What is it you actually want from your life as a “creative person”?

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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

    What is it you actually want from your life as a “creative person”?

    I want people to look at me as I walk by, and say, with envy rattling their voices, “There goes a creative person!”Report

  2. Avatar Roger says:

    What is it you actually want from your life as a “creative person”?

    I view my creations as children. I want them to flourish, and am willing to sacrifice myself for them to do so.Report

    • Avatar David Ryan in reply to Roger says:

      I’m curious, Roger. You name doesn’t link to anything. Do you see your creative pursuits as separate from your internet social/commentary life? Or do you maintain a separate persona in service of your creative work?Report

      • Avatar Roger in reply to David Ryan says:

        I am now retired. When I worked I led innovation and product design at an insurance company. My children were various products, systems, pricing discounts, and marketing programs. Some thrived, some didn’t. Those that thrived have done well, scarcely a day goes by that I do not see an advertisement for a product or feature that would never have existed without my involvement.

        After 30 years building ideas for big business, I felt that there was nothing that I would do tomorrow that would be all that different from the past. I decided to retire and do three things, spend the time with my family, surf, and study the most important topic in the universe.

        I now spend my intellectual efforts trying to understand the nature of progress. What is it? How does it work? Is there an algorithm or recipe for progress? What are the myths and misunderstandings and traps of progress? Is it really a good thing at all? What are the similarities and differences between economic progress, scientific progress, cultural progress and evolution?

        I am not a writer though… Not in the slightest. My next goal is to get with a writer and begin publishing some of my thoughts on the topic.Report

  3. Avatar DRS says:

    What is it you actually want from your life as a “creative person”?

    Closure. Release. The long-suppressed sigh of relief.

    Then to do it all over again.Report

  4. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    “What is it you actually want from your life as a “creative person”?”

    Awards. Cash prizes. Groupies. My own cologne.Report

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