Give it a Gogh

spark“If you read two hours a day, that’s great! But if you don’t then write for more than two hours, you will have fallen into the trap of consuming more than you create.

Look at how much you are consuming versus what you are creating, and try to match them up. Remember, starting is the hardest part. Once you begin creating, you will find it much easier to create more.” Dan Norris in Create or Hate: Successful People Make Things

Too often paralyzed by the learning curve I excuse myself from the practice that may lead to proficiency. All too often I set consumption goals. Prime examples are the last two years or resolutions proudly displayed on this blog. I read over 100 books in 2015 and will hit at least 100 for 2016. That’s great! It’s a lot of reading. A lot of learning. And, as Dan Norris noted, a lot of consuming. Consuming for what end? Where am I putting off that I’ve learned into practice? Where am I putting myself on the line?

But it’s easier to read than it is to write. Reading someone else’s written accomplishment is far simpler than accomplishing my own. They already spent the time. They took the risk. They spoke up. They published. I too easily tell myself I cannot write. I cannot create. I’m just one more voice in a sea of billions. I’m one more word amongst the masses. Creating is for those more skilled than myself. Those more naturally gifted. I cannot…

Maybe the wild-eyed Vincent Van Gogh was on to something when he said, “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

What spark of possibility are you holding back? Why not give it a Gogh?

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