Thursday, August 8, 2013
About Big Dreams, Biz Celebrations, Jealousy and Such.
I have stumbled across some posts about this subject lately, about the struggles to navigate this online world, envy, feelings of inadequacy.
Many people refrain from sharing and celebrating their business successes fearing to arise jealousy and envy in our creative community. I would like to offer my thoughts about this subject, too.
Over the past year or so, I have been receiving in my inbox some emails, that I want to share here with you in their meaning. They are from different persons, and all tell the same- you are such an inspiration to me, you truly have no idea. Seeing your art being licensed to products is so very exciting to me. I'm really hoping to be where you are with your art accomplishments in the near future. Seeing you soar and taking baby steps toward the realization of your dreams surely inspires me greatly. I now know I can do that, too!
This means to me, that if you put your "accomplishments" out there; if you heartily, generously, lovingly, in simplicity, put them out there with the only purpose to not nurture your ego but to cheer others on, to inspire them, to incite them, to pass along abundance instead of blocking it (even just for fear of arising envy)- well, I think it's a very good thing indeed. What I truly and deeply believe is that what we do with love and the purest of heart+ thoughts, has a tremendously positive reflection in this world. It does real good.
I finally managed to practice detachment from the results, they are to me not "accomplishments" but clear signs that I'm doing the right things, that I am walking on the right path meant for me. They show me the way. And the joy I receive perceiving all the positivity that radiates from what I do with all of my heart and passion, surely MUST be expressed. Cannot be blocked. Refraining from celebrating and expressing it, should be like not being grateful, it would diminish the positivity and good and inspiration that I can instead pass on to others sharing my deep joy- not for the "accomplisments" but to be able to do what I love, what I have the given talents to do, what I am "called" innerly and profoundly to do, what keeps me alive.
Shared successes (or I love to call them my "Biz Blessings"), especially in this creative community of ours, which is surely unconventional and doesn't follow the "normal" rules of "more normal" jobs, is vital in my opinion.
I truly hope what I share about my life and career inspires you to spread your wings, and fly courageously in the direction of your dreams! It will be hard work, not always peaches and roses, not that I'm telling the contrary- and you must practice patience, oh yeah. But the beauty of the journey, and the inner joy- believe me, they're totally worth the sweat and tears.