Last week marked the beginning of the monthly #blkcreatives Twitter chat and if you missed out on April’s — and I hate to say this — you missed out on an incredible experience. Andrea Lewis, Brandon Davis, Joshua Aurelius Galloway, and Adia Lauren Dightman were the special guests. There was a massive exchange of high energy and as hard as it was, I managed to nail down three exceptional points from ‘Owning Your Creativity‘.
[Editor’s Note on 5/13] Sign up for May’s #blkcreatives chat (IT’S TONIGHT) HERE.
1. Fuck fear.
Every single thing you create in your life starts with your mind. Conditioning yourself to speak and think in ways that work for you is tough but it’s necessary. A big part of owning your creativity is first taking responsibility without being afraid of what others think, how/when you’re going to fail, or if you’re doing the right thing.
None of those worries will serve you in the long run. Not. One.
2. Create your own rules.
Because this is your talent, your passion, your skill, your God given purpose, and your blood, sweat, and tears, YOU have to decide the ins and outs of how you work and how you’re going to accomplish your goal. If you love your 9-to-5 and love balancing both — flourish! (Yes, that can happen. Here’s proof.)
It’s okay to still be working on how you’re going to own your creativity, it’s a process. It’s okay to also not be unsure of what to do or how to do it, it’s a process. You have a vision, you set the tone, and you dictate how you’re going to get there. Work for the approval of self, not others.
3. Community and Accountability play a HUGE role.
Your work and your calling is not for everyone but for the ones it’s for, utilize these relationships. Iron sharpens iron and having the right people around you makes a huge difference. If you’re around those that challenge you to push and reach for more, that makes you even more responsible for putting the action behind what you say you want.
Resources shared during the chat:
Josh also shared his favorite app for keeping his ideas, clients, and goals organized.
Keywords (click to see where they originated from):
One More Thing:
Here’s the ENTIRE CHAT for you on STORIFY. Enjoy and don’t hesitate to share and respond the tweets you can connect with.
::GOOD NEWS:: After having an amazing week, Andrea Lewis’s MYCC interview was listed in HRDCVR’s #HRDLIST this week! It even made it’s Top 5 list and if you know my love for HRDCVR, you’d understand just how amazing this is! Click the pic below to check it out AND subscribe to the list!
What did you learn from this month’s chat? What did you like? Did we miss anything? What would you like to see in future chats? Leave a comment below!
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