I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I thought about doing a video on it. I still might. For now, I decided to just blog it.
There is, to my mind, a dangerous trend where influencers or other people in positions of authority (whether official or not) are recommending that creatives and would-be entrepreneurs should stop watching the news and focus on their passion. That sounds good, but here are a few reasons why I think it’s a dangerous thing to do.
- First of all, you can’t work in a vacuum. You’re not in an isolation tank. You live and work in the real world with real problems and issues that are happening. You need to be aware of what is going on for a variety of reasons.
- Your passion or pet project might be something that can help other people (ideally, right?). If you don’t keep up with current events, you won’t have any way of knowing if what you’re working on is viable, outdated, needed, or already available.
- You’re choosing to be ignorant. Willful ignorance is the worst kind. You don’t know it all. You can’t choose to ignore what’s going on around you because you know it all. I know people like that. I want as little as possible to do with them.
I understand the reasoning behind the advice to stop watching the news. It’s easy to get dragged into debates, whether online or in person, about what’s going on. It’s easy to get caught up in the news and not get necessary work done. (The same could be said for TV in general, but I’m not even going to recommend people not watch TV/Netflix/whatever. Believe me, I love me some NCIS.) The most recent person I heard say this had good intentions. The rest of his advice was sound. But ignoring any and all news? Nope. I have to disagree with that one.
Something in the news might actually spark an idea that you need to work on.
All this to say: Keep up with current events, but don’t get totally sucked in by the news or anything on TV or your streaming service of choice. Keep creating. The world needs you involved, paying attention, and creative.
A few nights ago, I had an odd dream. I’ve sat on this a while, because in telling the dream, it will sound like a lot of name-dropping. But be that as it may, here it is.
I was living back in our house in McAlester (Oklahoma). The Sherwin Williams parking lot behind the house had been turned into a skate park. The gate was gone off of the fence around our backyard so people were lounging around and watching the skateboarders across the alley.
I opened the blinds on the living room window to check out what all the noise was. Casey Neistat had his camera sitting on the window ledge, doing part of his vlog in my backyard. Peter McKinnon just got there with his skateboard (I don’t remember if it was his boosted board or a regular skateboard – it’s been a few days since I had this dream.) Roberto Blake was there, but not skating. Some others were there, too, some skating, some not. I didn’t recognize all of them well enough to name them.
When I opened the blinds, Casey looked surprised then waved. The doorbell rang. It was a couple more people trying to get to the skate park. Instead of going around the block, they asked if they could just go through the house. I let them.
Someone invited me to go out to the skate park. I said, “I don’t know how to skate.”
They said, “It doesn’t matter. Just come hang out.”
So I did.
What does all this mean? My personal interpretation, with everything I have going on, is that I’m in a good place right now, creatively speaking. My YouTube channel may currently be suffering (that will be changing soon), but I’m in with good people and can learn a lot just by watching their videos and participating in the ongoing discussions.
Whether that’s what this would actually mean or not is kind of irrelevant at this point. I’ve never really been into dream interp, so that’s what I’m taking from it.
Yesterday I mentioned prioritizing your creativity and how being consistent can help that. The day before, I mentioned how being consistent can be beneficial to increasing your creativity.
For some reason, I can’t let this go. In large part, it’s because I have had such issues with procrastination and inconsistency in the past. I wanted to reassure you, too, that I’m not the only one talking about consistency.
Earlier this year, Roberto Blake talked about the importance of consistency. This video is about being consistent on YouTube, but it’s good advice for other areas, too. It’s a recurring theme in many of his videos. I think his channel is an important one for creatives to subscribe to and watch frequently.
Another one talking about consistency is Tara Swiger. She did a podcast episode about eight months ago talking about consistency. She’s another one that I think is important to follow, particularly if you want to make your creative pursuits a business.
In all honesty, I could keep going. But both of these videos are good places to start and will take about 30 minutes to watch them both.
What are some of your favorite resources to encourage/promote consistency? Share them in the comments.