USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
The inspiration for a great idea doesn’t linger, and a light bulb over the head doesn’t stay lit forever. When an idea, vision or melody begins to bubble up inside, you must act on it soon or it will slowly find it’s way to another artist who will. That’s not to say you have to jump on every idea you have. It just means that if you snub it, you’ll lose it—simply because there are far too many distractions and excuses that arise at the same time that will eventually “thwart” it. Make sense? You can’t surrender to the dog “Procrastination.” When inspiration hits, you’ve got to grab the bucket and start sloshing color all over the canvas. You’re an artist, an entrepreneur, your first reaction to inspiration and intuition is much more acute then others. Why? Because you’re a channel for a never-ending flow of creative thinking, and your (uncertain) independent, artistic lifestyle depends on your ability to download and process good ideas and great visions. That’s why you chose to be an artist or entrepreneur in the first place (or rather, IT chose you)—because it’s rooted in your being, it’s embedded in your DNA, it’s your Karmic Dharma! So the best thing to do when a great idea unexpectedly arrives: honor it, respect it, be grateful for it, and use it to make something extraordinary.
|Posted By JohnParker|
| Ideas |
Thank you Michael for another inspirational post! Your blog is a virtual manager for us all! I recently upgraded to a many megabyte hand held digital voice recorder and it has been a God send. We are indebted to you! Keep up your amazing work!
|Posted By FreddieBrown|
| THANK YOU !! |
Michael, We, who enjoy your post so much,Thank You for your dedication and constant gems of inspiration. Tho' we may not post a comment every time, know that it is so appreciated. I for one, thank my lucky stars for people like you who share and encourage willingly. I pay it forward whenever I can. Thank You !
|Posted By mark grove|
| Pouncing on Artistic or Business Ideas |
Pick one idea artistic or business wise and just do it already! So a small story is needed. I had to start making extra cash on the side of my regular job. I asked my landlord what he thought of a cleaning biz idea i had. Low and behold he had an opening and i make extra cash cleaning his investment properties. As well, i write press material for musicians for a modest fee. And starting to sell stomp boxes as an affiliate online. i haven't made a boatload of cash, but it empowers you to do more. Think seriously about business if you're a musician,screen writer or actor. You have to think like a business person unfortunately. it's not worth it to be a starving artist forever. Just pounce on that idea!
|Posted By Robin Noll|
| Use it or Lose it |
This is so true. I had a whole article come to my thought the other day and neglected to write it down. It won't be near as powerful as I try to remember it in bits and pieces. Enjoy your words of wisdom and insight into life and the creative process.
|Posted By Kyle|
| Ideas |
So true.I'm chained to a phone in a call center 8 hrs a day nonstop calls and it kills me when I get an idea but have no way to act on it.I'm mentally spent by the time I leave. So true.
|Posted By Kenny|
| your blog |
Not in to the blog thing much, however I like your style / approach- Cool & unique!...
|Posted By Rachel|
| When the lights go on,..where's the bathroom?? |
Thanks Michael.. Some of us are using our talents, painting every day, studying fine art history, writing new songs...but it takes a team...and as creative as I am, I am not techie..so it takes the team to get the art OUT there...I like the local venue because it is emmediate and I can produce to it's need. So some of it lies in destiny, faith, and forces much larger than us. Thank you very much for your interesting blogs. I appreciate them! Rachel
|Posted By peter Laiosa|
| nailed it |
Mike, You nailed it. I know exactly what your saying and know it's true. I just did not know anyone else beleived this. My song ideas come in the middle of the night. I HAVE to get up and write them down or they will go somewhere else. They are alive and your the channel if it knocks at your door. Bravo Mike... you nailed it.
|Posted By Rasi Caprice|
| Thank you |
I woke up this morning and first thing I did was check my email and read your blog entry. Thank you, that is was a much needed reminder and reality check! Hit very close to home. i will be following your blog for now on more closely. :)
|Posted By Luigi Cappel|
| Take it down |
Thanks for the reminder, just remembered to find where the voice recorder is on my new mobile. Don't stop the posts! I love how they are clear and concise
|Posted By Beth Simms|
| Ideas |
So many ideas...so little time to pursue them...
|Posted By Zack Mendez|
| Ideas |
The very first thing I do when I get a great idea is write down as many notes as i can think of while it's fresh in my mind. I use the recorder in my iPhone, or Evernote. I'll even use a pen and paper if I have too! But you're right, if I don't write it down immediately it's gone for good.