There is no me, and there is no you, that is fixed and permanent at least. Whatever we are changes depending on the people we are with, the places we visit and the experiences we have in the elaborate game going on around us. But many of us don’t see that. Although I might take my existence as fixed – I am Larry Maguire, artist and writer from Dublin Ireland, for example – I also constantly change both physically and psychically even as I sit here doing nothing.
Welcome to Creativity. Creativity is an inherent aspect of what it means to be human, therefore it must be given a central role in society. I am very passionate about creativity and you'll see it is a central theme of the site. These articles are dedicated to helping your realise and develop this critical function.
This week on Sunday Letters I’d like to offer you a couple reasons why you should get on The Daily Larb Podcast. Last September I launched the podcast as a weekly show and intended to follow an interview style with an occasional monologue from yours truly. Enthusiasm waned a little as a result of a dodgy audio setup and some friction in me with regard to my process. So it eventually came to a halt.
I had a distinct lack of ambition when I was a teenager. Apart from playing football, I had no stand-out desire that I can remember. There was no “I want to be this” occupying my mind. I was just doing whatever came to me and wasn’t getting too hung up on results. Like all kids, I had talent in particular areas, but nothing felt missing so much that I was driven to pursue it. I didn’t feel an emotional vacuum that needed to be filled (however, that would change).
Today in the Sunday Letters article I’m taking a look at the Effects Of Stress On Creativity. For many of us, the receipt of applause is everything. It determines if we are going in the right direction. In its absence, we can feel that what we are doing is not worthwhile. This is a flawed idea.
Today the subject of money was on my mind, and I found me asking myself this question; are you doing it for the money? I was in the kitchen making a coffee, and the question popped into my head. My answer was instant, almost like both the question and answer came at the same time. And to be honest, I was a little surprised. My answer was, no.
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.