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Compound Interest + Art + Action

Being an artist in action means doing your creative work each work day. And, it means a lot more. 

It means you get to have the rest of your day, guilt-free. Instead of guilt and unrealized dreams hanging over your head, you feel accomplished. Satisfied. Fulfilled.

When you see the wonder of a low-hanging orange moon or the goofy happiness of a child’s joke, you can connect straight to it (without pushing through a general miasma of bad feelings about yourself).

If you’re an artist, being in action is like making payments on your home.

Your daily life is your home. It’s the environment you live in.

If you avoid your creative work–and you don’t get the resistance handled–it’s like piling expenses onto on a home equity loan, day after day, year after year, and never paying it down.

It pushes your career as an artist further and further into the future. (And, yes, if you don’t take care of it, you *will* run out of time.)

In the meantime, like unhandled debt, procrastination creates stress that seeps into every area of your life: your marriage, your time with your kids, your daily experience. 

(Ever been irritable or resentful with your family because you didn’t do your writing or art that day?)

Avoiding your creative work leaches away at your self-confidence, energy, and general momentum in life. (And yes, it’s leaching away at your ability to make money too.)

But if you’re in action? 

Every day you do your creative work is an investment in yourself: a deposit in an account that’s building interest and growing–even while you live the rest of your life.

And, when you’re an artist in action, your investment builds on itself: 

People share your work on Instagram and YouTube. Readers email you about how your art changed their lives. Editors notice your piece in an anthology and reach out. Colleagues invite you to read with them. Conference organizers ask you to speak. 

In short, action creates opportunity.

Possibility.

Expansion.

Confidence.

Joy.


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