Jean-Paul Sartre said that “hell is other people.” When I’m surrounded by people with whom I seem to have nothing in common, I’d be quick to agree. All my life, other people have brought me tremendous amounts of stress. They have confused me, irritated me, and stirred up visceral anger in me. When I was […]

You make great art. We can see that. You’re good. You’ve put thousands of hours into your craft. You’ve set up a coherent, and a strong portfolio of pieces; of articles; of videos. And yet you’re not picking up those clients. You’re not making those sales. Your art is rich, but you are not. You […]

My life has featured a lot of unnecessary suffering. Self-conscious. Frustrated. Cynical. In a perpetual state of worry about gaining — and losing — the admiration of others. It took many years to realise that our many forms of mental anguish arise more from our judgement of others than of the perceived judgement others inflict […]

There is a sense of building despair that comes with repeated failures. We feel our spirit drain with every project dropped for a new one; with every ‘mistake’; with every rejection. Failure is good if we view it for the value it holds, yes. But at some point, we need to see some success — […]

You’ve finally finished your masterpiece. You’re beaming. You feel good about it this time. Could this be your big break? You’ve added a funky title and some trendy hashtags. You hit publish, feeling a mix of excitement and some trepidation. An hour later… Three measly likes and a comment from a stalker. What happened? Doesn’t the […]

E.L. Doctorow once said: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing, and learn as you go.” As my daily writing experiments have shown, he is right. Writing can reveal a lot about the world and ourselves. The sheer act of writing unlocks that which is deep within the dusty libraries of my mind. Until recently, I treated writing as a […]

I’ll be honest with you. I’m 33 years old and still find life hard. I still feel like a beginner. I still feel mostly clueless. I still get scared and dread things. For the most part, things are hopeful. I’m productive, I’m exercising enough, feeling positive, and I am grateful for what I have. I can experience moments of brilliance, where I feel like I’m on […]

Creativity can be effortless in some moments and a nightmare in others. At times, it flows, like a catamaran gliding over glassy waters in a persistent gale. At others, we feel like weary explorers battling through the thick, grasping vines of our jungle minds. Often we try to start our work when we are scattered. We […]

Here it is again. That wave of discomfort. It starts like a rippling in my chest, and then a ping in my throat. I couldn’t describe the emotion because it is composed of several. Frustration; boredom; anger; restlessness; confusion, and borderline despair. I’m also sleepy. This can’t be a good start, can it? Well, yes […]

What is ‘success’ anyway? For me, it’s having someone other than my parents, sister and my only two friends like something that I wrote on Facebook. But some people will naturally want more than this. So to this, I’d say: 1. Find something at which you’re already winning. A talent. A small success made. Something […]