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When passion is not enough

Express your passionI have nothing bad to say about passion. It’s cool. Or I really should say hot. Coupled with stuff like muse, inspiration, talent and so on, passion offers massive motivation when it’s in flow.

I so (too?) often rely on what I’d loosely call talent and my passion for music to get me through gigs and other creative projects (like blog deadlines). No wonder I end up procrastinating. I’m probably just waiting for an inspirational spark or for that elusive “talent” to finally kick in. And if it never happens? Then this project just wasn’t meant to be.

Yes, there are going to be times when that talent and passion you rely on to push you through tasks and projects may not be enough. I said “may”, but I can pretty much guarantee it. There are times when you can’t perceive the inspiration. (It’s always there. Sometimes you just can see it.)

Loner Syndrome

So, you’re going to need something else. You can try “rugged individualism” — that spunky, frontier justice kind of attitude that sees in everything an opportunity to get revenge on the people or things who we think owe us something. But I don’t recommend it. You’re going to find that this go-it-yourself mentality does not sustain that well. What starts as rugged and individual ends as haggard and lonely. That’s why I call this loner syndrome.

Get Support

Instead, find or create the best support group you can. For some musicians, this will be your band. But even in these situations, you need to have a broader set of supporters. Not fans. (That’s another post.) Though they will almost certainly be some of your best fans. Just that they’ll be much more than that. For many creative people, this is a spiritual community (a church or something more loosely organized). In this age of virtual connections, (though some will disagree with me here) it may be a social networking circle. For some, it will be a sizeable group of people. For others, it may just be a few best friends. It may range from an organization that meets every single Tuesday (as an example) or just gets together whenever they like. It may be friends or the people you hire to keep things rolling for your career and life. You’re creative, so create what works for you.

Reinvigorate Passion

Whatever it is for you, develop it while the going is good. When your passion is running high, you can put together the sort of support system that can help to sustain you. That way when the muse seems dried up, you won’t have to start from ground zero. You can turn to these friends and say, “Here’s what’s happening for me.” Then, proceed to let them support, encourage, coax, maybe (a little more risky in some situations) even advise you. Nine times out of ten or better, I’ll bet they’ll help you get back on track.

What’s your fallback when passion is not enough? Do you have a support group? Tell us all about it in the comments…

2 thoughts on “When passion is not enough”

  1. Nice post, Stan. I think the idea of a support group is a major ingredient for success. That’s why being in a band is so great. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts and more gets done.

    Even our favorite solo artists have a support team, even if you can’t see them. Management, label reps, trusted advisors. You need someone to help you see the forest in those times when all you can see is the tree in front of you.

    1. Thanks, Kevin! Knowing how you rock in the blogosphere, I’m flattered.

      Being in a band is great as long as it is also one’s support group. As we know (either from being in a band or reading the news about some), that’s not always the case. It’s a beautiful breed of band that is both and I always enjoy when I encounter them. It’s palpable.

      And you’re 100% right about solo artists. I wonder if they have the biggest teams of all. Might be interesting to study. Nah, I don’t need anything else to research…

      Thanks, again, for stopping by!

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