I recently got my hands on two inspiring books by Texas-based author Austin Kleon. The first time I stumbled upon Kleon’s work, it was in Newspaper Blackout. An author/artist hybrid, Kleon’s books are a pleasant read and inspiring for all creatives, regardless of their level of expertise. His laid-back style is refreshing and the ageless wisdom pervading the books, gathered from countless sources, is easy to reshare.
A few months ago, I was strongly encouraged to take a good look at and examine my working habits. Although I have always been flexible and easygoing when it comes to work, I have always worked, in almost all cases, from a place of will and conviction. What I mean by that is I worked because I felt I had to, because it was the right thing to do. This work methodology worked well until I came face to face with a deeper truth about myself and the nature of reality; I don’t have to do anything, and there is no right way to pursue work. When my brain finished processing this slice of wisdom, its implication hit me like a ton of bricks and I temporarily collapsed on myself. In other words, I didn’t know what to do anymore, or why I should do anything at all.