Derek Murphy on Talent, Purpose and Platforms
15th September 2016
Use your creative talents.
Dr Derek Murphy is an inspiring and entrepreneurial man whom I met at the Alive in Berlin conference in 2015. He has grand ambitions – writers’ retreat in a French chateau, anyone? – and a full portfolio of creative projects. Derek wrote something a while back about the importance of using our creative talents, and the platform we have to build in order to tell the world about them, to help, inspire and/or delight people. Less naff self-promotion and more focus on meaningful projects that have a positive impact on the world. None of this requires us to be poor and hungry.
We love tragic artists, but we also love successful artists. Picasso is not more or less creative than Van Gogh. But he was focused on positioning, platform building, and fame: he built an empire, and increased the value of his works in his lifetime.
This is powerful. I’ve spent much energy of late fretting over finances and budgets and drossy details that are necessary parts of building a business but that which do not float my boat. At. All. And while these are important, none is as vital as getting the work done and out into the world. Because our words, art and ideas come alive when other people respond to them. And yet, I have to decipher which forms of creative expression are simply necessary for me to stay sane and understand myself and the world around vs those that will add value, help, inspire and delight others with the work I create and share.
There is nothing inherent to creativity that demands anonymity, failure or poverty. But know that if you only make what you want to make and don’t think about other people’s reception, you are gambling. You might get lucky, but you might not. I find it more responsible to use your gifts to deliberately become successful. With your newfound influence and financial freedom, you’ll focus much less on trying to “make it.” You’ll waste less time on events doing desperate self-promotion. You’ll be able to use your platform for bigger, more meaningful projects that help other people.
– Derek Murphy
What is your take? Do you create art, write or share you ideas in order to have impact or to make money or do you achieve both? Learn more about Derek’s amazing writing retreats in castles here.