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A creative’s journey to success is a marathon race that never ends

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Every young and aged creative mind is in these four laps of an eternal race.

A creative’s journey to success is a marathon race that never ends

There is a theory that when a baby is born, its palms locked in a firm grip signifies a talent(s), a blueprint to stardom, or a creative gift that the child is to harness to achieve success in life.

The creative infant discovers this unique physical or mental ability somewhere around adolescence and young adulthood. After that crucial revealing moment, it is supposed to be a smooth journey thereon. However, the reverse is the case as creatives’ journey to success does not end there. One would wish the story would conclude with ‘happy ever after’ and celebratory speeches, but what results from that revealing moment is a profoundly tumultuous journey that begins when a creative individual dares to secure a top spot in a dog-eat-dog world.

Creatives are aware of the sacred nature of craft they embody and the uncompromising excellence required to attain greatness in any field. However, most are oblivious that this race is not a sprint, with rules and rewards clearly defined but a marathon, where each athlete is their own official.

The marathon contains four laps, representing four phases. First is the dream. Often big and alluring, the world is an oyster for the creative at this stage. There are no limits to how wide those glamorous imaginations can soar; there is no climax to how high the glorious cheer shall be.

The second phase is the challenges and hurdles along the way. Countable heartbreaking reality checks accompany these roadblocks emerging in various forms. They tend to wear out the creative’s emotional grit and go further on to plant seeds of doubt, anxiety, imposter syndrome; Causing the creative to question if they will ever make it.

A creative’s journey to success is a marathon race that never ends

The third level is defeat, in other words, loss, rejection, disappointments. At this phase of the marathon, the creative wonders if everything is all for nothing and how much more strife can they handle before stepping out of the tracks, throwing in the towel, and giving up.

The fourth but not final stage is the win, the bag, the blow; whichever way it is interpreted by the creative. The triumph comes after they have persevered through the rocky grounds of the third phase.

One would wish the story would conclude with ‘happy ever after’ and celebratory speeches, but that is not the case as another reality dawns on the artists’ minds. This reality sees them running around in a circle, stopping only to take momentary halts but never permanent rest. It is one thing to reach the top of a ladder in any niche, but to hold that rank is another.

Ultimately, this results in an endless marathon race that once began with an innocent and sheer desire to utilize talent for personal pleasure and pop culture consumption but continues by sustaining an everlasting legacy.

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