Issue 3: The Long Middle: Sticking with the Work
Once the shine of a great idea wears off, and its implementation or execution begin to feel like, dare we say, work, it’s easy to lose motivation – distractions pile on; excuses become readily available; despair may even begin paying visits. We think of this phase in the creative process as: The Long Middle – a time when the initial creative spark has come and gone, and yet the finish line is still a long way off.
Throughout July, PHLEARN Magazine will be smack dab in the middle of this phase. Stick with us, however, and we won’t have to remain here long.
“The true measure of our progress is seeing how many hurdles we can pass before we feel we have conquered our personal bests.” – Daniel Green, Phamily Member
3 Strategies for Surviving the Long Middle
If you feel like you’re trudging through an uninspiring wasteland in one of your projects, here are some stories and strategies to make sure you get out of there alive.
Interview with Keean Afrasiabi
In our conversation with Keean we talked about the limitations he faces as a legally blind visual artist, how he got into 3D design, and how he engages in client work.
Passion Isn’t Everything
One of our Nigeria-based Phamily members shares what he did when a project that initially captured his attention quickly felt like a burden.
It’s Not Too Late To Evolve
Creativity can be a fragile creature. Here are three ways to keep it off the endangered species list.
Links Worth Clicking
- Ever compare your old work to today’s accomplishments? So did these artists.
- Work less so that you can get more done.
- Further evidence that you can do anything you put your mind to…even if it’s ridiculous.
Talk to us!
Are you in the middle of a challenging project/process right now? Tell us about it! Tweet it out with #PhamilyWisdom 🙂
Thanks for browsing through this issue of PHLEARN Magazine. If you missed our last one, I encourage you to check it out right here. As always, let me know what you liked a lot, liked a little, or would like more of. This magazine is for you, after all!