Something got brought to my attention this week. Something no-one talks about. And I think it’s about time someone did. And apparently, that someone is gonna be me.
I’ve been told that I am showing the ‘real’ side of starting a creative business. Not just showing the ‘highlight reel’. Not just showing the ‘good stuff’. It’s such a beautiful compliment isn’t it?
It’s not something I planned or really thought about when I started. I’m just sharing how my adventure is unfolding. The good stuff. The bad stuff. The ‘I dunno what the hell I’m doing’ stuff. I didn’t realize how big a deal it was until I had a think about it this week.
I’ve talked about all the overnight success crap before. The ‘just do what I did’ rubbish. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how other bloggers are sharing their adventure.
And it pissed me off to be perfectly honest.
Why do so many blogs only talk about the image stuff. Getting artwork licensed by a big name company. Being published in a magazine. Having a sell out market. Look – all that is awesome, but what about the market where they didn’t sell a thing and went home in tears, their heart shattered for days afterwards? Or the 8 rejection letters they got before they finally got a yes?
I’m fed up with hearing over and over in these dull as dish water interviews about becoming and expert in your field. Making yourself seem bigger than you are. To trick your audience into thinking you are successful. What sort of crap is that? Why do people do that? Why do people WANT to do that? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Why do people only measure their success by sales and money and facebook likes and twitter followers and website statistics?
I get that it’s important. I get that those things can matter. It let’s you know if something you’re trying is actually working. Or sending you backwards. Or not making a lick of difference one way or the other.
But what about all the reallllly good stuff?
Why doesn’t anyone talk about that?
About putting ourselves first instead of last for a change.
About finding strength and courage we didn’t know we had to go after that big wild crazy dream we’ve had inside us for years. That we’ve pushed aside for the daily grind for way too long. That we’ve put off because not trying hurt less than trying and failing.
What about the community you discover along the way? Beautiful souls who are willing to share what they know to help you on your adventure? What about sharing what you have learned with the gorgeous girls just starting?
What about the sense of achievement and fulfillment you get from taking even the smallest of steps? One of my favourite thoughts about this whole creative business thing is that I want it to make me feel full to overflowing.
Why doesn’t anyone talk about that stuff? Isn’t that the really, really good stuff? The stuff that makes it special? That takes it beyond just trading your sucky day job for a less sucky day job?
Isn’t that the stuff that really matters?
Other bloggers treat this like it doesn’t count. Or it’s a big secret they don’t want to let you in on. Maybe they just aren’t seeing that part of it. Maybe they are missing the good stuff in the mad race to the finish line.
But I want you to know I think it’s the most important part.
It’s what makes the adventure worthwhile.
It’s what makes you get up at 4am to take another step towards your big, wild, crazy dream. It’s what means you’ll try again tomorrow when things have gone completely sideways. It means you’ll find the courage to start.
Isn’t that the real reason we are all doing this?