“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
- Robert Frost
It’s often said that you shouldn’t meet your heroes. So instead, why not write a letter?
The purpose of this exercise is not to actually send the letter, but to think about and acknowledge to yourself someone who inspires you creatively.
Why should we do this? Because it helps us give thanks to those who inspire us, think about their own creative process and how can use them as models for our own creativity.
Writing a letter to someone who has touched you with their art, product or story, can fire you up and keep you going, it can make you appreciate the people who inspire you and the work they do.
Write a letter (a page or so), to someone (alive or dead), who you look up to in life. Someone who provides you with inspiration, someone you see as a creative or business model.
Tell them about how they inspire you and thank them for the work they do and how much you appreciate them and their efforts.
Tell them about the ways in which they have changed you life and what you’ve learned from them.
You don’t have to send the letter or show it to anybody, although you may if you wish.
An extract from the forthcoming book Think It! Make It! by Richard P John