Thoughts on making valuable art

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Do you still remember when was the time you started to type without looking at the keys? One day, your fingers just knew where the “A” or the “P” is.

But here’s the fun part. It’s amazing how you can still remember the time when it took you so long to type a paragraph, just because your fingers don’t know where to go yet. And while your brain is getting ahead of you, wanting to finish the task fast, you took your time to familiarize the keys. You were patient with yourself. Because you understood that even if you are are not good at typing (yet), you should continue doing it. You were so patient teaching and also forgiving yourself whenever you pressed the wrong key.

It’s just a typographical error. I can fix it.

And maybe, this is the mindset you need now to become better in doing your art. Never be afraid of doing not-so-good work if it makes room for getting better. No one started great, right? They started where they are. They practiced and practiced until they became very good at what they are doing.

And maybe, you should stop being afraid of delivering a not-so-good work too. Why? Think with me for a moment. If you’ve never heard about the Pareto Principle before, here’s what it says:

20% of the causes account for 80% of the effects

Therefore, only 20% of your efforts account for 80% of your “successful” outputs. You may define success as sales or hits, whatever suits you for the moment. The rest is just a part of the long tail.

But the thing is, you need to keep producing work that matters. Because you only get better at it when you do.

So keep on typing those keys until you don’t have to look at them anymore.

Keep on doing valuable art.

P.S.: I refer to art as anything that is produced by human creativity. It goes beyond paintings and drawings (in case that’s what you think whenever I speak of art).

If you want to learn more about the Pareto Principle, I recommend a book I’ve read, which you can find here.

Thank you so much for your time, and I hope this helps.


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