Why you must be brave

Why you must be brave.

I’ve followed Todd Henry via his Accidental Creative podcast for a couple of years. His advice is simple and straightforward: the key to succeeding as a creative professional (writer, artist, web designer, blogger, architect, etc) is to consistently produce brilliant work. His advice, then, is about how to become and remain prolific, brilliant, and healthy.

I also subscribe to Todd’s weekly emails, which I tend to skim just like everything else that comes into my inbox. But last week’s message caught my attention. It’s simple enough: creating requires courage. But he makes a point that I haven’t thought to articulate here yet, and it’s a really good one:

Bravery is typically not about mustering up a singular stroke of energy and overcoming fear for a moment. Rather, it’s about small, daily acts of courage that help us continue making progress on our ambitions, even as uncertainty rears its ugly head.

Courage is not always a single event. More likely, it’s a habit that must be cultivated so it’s not destroyed.

The article is definitely worth a read. If you like it, you can find Todd’s website here and his books, The Accidental Creative and Die Empty, on Amazon. I’ve read The Accidental Creative, but not Die Empty–yet.

I've been a soldier, a dreamer, a working stiff, a leader. A husband, father, example (good and otherwise), and now a survivor. I write about courage, because courage is what enables us to accomplish the impossible. If you draw breath, I love you. If you love in whatever way seems best to you and want others to love in whatever way seems best to them, I am your ally. If you believe someone is less than you because they do not love the way you do, I oppose you. If you see someone as a threat to be abused or destroyed merely because they do not look like you, or love like you, or worship like you, I am your enemy. I am a joyful and courageous man. And I stand with you who love.