Werk Authentically

I’m thinking about the amount of work that has to go into creative success, no matter how you define “success” for yourself. And across the board, in my opinion, quality work means extended deep focus. Such dedication requires a removal of feigned personalities.

Pretending to be someone you’re not is utterly exhausting. If you’re met with obstacles to our own authenticity, whether they be externally or internally imposed, your mind becomes consumed by the role playing. The focus you could be putting on your true passion is put on back burner.

I’m personally trying to remove myself from environments where, for whatever reason, it’s not possible to bring my full authentic self to the table, flaws and all. It’s not just an issue of dignity or morals. It’s about actually getting work done. I can’t create my best work if I can’t be myself — if I have to set aside time to focus on what others want me to be rather than on what I know myself to be already.

In other words, I would always rather spend my time somewhere where I can werk.

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