“What if I Screw Up?” You’re going to, eventually, if you haven’t already. You’re going to lose money, lose fans, lose customers, lose confidence and lose the poker game. You’re also going to make big stupid mistakes, embarrass yourself in front of your friends and family, and be forced to start over. Not only that, you’re going to freeze with indecision, flinch when you should fly, procrastinate instead of progress, and invent excuses to keep moving important work to the “later” file.
This does not happen to everyone. It only happens to risk takers, thrill-seekers and those who are curious enough to venture out onto the skinny branches. Namely, artists, entrepreneurs and creative geniuses.
And you can blame the pandemic or those who propelled it, but that’s not important. What’s more important is how you fix it. What’s your recovery plan? Your rescue mission? Your fail-safe strategy? Your mea culpa?
Truth is, after your big crash, you should be stronger, wiser, more experienced and a lot closer to where you want to go. Still consumed with uncertainty, but filled with just enough crazy curiosity to take forward steps. In fact, if you’re smart, the choices you make after the darkness passes should put you ahead of the pack. And ahead of the pack is where jaws drop, doors open and hits happen. It’s also where extraordinary lives.
Important because fortunately, artists and entrepreneurs are blessed with an amazing ability to create their way out of crummy circumstances, turn failures into a life-experience, and transform a stalled career into an amazing comeback. Which is exactly what many pro artists and treps are doing right now, as the pandemic begins to slowly peter out, and opportunities in our industry begin to quickly ramp up. So release your self-doubt and embrace your self-confidence. Because you are part of the only industry on earth that welcomes you and all your faux pas with open arms. You’re safe here, to fail and succeed as often as necessary. Because the truth is, there’s work to be done…yours.