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Adding value. Been evaluating the Create Something project and…

Adding value.

Been evaluating the Create Something project and am rethinking what the Something *means*.

Specifically, I had a fabulous design meeting at work today. It left me energized and cruising through the next few hours as I wrote up outlines and Next Step tasks for the people involved. I started a design and did some general follow-up. It was really good.

Is this creating something? The results/outputs were of a similar nature to what I’ve been doing so far but it sort of violates my previous requirement that I make it for me. I added value to work, to someone else’s Something.

I think the only distinction stuck in my head is the For Me versus For Others. Much if my mental block prior to this project was my concern over external value of things I was to create.

How much does that matter?

I’m left feeling like it doesn’t matter. The outcome if this project is more about feeling like what I am doing is adding value to the world in some manner.

What do you think? How much should the entity that benefits most from what ever I create matter?

Originally published at Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist. You can comment here or there.

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mysterysquid From: mysterysquid Date: January 11th, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Adding value to the world is a really good criterion - for life in general...
abmann From: abmann Date: January 11th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beneficiary be damned?
mysterysquid From: mysterysquid Date: January 12th, 2014 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, to a point, I guess. As long as there IS one, I think you're adding to net good in the world.
nidea From: nidea Date: January 11th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the recipient matters. You could make a card and send it to a friend. You both get joy.

I make stuff for K. and while I enjoy creating it, she LOVES having it. Well, she kind of loves everything at this point, but still. :) I also create stuff for work (web and sewing) and I don't distinguish a difference in my satisfaction -- work well done is work well done, whether it's for me or for a client.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 13th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
So you're saying I should use children as my target audience because they're exuberant and easy to please....
nidea From: nidea Date: January 14th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, it doesn't hurt. :)

But no, if I didn't have a kid, I would be making less stuff. I wouldn't be seeking out a kid to make stuff for. (Unless I had a niece/nephew in town or something.) She asks me to make something and I say yes... most of the time.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: January 12th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought this posted over there.... Guess not.

I think you should go by how you feel. If it left you feeling energized and happy, then good! </p>

I've been learning and trying to be better at trusting my gut. If you can manage to turn off your brain, ignore logic/practicality/conventional wisdom, and listen to what your heart is actually saying about it, I think you have a much better chance of finding what actually makes you happy. (You being everyone, including me.)

It's certainly not easy. But I've discovered that I'm much more peaceful and happy when I don't worry about what's "smart" and focus more on how I actually feel. 9 times out of 10, they match... But not always.

abmann From: abmann Date: January 13th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
That feels true, that I need to go with what feels like the act of creating. Considering that is the whole genesis of this year project, me trying to relax the wacky mental standards for value and art, I should keep that in mind.
dangermouse72 From: dangermouse72 Date: January 12th, 2014 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
". I started a design "

Well that's got to be creating something?

And it's probably for someone else, and yourself possibly.

As others have hinted, I think you may be focusing too much on who is getting something out of this - even if it's 'just' satisfaction - it it makes you happy then that's enough, surely?

Some would also say there's bound to be a knock-on effect of you being happy too? ie that you being happy will at the very least make some of those around you happy.

Don't we all like to see those we care about happy and/or content?
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