I did a lot of needless yapping before realizing this simple truth: People don’t pay much attention to what you say, all that matters is What You DO.
Want to be a writer?
Want to be a painter?
Want to be a photographer?
Now you are one.
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It’s really as simple and as complicated as that. People only recognize us for what we DO, not what we say. If Elton John merely told everyone he was a singer but never sang in public most would’ve thought him to be mad.
There are millions of examples – people singing in subway stations, guitarists on the street with the case open for a few coins, painters set up in the public park. I see that and think “there’s a musician” or “there’s an artist” not “there’s a bum.”
When I hear this from my friends it upsets me:
“Oh I would love to be a writer, but I am too busy with work (or kids or school…).” I say if you REALLY had a passion to write you’d find time to do it, even a little bit.
Recently I read “On Writing” by Steven King, an excellent book of insight to writers, but also a message about desire and discipline.
Desire is important as without it, you won’t stick with anything because your lack of desire dictates that the effort will mean nothing.
Discipline is crucial and my most difficult challenge because it is required to take something (anything) from a “I wish I could be a _______(writer, musician, performer, gardener, cook etc…)” to
“I AM a writer (insert endeavor of your choice.” Any skill or art worth having takes time to develop and a consistent effort to “make it happen.” This is something I struggle with for this blog. I am committed to posting at least twice a week and to do that I must sit down and DO IT, every week. It’s difficult amidst the constant clamor of daily life.
Often people don’t see themselves in this light because they don’t make money at their craft. But here’s the flaw: The great ones are those that pursue their craft, their art or their passions whether or not anyone is watching. They feel compelled to write (or paint or garden or whatever…) as part of their “inner being” or that it’s a God given talent that must be utilized to please their maker. It’s something that’s part of them, deeper than a wishful thought.
I am not here to preach, just wondering: Does this mean anything to you?
Two weeks ago I wrote Focus on What You CAN do, Not What You Can’t and today’s post is an extension of that thought. I hope you enjoy it, thanks for tuning in.
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