“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman
Whether you’re in art, business, music, science, writing, technology, etc, you probably create something that you put out into the world for others to see, hear, or experience.
Whenever people present me with their ideas I want to make sure they present their best. So, I either call them on their bullshit or I try to ease them into showing me whatever they’re hiding.
Here’s the thing, you’re probably already good, and one day you’ll find something you want to express that cuts through the creap, and you’ll be able to make that connection with other people through your work.
You’ve got that potential somewhere inside you.
However, it might not have found its full form yet. That’s probably why out of the all things you post only occasionally does it make people feel something while the rest were kind of “just OK”.
Having work that’s “just OK” isn’t bad, it shows that you’ve developed your skills to a level where you probably only rarely create things that out-and-out suck.
However, it also means that your work may have a tendency to become “safe”. And safe is not good.
You have to push yourself harder. Preferably to the level where your work starts to suck. That’s when you find out what you might want to work on.
When you present a body of work where 1 or 2 things stand out and the rest are just OK, it makes it hard to find the real “flaws”.
As well as what your strengths and unique quirks are.
When I used to work as a music producer I’d push the performers to the point where they started showing their weaknesses.
Did they like it? Not one bit.
But it allowed me to understand how to get the best possible performance out of them. People perform their best when they’re pushed outside their comfort zone. Stretching to that note that’s right at the edge of their ability, creating a piece of art that makes the artist doubt if they can pull it off, etc.
The same is as true for you, me, and Beyoncé.
Ask yourself: Do you have something that you haven’t posted, shared, or performed? Something that you haven’t included because it makes you feel uneasy?
If you don’t have something like that, start working on it. If you do, then I think you’re be better off sharing it.
Sure, there might be people who’ll say things like: “Whoa, that’s… That’s a real stinker right there.”
That’s OK. You are not your art. Art is your work and the form your expression takes. The fact that someone critiques your work isn’t a reflection of your worth as a human being.
On the flip side, nobody’s going to thank you for holding back either. Far too many people do that already.
We’re all waiting for someone to express their truth and show us a reflection of who we are or how we feel. We long to connect with people who can tell us that it’s OK, that we aren’t the only ones.
So, you know that quote: “Dance like nobody’s watching.”?
Well, not everybody’s going to like your jam.
But it’s yours, so you might as well dance your little heart out.
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