Modern Craftsmanship

May 25, 2021

I'm Digvijay. I try to come up with mental models which helps me think & do stuff efficiently. Know more about me.

I have always been curious about the lives of extraordinary individuals. One thing most of them have in common is the way they treated their work, as “work of art”. As Eric Booth puts it - every time someone does their best work, one engages in the inner actions of arts.

As philosophical as this may sound, treating your work as art is an incredible mental model. It involves you being obsessed with the process, immersing yourself into it and understanding that it’s a never ending pursuit. Study the mindset of artists, add their values to your mental toolbox.

Work done this way provides meaning. It helps you live a more satisfied and fulfilling life. In the words of Matthew Crawford - The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence makes a man quite & easy.

It starts with slowing down, going deep into what you do. Synergizing to create value. Things as little as having an opinion about the softwares and tools you prefer adds up to a better approach.

The media have represented a false image of art being this exclusive & sacred verb only for a few select humans. Inculcating the traits of an artist in your everyday work is transformative.