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Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

I had the idea of doing Mind Hacks for months before I actually pulled the trigger. I kept giving myself all these excuses… I don’t have enough time. I don’t have the right camera. I don’t know how to edit video.

And at one point I was feeling stuck and I called my friend Josh and we went to grab coffee. I really value his opinion so I told him what was going on with me.

He said, “let me ask this. What’s the real reason you’re not getting started?” He made me think for a little bit. And I said, “I think the real reason is that I don’t know if people are going to like my content.” And he said, “that’s the reason. That’s the reason you are not getting started.”

He said, “you have a conflict between an external force, which is that validation and an internal force, which is your desire to create, you said, that’s why you’re feeling like this. You’re constipated. You have all these creative juices inside of you that you’re not letting flow.”

That conversation led me to accept that some people are going to like my content and some people are not going to like it. And that’s okay. That the reason I created content is because it makes me happy. It brings me joy.

So if you’ve been thinking about doing something creative but you’re concerned about how people might perceive it, I encourage you to just do it. Do it so you can get those creative juices going. That’s a good enough reason to create content of any kind or do anything creative. So just go for it, do it for yourself.