How To Be Yourself

How To Be Yourself
One of the hardest things about being a “working creative” is finding your style. You’ll grow and change throughout your career (which is good), but it also helps to have some sense of what you’re doing in the beginning. It’s tempting to learn by identifying what you like and reiterating it until it’s yours, but is that really the most honest? Do you want to be someone who is keeping up, or someone who is leading their own way?

By now you’ve spent a good portion of your life learning things about yourself, steering them in different directions, giving up, hiding them, claiming new identities and any number of other things that we all do (consciously or not). So maybe, just as an exercise that we like, toooootally don’t need but are doing just for fun, let’s try to look objectively at our guts, and then trust them.

Life is going to tell you a lot of things about yourself that you didn’t ask to be told. Negativity will be thrown at you out of nowhere. But when you’re being true to yourself and doing what you love, none of that really matters. We know this, but it bears repeating: Love conquers hate, and never giving up is how you win. –Adam J. Kurtz

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Adam J. KurtzAdam J. Kurtz (better known as ADAMJK) is an artist and author of 1 Page at a Time & Pick Me Up. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow him at @ADAMJK or in real life (he lives in Brooklyn because of course he does).




  1. Adrienne says:

    Awesome! I love your message.

  2. Sydney says:

    Love this. Very good advice.

  3. Deb Harris-Balling says:

    Need to read this today! Thanks!

  4. Ivette says:

    I Love your message it makes you think…what you been doing all this time with your life.

  5. Someone Else says:

    Despite my cynicism, I’m grateful for this — especially on Monday. Thanks!

  6. Bri says:

    Needed to see this today!

  7. Jen says:

    Thank you for this, Adam. You are wise beyond your years.

  8. Tabitha says:

    This is amazing and exactly what I need. I’d love to get each of those in print (can I??) or in a little handbook! Thank you!

  9. Geri says:

    Thank you for expressing essential truths so well! : )

  10. Steven says:

    I’ve been struggling for years to choose a creative path. I think you’ve provided me with some much needed guidance. Thank you.

  11. Tammy Thiele says:

    Perfect. And exactly what I (and I am sure others) needed to hear right now. Thank you.

  12. Nicole says:

    I needed that. Thank you.

  13. Jess says:

    So great, thank you! <3

  14. Jess says:

    Bloody awesome! 👌🏻

  15. Ranya says:

    OMG! You just made my day! Thank you!

  16. JOANNE says:

    This post was incredible! I’ve been needing this exact post to help me to be more authentic in my writing.

  17. Molly says:

    LOVE everything about this!! Thank you!!

  18. Mine says:

    Very thought-provoking.

  19. My favourite statements here that I really related to was “sometimes you just need to try first and worry later” and “trust that you are the exact thing that someone needs” – all so relevant to so many areas of my life :) Thank you for your inspiring words.

  20. Emma says:

    Love this!! Such a great message! x

  21. i want to be my self… but i can’t :'(

  22. Tomboy Home says:

    Quite simply – Thank You! That was just what I needed!

  23. Claire Scott says:

    This was so incredible and a message worth sharing all over!

  24. Adam, this post is gooood. I like it. Consider it shared.

  25. Such a great read. Love the handwritten aspect, it made it more enjoyable to read through.


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