How to overcreate
I have a musician friend who has thirty songs in the can.
Ready to be recorded and released into the world.
But he’s paralyzed by the fear of volume. He’s scared that publishing to many songs at once will overwhelm his fans, since they’re used to hearing his work five songs at a time. That’s why, for the past two years, he’s been sitting on them. Nobody has heard a single note. And frankly, I don’t know if they ever will.
Senge was right when he wrote, in a state of fear, our actions are most likely to revert to what is habitual. When the reality is, there’s no such thing as creating too much. Less isn’t more, more is more.
Ask anyone who’s been creating for a living for more than ten years. If you keep coming up with new ideas, everything else magically falls into place.
You notice which themes your life is generating. You understand what project you’re supposed to be working on next. You attract partners and collaborators and vendors to help you along the journey. You kick open doors to exciting new opportunities and jobs and gigs. You connect with customers you never would have met otherwise. You create leverage to build a new context for yourself and take your career to the next level.
And the best part is, each of those experiences, brought into existence by the very process of coming up with new ideas, helps to refill the reservoir with even more ideas, perpetuating the process in ad infinitum.
There’s no downside to volume.
Less isn’t more, more is more.
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