“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.” – Louis Armstrong
Are you still having a tough time putting your stuff out there?
If not, i’m so proud and happy for you. What you reading this for? Get more stuff out there! =D
If you do, well, I understand. You want it to be completely awesome. You want to show the best possible version of what you’re all about. It’s admirable. Admirable and completely unnecessary.
We can find some great lessons from the world of business. The first versions of whatever your favorite brand of smartphone, beer or shoes were probably less than stellar. Yet, they still went out there day after day putting their stuff out. Learned from their mistakes and got better and better. Iteration my friend, iteration!
If they’d waited and waited until their product matched their aspirations they probably still wouldn’t have put anything out there. And that’s the curse.
You can’t make a product, service or work of art that’s bulletproof. Everything that you put out there is going to get criticized. Remember that whatever it is you’ve put out there is NOT you. You may have put your heart and soul into it but it doesn’t define who you are as a person. Whether it’s hailed as a work of genius or ridiculed as a piece of fecal matter.
That’s what today’s title is all about. SWSWSWSW. Some Will, Some Won’t, So What? Someone’s Waiting.
1. Some Will. Oh, thank god for these guys! They’re the one’s who just plain GET IT! They’re completely sold by who you are, what you’re doing and where you’re going. Gotta love ’em!
2. Some Won’t. These are the people who Louis Armstrong told you about. They just won’t. Don’t waste your time on these guys. Your work is not for them.
3. So What? No matter if they adore you or they abhor you, it’s not you. It’s what you’re doing. It’s what you want to be showing and sharing with the world right now. Once it’s done and you’ve had a chance to enjoy the moment of completion and celebration? Move on to the next thing!
4. Someone’s Waiting. You do have something that needs to be shared. There are people out there who don’t even know about you yet. They’re just waiting for you to reach out to them. They’re ready.
If you’re a creative person who’s waiting to get discovered by someone else you might be wasting your time. It’s be better to just grab the world by the lapel and say: “I’m going there. You coming with me?”.
Set a clear timeline for yourself. If you keep saying “some day” it probably will keep being “some day” until one day, you die.
Look at professional athletes or business. They have deadlines. If you want to compete in the 2016 Olympics, well, at best you have 2 more years to get yourself to that level. Now there’s a motivator. If you fail, you fail. But you atleast set a goal and a clear deadline. You’ll probably get further than you would have otherwise. Who knows, maybe you even win a couple of other medals along the way and make a great career for yourself. Maybe you’ll make it into the 2020 Olympics?
It’s not necessarily about getting the desired outcome. It’s about setting up systems and working towards a goal. Whether you’re in the peak performance years of your life or getting on a bit it’s still the same. Learn, practice, perform, repeat. That’s the engine and wheels! But what about the goal or outcome? That’s the destination!
As long as you provide your vehicle with the right fuel and maintenance the journey will go a lot smoother baby!
I’ll let you have some quotes since you’ve been so good today!
“I guess some people are brilliant enough to be brilliant on their own and never doubt anything and come up with fabulous things. But I think it’s good to get into arguments with people and have them say, ‘That sucks’ or ‘You’re crazy’ or ‘That’s cheesy’ or ‘What do you think of this?’.” – Madonna
“There just isn’t any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.” – Robert Mitchum
“Why are some people bullied? Because they are different. How? It doesn’t matter.” – Roger Ebert
“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain