The Secret that “Real” Artists Know

From the micro chapter called Approaching the Mystery Steven Pressfield says this.

“Why have I stressed professionalism so heavily in the preceding chapters? Because the most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

Why is this so important?

Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose. “

The most important thing about art is to work.

So true!

Through day to day practice we learn our craft and we begin to inundate our lives in our creativity.

I’ve been working day after day for over 3000 days, that’s 8 plus years straight, and often I experience events that help me find deeper meaning in my creative purpose.

Pressfield goes on to say:

“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.”

I love this!

Creating daily is about production and about idea creation. It’s self sustaining

This is a universal truth.

Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

The key it to try.

It’s not about a huge amount of work done or monumental gains every single day.

It’s about showing up and trying. Doing what we can!

Trying to create the power within ourselves so we can be that magnetized rod that has power and attracts the iron filing of ideas, insights and deeper meaning.

How about you? Are you ready to sit down and try?

Chris Beaven

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  1. I have to keep reminding myself of this truth over the past few weeks. I may not be producing anything of note while I’m sleep-deprived and my mind is running away from me, but if I keep TRYING, something will happen eventually. Every crappy sketch is one step closer to something worth keeping.

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