Ideas find their strength when implemented and shared widely.
We can take Austin Kleon’s book for example, Share Your Work. The entire book and its ideas would not matter at all if Austin chose to keep it to himself. If he chose to keep it away from the publishers, keep it away from his readers, then the creative community might be a different place today. He took a chance in allowing others in on his work and people happened to like it (a lot). So much that it would be difficult to go forward in your creative career without hearing someone else bring up the book’s title.
If we spend more time hiding our ideas and our work, we miss out on being able to help its intended audience.
Share your work if you have something worth saying, or a meaningful story to tell (because somebody else might need to hear it too).
People will always give unlimited reasons for you to stop.
Don’t pursue the arts, it’s too difficult of a career path.
Don’t do unpaid work because you need money.
Don’t do freelance work, it’s too unstable.
And on and on.
Our job is to see these pieces of resistance, hear it, and do whatever we set out to do anyways because there’s no room for doubt when it comes to seeking out our own story.
My name is Anna Peng and this is the current story of where I am.
I work in an Asian restaurant. It’s my family’s restaurant. It’s called Great Fountain Fast Food, and I’ve been spending my days there since I completed my graduation requirements late April this year.
It’s labour work. The shifts are long, and my entire body aches from standing. I barely pass for speaking Chinese, so I learn everything along the way.
I’ve had friends and strangers tell me I should take on a design related job while my degree is still fresh. They tell me I could do better.
However, to that I think do better than what? Better than helping my family run and grow what keeps a roof over our heads?
To be clear for my own reference, my own goal isn’t to do designey things and hold a design job title at a design agency just so my paper is put to its Bachelor-of-Design-use.
Instead my own goal is to:
Make sure my family is healthyBe comfortable and confident with myself as a mild and reserved person in a speak-up-or-get-lost world
It’s going to be some sort of a journey, and if you’re reading this then thank you for allowing me to share this with you.
More importantly I want you to share your story with the people around you too, because more than ever we need more voices like yours to share more human-ness in the world.