(context: In a moment of clarity and a serious gut check I decided to pull The Match (beta) from the Lumen8Anacostia festivities on June 25th. The Match is movement; it will happen again (in a BIG way) at the Media Rise Festival this September and hyper-locally in other cities this Winter/Fall.)
I just did something I do sparingly: quit. Actually, I cancelled an event. As a producer, a lot of time, energy, love, sweat and sometimes tears goes into bringing an idea into the world. To quit something you've been the #1 cheerleader for can leave you feeling unfinished, unrealized... but it doesn't have to. I'm sharing this because I've realized that quitting something can be a radical affirmation to MAKE ROOM for the very thing you are called to do in the world. Sometimes quitting today is best for your longer-term planning, success and peace of mind.
Voilà! Some tips when deciding whether to "hold 'em or fold 'em"...
Trust your gut. Intuition is often a big influencing factor for successful entrepreneurs and creatives. If you feel a strong pull one way or another, learn to trust that instinct, and it will rarely lead you astray.
It's ok to quit smartly, Seth said so. Seth Godin, Author of The Dip (one of my touchstone books... I even give it out as a gift!) says, "Smart quitters understand the idea of opportunity cost. The work you're doing on project X right now is keeping you from pushing through the Dip on project Y. If you fire your worst clients, if you quit your deadest tactics, if you stop working with the people who return the least, then you free up an astounding number of resources. Direct those resources at a Dip worth conquering and your odds of success go way up." BOOOOM!
If it's your thing, be prepared to obsess. An unfolding strategy, a new project, or a half-baked plan requires an uncomfortable importance to each (small) step in its creation. From the layout of the room to the sign-in sheet to the playlist to the issue at hand, you must infuse it all of it with energy + intention. Each step of the master plan has to be a small example of the qualities you want in the final large thing. Do you have time for this? Are your collaborators up for that level of mindfulness? It all matters.
Speaking of collaborators...play nice. Decide if you need to be in "communion" with your collaborators. Do you want to get to know the people you are working with? (This is pretty much a non-negotiable for me. My work suffers when I have a purely transactional relationship with my collaborators.) Do they understand, acknowledge or appreciate the value you bring to the table? Does that contribute to your bottom line? Hint: Only you can answer these questions.
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