Yesterday I celebrated (well I didn’t really) 100 Episodes Of The Daily Larb. The Daily Larb wasn’t a show I did a whole pile of shouting about. I did very little marketing for the show actually. As such listenership numbers are low enough. It was an experiment that I conducted using my iPhone and an iOS app named Anchor.
This morning I want to share with you some ideas on mentorship and advice. It appears to me that there is nothing inherently good, bad, right or wrong about advice. It seems to be more about how open we are and how we use it. There have been times I’ve taken advice, both solicited and unsolicited.
Sometimes I get frustrated, I lose enthusiasm when results don’t show up. Like this morning. I realise that reversing the momentum of the current trend is vital if I am to hit my goal of publishing this book on time. But right now I’m not feeling it.
The artist’s duty is often doubted by the artist herself, but can never ultimately be in doubt. What motivates the creative person is inherently personal, coming from a multitude of real world and psychic experiences. In that, it is as all art should be, boundless. When we define art we box it in. The self cannot be boxed in, not ultimately.
I walk in the Phoenix Park near where I live and I see the trees play the long game. The grass and the birds and the sky play the long game. Our dog, Tilly plays the long game. So do the cats she chases that come into our matchbox sized back garden. Human beings don’t play the long game. Not many of us do anyway that’s for sure.
Even though the title suggests I’m about to try to save you from the depressive depths of creative misdirection by showing you how to be more productive, I’m actually not. Not really. You see, I realise there are far too much productivity and time management advice material out there to be healthily digestible.
The butcher shop owner told my wife once that they just weren’t getting the footfall they needed to survive. He said he’d have to close down if things didn’t pick up. They obviously didn’t. But there’s so much the butcher shop could have done.
If you are currently feeling an creative downward trend, then I’ve got a couple of books that may help you boost creativity and get yourself back in the groove. These 10 books that may help you boost creativity have been penned by people from various walks of life.
I was sitting in bed one night, my back against the tall solid wood headboard when suddenly it occurred to me the complete inadequacy of the words I had just spoken. My wife and I were discussing something trivial, I can’t remember what it was now, it doesn’t really matter anyway. I was in no doubt that right there, the words we just uttered were pointless, even primitive.
Well now, we’ve really come to the nub of it all, haven’t we… how much should I charge for this thing I’ve made or this service I provide? This is a real world, physical reality, get with the program kind of question that pretty much everyone asks at various points in their creative career.