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You Won't Like This.

Too often, we're thinking, pondering, and trying our best to understand the perspective others have on us. It's why we emphasize branding, why we capture things a certain way, why we wear a cool brass bengal on our wrist, and why we don't step outside our perceived roles. This puts us in a corner and doesn't allow the freedom to be creative, to try something new, or to feel comfortable while being different. The culture of the internet, likes, and interaction only enforce this principle. We've learned since day one that "you have the be JUST the outdoors guy, or the interiors guy, or the funny twitter guy." When we step outside our roles in this way, we find that our means of encouragement isn't there for it and doesn't back it up, even if it is actually considered good to a totally different audience. In this way of comparison, we cannibalize ourselves from creating new things because our systems of support are only there for the safe things. 

This concept and complaint has been beaten to death by so many different viewpoints, but the few have offered any solution or perspective that's helpful for a permanent change. While I don't consider my own solution something that will work for everyone, it has helped me get out of dark places when I haven't felt creative and haven't seen any light. I hope that may be the case for some others, too.

In all things, pointing out a problem without proposing a solution is irresponsible and mainly just annoying. That said, here's a quick "fix" that covers, at minimum, the foundation of the problem:

Change the space where you get encourgement. Pick a few people you really look up to, let them be your mentors for everything, and be open to criticism from them. The most critical part of this is keeping this group as small as possible. That provides the chance for actually trusting someone and growing in the best possible way. 

Relying on the options of the masses doesn't lead to a uniform understanding of creating for yourself. The masses have varying understandings of what's good in general and also what's good for YOU, the creator. Instead of listening to them, their likes, and their feedback, find your small group and let them be the judges of your growth. Mentorship isn't dead and isn't something we should take for granted when it's provided. 

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