Create Dangerously: Forge Yourself a Combat-Ready Purpose

A killer “why” is your best defense against laziness & mediocrity.

Joe Garza
The Reckless Muse
Published in
4 min readApr 11, 2024


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“My job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” — Mark Twain

Being a rebel without a cause can only take you so far.

And even if you are committed to a cause, does it have enough calcium in its bones to carry you through the trenches on the battlefield of the Artist’s Life? Does your cause have enough meat to sustain you on those days when your hunt for inspiration brings back nothing?

Too many artists create solely for money and fame — they might achieve what they want, but they’ll hardly be remembered when theaters no longer show their movies, radio stations no longer play their songs, bookstores no longer carry their novels.

And then there are artists who are stuck in the Romantic tradition, the “art for art’s sake” crowd who laze around waxing poetic on the virtues of forging something that will never be seen, heard, or experienced.

Let these losers build their creative careers around dull, flimsy causes that are as strong and rigid as an old man’s penis.

We’ll fashion our goals into fine points and buttress them with steel girders, standing tall and angry against…