I recently read an article and had a major realization. I later discovered that Socrates said it much more eloquently…
“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.” (Socrates)
When it comes to my creative work, I am the only person that is going to push myself to become better. What a simple yet profound realization! Being an artist and entrepreneur means that if we want something, we have to figure it out. Teach ourselves. Take the initiative. Learn how to get it done. Simply put, no one is going to walk us through the process. That’s just the reality. We learn from experience. From trying. From failing. From succeeding. It’s all about self-motivation.
It’s easy to get comfortable. However, I think the key to success is to always hold ourselves to a higher standard. Socrates was right; the best way to live is to always work to become better. (Hey, I didn’t say it would be easy. After all, art is work!) After this realization, I noticed that all of the people I admire are living this way; they are always working to become better in some way. They take risks, try new things, and refine who they are. And what’s even more helpful to remember? Many of them have taught themselves their skills and talent! How’s that for encouragement?
A couple of people have asked me why I’m redesigning my blog; they think it’s fine just the way it is. While it is functional, I view this redesign as essential. I don’t think the current look represents me or my style at all anymore, and I know that I need to do this in order to become better. This is a step to grow closer toward my goals.
I may have mentioned that I’m teaching myself the entire redesign process. Some days I’m super intimidated and doubtful, but eventually I remember that I need to push myself to become better. Despite those moments of doubt, I’ve actually been really enjoying it! I’m so passionate about design that it just makes sense for me to do it myself! Being an entrepreneur is challenging, but I know it will be worth it.
So what are you passionate about? What do you need to do in your creative life in order to become better?
P.S. Have these down to business posts become like mini pep talks or is it just me?! :) (Do you like it that way?)