I wanted to make a video about frustration. Frustration is the predecessor to creativity. It is what comes before a discovery. Frustration is what comes before finding that information that you need that will accelerate the process. The problem with frustration is that when we give in to it, it's the beginning of the end.
Creativity requires a certain level of aggression. It means you've got to persist. It means you've got to keep chopping and chopping away. When you're chopping away, you're going to feel frustrated. However, that frustration means that your brain is making new connections.
There are times when frustration just bears on me. However, that frustration is alchemy. I can use it and turn it towards something else because that frustration is almost like aggressive energy. It is aggressive energy that leads to innovation. You just have to be persistent.
Einstein was using aggressive energy towards discovering whatever the hell he discovered. Leonardo Da Vinci was aggressive in his discoveries. Michelangelo was aggressive with his work.
You know when you’re frustrated and then you take it out with somebody else? You're redirecting your aggression towards that. You’ve got to also redirect your aggression towards your work.
When people f*** with you, use your anger to commit to never let people f*** with you. To me, I use my frustration to focus more on my art. I use it to go back to myself, realign my goals, and come back stronger.
It tells me that my plans aren't as good as they should be. I need to rethink things. I could get frustrated and mad at the moment or I can just look into the future and see what I could do to fix this.
My frustration is making me think. My frustration makes me realign my goals, think deeper, and see where I went wrong. Without that frustration, I wouldn't be looking inside. Frustration helps you realize that it's not that easy, but it's possible. Just be persistent.
Whenever you feel any aggression, redirect that towards your craft. If you notice great art, there is usually some anger behind the art. You can sense anger emanating from the art. The reason is that the artist actually felt anger. Every work of art that's amazing, you’ll see a subtle leakage of intense emotion coming out from them.
What you need to learn to do is to embrace all your experiences and bring them to your work. Me, I got frustrated, so I created a video about frustration. That's how you learn.
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