We hear this all the time from creative people who have gone before us and attained the same kind of success to which we aspire.
But although this mantra is popular, I don’t think it’s particularly helpful.
…because we do really want it.
For most of the aspiring and pre-professional creatives I know, wanting it isn’t the problem.
The problem, as I see it, is that too many people think that wanting = wishing.
Our actions often expose a deeply-held (often subconscious) belief that if we just wish harder, then one day we will wake up to a personal creative renaissance, a new, inspiring career or an impressive level of skill.
…but wishing is NOT the same thing as wanting.
Wanting = working.
Most of us can actually do something in response to our occupational frustrations but we have to stop complaining, wasting precious time in front of screens, attempting to satisfy our creative hunger with consumerism and obsessing over the “competition.”
It’s time to build something real.
I think you know, in your heart of hearts, what the real thing is.
…and if you don’t, start here.
For The Road:
How To Keep Going If You Hit A Dead-End
Why Giving Up Won’t Solve Your Problems
21 Butt-Kicking Questions To Help You Stay Focused On Your Creative Dream