Brad Lomenick has some really good advice on flowing between the five stages of creative development. His advice? Don’t get stuck in one. Here’s his ideas: “Taken in concert, these five stages can be healthy, important parts of growing any creative endeavor. Isolated and obsessed on, any one of these stages can cripple your best intentions. Focus on moving between them. The key is to not just hang out in the “caretaker” stage, where you protect and defend everything you’ve developed, instead of returning to the “craft” stage.
– Craft – You create something out of passion for the art of it.
– Crowd – An audience discovers you’re good at your passion.
– Commission – You earn money for the thing you love to do.
– Career – You turn a passion into your profession.
– Caretaker – You protect and nurture the thing you’ve created, and do everything you can to “defend” your turf. A dangerous phase.”
Once we’ve achieved any level of success, the tempation to become a “caretaker” rather than creator is very powerful. I encounter it all the time in my media consulting work. What’s your take? Do you see it, and how do you overcome it?