Finding Your Place in The Creative World
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**This is a guest post about Finding Your Place in The Creative World provided by Nick Brown. He is from the organization mediagurus.org.au.**
One of the less-discussed issues we are facing is the fact that the human mind and body made no evolutionary progress in the last several thousand years, while the world around us changed drastically. In just a couple of millennia, we traversed from hunting with a wooden spear to planning our first interplanetary colony. Furthermore, in just under a century, the world’s population has risen from 1.5 billion to almost 7.5 billion, which means that about 9 percent of all people who ever lived inhabit our planet at this very moment.
Now, these above-listed thoughts and statistics don’t just seem overwhelming and terrifying – they are. It also makes it more than obvious why so many people feel alienated from the world around them or at very least small and insignificant. However, not everything is as small in significance as the Monthy Python’s iconic Galaxy Song would suggest.
Impressionists claimed that there are as many realities as there are human minds, which means that everyone is the very center of their own universe. So, by simply finding your place in this world of confusion you can make a huge difference. One of the best places to start this journey of self-discovery is by identifying your calling and choosing a profession that will allow you to provide, grow and satisfy your needs and ambitions. Such as Web Developer, Graphic Designer or SEO Expert. Here are a couple of hints and pointers you might just find handy.
Start by defining your own success
The first thing one has to know about is what this is all about. Sure, being passionate about being able to pay the bills and not starving to death is always a factor but in order to get out of the bed in the morning, you need to look beyond that.
Try imagining your best-case scenario – you have the job you’ve always wanted, your professional and personal relationships are flourishing and you are the best version of yourself (a particularly popular phrase with motivation speakers). Imagine a scenario where you wake up in the morning with all those above-listed three things and take a look at the mirror – what do you see? How do you feel? Do You Love Your Job?
You see, this feeling is actually what you’re after and not the factors that lead you to it. They’re just the means to an end. Once you know exactly what this feeling is, you will have a much easier job of choosing a career that can get you there. To make the long story short, ‘success’ is a big and abstract term, which means that in order to understand it, you need to split it open and see what’s inside.
Try to understand the age you are in
A lot of people make a mistake of outright dismissing technology such as gadgets, internet or social networks as something negative when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Technology is a tool, which means that it simply cannot bear any blame for how you are using it. Sure, binge-watching TV shows instead of working and playing video games when you are supposed to be studying are bad but what about learning how to use technology in your favor?
Social networks can be used for networking, reconnecting with old friends or even pursuing romantic interests that would otherwise be unavailable or highly unlikely. As for your professionalism, the phenomenon of telecommuting is currently on a rise, which is an indicator that the modern business world is rapidly migrating into the digital environment.
Finally, having the option to work from home (especially freelancing from home) allows you to tailor your work time to your own needs, choose how much work you need and even participate on projects you never could in a traditional office. For instance, through telecommuting, you can easily work with a Sydney web design agency, even if you are situated half a globe away.
Additionally, it allows you to pursue different career options with minimal investment on your side. Paying for the internet (which is something you would do either way), an MS office and/or Photoshop are minor expenses when compared to the cost of commute day in and day out, not to mention the price of clothes for work and similar expenses.
Follow your passion in the creative world or wherever you are passionate
At the very end, it is crucial that you find a line of work that will allow you to pursue your passion. In the first section, we mentioned that your job can be mean to an end but it is much better when things aren’t so simple and straightforward. You see, if you are passionate about what you do, your work will feel like a reward of its own, which already puts you in a great position. Not to mention you are proud and excited to go to work every day, which is where a lot of creative people are. But, there are also creative people who don’t recognize their ability to create for example a website or strategy and never reach that level of content.
Sure, just because you love something, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are good at it, however, it will help you try harder and even be ready to invest more effort into self-improvement. Additionally, being good at something and achieving great results gives one positive endorsement, which in turn boosts one’s passion for their work. Overall, following your passion while choosing a career path is seldom an advice that backfires.
At the end of the day, finding a sense of belonging in this world is not an easy thing to do. In fact, some people never actually manage to pull it off. Still, it is a goal worth pursuing, seeing as how nothing worth in life ever comes easy. The key to making it lies in managing to identify both tools at your disposal and the goal you are striving towards. Once you manage to do this, the rest comes down to being persistent. Despite all the difficulties discussed above, this can really be as easy as it sounds.
Our Guest Blogger
“Nick is a blogger and a marketing expert currently engaged on projects for Media Gurus, an Australian business, and marketing resource. He is an aspiring street artist and does Audio/Video editing as a hobby.”