Hard work

My job is creative in nature, which means that I need to be imaginative enough to create something. I need to be inspired. And it does seem that there are a lot more requirements to any creative endeavor, but the truth is that until I worked hard to finish my stuff, to keep this blog alive, to write each and every day, regardless of what was going on in my personal life, I didn’t enjoy any kind of success.

That’s the thing. There’s no substitute for hard work. Passion, talent, luck, are all contributing factors, but the courage and discipline to persevere in spite of failure, regardless of one’s mood or feelings, that is the most important (and often neglected) aspect of success.

You have to create a huge volume of work, because that’s the only way you get better at it. You have to want it bad enough that you’d do what others aren’t willing to.

Don’t just wish for it, work for it.

It’s painful at times. It’s boring, maybe. It feels wrong. But the thing is, you progress. Even if you don’t feel inspired to write, you’re still getting better.

That’s what the creative part of this job is all about. You get better at it, you find different ways of expressing some kind of subjective truth. And for that to happen, you need to work hard.

It’s as simple as that. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.

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11 thoughts on “Hard work

  1. True story! I feel like half of my posts are about how hard it was to force myself to write them. But all that practice becomes worthwhile when you find yourself in the flow of really good, really meaningful writing. Suddenly, everything is easy. Suddenly, you know exactly what you’re doing.

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    • Well, when I first started writing twelve years ago it felt so easy. I can’t explain it really. Don’t know. It just felt simple. You just write down whatever your mind sees. But the more I read, the more I realized that it wasn’t so simple. The more I wrote, the more I realized that some things I couldn’t describe without feeling like losing some parts in the process.

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      • I know the feeling. I find it easy to write the first draft, in most cases, but it’s the editing and rewriting 20 extra times after the fact that starts to become tedious. I know what you mean about descriptions, too. I really, really want to improve on that!

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