The challenge for most creative people myself included is that we are so afraid to put our work out there unless we think it’s perfect. We are afraid of how people will think of us and the effect it’ll have our brand and reputation. You only get one chance to impress, one day when everything looks great then I’ll hit publish or share with others they say…The only challenge is that the day never comes.
I’ve always wanted to be a prolific writer who can create change and impact with my writing. I set up this blog back in 2015 intending to write and publish in-depth articles on personal growth. For almost 5 years, I kept procrastinating because I needed to conduct more research, find my style, gain domain experience and refine my writing better…excuses excuses. I was and is still is so scared of hitting publish because I still worry about what people will think. It’s not until 100 days ago that I set myself a challenge to publish an article every day regardless of whether I think it’s perfect or not.
Author and my inspiration Seth Godin has this cool statement he poses to anyone who says that they can’t publish because they suck. He says “show me your bad work”. When I started writing and publishing daily, the goal was to improve in the craft. You can consider my earlier writing or even this article my bad work as I improve and grow as a writer. The challenge of not showing off anything you are doing is that you never get feedback or engage in enough deliberate practise that can help you improve.
Publishing daily has given me plenty of practice and the feedback my people who read my blog has been invaluable in helping me find my voice and style. This is something I would have never gained if I never dared to show off my “bad work”.
Creative anything meaningful takes time and lots of practice. Unfortunately, we live in a “microwave world” where we expect things to just happen instantly. I can’t blame you either, every ad online claims to be able to turn you from Zero to hero almost instantly. You can’t fantasise about success and then magically expect to emerge from nowhere and be great. You need the patience to practise your craft and most importantly the courage to get feedback along the way.