Another form of hiding

Thanks to the internet, and Google, and Amazon we now have access to unlimited shelf space. We live in an age of unprecedented wealth and abundance.

So what is the problem?

The problem is analysis paralysis. We are stuck. Because we are afraid of the shame that comes from being wrong. (What will my family/friends/fans/tribe think of me?)

In a sea of infinite choices, it’s easier now more than ever to hide.

Of course, we are afraid of being wrong. Of course, we are afraid to being judged. Or being the one who stands out in a crowd.

The thing is, when we make decisions, we learn to make better decisions.

You won’t always be right, but in the long run, you will be better than those waiting for things to happen.

Every day, the long run gets shorter.

[Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement. YMMV.]

The opportunity is labor

The poet gets a pen and a paper. Not a five-star Amazon review.

The musician gets a guitar. Not a number one hit.

We are not entitled to the fruits of our labor.

We only get the opportunity to labor.

Delaying gratification doesn’t mean we deserve gratification.

Your number one resource

It isn’t money. There are lots of different ways to make money. Honest ways too.

Energy is important. But you can still recharge it (or plug it in) on a daily basis.

Filters do a good job protecting our attention if we use them.

Trust is easy to lose, harder to gain. With enough generosity, more is produced.

The number one resource, one that we can’t manufacture more of, is time.

Time is always running out. We can’t make more of it.

We can rescue some of it by protecting whom we give our attention to, who we trust, what we spend our energy and money on.

The world starves for artists

The one who cares enough to share her best insights. The one who has the guts to put it all on the line. The one who is willing to stand up and stand out. Someone who will think differently. Someone who is willing to do human work. The kind of work that involves looking someone in the eye and telling them the truth.

We need artist to solve complex problems. Problems that are only solved one generation at a time.

Most of all, we need people to care. To care about building a culture that we can all be proud of.

Because…

Because it’s not your story or mine. It’s ours.

We are all in this together.

Which is why we need you. Desperately.

You have something to say

We live in the greatest age of human history because…

Because the voice of the forgotten are being heard.

Because life is bending towards more opportunity, dignity and respect.

Because humanity is prioritized.

In a world that is constantly being stream lined, data driven and automated, the opportunity is there to look up.

When you look up you see that our most important assets moving forward is us. People.

It’s no longer a matter if you have something to say. No, what are you going to say?

18 forms of hiding

Hitting the snooze button.

Netflix binge watching.

Social media.

Obsessing over the logo.

Debt.

Dropping out of an online course.

Not going to bed on time.

Fast food.

Fake news.

Cable news.

Listening to the voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough.

Inbox zero.

Get rich quick schemes.

Checking your phone during dinner.

Not admitting when we are wrong.

Forgetting to say, “I’m sorry.”

Avoiding difficult conversations.

Not doing the hard thing first.

You’ve already tried that

So what’s next?

In the world of testing and measuring, inputting the same numbers often gives us the same results.

Outcomes don’t change just because we want them to.

(No matter how hard we wish for things to be different.)

If not now

Then when?

When is it a good time to start a family or your new career?

When is it a good time to start a business that is going to make a lot of lives better?

When are you going to start blogging or podcasting or whatever it is you are passionate about?

The magic doesn’t happen without action.

There has never been an abundance of resources available like this ever in the history of the world.

Don’t wait for another moment because this is it. If you are still waiting for more money or more time or more reassurance it’s never going to happen.

Yesterday would have been the best time to start.

Today is the next best thing.

Tomorrow maybe too late.

If we want things to change we need to start doing things different.

Means of production

It’s easy to fall into the trap that great artists are different from the rest of us. They are true geniuses. They are something not of this world. Like Shepard Fairey who has been arrested countless times while supporting his wife and daughters. Or Banksy who for decades has concealed her identity.

It’s also tempting to think that art is paint on a canvas or notes on a page. But none of this is true.

Art is any type of human work that involves emotional labor. Art is generously given away to the recipient to make a connection. While art can be a blog or photographs or YouTube link to a song you wrote; it can also be a warm meal carefully prepared for your family or looking someone in the eye with total empathy.

Resources, the means of production, are no longer scarce. When you realize what has been behind the curtain this whole time, you begin to see what you could do.

Anyone with a laptop and an internet connection is on the same playing field as Hollywood or Random House.

All that is left is to decide what it is you are going to say. To speak your truth. The tools are right there for anyone to use. Once we realize how great work is made, when it’s demystified, we can’t help but want to share something of ourselves to the world.