When you persevere through apathy and disinterest, aren’t you just attracting more of the same? Don’t you just draw in more opportunities to persevere through apathy and disinterest?
I’m not saying that you won’t see incremental progress in your project. Of course, it’s possible to grow one step at a time.
The question is whether something that was grown out of a foundation of apathy and disinterest is ever going to be anything more than a homing beacon for the same.
We often virtue signal perseverance, but I wonder whether we should hold up pivoting in its place.
Taking a page from my own book, “sticking with it” for the sake of it is a terrible idea. Being loyal to someone or something that doesn’t deserve it is only going to do harm and disservice to yourself while building someone else’s dream. You have nothing to gain or profit from, beyond the self-contained lesson.
As I’ve begun culling my to-do list of tasks that only seem to take up time, I’m noticing what it feels like to disengage from the mostly pointless. There’s a part of me that wants to hold on, which is human. But there’s another part of me that wakes up every morning thinking, “what the hell am I doing that for?”
If I want to create a life revolving around growth, fulfillment, and sustainability, it’s vital to sit with that tension.
I will continue to entertain this tension and rethink how I spend my time and energy, because I grow tired of suspense and purgatory. I grow tired of tiredness and spending all my free time on what doesn’t work or only barely works, as it continues to eat away at my time, energy, and will. The roller-coaster ride keeps climbing and plummeting, climbing, and plummeting. Where are the hockey stick growth charts?
What I’m saying is:
Maybe it would be better to pursue resonance. Where we find resonance, we find growth, fulfillment, and profitability.
Plenty of things are worth doing, regardless of the zeitgeist. But if you want to build a sustainable creative career, resonance is critical.
And there are often early signs of resonance. Sometimes it doesn’t last, and it will be necessary to pivot. All the more reason to embrace periodic adjustment.
Until you’ve found your calling, set up structures for fast iteration and for short-term stay, not structures of permanent residence.
With that, here’s what I created for you this week.
David Andrew Wiebe
I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you.
Here are the posts that went live this week:
- #StrategySunday – April 11, 2021
- How to Filter Out Distractions
- Seeking Transformative Growth
- Increase Productivity Through Addition
- My Songwriting Journey
- What Would it Look Like to Follow Your Heart?
Music Entrepreneur HQ
At Music Entrepreneur HQ, I give modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music, something I’ve been up to since 2009.
Here are the posts that went live on Music Entrepreneur HQ this week:
Random Things I Dig
I’ve been spending time learning content marketing from Amp My Content.
You were born to make music. It’s a calling.
But some days you feel like giving it all up.
You see people who are more talented and more prolific. And they have a larger social media following than you.
To add insult to injury, gigs have been cancelled. Is it even possible to make an income from your passion?
Why try? The odds seem stacked against you.
You don’t need to quit. You don’t need to give up. You don’t even need to change your approach.
What you need is a mindset makeover.
Read The Renegade Musician and reclaim your uniqueness, creativity, and calling.
You were born to do this.
Thank you for your creativity and generosity. I’m rooting for you.
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