic manner, and we celebrate them, but the thing we [are actually celebrating] is the after-effect.”
Excellent article in Slate about how nobody actually likes creativity
Posted December 6th, 2013 at 11:02 am by Tanner Christensen
Posted December 6th, 2013 at 9:58 am by Tanner Christensen
Do you think Picasso ever sat down in front of a canvas and thought it would be his greatest work ever? That once it was finished he would never have to worry about the price of painting supplies ever again?
I just can’t see any of the historically great artists or writers sitting down to work and thinking to themselves: “This is it. This is the work that’s going to change my life.”
Even if that idea you’re working on now does change your life – maybe it makes you unbelievably rich, gets you 15 minutes of fame, or makes you known as an established and wildly successful artist – what then?
Say you make it big and that one idea turns you into an instant artist celebrity. Are you going to not work on your art anymore? Will you suddenly have some other grand purpose in life? If that’s the case, why even work on your art now anyway? Go do that other stuff instead.
Creative work certainly isn’t going to make you money.
I think it’s important to regularly remind ourselves of why we do what we do. That each project or idea we undertake has nothing to do with making it big and everything to do with exploration and expression.
We do artistic work because it fulfills something deeper in us. Not a desire to become rich or famous. Not to see one of our pieces hung in the Louvre or to have our book number one on every best sellers list. Those things are nice, and undoubtedly any creative person would love to have those things.
But what then? The work doesn’t stop. The idea keep coming. The need to explore our thoughts and express our ideas, to solve problems and to make things, will always be there.
Enjoy the ride.
- Why is this a project to begin with?
- What purpose does the work serve, what is the end-goal?
- Who needs to be involved, and who is the project ultimately for?
- When does it need to be completed and when are the project milestones (if there aren’t any, make some)?
- Where will the work appear and where will it be worked on?
- How will these objectives be accomplished?
Before you start any project, answer these six questions
Posted December 5th, 2013 at 12:39 pm by Tanner Christensen