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From Admiration to Action (GWTW122)

As creative professionals, acting upon our ideas is crucial to our long-term success. I love this quote from Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland: “The hardest part of artmaking is living your life in such a way that your work gets done, over and over—and that means, among other things, finding a host of practices that are just plain useful.” One of the practices that has been useful to me is how I move from admiration to action, and I’m going to share a few ways I do that.

Here are five ways to move from admiration to action:

  1. Identify what you admire.
  2. Assess why those points of admiration are important to you.
  3. Differentiate between passive and active admiration.
  4. Once you know what is active and actionable, write down what you can do now versus later.
  5. Document your admiration and action. By making it a system or a process, you can not only chart your progress, but quickly weed out wastes of time and rabbit trails.

A closing quote from Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland: “As a practical matter, ideas and methods that work usually continue to work. If you were working smoothly and now you are stuck, chances are you unnecessarily altered some approach that was already working perfectly well.”

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