I just read the saddest thing, a post at Men with Pens about “how to bribe yourself to do nasty things,” meaning all the things you don’t want to do as a freelancer. Things like finish an ebook, finish a press release, make cold calls, write a blog post.
Apparently, we should reward ourselves with a jelly bean per call, or a restaurant meal with a friend, or a new pair of boots. And I’m thinking oh how horribly sad this is. Just, sad.
When you do whatever it is you do as your creative thing, do you reward yourself afterwards? Or is the doing adequate reward in itself? Are there parts you do willingly, easily, painlessly and then other parts that are hard?
Do you force yourself to create? Is creating something that can be forced? Can your creativity be bribed? Bought? Sold?
My whole body is just saying no, no, nooooooooo. Surely it’s intrinsic? Sure it can be hard sometimes but…bribability?
Bribes make me think of trained seals. Tossed bones.
Is it the term bribes or idea of little rewards that bothers me? What motivates us? Just, ew. Wandering off now to mull that over some more.
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