Create things. Don’t always consume stuff that’s already been created.
Make something that wasn’t here before, even if it sucks. (Kind of like this blog post.)
You can do it.
It’s work and takes effort, and you’re flying without a net when you make sh*t on your own, but the world needs your stuff so screw commercial success and just do it.
I look up to the artist, business person, seamstress, painter, builder, butcher, baker, and candle stick maker because they are the ones that loosen their minds enough to make something where nothing existed before.
There is something about a “something” that is born from the mind and hands of an individual, before they’ve hit the sweet spot that appeals to the masses. Before the whole corporate thing sets in and their creations are duplicated en-masse, which sort of kills the individual spirit of the prototypes that are worth more than the creator could ever have imagined.
It must be heady stuff for those people, so I especially love the humble contributors that maintain their humility after consumers make them into celebrities. Those people are awesome.
But what about the creations that never hit the “big time?”
What about all the literature and artwork that adorn homes and end tables…imperfect because they didn’t have the capital or fan base to sand off the rough edges of individuality.
What about the creations that are inconsistent because they are made one at a time, by a person who simply loves to make things?
I think they are more worthy of our admiration than the commercial successes. That’s just a hunch of course, and what do know anyway? I’m just a guy who writes invisible blog posts in a sea of self-appointed prophets and “experts.”
Still, something about that feels true. That people who make stuff for creation’s sake are friggin’ cool as hell and deserve a little “awe” from the rest of us because they’re not doing it for the money. That makes me want them to get rich off their stuff more than anything.
But you can’t know which one you’ll be if you don’t try. And if you’re not a rich creator does it mean you shouldn’t do what you love? No. Please no.
Write you writer’s. Paint you artists. Sculpt, bake, cut, saw and hammer, all of you…even if it won’t make you famous.
Create things…because you are a god…and that’s what gods do.