What happens when the shit hits the fan? When everything that could go wrong did just that? We fall back onto a back-up plan. Something set up to make up for any failures or short comings. We have back-up plans in all facets of life. Financially we, hopefully, have a savings account incase we need a large amount of money at short notice. We have a spare key if we ever lock ourselves out of our car or house. We even have back-up plans for social events if the person or people we are hanging out with are too boring. It’s something we have grown accustom to doing. No where does the back-up plan come into question then with your career.
As the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, it’s time for resolutions. We all make them and there are a few that seem to pop up every January 1st. “I want to be happier.” “I want to lose weight.” I want to spend less time at work and more time with friends and family.” We all are guilty of making the promises to ourselves. Some are successful. Others, not so much. Anything that will make 2017 a better year for yourself, go for it. But for me, in 2017, the one thing I want to do is be more aware of the present and appreciate the moment.
Earlier this week I ran across an article that really stuck with me. The article was about Trump’s proposed changes to the H1-B visa system and how it will make staffing harder for ad agencies. (That sentence alone includes two things I either don’t want to talk about or don’t know enough to talk about: Trump and the visa system.) The article overall isn’t what bothered me. I believe that the United States should attract the best talent from around the world. It was the implication that American workers aren’t included in that.
When I first started working on my portfolio, I didn’t have any creative constraints. Every resource was at my disposal. No idea was off limits. And this is where it all fell apart. What began as a blessing quickly turned into a curse. I wasn’t focused and lacked vision. I never got to the point where an idea felt good enough to flesh out. It’s time to start thinking inside the box.
What happens if you have the desire to do something but are missing a few, crucial components to do it? What if the one thing holding you back is the most important thing? This is a dilemma I am facing right now. I have the desire to be a writer but I’m missing the most important part: the idea.
Quitting has a negative connotation. It’s seen as giving up or being some sort of loser. A quitter is someone who couldn’t cut it. Things started to get difficult, they picked up their ball and went home. This doesn’t make any sense to me. There are times when quitting is the best option. You’ve done what you can and decide to move on to the next task or challenge. I have found myself in that position. Given the subject matter of my previous posts, you might be thinking that I’ve decided that it’s time to pursue another career path. Not quite. I’m actually feeling enthusiastic and optimistic about it these days even though much hasn’t changed. What I’m talking about it deciding when it’s time to quit my full time job to focus solely on writing, following my desired career path and being happy in life.
It’s better for some thing to be done than perfect. I’m not sure where I heard this quote, who said it for if it’s even right, but the sentiment is still there. There is nothing more fruitless than the pursuit of the impossible expectations of perfection. So be happy when something is finished.
A few months ago I was listening to a podcast about writing. And in this particular episode the hosts were talking about why they write. As I was listening I started to ask myself that.