🤯Unknown Unknowns #99 - Self-Discovery is THE Intrinsic Motivation
I recently had a conversation with, who has a great newsletter, . We batted around the idea that an act of creation is an act of self-discovery.
When you create something, you discover something about yourself. When I write, not only do I have a better understanding of the topic I’m writing about, but I understand why I’m interested in the topic. I understand my resistance or affinity with the ideas. I explore how the ideas relate to my life and how I might act on them. For example, in the Writing of the Week, I write about how we can use the Hero’s Journey to help ourselves take action.
Not only did I learn more about the hero’s journey, but I confronted several questions about myself.
Why do I hesitate to take action?
What have I accomplished?
Why do I feel like some things are not accomplishments?
What goals do I want?
What am I capable of?
In order to have a cohesive, logically flowing essay, I had to examine my beliefs and assumptions. I had to fill in the gaps that I would ordinarily gloss over. I may choose not to reveal the new truths in the essay, but the truths are now part of me.
Self-discovery is an intrinsic motivation for creation. Maybe THE intrinsic motivation.
Creativity has to be intrinsically motivated. This is what differentiates creators from content creators. Content creators are extrinsically motivated - their focus is on building and monetizing an audience. Creators are on a journey of self-discovery.
Writing of the Week:
Just Do It. I wish this phrase was never told to Phil Knight and Nike so that it could be a rallying cry for us all. However, sometimes it’s not easy to “Just Do It.” But understanding where we are in the context of a larger narrative could help us to take action. Can we use the Hero’s Journey to help us take the next step?
Quote of the Week:
“I believe this passionately: that we don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.” - Ken Robinson
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Leaving you in peace,