What if... you started with what you have
drop the perfect and embrace action, type masters and cool ideas
The blank page is not that blank
👋 Hello enthusiast, how are you doing today?
We are anticipating our shortcomings
The blank page or ‘‘I don’t know where to start’’ is quite normal when you think of starting something new. These thoughts are the premises for actions.
I was discussing this ‘‘wait for perfect’’ paradox with a fellow peer. I realised the gap between what we think is perfect for others and ourselves, can paralyse us into not starting at all. The idea of perfect will grow in our minds to such an extent we give up even trying to act upon it.
If you have a project you idealise, you can only fully comprehend why you have that project in the first place, if you start.
Why start with what you have?
First, you have gathered a massive amount of life experience. Your page is not that blank
Second, starting is a decision. After that intentional choice → you need one first action.
Third, this action can be as simple and quick as ‘‘a title on google word’’.
Fourth, time is precious. Never forget that idea is a harassing one. You better start today and see where it wants to take you.
Fifth, starting is not the end. Starting is a revolving cycle of learning.
Whatever you start today will never be perfect. As it grows, it will never be as well. Decide to drop the chase for perfection and use what you have.
What you have as competency, creativity, intelligence, tools, network etc is enough. You should never doubt that! You can achieve great growth with the small, medium or grand perception of what you have.
🎈Sending ‘‘letting go’’ vibes
Coup de cœur typo-compo: Klanken magazine by Chris Lebeau
This cover magazine Klanken by Chris Lebeau is a celebration of type and illustration mingling. It instantly portrays strength, storytelling, intrigue and mystery. One of the keys to any graphic design statement as well: it captures your attention boldly in less than 3 seconds. I really enjoy black and white projects, for they stripe the message to its purest form. Chris Lebeau is one of these masters of type playfulness and humour.
🐎 Opportunity knocks
In every letter, I share opportunities I stumbled upon. There are so many cool grants, funding, competitions, and more to enter to experience progress. I hope the list of the week will be useful.
Residency in Italy (Palazzo Monti for inspiration to create)
Culture Moves Europe (grants to artists and cultural professionals)
Effective ideas: blog prize (super cool opportunity for blogs and newsletters)
Intelligent change (fun process: create your own job position)
The Music Cities European Exchange (a thriving Music Ecosystem)
What do you think of ‘‘Your creative letter’’?
🤩 Great 👍 Good 😕 Could be better
🤩 Cool links to click on
Spotlight: Villa Albertine’s resident (Paul-Aimé William's research on Black art)
Own your social platform (interesting reflections on the era we live in)
The future of leadership is kindness (my next read by author Jacinda Ardern)
She art for change (discover Kara Walker’s revealing silhouettes)
Paint it real (Roxanne Sauriol’s art is nostalgic future)
Doodle boy working for NIKE (talent and body of work have no age limit)
💡 It's a Prompt
Light up your creative fire this week • 💎 Prompt of the week
• Start with what you have
First state what you want to achieve.
Then on a piece of paper, draw a line in the middle and
→ ✏️ write what you have on one side *
→ ✏️ write what you may need on the other*
*ideas, mindset, experience, competency, tools, people, etc
Now observe! Can you start with what you have?
I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Creativity is in every little curious experimentation. Feel free to share! Have fun!