It’s important to draw inspiration from the people around you. I often meet people who are so great at their careers and passions. There are many different people in my life that help keep me inspired and focused. For example, I have a funk shaman that keeps me motivated to dive deeper in the funk and spread the glory of funk to the people. When you see someone doing something well, ask yourself, “What can I learn from their ability and success? Is there any way I can apply some of those qualities to my career and life?” Being jealous or envious can be counterproductive to your creative spirit. Knowing people that are so driven is inspiring.
I’ve been fortunate to be able to meet a few of my local journalism idols over the past few months. One of them told me, “Just keep writing.” It’s a simple concept, but he has a great point. The 10,000 hour rule has often been debated, but it is a solid idea. The rule was popularized by author Malcolm Gladwell. It basically states that if you practice your skill for 10,000 hours, around 10 years, you will have mastered your craft. If you keep working at something you are passionate about, you are bound to improve. You have to keep working on your craft and pushing ahead.
Look at the beasting of the people that inspire you and it can help awaken a whole new level of beasting inside yourself. Learn from people who are passionate about what they do and it can light a creative fire within you.