Not Just for Go-Getters

fridgeI don’t want this to sound like a scammy pitch from a motivational speaker. I’m not trying to get your money and “empower” is buzz word that makes me want to jump into farm equipment. And not in a fun way. The blades and missing limbs way. Okay. Here it goes.

Success is not just for go-getters.

Sometimes it feels like the only way to get ahead is to spend every waking moment networking and planning your next move. Sure, it probably helps. Remembering people’s names and how long you should shake their hand (never let go first?) is one way to go about things. Probably a good way to go about things. But not everyone is good at that!

Does that mean your ideas and talent are doomed to go no further than the kitchen fridge, held up by a fading Pizza Hut magnet? Of course not. If something is important to you, you’ll work for it. Just not to the extent that workaholics like Martha Stewart do.

My favorite musician is Miles Kurosky, lead singer of the now defunct band Beulah. I read an interview him a few years back, that I can’t for the life of me find and cite properly, where he divulged how lazy he was. How his job for the day of the interview was to get to the post office to mail out some merchandise. And that probably wasn’t going to happen.

Wow, I thought. This brilliant musician has some of the same hangups that I do! Knowing that made me feel a little better about myself. Sure, it doesn’t excuse sloth. If crumbs have found a home in your cardigan and you’re too busy to wipe them off, you might have a problem. But creativity doesn’t come out of one personality type. Success isn’t born out of one way of going about things.

Work within your means to do the things you like. If it’s important to you, you’ll have the desire to work on creation. If it isn’t, you’ll flip on Storm Chasers until something important does come to you. If you’re a go-getter, great. If you’re not, super. There are many roads to success. Some take longer. Some are more enjoyable. And none are wrong.

Unless you’re a jerk who is screwing people over. Don’t do that.

Know What You Can’t Do

When you’re really good at being distracted by TV and video games, you need to know what you aren’t good at. If you try creating something you know you will absolutely fail at, you’ll probably fall back into a deeper cycle of procrastination and self doubt. This doesn’t mean you should stay away from new and exciting ideas. Simply know and acknowledge your limits.

Last night, while falling asleep, I had a vision of a beautiful abstract painting. I observed the painting as it floated in front of my closed eyes. After giving it a fair amount of time in my head, I simply thought “it’s a shame I’ll never be able to make that” and fell asleep.

I’m no good at painting. Why waste my time trying to create that, when I already know it isn’t going to turn out? Better to keep myself focused on what I have the ability to do.

Greetings and Other Words

And so it starts. Another new blog. I probably shouldn’t start out the first sentence of the introductory post with “and.” Seems like something my English teachers would have frowned upon. Also, all these sentence fragments seem to be hanging out and having a party. Those should be cleaned up. However, I’d much rather talk about the things that are wrong than do anything about them.

My name is Aric McKeown. You may or may not have heard of me. You probably haven’t. Don’t feel bad about it. We’ll soon become fast friends. And, every so often, we’ll IM each other for a minute. That’ll be nice, won’t it? Really chummy like.

I have an antsy brain. I pick up and drop projects the same way tornadoes do farm houses. Ideas come to me and I have to put them out into the world. They stay in my brain, no matter how absurd and dumb they may seem.

This blog is intended to catalog and monitor my projects, their successes, and their failures. The failure water will surely find itself flooding into my success hull. Hopefully, my persistence bilge pump will out perform my laziness…I just ran out of metaphors. Laziness something to do with a ship. Sails? No.

There you have it. Past projects will be analyzed. Current projects will be have some light shed on them. Future projects will be birthed. Gross. Sorry.

Stick around. And let’s hope this isn’t one of those projects that ends up as a failure.