Some creative people, and I used to be one of them, lack integrity. They strive on strengthening their talent, but fail to build on their character. And if there is one thing that will lead you to destruction will be a weak character. Here’s my point:
If you’re an artist and a pirate. You’re stealing from yourself. Consequently, bringing ruin to your career. Slowly, but surely.
I think grandma will say, “If you can’t buy it, don’t get it.”
There are plenty of free pleasures out there. Go and support them. If you want something that bad, honor the maker or the artist and blessed them with your dollars. Plan and save for it.
I think grandpa will say, “You reap what you sow.”
What can we expect after a product launch while living a pirate life? The same in return, maybe.
Will filmmakers keep torrenting movies? Will musicians keep downloading “free” music? Will writers keep downloading “PDFs” of X books? Of course. But let’s teach our viewers, listeners, and readers something here: Buy; Invest; Give; and Support by example.
I’m not going play the holy card here. Maybe an ebook or two comes my way. A movie is transferred by a friend. Not going to lie. But if I can challenge myself and other artists to minimize this criminal activity, we’ll be doing ourselves a huge favor here. We might start a movement; a code; a lifestyle.
Invest in your character. Build integrity. Buy awesome products. Teach others to do the same.