Elizabeth Blue shares her humorous outlook on creativity. She urges us to “Get Crangry! Then Get to Work!”
As a kid, I was a huge Beatles fan. We’d listen to their songs on family road trips. I could hold my own when arguing with boys about their best album (Sergeant Pepper’s, hands down).
I always loved Paul and John, and even had a soft spot for Ringo. But I never was interested in George. I’d skip over “Within Without You” and “Blue Jay Way” to get to more of Paul’s songs.
Then a few years ago, I was at my friend Marshall’s apartment on the Lower East Side in NYC. We ate pot cookies (my first time), and Marshall put on George’s album, All Things Must Pass. Listening to “My Sweet Lord,” I felt like the Earth moved beneath my feet! (Maybe that was the cookies.) Either way — I couldn’t believe I’d missed out on George all this time.
From then on, I’ve been a fan. I recently watched the documentary about him, which explores his life from joining the Beatles to traveling to India to his solo career.
You know that “hangry” feeling — when you’re so hungry that you are angry?
I had a similar feeling watching George’s documentary.
I was CRANGRY.
When you’re crangry, you’re so creatively inspired that you’re angry! It’s accompanied by a feeling in of awe and inspiration and the desire to be GOOD.
I feel CRANGRY watching someone fully reach and express their potential.
It makes me want to get to work.
I’m a writer and a comedic performer (I’ve done everything from improv to musical comedy to writing one-woman shows).
And I feel so far from reaching my potential. I’ve let different things stop me — like life circumstances, the challenges of pursuing art in NYC, blah blah blah.
But mostly? I haven’t reached my potential because I haven’t put the time in.
In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell points out how the Beatles spent 10,000 hours playing music in their early days as a band. Same thing for Bill Gates, who spent 10,000 hours programming computers in college.
There’s no shortcut to greatness. It comes from consistently putting the time in, over and over.
For a lot of that time, there may be very little acclaim or confirmation from the Universe that you’re good at what you do. And it’s quite likely that MUCH of that time will be spent sucking.
George probably had to write a few duds before writing “Here Comes the Sun,” or “Something.” And many of his songs got rejected for Beatles albums — later becoming some of his greatest solo hits.
Aren’t you glad he kept going?
I encourage you to listen to great music. Read great books. Watch great films.
Get CRANGRY! Then get to work.
Elizabeth Blue is a writing coach and comedic improviser living in NYC. She creates weekly videos on her youtube show, BlueTV. You can get her regular writing tips, inspiration, and funny videos here.
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