You make small, daily deposits. And then you look back after a period of time and say, wow, I have a huge balance. I wonder what I should spend it on?
That’s how I’ve been working for years. Every day, I put as many words on the page as I can. I get on kicks, I follow conceptual pathways as long as they bear fruit, and when the point of diminishing returns approaches, I pivot and write about something else.
But I never pick my head up. I never look over my shoulder. I just keep creating and keep riding the momentum and trust that I’ll end up somewhere interesting. And then, usually several months later, I finally step back to behold my inventory. I sit there and take a good look at the ground taken.
More importantly, I let the inventory take a good look at me. I inhale while it exhales. And that’s when I know it’s time to stop creating and start judging. It’s time to transition from passive accumulation mode to strategic creation mode.
This process, treating creativity as a forced savings account, is how I’ve published thirty books, seven musical albums and a feature length documentary. It works.
Never underestimate the prolific power of compound interest.
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