You have to be okay enough with what you’re making that you’re like, ‘alright if this closes opening night, I got better at what I know how to do. I’m really proud of what we made. I learned something.’ You have no control over the rest of it. You only have control over the thing you are creating.
This is a snippet that I noted from Lin’s conversation with Conan on Conan’s podcast. I want to unpack it here.
I think this statement applies to all professional endeavours. While that thing that Miranda was talking about was a play, your thing will be different, and his project, his play, becomes a metaphor.
For every play you mount, every business you establish, every pitch you make, every project you complete, every song you write, every blog post you publish.
“If this thing closes”
You have to be okay enough with what you’re making that…if this thing closes…
In other words, you can’t crumble if it fails. You can’t lose perspective. You can’t let your ego or fear of rejection dominate.
You have to be okay with people not liking your book, not buying your course, not responding to your art or other creative efforts.
It’s part of the experience of creating.
“I got better at what I know how to do.”
Practice makes progress. You used your skills. You practiced. Every opportunity to do so makes you better.
“I’m really proud of what we made.”
Recognize the team effort (notice that he said “proud of what we made.”). Appreciate the journey and the process.
“I learned something.”
Always remember the lessons you learned while you created that thing. Yes, we learn from failure, but we also learn from what did work. Recognize that even if the project “failed,” it likely wasn’t a complete disaster. Don’t just obsess over the project’s failings, celebrate what did work and iterate or start completely fresh with those learnings. You may need to rewrite and workshop, or you may need to create something else entirely.
You have no control over the rest of it.
You have no control over the rest of it. You only have control over the thing you are creating.
You can’t control how your work is received. You can’t control the pre-conceived notions of the people to whom you’re pitching your idea. You can’t control the taste of your readers.
You can only control you, what you bring to the table, what you create, what attitude you project, and so on.
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