The writer Chester Himes once said “A Fighter Fights and A Writer Writes.” The emphasis is on doing, on the process, on the ability to accomplish what that takes. Henry Miller, in the first passages of A Tropic of Cancer, already declares himself an artist and proceeds to produce one of the masterpieces of modern literature (at least one of the most legally controversial). The balance between producing and confidence is an interesting one – one that I’ve been thinking about a lot.
There are certain things that I have a lot of confidence in. Trying to figure out how to gain confidence in some other things – such as design work, visual arts, coding, and video/music production. Perhaps these are just personal projects. Perhaps they will shape part of my career. But these are things that, even if I don’t do them professionally, will help me get a better understanding and allow me to make better decisions when I do have to make choices around them.
Also, in the process of thinking about this, I’ve discovered a book to add to my reading list: Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley.