You’re Not Too Tired to Create: An Animation and Narration (and a Backstory)

This is going to sound like a victory lap. And it kind of is. But there’s an interesting story behind it, and I’m surprised enough to hopefully not sound like a total diva. 

Over the two and a half years since I published it, You’re Not Too Tired to Create. You’re Too Distracted has received the Medium version of “likes” from nearly 3,000 people. The post was even popular enough that I was invited to guest on a South African radio show.

This has been my most popular piece of writing ever, even now – hundreds of blog posts later. What I find remarkable about that is that I even managed to create something at the time at all. This came out four days after a major round of layoffs at my work, when I had all of a sudden had to figure out how to do the jobs of two other people. In a meta kind of way, writing this at all was a validation of the idea that I’m never too tired to create.

Getting the huge reception this post received was its own nice little confidence boost in a crazy challenging time. And while there isn’t anything I would call a profound insight in the post, the main idea has helped me when I have hit some roadblocks in the past.

Surprisingly, I’m still getting that interest and validation from the same post. This month I was delighted to receive an email from The Art of Improvement YouTube channel’s creator Adam Holownia, who has created a very cool narration and animation for the article.

Check it out!

Adam seems to be doing some cool things in the world of YouTube. The Art of Improvement has plenty of article narrations, along with another fun animation of my friend Isaac Morehouse’s article “The One Skill That Beats Talent Every Time.” Or check out Adam’s other channel Eudaimonia, where he animates history, philosophy, and other big ideas.

Big thanks again to Adam for the great compliment of reproducing my post in a new format for a new audience.


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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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