MONKEYS & RABBITS (0:37)
Many of the clients I work with invest time and money to build a project or develop their career for 2-3 years with unsatisfactory results. They work hard at the daily routine of pushing the giant boulder up the mountain, only to watch it roll back down to the bottom time after time. Truth is, at some point I have to ask the question: “Is it worth it to continue?” If answering “yes” comes from a place of clarity, wisdom and confidence, then by all means don’t quit. However, many times artists & entrepreneurs are so afraid of failing, or losing, or crashing (especially in front of others), that they just keep going down the rabbit hole year after year until they hit rock bottom and fold up the tent in despair.
If your project is not growing or gaining ground after a number of years, and your productivity is going south, along with your original vision, then something is wrong. That’s okay. Just go back to your creative space and reinvent, reconstruct, or start over. That’s what the smart A&E’s I work with do. They know when it’s time to call it a day on one project and begin the process of investing their energy in another. Sure there’s disappointment. But when the conversation finally gets to the deep truth of the matter, it’s always more prudent, more practical, and more liberating to get the monkey off your back than to keep chasing rabbits down a dark hole.
|Posted By Rachel Walker|
| Observation Station |
Somewhere no where and deeper still. Sometimes time is irrelevant in the big scheme of things. Have a beautiful day Michael :-) Rachel :-)
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| Rabbit Hole... |
I'm trying to learn the difference between giving up and letting go.
|Posted By Patti Spadaro|
So true. It was so hard to let go of what was such a big part of me for so long. But we grow and change and life takes us in different directions. I enjoyed my time as a pro musician. Then I became part-time musician and full time mom. Now.. I'm still mom and musician, but I also LOVE running my own yoga studio and teaching yoga! I'm the happiest I've ever been... but it was so hard to let go of some of those old dreams and let go of how I used to define myself. And, I find that what I really love... being present, in the zone, connecting deeply, being creative, expressing myself, feeling alive... I can do these through music or through teaching yoga, or even hanging with my kids.
|Posted By Aaron Wolfson|
| Monkeys & Rabbits |
The constant nature of life is change. Monkeys evolve into man, and perhaps back again. Rabbits turn into cartoon characters. Making changes does not mean giving up, it means making the necessary adjustments so that you actually do reach your desired goals.
|Posted By Dave|
| Patience |
I waited almost 3 years before Success ďkicked in.Ē Not that it was an automatic thing. Not at all. Every month I brainstormed with my team to discuss what was NOT working. A few tweaks and alot of trial & error proved that it was a GREAT idea that just needed more patience.
|Posted By GM|
| Monkeys |
WISDOM is the key to knowing when to quit. Itís a feeling, but also A rational decision after some research is done Every day Iím not winning, Iím losing. Monkeys are cute until they are heavy on your Back. Iím dumping the part of my project that isnít working.
|Posted By Jennifer Jolie|
| Muddy boulders! |
Monkeys and Rabbits and Tigers....oh my!!! I am intimidated by ALL of them. For the past 2 Ĺ years, I have been pushing my boulder up The hill, trying different tactics, different managers, different content. ďOne more try,Ē I keep telling myself, but the boulder is wearing a deep rut in the mud going up and back down the hill. I am up to my waist in mud now without gaining ground. I think the New Year is the best time for me to reinvent or reconstruct. I canít do this forever. Thanks for the wake-up call.