Want to Live The Creative Life? You Must Ask Yourself This Vital Question.
Yesterday, I asked myself what might be the most important question of my career. Not just my career up until now, but my entire career, for the rest of my life.
The question all creatives must ask themselves, if they intend to make a living from their art.
Do I really want this?
Yes, I really want to connect with and help people through my writing, and get paid for it.
Yes, I want to feel fulfilled in the work that I do.
But that isn’t really answering the question, is it?
Of course I want the result….the outcome.
But the important question is:
Am I willing to endure the pain and suffering it will take to get these results?
Am I willing to push through fear and self-doubt and continue to share my work with the world?
Do I have enough grit to be ignored, rejected and criticized, and still carry on?
Do I have the audacity to ask to be paid what I know i’m worth?
It’s a cliche to say that people who give up on their dreams “don’t want it bad enough.”
But wouldn’t it be more accurate to say they simply didn’t want all of it?
They wanted the positive outcome, the stuff that feels good–everyone does.
They either didn’t want, or couldn’t tolerate the suffering that inevitably comes with it.
When I asked myself that question, I really felt it, in the pit of my stomach. It was like I was seeing the future: rejection, embarrassment, terrifying vulnerability.
Do I really want all of that? Can I accept it, over and over, and keep moving forward?
I want to say yes.
But I guess we’ll see.
Have you accepted the struggle that comes with trying to make it as an artist? Talk about it in the comments!