“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
– Thomas Jefferson
This guy looks like a lunatic, right? I guess he is to some degree…if you define lunatic as someone with radical ideas. I’m not gonna give you Seth Godin’s bio but I will say he is an interesting cat. Some of what he says may come across as pedestrian, but a large majority of what he says provides some of those “A Ha” moments many of us long for. Especially if you battle with the banality of day to day existence and the desire to do something more, something different.
So, I thought I’d share with you one of his recent blog posts that I found particularly interesting:
WHO GOES FIRST?
Initiating a project, a blog, a wikipedia article, a family journey–these are things that don’t come naturally to many people. The challenge is in initiating something even when you’re not putatively in charge. Not enough people believe they are capable of productive initiative.
At the same time, almost all people believe they are capable of editing, giving feedback or merely criticizing.
So finding people to fix your typos is easy.
I don’t think the shortage of artists has much to do with the innate ability to create or initiate. I think it has to do with believing that it’s possible and acceptable for you to do it. We’ve only had these particular doors open wide for a decade or so, and most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.
That used to be your job. It’s not, not anymore. You go first.
If you want to do something, do it. Try. No, it won’t always work. It may end up being dreadful. You may be racked with self doubt and fear and that is totally normal. No one hits a home run the first time at bat. No one. Believe in yourself and what you are doing and eventually you will find your voice, whether it is jewelry making, singing, photography, writing, painting, beer making, etc. You may need an editor or mentor to help guide you, but if you feel the need to create, do it. You’ll get there.
In the words of Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”