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Barbapapa!

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius

There’s a lot of different ways it’s been expressed. Mastermind alliance, brain trust, think tank,board of advisers, council, inner circle etc.

Here’s the basic concept: A group of people who want to exchange ideas and share their experiences.

The first time I heard of it I was a young struggling musician and thought: “Sounds like an illuminati-style AA-meeting. Pass!”.

Quite a few years later i’d opened my mind. I started attending this kind of meetings and man… It was enlightening and being able to talk with people who had similar experiences in other fields was a blast!

This is probably the best way to go if you’re open for the experience.

When you get support from others, share your experiences and feel that you’re not alone in your struggles it makes the journey a LOT easier.

Monty Python

Find like-minded people. Or at least people with the same mental disorder.

Caveat!

After doing this for a while I started setting up my own circle of indefinables. I took one of them under my wing. Thinking that this person was really going to go for it. Talented, likeable, intelligent… Even the sky wasn’t the limit you know?

It’s good to be helpful and think the best of people. Unfortunately I later on realized that i’d missed one key ingredient.

What ended up happening was that a few of us in the circle grew frustrated. Why wasn’t it going anywhere?

Turned out the person didn’t have vision. Not for their career, who they wanted to be or what they felt passionate about.

We should have seen it sooner. When we sat down, and didn’t hear the words but looked at the persons actions it was clear.

We’d all projected our own ideas onto this person. It was so easy because the person was so open to input and malleable.

Barbapapa

They be like Barbapapa!

The lesson here is that we need to take a long hard look at reality. Are we surrounding ourselves with the right kind of people? Helping them in the best way we can? If not, what can we do differently? Should we grab people and drag them along for the ride? Or is it better to let go and accept that not everybody is ready to tag along?

There’s no right or wrong answer I think. But it’s worth thinking about.

You're my only hope!

“You’re my only hope!”, talk about projecting!

Quotes around comes around!

“Our best thoughts come from others.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift

“Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.” – George Santayana

“You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.” – Jean Paul

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