Swimming downstream


Creativity is like a river. Everyone jumps into this river with a certain amount of skill.

Some of us jump into the river and land in the water, scratch free. It doesn’t matter how good I am. I’m going to create these things no matter what. Who can I serve? How can I improve my craft?

And some of us jump into the river and land on rocks. I’m not good enough. They’re better than I am. Who am I to make these assertions? Who am I to serve these people?

Some rocks are small enough for us to lift ourselves. Some rocks are so small that we can swim around them. I don’t know what the solution is, but I know that this is a problem. “A problem defined is a problem half solved.”

And some rocks are too heavy for us to deal with alone. For those rocks, we need the help of our cohort. The help of people who’ve dealt with those kinds of rocks before. Here, this is what I’ve done about impostor syndrome. Let me help you with that. Hey, I know what it’s like to think that you’re not good enough yet. Let me show you how I’ve dealt with those thoughts before.

As we swim down this river, we’re going to come up against more rocks. The good news is that the river is big enough to fit everyone who’s willing to help us to keep swimming downstream.

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