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The sad truth is that mantras like “content is king,” “if you build it they will come,” and “you have to build a product first and audience second” are hollow. Building a large social media following requires a lot of hard work in addition to the hard work of creating valuable content (which I’m sure you’re already doing).
Reading for reading’s sake is no better than turning on Netflix and letting the queue take you for a ride.
Writers have no way to pack that immediate feeling of awe and beauty into a single second the way a visual artist can. I guess that’s why they say a picture is worth 1000 words.
When you start something new, your brain is flooded with dopamine (the feel good hormone released during sex), but as time passes, the chemicals wear off. Ultimately, there’s nothing but sheer willpower to push the project forward, and often, that’s not enough.
The problem is that every choice we make comes with a very real cost.
As creative people, we all face our own “choose two.” We must pick between down time, social time, and creative time.
This is not a story about the 2016 Presidential Election. It’s not a story about coastal elites and pious countryfolk. At least, not directly. It’s a story about division. A story about divisions we all take for granted, that we assume are “natural,” when in fact that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“Skill fade” is real. Automation is making us dumber. But it’s only bad if you want to see it that way — if you want to focus on the extreme short term.