The Prolific Creator is Self-Motivated
My parents never had to force me to practice when I played the tuba. In fact, they often had to ask me to stop. I was so self-motivated I drove them crazy.
The prolific creator doesn’t need anyone to hold him accountable. Nobody has to tell him to make his art and master his craft. He’s willing to drive the people around him crazy if it means becoming world-class.
The Prolific Creator has a Bias Towards Action
The prolific creator doesn’t spend his life making plans. He spends it making art. He takes action on his ideas.
The Prolific Creator is Consistent
He understands the profound power of consistency. He honors his commitments. He shows up at the same time in the same place, day after day, month after month, year after year.
The Prolific Creator is Resourceful
You don’t need more resources. You need more resourcefulness. And resourcefulness comes from within.
Hassan Minaj drove from Sacramento to San Franciso to perform at open mic nights. On the way home one night, he crashed his parents’ Altima. When he auditioned for The Daily Show, he didn’t submit a reel. He created something just for them. He didn’t have an abundance of resources. He had an abundance of resourcefulness.
Your resources might be limited, but your imagination and creativity are not. Resourcefulness can turn a struggling wannabe into a thriving gonna be.
The Prolific Creator Gets up After He Falls
At some point in your life, things will fall apart. A lover will leave, your bank balance will dwindle and bridges will burn. These are all gifts from the universe that comes disguised as a punch to the face.
Right after the most successful year of my career, I had the worst year of my life: a breakup, a near bankruptcy and suicidal depression. Most nights, I went to sleep hoping I wouldn’t wake up the next day. Seasons of adversity are part of the course in any life. But like all seasons, they eventually come to an end.
So I did the only thing I could think of. I kept writing. The thing that saved my life was to make more art.
This is part of a series about how to become a more prolific creator. You can download the entire book for free here.