Today I write about learning to love the process of your craft. This has been a part of my journey since my baptism earlier this year and my yearning to be in the light during the darkest times.

Saturday I spent most of my day with my friend Jose. We capped off the evening with a great conversation on life. We dived into so many topics and learned so much. Towards the end of the pod, we discussed the cost of what it takes to create great art.

deep breath

I want to attempt to share what I have learned thus far. I hope someone will get something out of this, at the very least.

Love your craft

I believe the most important thing is to love your craft. God has given us the natural talent to create the world we want.

Don't shy away from it. Embrace it. A hard work mindset can get me most of the way there. But it is up to me to take hold of my present and change it.

Kobe on what drives him. TLDR: If you love the process of your craft you will never complain to yourself again.

Every problem is an enormous amount of opportunity. Changing my mental mindset has turned sad days into some of the best days of my life. Be a problem solver, take a break and show yourself grace.

Not everyone will have time for me to complain and sulk, and I choose to take it upon myself. I make up for my own faults and channel them positively. Over prepare to out-perform oneself. Simply becoming proactive, not reactive, has helped me every day with this.

Mans reach exceeds his grasp

Nothing is impossible. I firmly believe that. Every person I interact with is a potential teacher. Not everyone will know everything, but if you listen and learn from the people you meet, you could save yourself years of headaches. Learn from the best. Seek feedback and level up. At the end of the day, it is simply math; run the numbers. The more people you meet and work with, results in leveling up. The work is the work, so learn to love it.

Chet Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals: Chet Baker Sings (1954) and It Could Happen to You (1958). Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker's early career as "James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one"

Bringing my individual passion to the process is the uniqueness I bring. Being intentional and detail-oriented daily gets me here, and breaking it down slowly for the sake of understanding is what I choose.

Strive for perfection.

You will never reach it, but it is worth running towards for the sake of creation.

the light shined brighter today
embracing circumstances
creative output is starting to get faster
reflecting is over, time to be a pioneer