Make Stuff Anyway

If you become a professional runner, you don’t get to complain when you get out of breath. You run anyway.

If you become a professional painter, you don’t get to complain when you get paint on your clothes. You paint anyway.

If you become a professional swimmer, you don’t get to complain when you get wet. You swim anyway.

Something I’ve noticed about being a professional creative person is that even though we don’t usually get out of breath like runners or wet like swimmers, that doesn’t mean we don’t sign up to get uncomfortable in other ways while at work (Except dancers, you get the best of BOTH worlds!).

I think the artist, the creative, the person who makes stuff, signs up for a different kind of discomfort. Doing what Seth Godin calls “emotional labor” brings along other feelings that we can’t be suprised about. What do they sign up for?

They sign up to get scared. They sign up to feel stupid. They sign up to feel insecure. They sign up to get embarrassed. They sign up to think “Who am I to do this?” They sign up to look dumb a lot. But they also sign up to potentially touch peoples’ lives in unimaginable ways.

So if we make things for a living, we can’t be suprised when those feelings show up all day. Let em’ come.

Make stuff anyway.

JL