Living a creative life and earning your living from your creativity is a life lived in constant fear. For the very act of creating is to leave ourselves open and vulnerable. In fact, people who pursue a creative livelihood are more likely to have embraced Susan’s beloved affirmation, “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!”
Susan wrote about the “Five Truths about Fear” that she discovered during her own process of learning to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. These Truths apply to all of us who continue to grow through our lives, but they also could have been written specifically for someone pursuing the creative life:
- The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
- The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.
- The only way to feel better about myself is to go out . . . and do it.
- Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, so is everyone else.
- Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.
No matter how successful a painter, musician, writer, film maker, or designer becomes, to achieve continued growth, to continue to push the boundaries, they will always have to live with fear. To achieve anything worthwhile demands us to take on new things and that will always be scary.