Red-Hot Honey (0:29)  I recall the urgency I had back in the day, when the letters at the end of my name were CEO, and the voice inside my head kept prodding me to “keep your eye on the prize.” I still feel it today; the rush to complete, the race to finish, the itch to make a buck, the determination to extract that great idea out of my head—before I lose it. To finally arrive at "a fait accompli” so I can get on to the next big project. That urgency is NOT the stressful kind, nor the nerve-racking kind. Rather it’s the kind of urgency that keeps you awake at night—with excitement & anticipation, as opposed to worry & fear. It’s the kind of urgency that comes with knowing you’re on the right road, even though the final destination is unclear. It’s the kind of creative urgency that tugs at you from deep inside, and beckons you to search further, search deeper, for the answers, for the truth—in your art, in your work, and in your life. I believe that that “urgent energy” is the blood of your muse, the nectar of the Divine, running through your veins like “red-hot honey,” feeding you sweet inspiration, tempting you to make your art worthy, taunting you to make your business enterprise relevant, prodding you to make your work matter. It’s the life-blood of every crazy, genius artist, and every brave, risky entrepreneur. Be grateful, not everybody has it.
J Michael Dolan

Red-Hot Honey (0:29)

 I recall the urgency I had back in the day, when the letters at the end of my name were CEO, and the voice inside my head kept prodding me to “keep your eye on the prize.” I still feel it today; the rush to complete, the race to finish, the itch to make a buck, the determination to extract that great idea out of my head—before I lose it. To finally arrive at "a fait accompli” so I can get on to the next big project. That urgency is NOT the stressful kind, nor the nerve-racking kind. Rather it’s the kind of urgency that keeps you awake at night—with excitement & anticipation, as opposed to worry & fear. It’s the kind of urgency that comes with knowing you’re on the right road, even though the final destination is unclear. It’s the kind of creative urgency that tugs at you from deep inside, and beckons you to search further, search deeper, for the answers, for the truth—in your art, in your work, and in your life. I believe that that “urgent energy” is the blood of your muse, the nectar of the Divine, running through your veins like “red-hot honey,” feeding you sweet inspiration, tempting you to make your art worthy, taunting you to make your business enterprise relevant, prodding you to make your work matter. It’s the life-blood of every crazy, genius artist, and every brave, risky entrepreneur. Be grateful, not everybody has it.


COMMENTS


Posted By FreddieB rown
I concur
I totally know what Michael is talking about. Been there done that. Red hot honey for sure. What a ride. It's totally possible for anyone to get there when you're hungry enough. Some do get to experience it.


Posted By Rachel Walker
Sweeter than honey
Energy beyond anticipation..!


Posted By paul Chico Fernandez
Red Hot Honey
I'm busier in these past weeks than I have been in years...got to take melatonin sometimes to sleep.BUT I LOVE IT!.....Thanks Michael


Posted By Atma
Urgent Endings
Beautiful dear Sir! You speak to the creator in me.. giving voice to that inner spark that connects me to my creator. Thank you.


Posted By Roc O
Urgent Energy!
I love the line “energy of urgency!” It has maximum fire and minimum fairy dust!


Posted By Connie Buchari
urgent endings
I must admit too there is an urgent curiosity that I have. I must see each project completed to the very end, to see how it turns out, what it looks like when it’s done, because my muse always surprises me with altered endings.


Posted By Susan Zinnetti
urgent energy
It’s that “urgency” that’s a part of creativity and the fire that comes with it. I have to learn to relax within the urgency. I often confuse creative energy with anxiety. They feel very similar—that shaky nervous feeling.


Posted By Lovely Rita
My Work Matters
I like what you said about making my “work” matter. I want it to contribute to people’s lives. I want it to make a difference. That’s what creates urgency for me. I lie awake thinking, is this enough? What else can I do to dig deeper and change lives for the better? This is the BEST kind of urgency. And I’m grateful.

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