Consume or Contribute?
Dave (my partner) and I were on our daily 1 hour walk the other morning when he said something that REALLY jumped out to me. We were talking about how excited I am with my thoughts for my business and how I want to do more hands-on creative work and how everything I have been doing lately has significantly contributed to my progress in getting closer to where I want to be… including staying away from social media of late.
AND BAM. He said, so casually: yeah, you’re probably feeling great because you’re wanting to contribute more than you consume. WOW. Yoda, is that you?? haha
I was like: YES. All I was doing in the past was consuming, consuming, consuming on social media in particular, which inevitably creates self doubt, comparison and totally blocks the creative juices from flowing. But now I have been away from it all of late, my mind has been much more creative and finding ways to contribute, to add value, and to have purpose in all that I do. Which also connects to my core values that I’ve been working on lately.
Through my research on this today, I came across a headline that read “The easiest way to live a short, unimportant life” – James Clear. I know what you’re thinking… okay, you’ve got me hooked, I need to read what this is about. His whole blog post is super interesting, however one sentence stood out to me:
“To put it bluntly: the easiest way to live a short unimportant life is to consume the world around you rather than contribute to it.”
Doesn’t it just make total sense?
I also think the reason why this resonates so much with me is because I feel like so many people online are consuming and regurgitating content for the sake of it, with no meaning or thought behind it. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that feels like that, but it’s definitely apparent to me in the design world where trends are picked up so quickly due to social media, which means all the same colour palettes and fonts are used and everyone seems to be doing the same kind of design style. Now, I’m not saying that this is a bad thing or that I haven’t myself loved a trend and jumped onto it, but I do think that if we can all consume less and focus on our own purpose, there could be more juicy content that can be created.
Here are some more words from his blog article that I couldn’t possibly try and put into my own words:
“Too often we spend our lives visiting the world instead of shaping it.
Be an adventurer, an inventor, an entrepreneur, an artist. Suggest your own ideas instead of reacting to everyone else’s. Be an active participant in life and contribute to the world around you. Make good conversation. Make good art. Make good adventure. But above all, make something.
Contributing and creating doesn’t just make you feel alive, it keeps you alive.”
– James Clear
I’m just going to leave it at that. If that isn’t inspiring, I’m not sure what is.
Happy contributing xx