Trying to Measure the Artistic Gain

Because instead of comparing me with me, I was comparing me with da Vinci, with my friend the professional illustrator, with all the artists who’d inspired me to want to start to draw. The first bar was way too high. I’d just started to jog and was beating myself up for not running a marathon in under three hours. – How to make learning to draw a whole lot easier

I get this perfectly right now as I learn to draw. I see some improvement but I’m not near creating the characters I have in my head for a comic strip.

We do this in our businesses as well. Comparing your income numbers to what someone else published they did. I’ve talked to some people with published numbers and they may or may not be real.

Note especially the three rules at the end of the post.

  1. Never compare yourself to other artists
  2. You’re making more progress than you think
  3. Everyone struggles in the beginning

I’d amend the last one though to say “everyone struggles” beginning or end has nothing to do with it.

That Ideal Day

I love this article detailing the ideal day where everything went right. I love it because some of it is achievable every day.

You can go to bed earlier and get the rest you need.

You can decide to bury your phone in your backpack, or even leave it at home, and spend time talking to those friends in front of you.

You can have a carefully curated list of tasks that matter to you and will push your business/career forward.

It takes some intentionality and focus and more than just a little bit of willpower.

For me, part of it took my phone being bad. I couldn’t use it much because the battery died so fast and I had more chance to get deep focused work done.

It doesn’t have to take that though.

Write down the few things you’re going to do next week to make a single day closer to your ideal. If you don’t have your ideal, take a cue from the article at the top of the post, and write about your ideal day.

Are you refining

Thoughtful post from Scott on the process of creating taking time.

I was just talking to some of my coaching students today about some new thinking told and strategies I’ve been using that have been helpful.

Old Curtis would just have launched something about it. This time I’ll work through it with my clients a few times to refine it. Then add it to BootCamp. Then share parts of it in other places.

With this method, like Scott says:

We rush to get it out the door because we have deadlines, or we are impatient, not because it’s ready.

I’m trying to get away from that.

The Worst Thing You’ve Done

The whole interview was great, but this minute as Catherine Hoke talks about being known first for the worst thing you’ve done.

I’m still thinking about it an hour later.

Stop and think about the worst thing you’ve done. That time you failed or fought or … Who knows.

I’d be in jail.

I’m blessed to have what I have and get to struggle with the life I have now.

Puts so much in perspective.

Creating Running and Writing

Ryan Holiday has a nice post on writing and running.

I write and I run. I code and I run. Sometimes I run then code and run again.

There is just something about being out there under your own power with a pair of shoes and some water that frees the mind for me.

What do you do to break between your creative sessions?