To believe that our creative efforts are in vain when they are void of attention, accolades and praise is to deny ourselves a joy that is accessible to us anytime we have a creative impulse and choose not to act on it. Think of all the art that is yet to be made because someone denied their creative impulses with false narratives and harsh self judgements. But when we do choose to listen to those creative impulses, we plant the seeds for a body of work, and begin to weave the golden thread that shapes the creative narrative of our lives.
Creating for your own pleasure–whether you’re writing a novel, composing songs, or painting a landscape–can seem pointless. It’s tempting to focus on pursuing money and fame, rather than the process itself. By playing to an audience of one, we can find more happiness, increased productivity, and a greater sense of community.
A practical guide for discovering—or rediscovering—your own creativity.
Adam Grant New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give AND Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
I’m the host and founder of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast, and the author of Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best and An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for It’s Own Sake. Our listeners say if “If TEDTalks Met Oprah, you’d have the Unmistakable Creative.
My work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Business Insider, and the NYTimes. When I’m not writing or interviewing, you’ll find me either in the ocean chasing waves, or on top of a mountain with a snowboard strapped to my feet.