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Feb 16, 2019 00:00:30

Anxiety as a Maker

by @keenencharles | 275 words | 36🔥 | 433💌

Keenen Charles

Current day streak: 36🔥
Total posts: 433💌
Total words: 114540 (458 pages 📄)

There are few things as anxiety-inducing as sharing putting your labours of love for the world to see. It's easier when it's something fun or for someone else. You're less personally invested in it and you can think more logically.

Being a maker requires you to embrace that anxiety. Unless you have an established audience, you pretty much have to make in public to potentially find success.

It takes a lot of courage to share your work with the world. If you never do, you're spared the criticism that could crush you. Then there's the waiting for a response, or no response, or a huge response and now you're overwhelmed.

Either way, anxiety can find you. Bringing every scary permutation to your mind.

Artists have experienced these fears forever but it's amplified for makers. The internet accelerates everything, reactions are instant, debates are heated, and your fears are bigger.

Anxiety is usually driven by some deep fear we all have. Of the unknown and the potential pain. It's easy to say just get over it, but the anxiety doesn't really leave anyone, we just learn to live through it.

How do you deal with these anxieties? Do you ignore it? Do you quit?

It could come down to your personal goals. When you're working on something for yourself and your own goals it's easier to not be as concerned about what could go wrong. It's easier because you get to define what's good rather than worry about everyone else's opinions. Of course, you want it to be found, but without the burden of that anxiety, you might spend more time sharing than worrying about sharing.

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    @keenencharles And here here you are again! You cannot imagine what admiration and respect I have for guys like you here! Just writing, despite no matter how many streaks! Thats so cool!!!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 16, 2019 16:15:25
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      @lucjah haha thanks trying my best to keep it up.
      I actually missed the deadline by 30 seconds with this ugh but just gonna continue writing

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Feb 17, 2019 12:56:59
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      @keenencharles omg... 30 sec, that's kinda crazy :-)
      You could ask yourself interesting questions about that...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 17, 2019 11:13:39
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    @keenencharles I was advised that anything done out of love, or passion, can help control anxiety. So does meditation. It's still Work in Progress, but has been helpful. The keyword is control, not overcome.

    Amar Vyas avatar Amar Vyas | Feb 15, 2019 20:48:29
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      @amarvyas definitely I think I've realised that works for me too but it's definitely a process that takes time

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Feb 16, 2019 06:34:19
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