Oct 092012

It’s real easy to plead ignorance as a reason to not try something. I do it all the time. I’ve turned down jobs because I feel I don’t know enough about tech trends to write intelligently about them, and turned down music gigs because I didn’t know the songs.

Here’s the thing, though. Creating is a learning process. A writer is a perpetual student. A musician learns stuff on the fly. There’s a lot of flying by the seat of the pants when you’re an artist, entrepreneur, or problem solver.

If you know just half of what you think you should, that’s probably enough. Companies promote people with no management experience all the time. You’ll learn the rest by doing, by just getting into it up to your elbows, and growing from there.


Sep 272012

It took me a long time, but I came to realize that a gift like writing, art, problem solving or music isn’t mine anyway. Not really, anyway.

Though there’s nothing wrong with using it to make a good living, and when I can pull it off I’ll do just that. But I can’t give it away. I can’t sell it. I can’t eat it. And if I tried to bury it (and trust me, I have), it’ll just keep popping back up like in some bad zombie movie.

Each gift comes with, if not instructions, then marching orders. I’m holding it in trust, so it becomes a stewardship thing. This gift is given to me to nurture, to develop to the best of my ability, and to use for good. If I don’t do these things, it’ll sit inside me and claw me to shreds.