WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27) Your plight is no different than any other successful artist or entrepreneur who consistently questions and doubts their own abilities, and who is also confronted every day by the armies of distraction, resistance and fear. This is a forever challenge for those who are creative and talented, and it will never end. If you had chosen plumbing, you wouldn't be reading this—you'd be under a house fixing a leak and making a decent living (perhaps). However you chose the road less traveled, the path of the creative warrior, and creating great art always takes place on the “inner” battlefield——ask any successful artist or entrepreneur.
J Michael Dolan

WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)

Your plight is no different than any other successful artist or entrepreneur who consistently questions and doubts their own abilities, and who is also confronted every day by the armies of distraction, resistance and fear. This is a forever challenge for those who are creative and talented, and it will never end. If you had chosen plumbing, you wouldn't be reading this—you'd be under a house fixing a leak and making a decent living (perhaps). However you chose the road less traveled, the path of the creative warrior, and creating great art always takes place on the “inner” battlefield——ask any successful artist or entrepreneur.

COMMENTS


Posted By ram
love
gratitude is riches complaint is poverty


Posted By SpiresVortex
THANKS
THANKS very very very much!!! You've mailed me (I don't know how you've got my mail, and strangely I've read a spam mail) things that I exactly feel in my lonely creative daily struggle with myself. Battles that the world will never know ...


Posted By Mark
creative warrior
I don't know how you got my email, but I'm glad you did! I love your articles, very encouraging! thank you for sharing your insights! peace, mark "sOuL" hopkins


Posted By Stuart
creativity
I love this bit. It is a wonderful reminder in the midst of my own struggle to create something new. That the challenge is the reason, not the problem.


Posted By Luigi Cappel
The Creative Battle
The battle never ends but it has frequent victories


Posted By randy
warrior is alive and awake
your words have been received and duly noted rc/sbe


Posted By Shawnkat
Creative Warrior
Excellent "pearls of wisdom," thank you, JMD. Irish Playwright, Samuel Beckett put it this way, "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."


Posted By Rick
creative warrior
...and I'm still doing the plumbing, also.


Posted By Lawrence Lebo
Striking a balance
I followed my heart,mind and artistic calling into "smaller market" (my music falls into blues/jazz/folk/ genres) music many years ago. Traditionally these are not big earning genres and most artists existing here struggle financially. What has worked for me is to continually further my education and "give back" by teaching. In addition to my private students I teach a Blues singing course at McCabe's Guitar Shop, in Santa Monica, CA. I am the only one in the Los Angeles area who teaches such a course, and I am listed as a Blues educator with The Blues Foundation. So, teaching helps me keep my artistic endeavors going, and at the same time I am helping keep the Blues alive!


Posted By Steve'sPoem
Never Give Up
Age, time, place, space, nothing matters except your will to never give up. Never loose hope, never stop applying yourself to your dream!


Posted By Elliott
Quit music for plumbing...ha!
I'll stick to my creative battles thank you!


Posted By Rachel
To suffer, or not to suffer..that is...the
I guess, there is something in the mix, the combination, for the artist to live in dire need, poverty, sadness, that prompts us to be resourceful with our talents. To produce something creative out of the emotions that press upon us. Something about the depth of the souls plunge into the unknown, the heights others cannnot see, to be able to record for others what would otherwise be missed,in the bigger picture, the matrix of life. Thank you Michael. Rachel


Posted By Jefferson Fox
Thanks
Thanks, I needed that. jf


Posted By Bob
There was no other choice...
Go back 3 years to September 1 2008. The economy was starting to tank badly...little did we know what was to come. As a 20-year career TV meteorologist, I had a decent job (horrid hours, but that's another story!), insurance, etc. But, with NO nest egg, no 401K, no investments,and only miniscule savings, I chose to not re-sign my contract in order to pursue my Soul's work crafting flutes, music, and art. It didn't make sense to anyone, even me at times, but I could no longer NOT live in harmony with who I am in my core, someone who has to create and live the life of an artist. How I keep getting by I know not, and while there are bursts of better cash flow, there are endless days of crackers and water (hey, got to make sure my pups are well fed!). It's on-going, the struggles, but we warriors persevere, even in the darkest hours. Why? Because we KNOW....we KNOW...we have no other choice.


Posted By STREET SPIRIT
Way of the Creative Warrior
Nice! I don't care to be under a house fixing a leak, I care to leak my creation into maturation by the power of persuation and determination.


Posted By Peter Z
Organize
I have struggled for years with my creative cycle. Trying to ride the hot streaks, confused and depressed in the cold spots. Today, with more and more little things going on at the same time, it seems that life is trying to stamp out my creative time all together. SO, I carry a legal pad with me with each page dedicated to something in my life, arts, family or whatever. When my mind drifts to one of these topics, I go to that spot and record any ideas or progress. A musical idea gets recorded instantly etc. Label everything and know where to find it, so when something gets hot you can easily get to that canvas. I am so tired of quenching my creative spirit, then wondering why project go undone. Keep your ideas flowing by breaking the brain dam. Life is a journey, not a means to an end. Peter Z


Posted By Kingvegas
I needed that...
I am reading this as I lay here with a knot in my stomach wondering how on earth I'm going to pay bills. I could blame a million things for my plight that leads to my stress- the economy, booking agents, musicians, my lack of skills, confidence, opportunity, etc. but your post hits the nail on the head. I actually CHOSE this vocation out of love and passion and it has never been easy for us. The fact that I've managed to get this far and that I have a phone with Internet access to write this on and a nice home in a nice neighborhood and a beautiful wife and kids is a testament to the fact that there is a tomorrow if we can just fight our way through today. Thanks for the timely inspiration and I think I need to go run a few miles to work out some of this stress before I get to practicing, promoting and booking for the rest of the day. That is my creative mind figuring out a way to be more successful by making a plan, working hard and sticking to it!!!


Posted By wonderwoman
negatives against creativity
Oh yes, those negatives are there! But forces greater than any earthly or spiritual forces are beside all creative people. We have the forces of nature beside us and each day this wonderful capsule we call earth that surrounds us with it's creativity makes us stronger with our own struggles to be creative aginst all odds. We need only look closely at any leaf or flower or tree bark or listen to the sounds of our world and feel how it embraces our creativity and treasures the creativness of our minds and hearts.Look at the paintings of nature that seem magical!(An orchid petals;the veins of a rose;the oceans stripes;the cloud formations etc.)The greatness of that creativity embraces us! Who is greater than that???'How great thou art!'


Posted By steve urwin
creativity
i awake somedays with a full bowl of inspiration,other times with a crumb.In the crumb days I ponder how wonderful my life is that I am able to create with sound or colour what i choose in which to apply myself. I am thankful i have a loving wife to support my efforts, no matter how small.


Posted By Nicole
Right OnTime
I'm up working as I type this. LoL. This came right on time.


Posted By Rami
Fight On!
Right you are sir! The creative battle never ends. Some days I win, other days I get beat to a pulp. Never the less I wake up every morning and thank God I'm a working musician.


Posted By Greta Mase
Warrior Woman
Thank you so much! Now I KNOW I'm not crazy!

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• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)