There’s a phrase I’ve heard: “one-hit wonder”
What an opportunity, being a “one-hit wonder”!
Some artists record hundreds of songs over decades of effort. Many of these might be never famous or easily forgotten.
When I reflected on this, I thought it was amazing!
I know how much effort goes into each minute of my podcast or weekly YouTube videos. There’s the brainstorming, the research, the drafting, and production (for the podcast, at least).
A 5 minute video might have had 30 minutes or an hour in prep. A 15 minute podcast might have 2 hours of preparation and production.
Is every song written, recorded and produced a hit?
Is my every podcast a delightful gem? (I personally do think they are all fabulous but statistically…probably not.)
But, what if I told you this thought:
The final product isn’t the point.
Sure, I think artists want people to enjoy what they create, as I hope you enjoy what I toss out into the internet for consideration.
But there’s joy in creating. Tossing it out there. Going back to the drawing board.
I think a lot of stress is caused by wondering what happens when it’s Out There for people to see and weigh in on.
But…what if there was literally no stress required to create work or even toss it Out There for external opinions?
Each song inside of you is good enough.
It’s good enough to write.
Substitute “song” for article, podcast, video, email, invitation to a date, offer to work with you, suggestion to a close friend.
Whatever is in your heart to create.
Just do it.
Get it out of you.
Whatever you have inside is good enough for you to give it life.
…here’s the trick…
…the phrase “good enough” is always and ever nothing more than an opinion at a point in time.
Subject to change without notice.
So, drop “good enough” and pursue the joy of creating.
For the hell of it.
And, yes, because maybe someone else will love it.
Take the chance on your inspiration.
I guarantee it’s one of my favorite, most playful ways to avoid generating stress in my life.
P.S. I invite you to fall in love with my podcast, “Less Stress, More Fun.” Subscribe today! Each week’s episodes are short (14-18 mins, on average), smart (lots of research) and fun (especially if you love 80s music).