My name is Gaurav Mishra. I am developing a daily writing and sketching practice, and sharing my creative journey in public. All non-fiction writing is advice to our younger selves, and all advice is autobiography, so first, I am writing these essays as advice to myself – as advice to my younger self who might have benefited from these lessons, but also as advice to my older, not-really-wiser, self, who might benefit from it even more in the years to come.
I have found that creatives need to learn seven foundational creative skills to be successful. I’ll write about them in Learning Creative Habits With Gauravonomics, as I teach myself how to practice them in my own life:
- SelfCrafting: You need to understand who you are, what you strengths are, what your motivations are, and design your creative life around them.
- NicheCrafting: You need to understand what you are passionate about, what you are good at, and what value you can create, to carve out a niche for yourself in the world.
- ChangeCrafting: You need to understand why you need to change, what to change and how to change, to align your internal transitions and external changes.
- HabitCrafting: You need to learn how to create positive habits by developing cornerstone habits, microhabits and habitstacking.
- SkillCrafting: You need to learn how to learn new skills, by breaking up a skill into its basis elements, practicing them, and combining them.
- StoryCrafting: You need to learn how to tell stories that engage both sides of the brain, evoke emotion and inspire action.
- GrowthCrafting: You need to learn how to create your creative platform, grow your list and build your authority.
As I read books, take courses, experiment with tools, and use what I am learning in my own creative journey, I’ll share my successes and struggles with you, and hope that you’ll join me as fellow travellers.