Chase Jarvis: How to Find Your Creative Calling – The Kevin Rose Show

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Key Takeaways

  • There’s creativity inside of EVERY person no matter what your profession
  • Creativity is a muscle – the more you’re creative, the more creativity you’ll have at your disposal
  • Just like you can create art, you can create the life of your dreams
  • The #1 regret of the dying: that they lived the life other people wanted them to live rather than the one they’d choose for themselves
  • Listen to your creative calling and start walking towards it
    • No matter what happens, you’ll learn something along the way
  • With a combination of high-quality work and something you’re uniquely passionate about, it’s pretty hard to fail 
  • “The things where there’s a perfect blueprint, like becoming a doctor or an x-ray technician… these days, you can start to clone and copy that with software. When there’s no creativity present, and you can clone and copy it with software, you can automate it. When you can automate it, the job goes away.” – Kevin
    • Because of this, contrary to popular belief, the “old school, vanilla” professions are actually the riskiest professions to enter into
    • “It is the riskiest time in human history to play it safe” – Chase

Intro

Creative Calling

  • The book has 3 main points:
    • There’s creativity inside of EVERY person no matter what your profession
    • Creativity is a muscle (it’s a habit, not a skill)
      • Chase recalls a quote – “Creativity is an infinite resource. The more you use, the more you get.”
      • If you’re creative regularly, you’ll have more creativity at your disposal
    • Just like you can create art, you can create the life of your dreams
      • You can take the same creativity principles that you’d apply towards baking a cake, perfecting a photograph, or writing a song to crafting your ideal career
  • Chase adds:
    • “Creativity is not art. Creativity is the combining of any new thing to form something new and useful.”
      • Examples – Baking a cake, cooking a meal, painting a picture, building a business, etc.
    • Creativity makes us different from EVERY other species on the planet
      • “Our creative capacity is the most powerful attribute we have as humans”
    • “I’m putting creativity on the same level as exercise and nutrition; it’s not just a nice to have, it’s a requirement”
    • The best entrepreneurs, filmmakers, designers, you name it – they all believe they’re creative and put their creativity to use
      • “And this is available to everyone; we’ve just been sold a lie that you’re either creative or you’re not”
    • “Life isn’t about finding fulfillment and success, it’s about creating it”

How can you build your creativity muscle?

  • First, redefine creativity: Creativity does NOT have to do with just art
    • Building a business or writing code are both highly creative
  • Next: BE CREATIVE (you’ll soon realize that it carries over into other areas of life) – tinkering more with creativity leads to bigger creative outcomes
    • Experiment in the kitchen
    • Take interesting photographs
    • Try taking a different kind of vacation to an exotic destination
  • When you embody the fact that there’s creativity inside you, your life changes

Isn’t it “risky” to start a new business or follow an unconventional career path?

  • When your parents, teachers, or friends encourage you to take the safe route…
    • “The irony is that them telling you to do the ‘safe’ thing is arguably the riskiest thing they could be telling you to do. Following the dreams that someone else has for you to play it safe in this one precious life… that’s terrifying. Just fast forward to the #1 regret of the dying: that they lived the life other people wanted them to live rather than the one they’d choose for themselves.”
  • Secondly – mitigate risk and cap the downside
    • It’s never about going “all in”
    • If you’re working a cushy job and dream of opening up a cafe/restaurant, don’t quit your day job and take out a lease 
      • Instead, start by creating the best cup of coffee you can or cooking your friends brunch
    • Action over intellect – start small in ways that bring you joy and delight before diving in headfirst

Listen to Your Creative Calling

  • Most everyone has their job and then this other dream we were taught to ignore, or hide – “We ALL have these things that we’re supposed to be doing that we’re not doing, and we ALL have a long list of reasons why.”
    • But it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, tap into it. – “Listen to that thing and start walking towards it.”
      • And when you do, life starts to happen for you rather than to you – “You have energy in a way you didn’t before”
  • Kevin agrees: “When I work on a project I’m really passionate about, but it’s not my day to day job, it’s sort of just a little thing on the side… all of a sudden this energy just appears out of nowhere.”‘
  • This translates nicely into the idea of enjoying your work
    • Most people are following a career map with an end destination 
      • “When you have your eye on the X, you’re thinking that at some future point in time you’ll be happy and fulfilled. You’re not enjoying the journey at that point, and all we really have is the journey… It’s really a horrible thing.” Kevin
  • The takeaway: Start pursuing your creative calling but have no expectations
    • No matter what happens, you’ll learn something along the way
    • Those people you look up to or aspire to be like – this is ALL they’re doing
    • If you do something solely because you love it, the results don’t matter – you’ve already won

I.D.E.A. | The Creative Road Map

  • Imagine (what’s possible)
    • All of the successful creators and entrepreneurs have learned how to take the imaginary constraints that culture places on them and push them aside
  • Design (a set of practices and habits that will lead you to your goal)
    • If you want to write a book – sit down and write!
      • Set aside a plan and stick to it (i.e., writing 500 words a day for a year)
  • Execute (against the vision)
    • DO THE WORK
  • Amplify (your community)
    • Humans are social animals
    • Cultivate a close group of supporters & fans
      • And know: You don’t need a million fans, you need a handful of people who care deeply about your work (for more on this, check out 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly)

3 Key Points

  • There are a million paths to success as an artist, entrepreneur, or photographer – you name it
    • It’s never been easier to make a living out of your creative passion
  • The distance between where you are right now and where you want to be might be far (perhaps it’s 10,000 hours of work)
    • But, you’d be surprised – your end destination may only be a handful of decisions away (you often only have to change a handful of things). Often these decisions include:
      • 1) Deciding to be uncomfortable and have a few hard conversations with the people you love
      • 2) Deciding to DO THE WORK and carve time out for your passion
      • “If you’re two decisions away from a completely different life, that’s a whole new ballgame”
  • As soon as you decide to run at your creative calling once, your life changes for the better
    • You may fail more often than you succeed, but it doesn’t matter – you’ll LEARN and gain a more extensive depth of knowledge 
      • “If you can frame it like this in your brain, you can go on to do anything you want; there’s no fear anymore” – Kevin

Forget the Shoulds

  • We live in a culture of “shoulds” (you should do this, you need to have this job, you need to get good grades, don’t take risks)
    • Forget the shoulds – CREATE the life YOU want to live
  • Tune out the “shoulds” and instead attune to your inner calling
    • “Doing so uncorks the richest of lives”

Stand Out by Being Unapologetically You

  • “The only way you can truly stand out is by acknowledging the uniqueness of your own experience and doubling down on that”
  • Pursue whatever market opportunity you want, but if it doesn’t involve something you’re deeply connected to, when sh** gets hard (and it will) you won’t have the stomach to push forward
  • With a combination of high-quality work and something you’re uniquely passionate about, it’s pretty hard to fail 

Creativity is Becoming More Important

  • “The things where there’s a perfect blueprint, like becoming a doctor or an x-ray technician… these days, you can start to clone and copy that with software. When there’s no creativity present, and you can clone and copy it with software, you can automate it. When you can automate it, the job goes away.” – Kevin
    • Because of this, contrary to popular belief, the “old school, vanilla” professions are actually the riskiest professions to enter into
    • “It is the riskiest time in human history to play it safe” – Chase

Wrapping Up

  • “Creativity isn’t this whimsical, naive thing. The most fundamental building block we have is the ability to make decisions that are in line with who we actually want to be and then manifesting those on the world.”
  • “Choosing creativity is ultimately refusing to betray yourself”
  • Do you really want to wind up on your death bed, saying to yourself, ‘I never pursued my passions and it’s too late’?”
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