Introducing: The Creator Mindset Map



Creativity takes braveness

We imagine committing to a inventive life is a brave act. You gotta be courageous to disregard different confirmed profession paths and pave your personal means in a hopeful pursuit of happiness. We see the creator’s life as akin to a hero’s journey, the place the mission, must you select to simply accept it, is sharing your creativity, your private model of magic, with the world.

Over and time and again.

How exhilarating. How liberating. How (enter expletive) daunting.

To help you in your pursuit of success, we right here at Patreon think about ourselves your lucky and keen enterprise companions; we’re dedicated to serving to you take pleasure in a satisfying and sustainable inventive profession by membership. Why? As a result of membership permits creators such as you to have a direct relationship together with your greatest followers, receives a commission (persistently) on your work, and create by yourself phrases. It’s our job to construct merchandise and instruments to streamline this course of for you, and encourage and provide help to as you go.

However we all know your inventive life is way larger and extra advanced than your Patreon membership enterprise. We all know your contract with creativity extends past your patrons, your followers, and your followers. You create since you’re known as to, since you couldn’t think about doing anything, as a result of it fulfills you in a means nothing else ever may.

We all know this, as a result of we’re creators, too

We’ve been excessive on euphoric adrenaline, writing, singing, drawing, or recording our work, understanding we’re onto one thing our viewers will love. And we’ve been deep within the stomach of despair, ready for the darkish clouds of doubt to move. Jack talks in regards to the grind so much, so whereas we’re right here that can assist you obtain your massive, inventive objectives, we additionally know that generally? (Perhaps extra usually than anybody cares to confess?) Nothing works.

At the moment we’re excited to share with you a challenge that affirms and validates the complexities we juggle as a part of a inventive profession. Made for creators, by creators.

Introducing: The Creator Mindset Map

We’ve developed a Creator Mindset Map that captures the core emotions each creator experiences. Even us. Even Jack. Even, we’re betting, you.

We imagine creators mentally journey between these “territories” as they carry each challenge and each concept to fruition. Heck, some creators can expertise all 4 core emotions in someday. Creators might discover they expertise every feeling in a cyclical loop, shifting from Concern to Hope to Grit to Glory, or an analogous mixture, with regularity. Different creators bounce like a pinball, weaving sophisticated webs between every of the 4 mindsets.

There’s no proper or fallacious, no starting or finish, simply levels everybody experiences repeatedly, all through their inventive profession. And we imply everybody, even mega-stars and super-successful creators. Even after basking in Glory for a bit, we all know that Concern or Hope, or Grit await all of us with our subsequent endeavor.

You’re right here and that’s okay

The Creator Mindset Map is a device that can assist you… with out being too tacky right here… end up. We hope you embrace (or no less than acknowledge) your present mindset and determine your most popular vacation spot. We’re dedicated to validating and witnessing your experiences by supplying you with permission to exist precisely the place you might be. And if you happen to’re sad or uncomfortable with that location? We’ve concepts and data that can assist you get to the place you need to be. As you wander by the map, you’ll see we’ve provided some prompts and ideas to information you alongside your journey.

However, simply in case you want a reminder:

You may have permission to really feel hopeful within the pursuit of a inventive life.

You may have permission to be fearful, to really feel caught, to fret that you simply’re not ok, to rage about how onerous it’s.

You may have permission to get into the gritty particulars, to prioritize your inventive profession, to work onerous at one thing you might be obsessed with.

You may have permission to win massive, be gleeful, expertise elation, and reside a joyful and joyous life as a creator.

As a result of all of those emotions and experiences are regular. Every mindset, each stage, presents a possibility for constructive progress and private or skilled growth. And whereas some emotions are simpler to handle than others, there isn’t a real hierarchy right here. We simply know that we’ll expertise each sensation once more, sooner or later, so it’s finest to get accustomed to these ideas and emotions and attempt to put together and even plan for them.

Notable Notice: No matter mindset you’re in alongside your journey, is regular, legitimate, and completely okay.

On this, with you

Along with our solidarity and assist, we created this map to showcase how one’s inventive journey is each distinctive and common. Why you’re feeling a sure means is exclusive to your expertise, however what you’re feeling is probably going a standard emotion amongst different inventive individuals. Whenever you say “I’m feeling caught” or “I’m so pumped about my subsequent challenge,” know that many extra creators are echoing these sentiments, too. We hope whenever you try the Creator Mindset Map, you’ll keep in mind different creators are studying the identical phrases, acknowledging the identical hopes and fears, and leaning into the grit in pursuit of glory.

Notable Notice: Wherever you might be in your journey, know you aren’t alone. Many creators (together with us) are on this, with you. And we’re humbled to be a part of your journey.

We hope you take pleasure in exploring the Creator Mindset Map, and we look ahead to all the good adventures we’ll go on collectively sooner or later.

Need to dive proper in and study extra about every of the mindsets? Learn the blogs on Hope, Concern, Grit, and Glory.


The Creator Mindset Map idea debuted as an interactive set up at PatreCon 2018. We had been so floored by the engagement on the occasion, and impressed by the reactions, that we needed to share it with everybody. We hope it resonates with you.

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