Desert Island 10: Frank Turner

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][elfsight_social_share_buttons id=”1″][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default” animate=”yes” custom_height=”25″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text][nectar_dropcap color=””]W[/nectar_dropcap] hen I think back over my creativity timeline, It was only the beginning handful of projects that saw me collaborate directly & frequently with other creative-types. Since late 2007, I’ve been a lone-wolf creative and I wanted to discuss the pros and cons of that kind of lifestyle in this inaugural [of the 2019 website relaunch] blog post.

‘Going it alone’ wasn’t a conscious decision I conciously made one day, but rather the resulting action toward multiple failed projects that involved other people. I have no desire to get into those personal murky waters, only to say that various projects I had put my absolute heart and soul into were derailed by the lack of preparation, presence, and effort on the parts of the other folks. I was at the mercy of other people and I grew uncomfortable with the idea that my successes [and even completions!] were wholly dependant on variables such as ‘Will they even show up today?‘ – ‘Will have they have rehearsed?‘ And so on. Instinctually, I grew independent overnight in response.

Since then, I’ve pretty much been 100% creatively independent [save for my writer-for-hire collaborations] and I’ve absolutely adored the journey. It’s certainly not going to be the correct path for everyone and there’s a massive learning curve involved, but there’s nothing more enjoyable than being the president of your own little neighborhood; you can set off fireworks at any time of night and paint the facade of your home any colour you like! What’s not to love?

What is my definition of ‘Lone Wolf Creative’?

It’s important for me to clarify what i mean by this term prior to overloading your brain with it. None of us, absolutely none, get by

There’s no egomania in wanting to ‘do it alone’.

Don’t let people tell you that you’re arrogant or a fantasist for wanting to take the creative wheel. You’re definitely going to encounter that at some stage, especially if you’ve decided to take on a skillset in which you’re not publically recognized within already – eg; If you’re known as a musician and suddenly start developing your own website.

It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyways; being a lone wolf creative doesn’t mean you should be climbing up on your office roof to fix the leak or becoming your own accountant when you haven’t got even a basic handle on maths – that is to say; you don’t have to do absolutely everything yourself. There is immense value in other peoples skills and this post isn’t here to try and trick you into doing 100% of your life alone.

Ingredients needed: Motivation, Resilience + Bravery.

Never ever think of giving up. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Take all negative words out of your mental dictionary and focus on the solutions with utmost conviction and patience. The battle is never lost until you’ve abandoned your vision. But what if you’re really exhausted physically, mentally, and most of all emotionally? Here are some sources of motivation to prompt you in reaching the peak of accomplishment. Never ever think of giving up. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Take all negative words out of your mental dictionary and focus on the solutions with utmost conviction and patience. The battle is never lost until you’ve abandoned your vision. But what if you’re really exhausted physically, mentally, and most of all emotionally? Here are some sources of motivation to prompt you in reaching the peak of accomplishment.

Don’t be a lone wolf creative for the sake of being a lone wolf creative.

Whilst I have extolled the virtues of doing this alone thus far, it’s important to note that doing something to a horribly-bad level simply just to do it yourself … is a really bad idea. My initial attempts at graphic design, web design, logo design etc – have only ever been seen by myself and for good reason – I was in the learning phase of these skillsets [and I still reside in that faction!]. Being DIY is fantastic, but again I must highlight the importance of knowing when to hand things off to other people.

There’s a current trend amongst the younger generation these days of wanting to be an Entrepreneur. Through the popularity of shows such as Dragons Den and Shark Tank, kids feel like buying a .com domain name and starting some social media accounts instantly makes them an Entrepreneur. The truth is, for most, the realisation of how much work is involved will make them quit within a few months.

Prepare to: Feel Lonely, Question Everything + Procrastinate.

Whilst I have extolled the virtues of doing this alone thus far, it’s important to note that doing something to a horribly-bad level simply just to do it yourself … is a really bad idea. My initial attempts at graphic design, web design, logo design etc – have only ever been seen by myself and for good reason – I was in the learning phase of these skillsets [and I still reside in that faction!]. Being DIY is fantastic, but again I must highlight the importance of knowing when to hand things off to other people.

There’s a current trend amongst the younger generation these days of wanting to be an Entrepreneur. Through the popularity of shows such as Dragons Den and Shark Tank, kids feel like buying a .com domain name and starting some social media accounts instantly makes them an Entrepreneur. The truth is, for most, the realisation of how much work is involved will make them quit within a few months.

“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”
ROY T. BENNETT

Allow Isolation to have value.

Whilst I have extolled the virtues of doing this alone thus far, it’s important to note that doing something to a horribly-bad level simply just to do it yourself … is a really bad idea. My initial attempts at graphic design, web design, logo design etc – have only ever been seen by myself and for good reason – I was in the learning phase of these skillsets [and I still reside in that faction!]. Being DIY is fantastic, but again I must highlight the importance of knowing when to hand things off to other people.

There’s a current trend amongst the younger generation these days of wanting to be an Entrepreneur. Through the popularity of shows such as Dragons Den and Shark Tank, kids feel like buying a .com domain name and starting some social media accounts instantly makes them an Entrepreneur. The truth is, for most, the realisation of how much work is involved will make them quit within a few months.

You win alone, you lose alone [and you often dine alone].

When you decide to grab the reins with both hands, it’s all on you. There are no longer any excuses such as ‘crossed wires’ that are permissible … you are completely to blame for the successes and the failures of what you do and that can be a lot of pressure upon inexperienced shoulders.

Summary / TL:DR.

Whilst I have extolled the virtues of doing this alone thus far, it’s important to note that doing something to a horribly-bad level simply just to do it yourself … is a really bad idea. My initial attempts at graphic design, web design, logo design etc – have only ever been seen by myself and for good reason – I was in the learning phase of these skillsets [and I still reside in that faction!]. Being DIY is fantastic, but again I must highlight the importance of knowing when to hand things off to other people.

There’s a current trend amongst the younger generation these days of wanting to be an Entrepreneur. Through the popularity of shows such as Dragons Den and Shark Tank, kids feel like buying a .com domain name and starting some social media accounts instantly makes them an Entrepreneur. The truth is, for most, the realisation of how much work is involved will make them quit within a few months.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default” animate=”yes” custom_height=”25″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][image_with_animation image_url=”6785″ alignment=”” animation=”None” hover_animation=”none” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” image_loading=”default” max_width=”100%” max_width_mobile=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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