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Creating isn’t always sexy, but it’s always worth doing

If you spend enough time creating, you’ll inevitably lay a few bad eggs.

If you lay enough bad eggs, however, you’ll eventually hatch something that’s brilliant.

But, as wonderful as it is to do brilliant work, you don’t have to wait until you hatch something brilliant before you can impact the world. The mere act of honestly creating, in and of itself, can go a long way in infusing the world with much-needed inspiration.

Our world isn’t suffering from a lack of brilliance; it’s suffering from a lack of artistic vulnerability, a lack of thinkers and innovators who are willing to create with guts. We see examples of the remarkable every day. What we’re starving for, however, are a few more examples of people who are willing to show us that it’s okay to reveal ourselves and our art to the world even when our creative self doesn’t look sexy.

Feeling ugly and uninspired today? Then, by all means, please create something and share it with us. We need beauty, but more importantly, we need art that’s human.

TK’s Two Cents: Motivation, Diversity, The Power of Words, Vulnerability, Determination, & Positive Thinking

On Motivation

A sense of purpose is the purest source of inspiration.

Give a man a job, and if he’s a good worker, he’ll remember to show up and clock in on time. Give a man a reason for existing, and even if he’s a bad worker, he’ll immerse himself in creative action so deeply that he’ll lose his sense of time and completely forget to clock out.

What is commonly mistaken for discipline and courage is often just the organic expression of self-knowledge.

When a man knows his “why”, his excuses and fears bow before him like servants.

On Diversity

What a monotonous world it would be if everyone thought like me.

And there would be nothing fun left to do if I were required to be like you.

But when you are you and I am me, there’s plenty of beauty for us both to see.

On the power of words

The first four letters of the word ‘sentence’ spell ‘sent.’

This reminds me of the fact that it is impossible to utter a sentence without the energy of the speaker being ‘sent’ out.

Words are to the human spirit what wires are to electricity–carriers of a most powerful energy that is capable of both creating and destroying.

On Vulnerability

Sometimes I feel threatened by certain conditions in my life.

I’ve learned to not regard this as a bad thing.

When this happens, I simply remind myself that it’s temporary and I quiet my mind by going for a walk, listening to music, or assuming a meditative posture.

Then, I allow the sensation of being threatened to usher me to that place within myself that needs to be healed, heard, embraced, or reminded that it is truly loved.

On Determination

No matter how many demands the world places on you, you have to be willing to fight to create space for the work you love.

Permission never comes from the outside and it’s always a “bad time” to do something different, creative, risky, or interesting.

Success will always be a stranger to you unless you make it your companion while it’s still invisible.

You have to adopt opportunity as an imaginary friend until it becomes real. 

On positive thinking

Life is like a photo you upload into instagram.

While there are certain elements in the picture you can’t change, you do have the opportunity to make edits before you save it as a final copy.

Some things you’re still going to be stuck with, but no matter how bad it is, you can always spice it up a little.

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