With every new year comes change, whether we plan for it or not, change happens.
As the clock ticked from 2013 to 2014, there has been the usual emphasis on life improvement and positive change. The gyms are still packed, and many are still focused on their New Year’s resolutions.
I have committed 2014 to be the year that everything changes. I want to look back years from now and know 2014 was when it all started.
To help spur me along, I signed up for a the New Media Expo conference.
New Media Expo is the Mecca of sorts for anything “new media”. It is a three day conference focused on the content creators of blogs, podcast, video producers.
The conference is overflowing with creators and innovators.
While I booked my trip to the conference for motivation, I found much more than that. I found a community. A group of people that were trying to make the world a better place.
There were three key thoughts that have stuck with me since conference.
Community is Key
One thing I noticed about all of the successful people that were there as speakers is that they were all connected. They were friends. They helped one another. It is not a competition to them. It is a mission. They understand the principle behind the saying, “A rising tide raises all ships.”
I realized that I was lacking in this area. I was trying to do it all on my own and making little headway. We all need community. We need to be surrounded by like-minded people so that we can push each other to achieve more than we ever dreamed on our own.
Just Do It!
I am a perfectionist. There, I said it. I don’t like to do things halfway. I like things to be done right. Combine this with “serial procrastinator”, and you have quite a mess.
The message that I heard over and over at the conference was that I just needed to get my hands dirty. Of course I wasn’t going to produce the type of quality content as those that have been doing so for years.
I was encouraged to go back and look at the early work of those “big names”. It was some pretty awful stuff.
This was my motivation to create the blogcast at the top of the page. I purposefully left in mistakes because I could have spent twice as long rerecording to make it perfect, but that would have taken away time from other things. Besides that, I wanted it to sound real. I’m not perfect, and I don’t want to pretend that I am.
I realized that I was going to have to make some bad stuff before I could get to the good stuff. Michael Jordan had to learn to play basketball just like the rest of us, and Steven Spielberg made some pretty awful quality movies before those like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.
Hard Work Wins
When we think of successful people, we generally don’t consider what it took to get there. We only know that we had never heard of them and then BAM! There they were! Overnight success, right?
Those overnight successes are usually more like “10 year, a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears” kind of successes.
Like Bigfoot and good airline service, overnight success is a myth.
These three principles will be my focus for this year. We all need community, get out there and do it, and remember that hard work wins.
How about you? What is your focus for this year?