prolific (adj)

(Of an artist, author, or composer) producing many works

 

Pablo Picasso is listed in the Guinness World Records as the most prolific painter. It is estimated he created 13,500 paintings, not to mention thousands of prints and book illustrations in his 75-year career. That is prolific (Side note: his full name is impressive).

Frank Zappa is said to have released 96 albums.

Isaac Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books.

Eric Roberts has 437 acting credits on IMDB and is still going strong.

 

I get that quality over quantity is the maxim most taught but can’t quantity also be a great thing?

The only real way to get better at something is doing it. Doing it over and over again, learning from feedback and repeating the process. Creating a large volume of works the correct way is then the best way to learn (the correct way being to incorporate feedback). Of Picasso’s many works, how many are truly great and truly world renowned? There is no doubt, at least in my mind, that the many thousands of paintings that came before his best-known works allowed him to become the artist that he became.

I’m all for artists taking their time and working on their art behind closed doors. I respect the process of working with a close-knit team and aiming to create the best possible output before releasing it to the world. But I also massively respect those willing to put their art out there regularly and using this work as a stepping stone on to the next.

Casey Neistat puts out a video every single day. In his interview with Tim Ferriss, he reckons the best way to see success on a platform like Youtube (where anywhere between 300 and 500 hours of content is uploaded every minute) is to create good content regularly and focus on output.

We are in a world that rewards those who do. The people who show up regularly and create or produce great stuff win. My own view is that anyone not producing and sharing on a regular basis is at a huge disadvantage to those who do.

My goal is to create more, share more, receive feedback and do it all over again. I am starting now.