Day 5 // You Will Create Work That Sucks

by | Jan 6, 2023 | The Creative Experiment

Ahhh perfectionism, my old friend… you’re always there to tell me when I could have done something better, aren’t you? Well, here’s my ode to mediocrity and why producing sub-standard work is a necessary part of the creative process.

Join me in this video as I dive into the power of embracing imperfection and allowing your creativity to flow, even in its messy and mediocre moments.

I share my thoughts on the importance of letting go of the need for perfection and just being present in the moment. I explore how our mediocre work can lead to our best work and how we can learn to love the journey of creative exploration.

Watch now to be inspired to embrace imperfection and let your creativity flourish!

Video Transcript

So this is a little bit different here. And this is actually my second video that I’m filming today. I’m maybe like one minute ago I pressed stop recording on the other one. I wanted to just dive right in and capture this moment right now because I feel like I’ve just recorded a mediocre episode. I feel like it was unclear.

I don’t really feel like there was a point to it. I could have articulated myself better. It was meandering. I don’t know if what I said made sense. There was a lot within there that I think I could have articulated better and I could have communicated my idea better and been tighter, more efficient and more powerful. But that’s the point of this experiment, is to let things be as they are.

One of my intentions going into this, that it was unplanned, unedited, unscripted, and to just be with it in the moment and let whatever wanted to be expressed be expressed. And on that video that I’ve just made, I just feel like it wasn’t very good. But I’m going to publish it anyway. I’m going to put it out there anyway because really, it’s not up to me to decide whether things are any good.

I know in my heart what I think, but there’s nothing that you know, there’s nothing saying that from that last video. There’s not maybe a 30 second clip or one sentence that I’d say that causes a light bulb moment for someone that sets off a spark in their mind and creates a chain of events that leads to some incredible thing happening in their life.

That might just be one sentence that does that. That might not. But it actually is not on me to decide that for other people. In this container, in this. I hate the word container. I don’t know. I just said it. But in this format, the point is letting it be messy on purpose, letting it be a bit mediocre at times on purpose to show that actually doesn’t make it any less valid or worthy or true. I see my role as the creator in this instance to share in my heart and in my mind in that moment. And already I feel like I’m rambling now. So I’m actually just going to wrap this up.

But I just want to say sometime you’re going to do things and you’re like, Yeah, I nailed that. And other times you’re like, Well, I’m not so sure and sure we can hold that stuff back. But in this format, in these videos, in this creative experiment, I am not going to do that because I’m trying to capture the full narrative of what creativity looks and feels like. I’m trying to do that without really realizing that that’s what I’m doing. But I am. So I’m going to put out the stuff there that I don’t think is my best work because I have to do the mediocre work to get to the best place. Like this video wouldn’t have existed if that previous one didn’t. My best work. Your best work will not exist unless you’re prepared to.

Also do things that are a bit near because you don’t know what that stepping stone. This was me climbing a lot of. By the way, I don’t know why, but each rung on the ladder you climb each piece of content, each piece of creativity, each thing that you put out into the world is you just climbing another rung on that ladder and seeing where it takes you to let it be messy.

Be okay with it being imperfect. Be okay with it being mediocre because it’s all part of the journey. The highs, the lows, the middles, all of it. Soak it up because you learn to love the journey. That’s the real part.

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