‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’African Proverb
When faced with a problem, we will do the obvious thing and find some advice, usually online. It’s easy it obvious, and it’s sometimes the wrong thing you need.
Whilst advice can help with such stress, it’s often not advice, tips, hacks, or a teaching package of seminars workshop from an expert we need.
What’s needs most of all is to feel were no facing this life alone.
Succes and finding it can feel like an isolated and lonely business. Especially with work like art and writing, where it’s all down to your creativity and ideas. No one else can do it for you.
What’s needed is a support group, others who will encourage you when you have doubts. Give honest feedback on your work because they want you to be successful.
We focus too much on how things are done and the problems it raises instead of dealing with the emotions we feel. Fear, doubt, hesitation, then comes stagnation, shame, guilt.
It’s not techniques but inspiration and support we need but often forget.
Support is not getting others to do the work, that foster laziness, latitude. It just knows there some thee you understand and can listen.
Companionship because the struggle to be successful and fulfilled, even to become more than you thought you could be, can be a lonely road to tread.
It’s why community is essential; it’s more about care or compassion. Being there when things seem bleak can be enough to keep us going that little bit longer.
Friends and colleagues make the journey more interesting, a shared experience, and share the burden of worry and fear.
Community is where I need to make the most significant changes by sharing work and encouragement—being part of a group of artists and creatives.
The advice from mentors, teachers, and experts can be inspiring but also intimidating. We convince ourselves we will never be as good as they are. Forgetting it took them years to do so.
To face the struggle of making a career life, we need to face our fears often. Having someone by your side to talk to matters just as much as the advice we seek.
It makes the journey and the struggle meaningful and bearable, even enjoyable.