I’ve noticed a trend among many online entrepreneurs. They’ve been led to believe that speed is essential for success. They put an emphasis on weekly word counts. They thrive to write dozens of articles a week and several books a year. They focus on numbers, not artistic quality. I might even argue that they’ve lost track of the core concept of creativity: reflective thought. Maybe it’s time to slow down.
Great Art is Not a Flash in The Pan
Great works of art came long in the making. Whether we’re talking about books, music, or movies, some of the best works came slowly.
- Bruce Springsteen spent six months writing the song, Born To Run.
- James Cameron spent 15 years on the film, Avatar.
- Julia Child spent 10 years on Mastering The Art Of French Cooking.
- Elizabeth Gilbert spent nearly four years on her book, The Signature Of All Things.
- Scott Weaver has spend 35 years working on Rolling Through The Bay.
There are thousands of examples of great artistic works that came slowly. Why then do so many people rush to get things done?
Blame It on The Internet
Of course it’s not the Internet’s fault for this idea that faster is better, but the Internet has been the medium that has spread the message. The Internet has opened up doors for millions of people to join in a race to be noticed. The result has been that everyone is pushing harder and faster to be the next great success.
Social media is full of great posts from a large array of artists, writers, photographers, musicians, and filmmakers. But honestly, how often do we slow down to click onto these posts and truly take them in? On the other hand, people are producing these posts at an alarming rate. More than 250 million new photos are uploaded to Facebook everyday. That’s just photos. That’s just Facebook. Look at these stats.
Everything Becomes a Blur When We Move Too Fast
True artists learn to slow down. True artists take time to reflect on their ideas. True artists spend time mastering their craft. They don’t put out one work after another just to build a greater content base.
Slow Down: Your Work Will Be Better
There has been some counter movements encouraging writers and artists to slow down. I’d like to share a few links with you:
I know it’s a cliche, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Great works of art take time. Great works of art come from hours of attention to detail. If you’ve been pushing to create more and more content, I encourage you to slow down and pay closer attention to the quality of your work. In the end, you might just create a masterpiece.
In Praise of Slowness
Take some time to slow down your art. Take time to slow down your life.