Imperfect & Interesting (GWTW380)

It doesn’t matter who I talk to or how long they’ve been at this creative life. The conversation inevitably comes around to the question: “How do I do what is right?” On the surface, it’s a good and Internet-searchable question. You can find an unlimited number of blog posts, articles, opinions, and books for every possible subject with actionable answers and proof. But I don’t think that’s really what we’re asking for when we utter the question. Instead, I think it’s the expression of a belief that in order to be truly accepted by others, we must be perfect. On top of that, we believe that the only way our work will be valid to an audience and commercially viable is if it’s without fault. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m going to explore the tension between perfection and imperfection, boring and interesting.

How do I do what is right?

  1. Instead of seeking perfecting, perhaps try the route to interesting through imperfection.
  2. Be willing to make something purposefully horrible and see what happens.
  3. Try going against your programming to see what you discover about yourself, the people around you, and your work.
  4. Have a point of view.
  5. Share your work and life with yourself and with others.

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