I’m a creative. I love making things. I didn’t always know that I would like making things.
In fact, if I were to wait around to discover that I truly love creating I would have never started.
I believe that in the process of creating, that’s where we finally start to find out who we truly are.
When I first started making things I was scared out of my mind. In fact, I’m still scared.
What if people figure out that I’m a phony?
What if no one likes what I make?
What if people find out I’m just winging it?
This fear is natural though, right?
In his book, Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon talks about “impostor syndrome” and how it’s taking over our culture.
“The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.
Guess what: None of us do. Ask anybody doing truly creative work, and they’ll tell you the truth: They don’t know where the “good stuff comes from. They just show up to do their thing. Every day.”
Excerpt From: Austin Kleon. “Steal Like an Artist.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/rK5ZD.l ”
So next time you’re struggling with being “legit” remember that most of us don’t know we are doing anyway.
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