The Storm & Letting Things Go // Part 2 // Rapid Recharge

Episode 268. Aired September 7, 2018.

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We may or may not have a show tomorrow. Now we are dealing with a Tropical Storm / Hurricane. His name is Gordon. Right now it is really just windy. We have already lost a lot of limbs. So many of our trees are pecan trees and they are really brittle and they are really loaded with leaves and pecans.

It got me thinking, how similar our creative process when we are trying new things is like a tree in a wind storm. We have to be really flexible at the outer edges. We have to be able to flex and move and really bend on those outer edges. But our trunks, our core must be strong. We also have to be prepared to lose some of the new stuff that isn’t working. We have to be able to let go of the dead limbs and the limbs that are taking too much of our attention, resources, and time. Some of these “limbs” look like they will be really fruitful, but they are so heavy with pecans that they are holding the other parts of us back. We have to think of the unit as a whole. We are the product we are selling.
I think that is hard to think of myself as the product. I am much more comfortable being behind the scenes and helping someone else get their message out or give someone else’s voice a boost.

I think there are plenty of other designers similar to me, in that way. But sometimes we have to fly our flag.

I think there are plenty of other designers similar to me, in that way. But sometimes we have to fly our flag. This week we will talk about this uncomfortable place. We will talk about lack of confidence and how we can best build our confidence. Some tactics I use in the classroom and with clients as I go to battle with myself over pricing and design decisions.

Pray for safety for all the Gulf Coast. We are under a Tornado Watch as well, until 4am. Hopefully we can meet tomorrow and chat, if not. I will record something when I can and post it as soon as I can.