by Dennis

Do What You Love

The truth is, it’s never been easier to get your ideas to spread, and the result is that a lot of people who would have never shared their talents are choosing to do so.

Everyone who wants to can create something and courageously share it with the world, as a million artists and creators at Etsy will tell you. And all the people with blogs, vlogs, podcasts and various other social media platforms will tell you the same thing.

When what you do is what you love, then you’re able to invest more of yourself – your effort, your soul, your energy and time – into it. That means you’re more likely to win, to get more people to pay attention, to get more people to join the conversation that you started.

Today there are more ways than ever to share your talents with the world. And if you are determined and brave enough to bring something new and interesting, you might be pleasantly surprised to see that the market loves you and wants to pay you.

The problem, however, is …

Nobody wants to pay you to do what you love, so you are tempted to water it down a little and make it less spicy for everyone else.

Don’t. You’ll hate yourself. Loving what you do is almost as important as doing what you love.

You have something you love, but nobody — or not enough of them — gets it. I’ve been there. It’s frustrating, but here is my advice.

Don’t compromise your work.

Keep creating your work for you. Make it, do it, stage it your way.

What would make you excited? Do it that way.

The best art in the world – the best anything, really – was made by a passionate, curious person for another passionate and curious person.

The worst art in the world is made by artists trying to get paid.

Keep doing your work for the reward of doing your work. The reward isn’t getting paid; it’s getting to do the work again.

Keep doing your work, your way, and you and your audience will find each other.

Instead of thinking that your work is too weird, maybe you should consider the distinct possibility that it isn’t weird enough.