Probably the Worst Thing A Creative Can Do

…is compare themselves to others.  That’s a wasted day, or week, or lots of weeks.  These are the inner questions we ask that completely derail us in our creativity.

“Why am I not as popular as that person whose work sucks?”

“Why does so-and-so get hired and not me?”

“Is my writing as good as Alan Moore?  No?  Ah I better quit then.”

It is really, really hard to get excited about creating when you’re swirling in negativity.  And it usually isn’t other people who force you to compare yourself- it’s you,

The reality is, there are so many factors that go into success, some controllable and some not so much, that comparisons are useless.

Maybe this guy got the job because he’s an old friend of the person hiring him, or had good recommendations, or excellent people skills.

Maybe some deal was cut that no one knows the details of.

It’s annoying but ageism, racism, sexism, preference for particular bra sizes, and all the rest factor in the success of an artist.

Right time, right place, family ties, mob ties.

The alignment of the planets, the phases of the moon.

Your zip code.

Years of hard work.

A college eductaion.

A positive mentor.

Anything could make a project succeed, an artist stand out.  The only controllable factor is yourself- how driven are you?  How do you present yourself?  What do you want to make and what do you end up making?  One thing successful creatives have in common is they don’t waste time and energy comparing themselves unfavorably, they push through to the next project.


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I'm a multimedia artist in Phoenix, AZ. Main Site - Instagram @primordialcreative + twitter @dbmillerphoto

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