Growth is about letting go of what no longer fits you.
Accepting that what got you here won’t get you where we need to be. And trusting that if you evolve beyond your old way of being, people won’t forget about you, and you might even be able to create a new context from which to relate to the world.
It’s like the comedian who makes a name for himself as the angry guy. In the early years, he uses rage as his main source of humor because that’s the only note he knows how to play.
But two decades into his career, he starts asking himself some hard questions.
How will you maintain the anger that your comedy now thrives on? What if you become so happy that you forget your rage? Who would you be if you didn’t wake up with this rolodex of people that you resent? And what is the worst thing that could happen if you decided to let go of your anger?
These questions could apply to any profession and any emotional state. Because it’s not about some comedian, it’s about all of us. Anyone who is chronically concerned with remaining the way they are.
Next time you start suspecting your best days are behind you, wondering if you’re done doing that which defined you, remember this.
You have so much talent, skill and history, that you don’t need that thing anymore.
It might have been who you were when you started, but it’s not who you are today.
If you are feeling trapped by your signature work, the work that everyone now wants and demands from you, it’s a sign that letting go might be in order.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What the worst thing that could happen if you decided to let go of your precious trademark style?
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