CHOOSE ONE (Read time 1:09)
We stand alone at this very moment right on the edge of an unknown future which is staring us right back in the face, waiting for us to make the next move. And at this instant there are only two choices:
1) Reach back in the past and cast out a huge safety net into the future, confidently confirming what we already know.
Most opt to reach back and repeat the past. Creating ORDINARY, again and again. It’s safer, proven, time-tested, familiar and often very profitable. That’s why music and art is so repetitive, and products and services are mostly copycats. And often, those who have plenty of “experience,” those that think they “know” just fool themselves into thinking they’re creating something new—but they’re not. They’re just refreshing the same screen over & over again.
However the true, crazy, creative artist and the brave, genius entrepreneur stand on the edge of that same moment of choice, knowing that reaching back for the safety net of the past will only bring frustration and failure, no matter how much profit could be gained. And they courageously step into the unknown (with often reckless abandon) and create something new, something different, something EXTRAORDINARY.
So here you stand, alone at this very moment, right on the edge of the unknown future, which is staring right back at you, waiting for you to make the next move. Will you reach back for the safety net of the past? Or will you create your future (your destiny) from the quantum field of all possibilities?
“The biggest obstacle to
|Posted By TJ|
| True Art |
The first three words are the only thing that seems clear to me, "We Stand Alone." I wonder if that's what the "true" artist thinks.
|Posted By wichampi sky|
| past present future |
The past is the library and research center. Today is the focus. Nobody knows tomorrow and that is the excitement of living and creating.
|Posted By Shawnkat|
| Choose One |
Just in the time it took me to read your post, I got an idea for a new mixed media painting. Something I've never seen or tried before. Your words are a great inspiration, Michael!! Many thanks!
|Posted By Missy Burton|
| Lucky for Me |
I'm hardwired to move on to the next thing. Going back to the past would be boring. That's why it's in the past. You done it already. Do something new and change your destiny. Great post Michael.
|Posted By mark|
| We don't take action |
Hey Michael,I guess what most of don't do enough of,me included,is just take action. We can have the greatest idea for a song,joint venture with other musicians or selling a new stomp box. But action is paramount. Intelligence and smarts mean very little to me.It's taking massive action is what counts. Ray Croc who owned Mcdonald's way back when said:"Brains mean squat, perseverance does" I guess contacting you about creating value for Music Connection is my way of taking action and creating value for MC. Thanks Mark G
|Posted By Rachel|
| Beyond..... |
Hi Michael! Thank you! I know enough to know that I don't think I will ever know all that their is to know....SO much to explore.... Have a great day! Rachel
|Posted By Ken Budka|
| It's always easier |
to edit than it is to create. The world seems to be full of editors and critics who would all be out of business without the creative artist.
This is so true and we often forget that we do have a choice. This truth can be used for any aspect going on in our life. Love you , your sis, Judi
|Posted By Joanne Crabtree|
| Choose One |
That's exactly where I am ... with an established body of song-writing work behind me and the deep need to stay open for the new to present itself ... meanwhile I'm reading Levon Helm and listening to Marc Cohn ... and happy to hear everything you and Derek Sivers have to tell me!
|Posted By Robbin Michael Wagner|
| Choose One |
The past holds no value and the future holds no grudges.
|Posted By Servet|
| Best info ever |
I love michaels blog, I get so much inspiration from all. This one is great!
|Posted By Theuns Kruger|
| The gift of choice(s) |
Actually, you have one choice (two options), not two choices. Cheers from Theuns the grammar Nazi! :-)
|Posted By Cherie Yurco|
| I Don't Know |
Always the right push into the unknown just when I begin to doubt that I should take the leap. Thanks for this inspiration!
|Posted By Rami|
| I know too much |
I run my own business and it's amazing when employees come to me with a problem I always seem to have an answer. The truth is, I'm just guessing. I want to get in the habit of giving my staff more space to come up with their own answers and solve their own problems. I think that's a trust issue.
|Posted By Wayne|
| I Know |
The first thing I thought of when I read this was when I was teaching my 15 year old daughter how to drive. The first time she got in the car, I was telling her about preparing to drive-ya know, adjust your mirrors like this, adjust your seat, your steering wheel, etc. and she would Say, “I KNOW!” with that beautiful teenage attitude, like she’d done this a million times already. It drove me crazy at the time. But now I See myself saying this to myself, that “I know” this and that, “been There, done that.” Smugly. Even more reason to say “I don’t know” so that I can open a door to see another way to do “it.” Thanks, Michael.