Getting Creativity Out the DoorTuesday, November 16, 2010
If you’ve met me for more than twenty minutes, then you probably know that I'm a huge hip hop fan and that the easiest way to get me on the dance floor is to play Mary J Blige. The creativity that comes out of this musical genre is astounding. One of the most prolific producers in hip hop, and arguably one of the best writers and lyricists, is Jay-Z.
Once when Jay-Z was a guest on Bill Maher's show, Bill presented him with a bound book of his published songs from over the years. The video clip is below (less than a minute long) and it shows the sheer amount of work that the artist has put into his career. Keep in mind, this is just what was published. It doesn’t include all of his songs that never made the cut and were never made public.
The gift above wouldn't have been possible if Jay-Z had left all those songs stacked in files on his office shelf and never did anything with them. Being the best requires a relentless pursuit of what you love to do but also of putting what you love to do out into the world. Creativity is a discipline. True artists get up and create, whether they feel like it or not. It's no coincidence that inspiration strikes more often when you produce more often.
Success comes when you can marry the discipline of creativity with the discipline of getting it out the door.