This essay is a collection of learnings, and ideas blended together to illustrate the new way to create. There are three parts to this essay you are currently reading part one, and a second and third part being published soon:
For the best experience read these essays congruently, as they are inter-dependent. Without one, the other feels incomplete.
Scarcity, Abundance, and Brilliance
In the time of renaissance artists, the world operated in a scarce mindset. Not solely around resources, but around chance and opportunity. In the 15th century, chance and opportunity were scarce. The ability to display brilliance was only given to the few. Even at that point if the few who were given the opportunity to display brilliance. Squandered this chance, they became footnotes in history. To be only remembered by those in graduate-level courses, and forgotten by the masses.
Lack of opportunity has plagued the human race for centuries. With the internet came an abundance of chance or opportunity. The chance to display brilliance came at less, and less lost cost. The need to act in self-preservation has vanished. As abundance has grown, more opportunities arise for people all over the world. So long as you leverage the internet to display your brilliance.
The effects of born circumstance is no longer a crucial factor of the limits of one's success. What is becoming more valuable is your abilities, and how you communicate your talents. To better examine the context of the time we live in, let us think about two characters.
Character One: The 15th Century Italian Artist
Let's call this man Virgilio De Medici. This man operates in a fundamentally different time. He lives in a more scarce world. A world where humans must operate with their own self-interest.
He creates in a scarce world, a world focused around big breaks and still governed by an aristocracy. To create in this world one must be a perfectionist. If he fails to seize this opportunity the chance to create impact severely diminishes. His dreams become lost in the wayside. So his perfection is justified, as he has no power to leverage. Those who see his work have the power to govern if others will see it, and even they govern if he can make a living off of his own creativity.
This man is constrained by two things power, and perfection. Two things that feed off each other and can drive the man wild. Someone having power over you will drive one mad as you are creating for your survival, as they determine how you will survive. Power drives the need to create perfect work, and perfections push one to unhealthy states of obsession.
Character Two: The 21st Century Creator
Let's call this person Skyler Jones. Skyler Jones is a versatile creator in the modern world. This person lives in a fundamentally different world than the former artist, Virgilio De Medici. In this world, new constraints are lifted basis. With the individual becoming freer each day.
This person creates in a world of bountiful opportunities, and chances. Unlike Virgilio, Skyler has an exponent of opportunities to display brilliance. The external power's over Skyler can only go so far. Skyler is dominated by no one, and others do not control Skyler's destiny. Other's can influence Skyler's destiny, of course. But active control of one's life is non-existent.
Knowing that there is no ultimate earthly power over Skyler's life. Skyler realizes perfection is merely a thing of the past. An ancient thing, like an iPhone 3. It exists but it is not the best tool to be used in one's life today.
Knowing the condition of the 21st-century creator. What is the tool that should be used today? If perfection is like an iPhone 3, how can one acquire the iPhone X. You see the iPhone X is only achieved through the process. In Skyler's position constraints have been relieved, more people are able to come in contact with true freedom than ever before. This freedom not only affects how one may live and act but also how they create.
It is the act of creation and craft we are focused on. This action is the process mentioned in the former paragraph. The act of creation in the past had to be focused around perfection, due to the vulgarity of power and centralization. Now as we continue to live in a more decentralized time, the end goal of creation is no longer the finished product. Perfection is found in the journey or the experience of creation. Unlike the 15th century artist, the 21st-century creator has an abundance of opportunity to display their brilliance.
To title this newer form of mastery, let's pull in some modern builders.:
The act of perfection is no longer achieved in one big leap. Perfection is now a mechanism to be viewed as a journey. As you actuate this new form of mastery, realize this. The audience becomes a participant and also a contributor to your journey of perfection. The journey to perfection becomes an experience in itself, not the sole end to be achieved.
Of course this method of creation is not applicable in all instances. But it is more viable than the idea of the lone genius. Perfection is achieved by feedback and iteration, this new form of mastery enables an better path to achieve perfection. Perfection is subjective, based on how much the audience values it. But perfectionist or not, this seems to be the most viable method of creation available today.