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Should you follow your dreams?

Should you follow your dreams?
By Elizabeth Filips • Issue #21 • View online
Heya it’s been a while!
I’ve finally settled into the new house, have an internet connection and despite everything else in my life still raging on, I finally have the time to sit down and write in peace.
I’ve been thinking about advertising and marketing recently (as part of my role as strategy consultant) and it’s become more and more clear to me how much structure, organisation and intentionality lies behind even “creative”, “artistic”, “self-made” successful businesses or people.
Which is quite funny in a way.
When I was younger I thought artists and creators were having the time of their lives. It was them and their muse, exploring their wildest dreams, embracing natural flows of thought, even pushing away the tragic (and boring) confines of strategic success.
They weren’t tied to the less refined tastes and inclinations of mortals like me. Somehow thinking that Da Vinci could’ve dampened down his creative genius to fit what would be better appreciated by the rest of us feels like a sad state of affairs.
Surely it’s just natural that incredible creative genius is to be appreciated by everyone. Not that it’s been created with us in mind.
I’m going somewhere with this.
All this dampened my romantic notion of a creator. The dreams I never followed, the “running away with the circus”-things: becoming a painter, or a tattoo artist, or a sculptor or philosopher - well apparently weren’t as much of a “dream” really, but more of a job.
I read this amazing phrase, that said that the more fun a career is, the more competitive it is going to be. And therefore the more you need to work to rise above. Work, with your target audience in mind.
I don’t know if this made any sense to anyone else, or how I feel about it overall, if it’s a good or bad thing. I don’t think it’s either really.
So what do you think? Would chasing your dreams have been less of a job than what you currently do?
Wishing you a killer weekend,
Elizabeth xx

🪄 Quote of the week
“I see my future now more as a step forward instead of a whole new beginning.“ 
— 100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life - David Niven PhD
🖤 My Favourite Things This Week
Podcasts - I’ve been going on a Huberman Lab binge this last week, I listened to these three episodes (1, 2, 3). I love him talking about dopamine: reward and motivation pathways. One amazing takeaway from him is realising that the best way to keep up your motivation is to reward yourself every few achievements, not after every achievement (casino-gambling style).
Book - This is the book I mentioned on Marketing, I’m still working my way through it and will probably summarise it in my Book Newsletter, the Pensieve. I know it’s a bit off-topic for the newsletter, but think I might still include it.
My desk - I’ve been LOVING my new standing desk. Although I do less actual standing than I should be, the wood feels so nice, the wires are all out of view, the colour goes with my room and it’s an incredible feeling to work on it.
Talking in a vlog - Guess who actually stopped caring about feeling stupid talking in a vlog? I actually had fun doing this, might try to vlog a bit more :)
🐓 Not-so-great this week
No internet - I’ve been on a very non-consensual internet detox for the last few weeks. There were issues connecting the internet in my new house which have hopefully been resolved. Not an experience I would recommend when you’re supposed to be working, or uploading YouTube videos.
🎥 YouTube Videos this week
Moving Vlog | An Absolute Mess
Moving Vlog | An Absolute Mess
I like to feel nothing
I like to feel nothing
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Elizabeth Filips

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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