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Why You Need to Show Up (Even When You’re Not Feeling It)

Here’s another myth and misconception: creators would be creating whether or not we were getting paid to do it. This argument is most often used in an attempt to devalue a creator’s work. “Why are you charging X? You’d make it just for fun anyway.” The things is… no. I would still create, absolutely, but not at this pace, with this focus and intensity. For creators who do this for a living, it’s why you need to show up even when you’re not feeling it.


“Most of us have an expectation that we should feel in the mood to do something. We should be excited, rested, focused. And when we do it, it should be easy, comfortable, fun, pleasurable. Something like that.”

Leo Babauta


This job is not easy. It is not always fun. That’s the reality even when I’m not struggling to manage my spoons. There are days when, just like any other job, I have to psych myself up to go to work. I need to remember the big picture. Sometimes I just need to think about the bills that need to be paid.

Most of the time I can find my excitement for a project, and let that carry me along. After all, I chose to write this particular book for a reason. Commercial prospects aside, there was something in it that interested me. There was something that I wanted to say. If I can reconnect to that, things go smoothly.

But like everyone else, there are also days where I’d rather sleep in, read a book, or binge something on Netflix than go to work.

Why You Need to Show Up

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, game designer, and owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.

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