Don’t Hide Your Work From The World

I know a fair amount of writers. By that I don’t necessarily mean that these people write books, but they write. They’re a mix of journalists, passionate writers, bloggers, novelists and editors. It doesn’t really matter what the objective is. They’re writers. It’s as simple as that.

One of the most common problems I’ve found among said writers is a vice that to some degree many of us have buried down somewhere. It’s the fear of having our work exposed, critiqued, ridiculed or torn down by an outside party. It’s the vulnerability we face by putting our writing out there and having its fate rest in the hands of its beholders. It’s the fear of what you do and love to do leaving the safety of your mind. It’s the fear of judgement day.

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You’re Not Stupid, You’re Just Lazy

You’re not stupid. Well, you could be. I don’t quite know for sure. But you’re probably not. I’m willing to wager that you’re just ignorant of a few things as a direct result of being lazy. Don’t worry, we all can be lazy and ignorant about things. What you should actually worry about is that you can do something about it, but you’re choosing not to.

You see we live in an age where people are able to get information faster than McDonalds hands you plastic burgers, yet some of us are still too lazy to make any use of it.

Even when we know that we should, and can easily do so.

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Attitude Is Everything

The complexities and struggles of life often cause us to make excuses for ourselves or form a narrative to cushion reality. As a result many of us wrongfully search for short-term fixes or distractions to our problems, or convince ourselves that something will somehow make us happy or fulfil us. More than that many of us rely on these volatile and fleeting things to motivate or push us, but time erodes the emotions that come with them and we soon sink back into old habits.

How exactly do we change if we’re such poor victims of our own programming?

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Artists, Be Rid Of Your Fear Of Judgment

We all want to be liked by others, or perhaps more accurately we’d all like some kind of validation from other people. Whether or not you care much for other people, it’s almost an inherent desire that we want to be noticed. Yet, contradictory to that notion for many is that some are afraid of being noticed, nine times out of ten because there is a fear of being judged or ridiculed by other voices. As a person, let alone an artist, this is a dangerous barrier to not only personal growth, but to expressing yourself freely. And it’s my belief that as an artist you absolutely cannot stand to be afraid of judgment or let the feelings and whims of others dictate your desire to express your art.

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Maybe Commerce Dulls Critical Thinking

Whether you’re part of the working world or still a student, no sane person can argue that critical thinking, or at the very least the capability for individual thought, is not of vital importance. Beyer (1995) refers to critical thinking as making clear, reasoned judgements, and most definitions you find will be somewhat along these lines. Unless you’re pursuing an academic definition from a source such as The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. Yes that’s a real thing, as I’ve discovered prior to writing this. Individual thought on the other hand can be seen as the ability to make up your own mind and reason for yourself, and not just follow the bandwagon. To many these skills are obvious necessities, but it never ceases to amuse me whenever I notice their clear absence in everyday life.

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What’s So Wrong About Being Wrong?

If you’ve ever found yourself doing some research into something you knew very little about yet had many unfounded assumptions about, you’d probably stumble upon something quite extraordinary. That being that you’re usually wrong about it. A lot of it. For the sake of argument, let’s say that you always held some assumptions about your religion, but you’ve never quite read your scripture thoroughly or delved much into the history of it. One day you finally do, and discover an ocean of information you didn’t know, as well as realised (hopefully) the many errors of thought you had carried around with you. I’m here to tell you that when something like that happens to you, it’s actually a good thing.

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