Organic Growth vs. Forced Growth
So then how do we grow organically versus in a forced way? And what are the pros and cons to that growth? Well, there are a couple of ways that we can think about this. Okay, So organic growth kind of precipitates slow progress potentially and often has a lack of effort associated with it in that if you're waiting for inspiration, it may never come. If you're just doing whatever you want all the time and you're not thinking about that next step, then growth may be very slow and there is nothing wrong with that. So I'm not going to say one is better than the other. You work how you wanna work. I will advocate for a slight blend of these ideas, but you take what you want, and honestly, it's of no consequence to anybody but you. So it's okay. Forced growth can cause burnout. That's the bad part of it, because you're trying to force all this growth on yourself and you're trying new things. But you get tired and you just slow down naturally, because you can't force a pace that isn't natural...
for you. But it can also create more realistic expectations off success because if you are thinking about the next goal, the next step, the next you know, curious path that you're going to follow, then you can start to set yourself up for the next success that you're going to have a swell. So whatever you dio take ownership over your growth and your inspiration. Because inspiration, we often think of as this muse that just like visits us sometimes. And we don't have control over that. I don't believe that at all. I think that inspiration should be a practice. It is a process. And when you're thinking about growth, take that forward momentum that you get and run with it. Run with that momentum because if I know anything, it's that confidence and success all stem from momentum. It stems from I did something good. Now I want to do more of that good thing. That's where confidence comes from, and it's important that we recognize whatever your growth style that it has toe have momentum to it. Strategy versus inspiration. Do you have to choose one over the other? Does it have to be? I'm inspired and I'm just waiting for it. Whenever I feel that muse I will act on it. Or does it have to be on Lee strategy? Do I have this idea of a thing that I want to do? And I drill it in and I do it? Do it, Do it. I think that it comes from a blend. I think that the the best growth in your artistic journey comes from a blend of strategy and inspiration because they work together to create a more sustainable business models, mawr, innovative art and I want to encourage you to start to think about inspiration and creativity is a practice that could include strategy. The problem that was strategy is that people often think of it is calculated and cold and like you're not a real artist if you have a strategy to your art. But I think that the most successful artists are the ones that have strategy. Despite being labeled as calculated or inauthentic or lacking artistry. They have a goal. They have a plan. They know how they should make you feel, how they want you to respond to their art, where they're going to put it, to be seen by the most people. And there should be no shame in wanting your art to be seen because you're creating something valuable and important. And if you don't believe that, then that's where the work starts. Is believing that you are doing something valuable and important and that it could change the course of ah person's life or even the world You just don't know. Inspiration is often seen as this divine force, right? Like you know, the muse that comes or goes or whatever. But I really think that inspiration comes from a much deeper source, and it's the understanding of oneself. It's the cosmic onion. It came back. So this idea of digging deeper is really just finding your inspiration. Where does it come from? And often I have found it's the thing that people don't get about you. So, like when I started photography, even when I started filmmaking, I remember one of the first things that I made was like this girl. Bad things happen to her, and she was crazy. And like all this stuff, it was really dark. Lots of death in the video, and I remember my family being like, No, why are you doing this? No, please don't make this stuff this is terrible, and I felt so compelled to do it. It's the thing that I did that people said, Why? Why would you do that? That's so weird. That's so crazy. I don't think so. So your deepest inspiration is probably the thing that you feel you need to do and other people don't understand at all. Inspiration is a commodity. I know that you might not like me saying that, because often people don't. But I think that inspiration is a commodity we have toe learn to turn inspiration into something reliable into something that is concrete, something that is delivery herbal, that you can really, really process internally. And when inspiration becomes a commodity, well, then you can pick it up any time you can consume it. It's something that is not just this like magical spirit thing in you, but something that you can call whenever you need it.