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Creativity

The Robot and The Muse

As a creator, you want to create. You have this urge in you that needs to bring to life a vision, a feeling, a message.

No matter what else you do in life, this urge to create — this Muse — needs to express herself.

The Muse (Photo by Sandra Kaas on Unsplash)

This urge to create often conflicts with something else that is a need, too. The need to feed yourself, your kids, your dog, your parents, and if you’re unlucky, critters in your attic.

Many “solve” this by working a job, fulfilling someone else’s dream. While at the same time having the hope to keep that job (read: the fear of losing it) to earn enough bucks to sustain yourself and the Muse.

You can almost look at your Muse as your prisoner. Your Muse, that is, your innermost creative and genius subconscious being, is put in a cage.

Weeks, sometimes even months or years, go by for you to unlock her from solitary confinement for just short periods.

That seems pretty sad.

Now, if you can’t relate and don’t care about your Muse, that’s fine.

Maybe you’re in a great spot regarding your creative endeavors (please do feel free to share your tips & tricks!).

Or you’re in such a grave spot that other things need to be taken care of first (if so, and you want someone to listen, my email is open to you).

If the above is the case, better take care of those things first. I’ll be here waiting when you’re ready.

But if you recognize this situation (finding your Muse is caged too often), please stick around because there is hope.

For your Muse has a hidden ally.

This ally is hiding in plain sight. He shows up day in day out. He is optimizing and organizing. He is mechanically and unemotionally slogging on.

Almost indifferent to his surroundings, he is doing what has to be done.

He is the Robot.

Your Robot shows up every day. He must do so to sustain your lifestyle. He is there when you’re working on your job or running errands (or cleaning the attic from mouse droppings).

It’s not the case that your Robot has perseverance. Your Robot simply doesn’t care.

Feeling down? Just go to work. Feeling happy? Just go to work. Rain? Walk the dog. Sunshine? Walk the dog.

Your Robot is methodical and precise. No process or task seems daunting because every task can be cut up into smaller jobs.

Will a task take a long time? It doesn’t matter. Tomorrow is a new day to continue the job.

The Myth of Sisyphus

Like Sisyphus in Albert Camus’ ‘The Myth of Sisyphus, the Robot shows up for the grind, always.

…because deep down it knows it won’t survive without doing the work

The Robot is the part of you that does the work because deep down it knows it won’t survive without doing the work. No work means no food; no food implies death.

But why don’t we apply the Robot to the work our Muse needs to produce?

It could be that you’re experiencing what Steven Pressfield calls ‘Resistance.’ in his book ‘The War of Art.’

Resistance is described in a mythical fashion as a universal force that has one sole mission: to keep things as they are.

If I were to simplify the definition of Resistance, I would call it Fear.

Fear of success. Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of yourself.

Seriously, if your Muse struggles with Fear aka Resistance and you have not yet read ‘The War of Art’*, buy it.

*Hint: I love his books and can recommend any ‘Muse’ to read them.

By the way, I can imagine you’re short on cash (starving artist and all). If the $5 — $10 price is too high for you — which I understand (in many countries it’s a day’s work) — write me a ~500-word email explaining your situation, and I will buy you the book outright.

But be it Resistance/Fear or something else that keeps you from using your ‘Robot-side,’ you need to take care of it.

You see, The Robot enables The Muse to be set free and flourish.

Embracing your Robot and Muse as two sides of the same coin is profound. When you do this, alchemy happens. You start being able to bring about a change in your life and work that seemed impossible before.

Big goals start to seem achievable. Unfounded criticism of your work turns into noise. You will take your profession seriously. Others will do so too.

Your Robot and Muse together can defeat the Fear. Every day*.

*Yes, the Fear keeps showing up every day, but when you overcome it once, you know you can do it again.)

By the way, I did not pick ‘The Robot’ by chance.

A Robot has some extra features on top of just ‘showing up every day’ (though, showing up is the most important one).

Let us look at a few definitions of a Robot:

  • “A person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner.”
  • “..a mechanism guided by automatic controls.”
  • “A robot is a machine designed to execute one or more tasks automatically with speed and precision.”

These definitions lead us to a list of characteristics, some of which we already covered.

What we covered:

  • Show up every day.
  • Do the work, regardless of how you feel.
  • Continue when receiving negative OR positive feedback.
Embrace your inner Robot

But another characteristic of a Robot is that it does processes:

  • automatically
  • in an optimized way
  • with precision
  • with speed

These second set of features of the Robot are something we can influence by implementing technology and procedures that make your Robot able to thrive.

When your Robot thrives in the direction that your Muse needs, you can create remarkable things.

My aim with this article is to introduce the concept of ‘The Robot’ as part of every individual.

My next step is to take this Robot-Muse model and help others like me to fulfill their Muse’ dreams through embracing and effectively using their Robot.

Specifically — and maybe this sounds boring after such an abstract story — actionable advice for content creators that want to apply their ‘Robot’ to their content creation business.

I chose ‘Entrepreneurial Content Creators’ as my audience first and foremost because I am a Content Creator running a business.

I strongly feel that for me to help others, I must first understand others. And I know my audience best when I come from the same place and experiences.

The second (and not unimportant) reason is that individuals serious about bringing their Muse’s dreams to fruition can have a profound positive change in the people around them.

Concluding

If you feel you have gained some insight into your inner Robot or Muse through this article, I invite you to leave a small response below.

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Thank you for reading. :)

Cheers!

Jibran

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