The Difficult Thing Is For Something

Do the difficult thing first, but do not stop there. As children, we want to have fun. We want to play. We want to do what is easy, what feels good, and what makes us feel free. We want what we want immediately, with no compromise, and we want to be able to change our…

Attention To Distraction Is Attention Wasted

Trying to solve the world’s problems is a great distraction from doing the work that actually matters. Every moment spent trying to fix the world outside of our reach is time, energy, and attention not given to our personal lives, our relationships, and our community. Every moment spent focused on perceived problems beyond our control…

Our Occupations Are For Service

We must find a balance between the ways in which we serve our communities and the ways in which we serve our hearts’ callings. When people are challenged with the idea that they should do what they love, many automatically assume this necessarily refers to their occupation. This is a patently false assumption, however. Doing…

Creating That Which We Love

“What audiences like is something good. So your real obligation [as an] artist is to make a thing you really love.”—T-Bone Burnett If we are not happy with the creative work we are doing, no matter how large our audience may be, it will ultimately prove to be unsustainable. That is because, even if what…

Art Is The Result (Not The Goal)

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”― Steven Pressfield, ‘The War of Art’ The artist’s commitment is not to doing good work, but simply to doing work. Whether that work is good or not can only be determined in hindsight, once it has…