The Power of Creating for Your Own Joy


6/13/20242 min read

We've all felt the sting, haven't we? You've got this incredible talent, a burning passion that could set the world alight. Maybe it's writing stories that dance on the page, music that makes your soul vibrate, or a design vision that could redefine entire industries. But life throws you curveballs – responsibilities pile up, opportunities seem scarce, and that spark starts to flicker. You might even start questioning yourself, that insidious voice whispering, "Maybe I'm not good enough."

But silence that voice right now! Just because the world hasn't witnessed your brilliance yet doesn't mean it doesn't exist! Here's the metaphor I live by: Your talent is a masterpiece waiting to be unveiled. Opportunity is the grand museum opening. You wouldn't judge a masterpiece locked in a vault, would you? Its potential is undeniable, even unseen. The same goes for you!

Think of Maya Angelou. A voice that resonated with millions, a woman who redefined courage and resilience. But you know what? She spent years mute, a childhood trauma leaving her voiceless. Did that make her any less powerful? Absolutely not! Her talent was undeniable, just waiting for the right moment to erupt onto the world stage.

Think of Vincent van Gogh. One of the most celebrated artists of all time.

But in his lifetime? Barely sold a single painting. Did that make him a failure? Absolutely not! His talent was undeniable, it just needed the right downpour of opportunity to blossom.

So, what do you do when the path to that stage feels shrouded in fog? Here's the beauty: you are not at the mercy of some cosmic rainmaker! You can cultivate your own artistic oasis!

  • First, become the gardener of your genius! Take relentless courses, devour books on your craft, find mentors who can guide you. Practice every single day, even if it's just for ten minutes. Remember, the greatest artists are the ones who never stop learning and refining. The stronger your talent, the more vibrant your colors, the harder it will be to ignore your masterpiece in the making.

  • Second, become a guerilla artist! Don't wait for some fancy gallery to open its doors. Start a blog, showcase your work on social media, enter online competitions. This isn't about waiting for permission – it's about taking ownership of your voice and letting the world hear it. There are more ways than ever before to get your art out there, so get creative!

  • Third, and most importantly, remember your worth is not defined by applause!

    The joy you experience creating, the sense of accomplishment as you push your boundaries – those are yours to own, a constant source of validation regardless of external recognition.

The road to success might have some unexpected turns, but that doesn't mean you're lost.

Hold onto your talent, nurture it with dedication, and remember, even the towering redwoods started as tiny seeds, patiently waiting for their moment to reach for the sun.

Now go forth, my friends, and cultivate your own artistic sunshine! The world needs your brilliance, and you have the power to make it happen. Let's go make some magic!

man and woman in black suit painting
man and woman in black suit painting
empty road
empty road