Sunday, August 19, 2012

Showing Up: Learning How to Steal like an Artist

We all do it.  But I never had heard quite a great description of how we are influenced
until I read this great little book by Austin Kleon, "Steal Like an Artist."

I wanted to share with you 1 great piece of advice from this book that keeps me
creating, even when I don't "Feel the Magic"

Identifying and busting out of "Impostor Syndrome"

What is this Impostor Syndrome? Well according to Austin: "The clinical definition is 
a 'psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their 
accomplishments' When you feel like a phony, like you're just winging it, that
 you really don't have any idea what you're doing."

But Austin doesn't just leave it there, he continues: "Guess What? None of us do.  Ask 
anybody doing truly creative work and they'll tell you the truth: They don't know 
where the good stuff comes from.  They just show up, to do their thing. Every day."

That, my friend, is artistic gold: 
Just show up and try.

Even if you only have 15 minutes to be 
creativewouldn't you rather say, "Yeah, I createdsomething today," even if it
was just 15 minutes, rather than not creating anything?  I've come up with great stuff that
I had no idea I was going to create is small 15 minute windows, just because I made an
effort, even though it was brief, it turned out to be a great start for a new piece.

Even though I haven't posted a new piece of music since last month, I haven't stopped
creating, there just hasn't been anything that's been to a finishing point yet. Day jobs
get too busy sometimes, and "life happens"  BUT I've stayed creative, and kept creating
new ideas, and a lot of them are from changing my thinking about time, and just showing
 up every day, even if it's only have a few minutes.

Try it!   Just commit to 15 minutes and see what happens.

Now, go start something....

Austin's site is here:

His book is really good, and worth purchasing.

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