A rich life involves learning new skills, slowly mastering difficult things, and sharing our work. Deep down, we all want to contribute. But once we find even modest success, many of us struggle with a feeling that we’re secretly frauds, that we’ve somehow managed to fool everyone, and that the charade could end at any […]
Below, you'll find articles on the importance of creative expression.
Topics include how to overcome a fear of starting, the role of inspiration in the creative process, and why amateurs can't let creative professionals have all the fun!
I was talking to a friend recently about the difficulty of shipping: putting our creative work out into the world. My friend is a polymath, whip-smart and good at pretty much everything. This person is capable of making an interesting artistic statement in, like, four different mediums. But the fear of shipping is universal. I […]
Some mistakes are catastrophes, doing deep, lasting damage. Others are just missteps, bruising our egos a bit but teaching us loads in the process. It’s often hard to tell the difference, though. When we’re evaluating a potential course of action, fear often magnifies risk. To our fear-addled brains, potential minor difficulties can feel like looming […]
Humans take mental shortcuts all the time. We kind of have to, you know? Time is short, there’s a lot to do, and it’s a big world out there. We can’t evaluate every situation from the ground up, so our brains use simple rules called heuristics to save time. Heuristics are super handy and efficient. […]
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. — Chuck Close Do you need to be inspired in order to create? The answer seems obvious: yes. If a painting inspires its viewers, it must been created by an inspired artist, right? I say no. Inspiration makes for a […]