Whether we are just starting out or have been in the industry for decades, as both artists and business men and women, most of us have goals and dreams we want to achieve, things we want to try and passions we hope for. While many of us may do all of the things we need to do to set ourselves up for success (research, planning, networking), there is one key element that can bring even the most focused and prepared person to their knees: unrealistic expectations. Now, let me be clear, I hope all of you dream big and dream often, but it’s essential to place those dreams on a realistic timeline.
Having been in this business for 36 years years, I have seen and experienced the impact impatience can have on process (and a spirit). Too often we decide to do something and push ourselves to get it all done in a short period of time thinking that as long as we have the materials in place, we will get to where it is that we want to go as fast as we want to get there. Fast-forward six months and we are questioning if we have made the right decision or are making excuses as to why we have not obtained the success we had planned to in the time allotted. The reality is that success is often built on the back of experience, mistakes, fast-fails, and setbacks. Think about it: How can one possibly know how to overcome challenges if they have never faced one?
Today, I would like all of you to think about the expectations you have set for yourself. Do you “fail-fast” and get back up or do you see trips as proof that you’ll never get to where it is that you want to go? Do you plan for challenges and think three steps ahead or do you live in the moment and hope for the best? I want to encourage all of you to have patience with yourself. Pay close attention to the steps you have taken and to the ones you plan to take.
In closing, I would like to ask all of you to share how impatience has impacted you in the past and what you have learned from it.