Upon entering the blogging and social networking world I noticed that there are a lot of good artists. There are a lot of really good photographers. There are a lot of good painters. There are a lot of good writers and poets and novelists. There are a lot of good graphic designers. There are a lot of people good with crafts. There are a lot of people with good advice about health and philosophy. There are a lot of good right-brained and left brained people sharing their creativity and knowledge. In fact, the amount of talent out there in this interactive, virtual world in which we find ourselves can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is easy to get caught in the comparison trap and to start equating one’s worth and value by the talent of others. This is dangerous and can be destructive. I have been there. I understand. I have analyzed and over analyzed. I’ve designed, redesigned, and over designed. I’ve written, rewritten, proofread, and proofread again trying to make things just right. I’ve struggled and pushed and been frustrated to the point of finally asking myself the question “when is good, enough?”
Striving to improve one’s skills is important and to study one’s craft is wise. But what I’m learning is that it is much less stressful and more freeing to celebrate the accomplishments and abilities of others and to use those things to motivate and inspire me instead of letting it bring me down with feelings of inadequacy and detract from my own creativity. I’m learning to just do what I know to do. Be true to myself and be who I am. And in this process of self-discovery I’ve asked myself again, “when is good, enough?” The answer is simple, good enough is good enough when it is good enough for you.
Be inspired my friends – w
“Sometimes it is easy to get caught in the comparison trap and to start equating one’s worth and value by the talent of others. This is dangerous and can be destructive.” I agree and agree. It can eat you whole if you don’t put a sock in it. I am sometimes victim to it when I hear the accomplishments and path of other filmmakers. Mine hasn’t been any kind of recognizable path lol, so when I hear how far people have gotten or see their following then look at their work, I’m immediately on the path to…how talented I must not be. But, I get the other part of what you’re saying to, so I do try to switch the conversation. And sometimes I’m successful…lol.
You are correct. It is a constant battle. But just keep pushing through. You can do it! The key is being content with what you’ve done and knowing you’ve been true to yourself and done your best. Thank you for your honesty. It is nice to know that I’m not the only one feeling the way I do sometimes.
Good words and thoughts. Really enjoyable Blog.
Thank you. I appreciate it!
well said! just the volume alone of people doing the same art is surprising to me, but there are a few billion of us, so you’d hope the odds are a few nuts made it through! its funny though, as a writer I can go back and change a story a million times, and still want to add more…but I try to stop myself right about the first time I get bored with it…then I’m pretty sure I’m done. 🙂 and that picture is phenominal!!!
Thanks! And yes, I actually went back yesterday and made a slight adjustment on a design I had done a few weeks ago and finished it. Although I thought it was done previously! I am always trying to improve and become better. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂
So true. I started my blog because I lost my artistic self and spent years beating myself up for not being good enough. There is a lot of wisdom is your words, and something I need to learn for myself.
Thank you. Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming at times. Keep pressing on and good things will happen 🙂