I’ve written over 300 blog posts in the past year and some of those posts, in my honest opinion, are best described by the word “crappy.”
I’ve written a few posts that have not only made me stick my chest out a little, but have also received feedback from others expressing how much my words have positively affected their lives.
I don’t believe that I would have written those few good posts if I were not willing to risk writing the “crappy” ones. Whenever I write something that I’m proud of, it’s usually the offspring of a thought process that was catalyzed by an act of creation I do NOT feel proud of.
I’ve discovered that good work often lies on the other side of a road that’s covered with crap. Getting to that other side requires a willingness to create through the crap.
Creating through the crap is the process of giving yourself permission to learn or express what matters to you even though many of your efforts, along the way, may appear to be mediocre or below average.
There has never been an artists, innovator, or achiever who was satisfied with their work all of the time.
Everyone who does great work must find reasons to keep creating that don’t depend on them looking or sounding good every single time.
I recently spoke with a professional stand-up comedian who said he completely embarrassed himself during his first routine AND many other subsequent acts. Today, he credits his success to those poor performances.
He created, failed, created, failed, and kept on creating until he unearthed something of value.
What if creating the life you truly desire requires you to “put yourself out there” in a way that fails to impress others and falls short of your ideal standards?
Would you stop working or would you create through the crap?