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Ben Pieratt on Creative Work

Ben Pieratt writes about doing creative work in a letter to a friend:

Creation is entirely dependent on ownership.

Ownership not as a percentage of equity, but as a measure of your
ability to change things for the better. To build and grow and fail and
learn. This is no small thing. Creativity is the manifestation of
lateral thinking, and without tangible results, it becomes stunted. We
have to see the fruits of our labors, good or bad, or there’s no
motivation to proceed, nothing to learn from to inform the next
decision. States of approval and decisions-by-committee and constant
compromises are third-party interruptions of an internal dialog that
needs to come to its own conclusions.

Your muse can only be treated as the secretary of a subcommittee for
so long before she decides to pack up and look for employment elsewhere.
If you aren’t able to own the product and be creative, then you aren’t
able to do your work, and if you’re not doing your work then you’re
negating a very real part of your personality, which is no good for
anyone. No good for you and certainly no good for your employer.

This is so extremely well put.

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