Create: Day 14
Do you have the “talent” gene?
An interesting short article in the New York Times, “For the Best of the Best, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture” (Alina Tugend), examines the role of genetic talent versus other factors that determine success.
The most relevant as far as we’re concerned, is, yes, work. Practice. Doing it.
One of the leading researchers in this field tells us that those who become expert practice:
- 4 hours a day
- for about a decade
That takes a whole lotta drive and determination. And while it’s wonderful and exciting to move into the top echelon of one’s chosen creative field, I also think there’s much to recommend creative fooling around no matter what your goals. Get out the finger paints.
So practice, yes, to develop expertise.
But play plenty to develop yourself.
Create Month 1
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Be violent and original in your creative life.
Make collages (dream boards, vision boards).
Leave perfectionism behind.
Take risks by throwing out tons of ideas.
Set aside time every Sunday to work on art.
Moodle (going on an “artist date”) once a month on Saturdays (to start).
Make more time for creativity by ditching something else.
Schedule moodling (artist date) for next month.
Try setting a timer for 11 minutes for a fast, creative break.
Decide what you’d need in order to finish one of your shelved projects.
Join with other artists.
Practice for expertise, play for yourself.