November 14, 2022Creative Living

#22: Should You Start That Passion Project?

Everybody has a newsletter, podcast, or YouTube channel these days.

Why bother? Why add to the clutter?

If you've been itching to start a passion project but you feel...

  • Afraid of what other people might think or say about you
  • Intimidated by those who started way before you and have already done excellent work in the field
  • Inadequate and unqualified
  • Scared to fail and realize it has all been a waste of time

Here's an encouraging excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert's  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” 

Here are some reminders to counter your self-doubt:

  1. You can't please everyone, so might as well follow your curiosity and see what happens. Life is an adventure—don't miss out.
  2. A beginner's mind can be your asset. Relax. You don't need to be an expert yet!
  3. Feeling unqualified? Good. You should; it will motivate you to keep learning, experimenting, and improving.
  4. Someone wise once said, "Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of success."
  5. If you learn and enjoy the experience, the precious time you spent on your passion project will never be pointless.

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Hi, and thanks for reading! I'm Kishly, a cheerleader of creatives and copywriter turned marketing strategist. Bookmark this blog to read my daily atomic essays on marketing, compassionate productivity, creative living, and lifelong learning. Or subscribe to Process, my weekly-ish newsletter for young adults (and the young at heart) in pursuit of wisdom and wonder. ✨

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