Creativity is Stress

Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash


We want to believe that great art is created the Buddha discovered enlightenment: sitting under a tree in tranquility. Yet, as if it is a koan itself, creativity is born through stress.

“Don’t fight stress. Embrace it. Turn it on itself. Use it to make yourself sharper and more alert. Use it to make you think and learn and get better and smarter and more effective. Use the stress to make you a better you.” — Jocko

Get to Work

We often think we must first be motivated and then act. Psychologically this is incorrect. In actuality, act and motivation will follow.

“Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.” — Jocko

If you want to write, write. If you want to paint, paint. We do not get better watching YouTube videos and searching Instagram. We do not become better artists by pontificating about art (yes, the irony is felt).

“Stop researching every aspect of it and reading all about it and debating the pros and cons of it … Start doing it.”

So what do we do to chew through the reps?

Bite Size

Crossfitters learn this technique early on. How do you get through a brutal workout with some ridiculous rep count? One rep at a time. All you can do is focus on this rep, this down, this chunk.



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Brock Vickers

Brock Vickers

I am an actor and writer who loves creating content and telling stories.