Your Creative Purpose: Insights from Jack Conte

This talk encourages introspection, downplaying the significance of likes and follows, and reasserting the importance of creativity and vision.

Your Creative Purpose: Insights from Jack Conte
Brandon Aviram and Midjourney

Jack Conte’s latest talk really hit home for me. He posed a simple yet profoundly impactful question: “What are you trying to achieve as a creative person?” 

It’s a rallying cry to look inward to find what success means to you, rather than getting stuck up in the chase for external validation.

Here’s the gist, but you should definitely check out the full talk:

  1. Look Inside: It’s easy to get lost in the noise of what others think you should do. Instead, stop and think. Your true desires and motivations are already in you. Spend time reflecting on what genuinely moves you.
  2. Forget the Metrics: Likes and follows are great, but they shouldn’t define your success in this life. Focus on whatever brings you joy and fulfillment as a creator. Metrics are fleeting, but the passion you put into your work is lasting.
  3. Stay True to Yourself: Authenticity is everything. Experiment until you find what you truly want and stick with it. This authenticity will shine through in your work and you’ll connect more deeply with your audience.

Jack’s story underscores the idea that metrics are fleeting, but the passion and dedication you invest in creating something beautiful are what brings fulfillment and success. It’s a great reminder to stay true to our visions and focus on what really matters to us.

The next time you feel lost or overwhelmed, take a step back and ask yourself: What do I want as a creative person? The answer is waiting to be discovered. 

This is as much of a note to self as it is to you.