It’s hard to just believe in yourself. A creative life takes a lot of work and commitment and one of the great challenges of sustaining a long career is to always back yourself – to always believe. Sometimes its in us from the beginning and sometimes it takes a little longer to recognise. Jarret J. Krosoczka is an author and illustrator of children’s books and graphic novels. His TED talk shares his inspiring story with us and reminds us that sometimes the thing we are searching hardest for, is right in front of us.
I always wanted to write. I always loved writing. But NEVER, when I was a child, did I know it was an actual job. That I could DO. Never did I think I could ‘be a writer’. Belief is a fragile thing and even on a good day my grasp on it is tenuous at best. But those are the days when I leave my computer and go have a coffee with a friend. Because when you don’t believe, you can be almost certain your beloved friends will believe enough for both of you. Success is certainly about hard work combined with luck but I think there has to also be a healthy dose of belief, and tenacity to keep going. Garret’s story is inspiring for all of these reasons and more.
Trawling the Internet can be an immense and unbearable waste of time, but sometimes it leads you to precious gems like this and suddenly everything seems worthwhile again. The world is not as bleak as it seems, and I remember through inspiration like this, that I am not actually as useless as I was talking myself into thinking I am. I mean was.
Congrats Jarrett. You’ve definitely made it to my list of everyday heroes.
Check out his work, blog, and books online at Studio JJK