Most successful people share the same handful of things in common:
- They are disciplined with their time
- They protect their boundaries
- They find mentors they can turn to for advice
- They take responsibility for their success and failure
- They refine their skills and build on their strengths continually
But in the arts in particular, I have noticed that the most successful people have this 1 habit in common:
They have a sustainable way to recharge.
And here’s why:
Being in the arts requires you to tap into your unique ideas and give them expression. You are the source and the channel. Success depends on your inner creative access.
So you have to find a clear path to your own well of inspiration. A way that doesn’t get muddied by fatigue or stress. Or the roller coaster that’s the rest of your life. A path you can find even when the reviews are bad, no one’s noticing your work, or the competition’s steep. An avenue that reliably takes you back to yourself and to what fills you up.
And the best kind of recharge is one that only gets better, year after year. It doesn’t pick you up for an hour, then drop you right back down. It doesn’t have side effects that suck you dry.
It’s available wherever you are. It’s reliable. It’s sustainable.
For some, it’s exercise. For some, it’s solitude. For some, it’s nature. For some, it’s meditation.
When you find yours, stick with it. So creativity will stick with you.