What is the matter with me?!
A Lesson In Getting Shit Done.
I spend hours and hours each week learning.
I watch videos, read blog posts, and stay up to date on marketing and design news and trends with magazines, Twitter feeds, and more. I am diligent, borderline obsessive, about learning and still find myself frustrated with what I am putting out.
I have spent a long time trying to fugure out why this is; asking myself hard questions, analyzing why it is that I do what I do (maybe I am just in the wrong business all together!), and trying to wrap my head around my frustration with my creative output.
But, as you may have guessed since I am writing a post about this, I have learned something…
I lack challenge.
All my life I have been challenged (and required) to do. In school I had tests and essays. At home I have chores and laundry. At work I have deadlines. In relationships I have expectations.
So now that I am helping launching a new company, building my own freelance business, and attempting to make the world a better place (a boy can dream), who is going to challenge me?
The answer? Me.
The most important thing I have learned is that no one else wants me to succeed. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t necessarily want me to fail, but what do my peers stand to gain from my success? Outside of my family members, no one stands to benefit from my own personal triumphs. And, if they receive no benefit, why should they egg me on? Why should they push me? Why should they be the concerned with my creative output?
They shouldn’t be. It’s on me to put rubber on the road with the things I have set out to do. The success or failure of my endeavors is on my shoulders.
I can’t blame the market because it’s my job to listen the market and it’s on me if I don’t provide what consumers or businesses need.
I can’t blame my friends because it’s not their job.
I can’t blame my girlfriend because she is cute and a very nice person.
No. It is time to step up and start doing! I will never stop learning, but if I don’t make the effort to work and build something I may just find myself in 10 years thinking about what I could have accomplished if only someone had helped me or pushed me a little more.
So, you out there, whoever you are, it’s time to do stuff and do it as best we can. Because otherwise someone else will do it for you.