“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” — Henry David Thoreau
Don’t just be busy.
Be busy in a direction.
This year I set out to write one essay each weekday and pair it with an illustration. As the year draws to a close, I have surpassed 250 of each. That makes over 500 new creations in just a year.
I wasn’t just busy.
I was busy in a direction.
What has over 75,000 words and hundreds of illustrations produced?
A large content library spanning several topics
Much improved skills in writing and visualizing
A massive library of interconnected ideas
Profound insight into the human mind
Discovery of my place in this world
Creating this year wasn’t just about what I produced. It was about what I shared and how I shared it.
I found community with fellow travelers.
I supported others and was supported in return.
I learned to create in public without permission or fear.
I fanned the flames of creativity through the insights of others.
When I started at the dawn of 2021, I had none of this. The problems were many and varied. Now one problem looms above all else...
What do I do with all I have created?
The answer to this question is my mission for 2022. I will continue writing and illustrating. But I MUST make it all more accessible. I also feel compelled to share my journey and its lessons on creativity with others.
Starting the first week of 2022, I will officially become The Prolific Creator.
Taking up this mantle is not an act of hubris. It honors what I have accomplished in just one year. It serves as an example to others of what is possible. And it will motivate me to accomplish even more next year.
Are you ready to become a prolific creator? Stay tuned.
🤔 Food for Thought:
What was 2021 like for you as a creator?
What lessons do you take into the new year?
Will you join me in the vanguard of the creator economy?
⚙️ One Small Step:
If you are just starting out as I was a year ago, simply create one thing at a time. Focus only on what you are creating in the moment. Get good at it. And keep doing it for the joy it brings. Before long, the magnitude of what you have created will astonish you.