I'm currently deeply focused on my creative practice.
I've pretty much given up on social media in a personal capacity (watching this, or this, will do that for you), and spending a lot more time defining how I create music and content, as well as asking myself why I create in the first place.
Is it to merely pay the bills and exist? Or, is it to solve an interesting problem, to make something that truly hasn't existed before, and to help make the world a slightly better place through my creations?
Seth Godin has a great way of looking at this - creatives like us essentially fall into two categories, Hacks and Artists...
You might be a Hack if you...
Aren't interested in excellence, and only interested in results.
Give people exactly what they want (or what they think they want), no more, or no less.
On the other hand, Artists...
There are plenty of people out there who think they are Artists, but are actually Hacks, and they don't even realise it.
I was one of them. For years, I defined my self worth through my achievements. The outcome was the only thing that mattered. The process didn't.
There are also plenty of people out there who will try to teach you the 'hack', the supposed shortcuts to success.
They'll make all sorts of promises to show you the way to 'get there' (hint - there's no such place) as quickly as possible, in as short a time as possible...this is Hackery, disguised as ambition.
Maceo Plex has another way of looking at it - you're either an Artist, or an Artisan...and it pays to know the difference.
So, which one are you?
To be clear, there's nothing wrong with being a Hack, and choosing the be an Artist is a challenging decision to make.
All you need to know is which one you are.
Choose consciously. Choose wisely.
To your increasing Creative Flow,