In today’s article, I want to get into the subject of going deep and narrow versus going broad and shallow. Some advice suggests we should diversify, be skilled in many areas – broad and shallow in other words.
The Artist’s Manifesto
The Artist’s Manifesto is a creative philosophy for life and work. It is your call to return to the passion of your craft, to engage in things primarily for their own sake without need for recognition, applause, or reward. The principle of Purposeful Accident says, when we focus with deliberate but non-attached intent, we experience the favourable outcomes and success we crave. Download your free chapters.
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Sunday Letters has been on the go about 18 months or so and over the 77 odd issues, the format has been pretty much one dimensional and simple: an article. But now it’s time for change. When I started writing again I decided to forget about monetising and just write about things that interested me. […]
Today’s Sunday Letters article is an extract from The Artist’s Manifesto chapter three and looks at the contrast in letting it happen versus making it happen. The popular advice and resultant often unchallenged perceptions are that if something is to materialise in our experience then we’ve got to make it happen. It’s as if our precise detailing and planning are paramount and without them, we fail. But this is a false idea.
Finding a quiet space in which to create is perhaps one of the single most important prerequisites for creative work. This is true now as it has always been, despite the popular modern convention towards collaborative workspaces. Spaces where we allow ourselves to be herded like cattle into boxes by corporate entities who pretend through their willful managers, to care for our wellbeing. They don’t.
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