Whenever I get inspired it’s by a leader in their field. It’s through studying these people like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Tupac, Eminem, Salvidor Dali, Steve Jobs, Manny Pacquiao, Stan Lee, and others through biographies that I’ve learned creative gurus have all walked very similar paths. Their works can all be considered artistry because it takes years for them to hone their craft. Through my studying of expertise in psychology, most high level creators in their arts would be considered experts. Let’s face it, most people dabble, and dabbling means you’re art is just a hobby. Dedicated practice through many hours is what separate the real artists from the dabblers, but that is not all. Here I reveal to you what leads to expertise according to psychological studies following top artists in many fields.
Step one, it is through sheer time and dedication that great art is honed. You find what you like to do from all the arts out there and do it. Step two, studying and doing the right exercises adds to refining that art. Focusing on an art accelerates learning. Third, having diverse and unique learning experiences to grow from defines the artist. And finally the fourth thing is to find and have great mentors who often facilitate all of the above. Through those four steps great art is created. It’s silly that many people assume people are just gifted and “born with it.” From singers on American Idol to successful business entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank” to people with huge followings on Youtube, even the annoying people we hate like Pewdiepie, they worked hard to arrive where they’re at.
A missing key of this puzzle is that the culture of music, movies, and videos create reality. They work together to create the reality of how we value people of certain races, heights, weights, and every iota of dress. In general, the media does not show people in the process of becoming great, they show the finished product. So in reality most people really have little to no concept of the type of hard work these creative people have put in. In studies of expertise it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours to become great at something beyond the average expert in your field. That’s a lot of time and practice the media doesn’t show.
Personally for me, I put in over 20 hours for most the beats I create. It’s a slow process of finding every individual percussion from snare to hi hat, creating a rhythm, trying different melodies, creating change ups in rhythm and melody, then getting into EQing and sculpting the sound even more. This cycle goes on for a long time for a single beat. For months, sometimes years, a beat will not be done as Martin Garrix can attest to as he had mentioned in an interview his one hit wonder “Animals” had been started years earlier. He came back to the beat and reworked it.
The work is the part the best artists revel in. If they didn’t they would be too consumed by the fear of failure and all the what ifs that stop normal people. Also it goes without mentioning that many of the greatest artists were great at MULTIPLE things. Therefore, they take a while to really find what their really great at. So just getting out there and trying different things is a must, which takes TIME. All this is really daunting to most people so they give up on their “dreams” because the reality is they never really started and tried. You have to learn to let go of your fear of sucking at art and life and just do it, but being the status quo is much easier. Just get into a relationship, buy a house, have kids, die. That’s the typical life cycle of a non contributing member of the world because the reality is resources are scarce. Does the world really need another human consuming, polluting, and fighting over resources? Excuses for not creating in the world can be valid because they are time consuming if you pick any part of fulfilling the status quo, but if someone claims they want to create they’ll have to prioritize things a little differently.
Down the status quo path, excuses are plentiful. So not having time to do things is one of the most used excuses. It’s all about prioritizing what the person values, but the world throws so many things at people they lose touch of what they claim to be about. For instance, why are people WASTING THEIR TIME working out if they aren’t a competing athlete? I can tell you with my program of incorporating everyday healthy living, I guarantee you’ll only need to be in a gym 2 to 3 days a week so you’ll have more time to explore and create in different arts you always loved. The physical aspect is the not the most important aspect in being creative and finding your purpose. The mental and spiritual work are most vital, and most people spend little to no time on those things. I’m here to help you with that so stay tuned for more valuable information your personal trainer doesn’t want you to know about so you keep wasting your time and money in the gym. Discover and explore your life and dreams by learning to prioritize right so you have the time to dedicate yourself to finding your arts and doing them. Put down the dumdbell because it’s time to start the real work.
What genius would’ve thought how much you bench press doesn’t mean shit?