What Working Means

Many years ago, I came across a list by Eric Maisel, author of Fearless Creating, of what working means. It’s a great book and a great list that I read to all my workshop groups. I think it’s a good reminder given my “108 days of creating” goal. Here is my version of his list.

Today’s “mini pastel” on Wallis that I toned with colored gesso.

Remember that working entails all of the following:

  • Working means caring for the work.
  • Working means not thinking so much.
  • Working means starting.
  • Working means doing what you’d planned despite disturbances.
  • Working means working when you don’t want to.
  • Working means working when you’re sad and ecstatic and everything in between.
  • Working means being present for the work.
  • Working means letting go of all distractions but the work.
  • Working means making a choice to do a particular something.
  • Working means working amidst the chaos of life.
  • Working means manifesting drive and direction.
  • Working means believing in unlimited possibilities.
  • Working means believing there are no limits.
  • Working means working on a particular day.
  • Working means silencing distractions.
  • Working means loving even the “yucky” work.
  • Working means loving even the “awful” work.
  • Working means always working to your edge.
  • Working means working over a long period of time.
  • Working means not being a perfectionist.
  • Working means giving yourself permission to do it badly.
  • Working means being devoted.
  • Working means making a sacrifice.
  • Working means surrendering.

Good Luck!

4 thoughts on “What Working Means”

  1. Excellent reminder. What fun would it be if we were able to realize our ideals without effort? Still, having these words of wisdom close at hand helps to chase away the blues. Beautiful mini, too! Thanks for the post!

  2. I am reading "mastering creative anxiety" from him. First chapter already helped me tons. I found out that is the reason I get "blocked". I am scared of failing and it's a normal thing we all share. The way he teaches to separate that anxiety and fear from your own self is amazing

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