As creative people, I think most of us are our own worst enemies. That is, of course, unless you are full of confidence and play to the market. If that’s the case, there’s no need to read any further. I’m talking about doing the work for work’s sake.
I’ve always been inspired by people that are passionate by what they do. Case in point, I recently heard Eryn Shewell and her band live. It never ceases to amaze me the passion behind the voice. Eryn’s collaborator, guitarist Pat Ruh, is astonishing to watch. You can actually see him enter the zone. It’s like there’s no one else in the room except the man and his guitar and what comes from his soul. He doesn’t play to the room, he plays for his Muse. Hearing Eryn Shewell and her band live, one witnesses how inspiration touches talent and gives birth to truth and beauty.
I know this might be met with skepticism by some, but have you ever wondered how inspiration will sometimes come from out of the blue. I have always held the belief that hard work garners results. And, the most important thing about art is the work. Resistance and procrastination create a constant battlefield, but when we make the decision to do the work and become a pro, providence does step in. And, when we do the work, we pay homage to the holiest ghost I know…the creative imagination.
For inspiration, check out Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle. It is an engaging and practical guide for succeeding in a creative environment. It identifies the internal enemy and how to conquer it; setting a path for success. If you’ve read the book, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts, so leave a comment below!