It’s Not Easy
We all finger paint once in a while.
But as you probably know, it takes guts, raw talent, and at least five figures of working hours to really create something.
Whatever that ‘something’ is, the initial, awe-inspiring Creative Act soon becomes the same old recipe—a no-frills mix of risk, setback, determination, and elbow grease, simmered over years or decades. If you follow the recipe, you’ll note that the ingredients you need to pass the bar exam are more or less the same ones behind every success story…whether it’s a Korean taco stand, a small construction business, an Olympic medal, or even a long-running nineties sitcom.
Don’t believe me?
Ask Jerry Seinfeld.
In a 2017 interview with the Harvard Business Review, Jerry insisted that the Creative Act is really hundreds of thousands of small, sustained, unsexy acts—all pounded in with skill, routine persistence, and the ultimate goal in mind.
In other words, and just like that Act One catapult that launches the kicking, screaming hero off of his couch and into a new, daunting world… reaching a clean finish is no easy process.
If it was, would we bother?
Memes of the Day
Nuggets from Jerry
Jerry Seinfeld’s work philosophy packs a good wallop. If you’re out in left field and trying not to drown, it might be a floatation device.
These nuggets are all Jerry, via a twitter thread bv Robert Oppenheimer:
“Learn to accept your mediocrity. You know, no one’s really that great. You know who’s great? The people that just put in a tremendous amount of hours. It’s a game of tonnage.”
“If you break the human struggle down to one word,” Jerry Seinfeld says, “it’s CONFRONT. And so, I approach everything that way.”
“The secret is there is no secret… you just have to work and grind it out.”
Here’s one more nugget from that 2017 interview.
In less than forty words, Jerry beats interviewer Daniel McGinn to a pulp.
(McGinn): You and Larry David wrote Seinfeld together, without a traditional writers’ room, and burnout was one reason you stopped. Was there a more sustainable way to do it? Could McKinsey or someone have helped you find a better model?
(Jerry): Who’s McKinsey?
It’s a consulting firm.
Are they funny?
Then I don’t need them. If you’re efficient, you’re doing it the wrong way. The right way is the hard way. The show was successful because I micromanaged it—every word, every line, every take, every edit, every casting. That’s my way of life.”
I’m not going to argue with that.
Aside from noting that the entrepreneur’s insane, uncompromising work ethic is part of the Hero’s Journey, I can only add two words:
All in the Journey
Every hero needs a guide.
From Creative Act to daily grind, we’re all for those who want to take the entrepreneur’s journey—and as far as guides and mentors go, this one’s got the working capital.
If that’s who you’re looking for, then give us a call.
We’d love to talk more about the Dare client experience.
Until next time,