The creative journey is not for the faint-hearted. The rewards don’t come easily, and it takes years to cultivate mastery. Fame and wealth are not guaranteed, and you’ll often go through unanticipated spells of loneliness, frustration and self-doubt.
Yes, you have the freedom and privilege to capitalize on your talents, create memorable works and leave a lasting impact on the world. But that doesn’t mean that the life of a creative is all sunshine and rainbows. You must be ready for goodness, applause, success and luck as well as nastiness, crickets, failure and unfairness. Because you never truly know what would come your way next.
The silver lining of this tumultuous creative adventure is that it separates the wheat from the chaff. The whiners quit and the dedicated ones keep moving forward. Unlike amateurs, pros never complain. They focus on doing their best with whatever resources they have in hand. They are too serious about their craft to let excuses or rationalizations come in their way. In fact, the pros prime themselves beforehand and embrace both the agonies and the ecstasies of the creative ride in equal measure.
When everything goes smoothly and the wind is on their side, the pros are focused, productive and relentless, and let their high-impact habits take them forward. And when storms come their way, they face the chaos and mess with poise and keep doing their best knowing that tough times don’t last forever.
The pros turn obstacles in their path into opportunities. They know the value of suffering and its role in developing strength and attaining greatness. No matter what they go through, they focus on hope, positivity and gratitude, and have an unshakable faith in themselves and the Universe.
If you want to leave your mark on this world with the magic of your creativity, then you must act like a pro, and never complain and never give up. As Robin Sharma puts it, “Complaining is the ego’s tricky way of preventing the best part of you from coming out to play.”
You must keep advancing forward under all circumstances. Because that’s the only way to achieve success and glory in this game.
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