Why You Must Stay On Course
By Marquez Comelab, Thu Dec 8th
"After speaking with a lot of people who are disappointed tryingto make something out of their 'passions', Marquez Comelabreleases his first of a series of articles, saying that despitethe cycle of frustrations experienced by artists andentertainers, there are reasons why they should stay on course."
I believe that all of us want to express something: an idea, atheory, an opinion or a statement. I also believe that themajority of human beings would love to be creative in theexpression of these ideas, theories and statements. Creativitypermeates in everything our mind does and is challenged to do. Iam certain that if given the chance, most or all of us wouldlove a career in the creative and entertainment industry becauseit is there where we can express ourselves in the most creativeof ways.
Thus, there are many of us who are into art, acting, music,photography, modeling, writing, designing or crafts. We enjoydoing these for many unique combinations of reasons and it wouldbe ideal if we could do it for a living for the rest of ourlives. Why do we need to go to work every day, doing somethingwe do not really like as opposed to something that we do enjoy?
So if one has something: a talent, an innate skill, or evensimply years of knowledge and experience in one of the arts ofexpression, it would seem to be a waste if all of a sudden, thatperson decides to stop dreaming and hoping altogether.
At any point in time, an individual in the creative andentertainment industry can be categorized into one of the threegroups described below:
1) Those who have given up on the idea: This group may havealready conceded that being say, a rock star was just theirteenage dream and that their hours of singing and songwritinghad its purpose. However, for it to be a career now wouldalready be too late: now that they are married or now that theyhave children, etc... etc. If we are not careful, we may stay inthis phase for the rest of our lives and always wonder whatmight have been and perhaps even become bitter because of itwithout even knowing why.
2) Those who are still hopeful but are not doing anything abouttheir goals presently but would like to get back to them lateron: They are doing something else now, like selling, working ina call center, or maybe even managing a manufacturing plant,however they are not setting aside time, money and effort totheir goal of being able to create music or take photographs fora living. They can always go back to it later, I suppose, 'whenthere's a bit more time'. Perhaps after they get married, afterthe first child, after the second child, after they get promotedor after they pay their debts, whatever their uniquecircumstances may
3) Those who are willing and able to allocate time, effort andmoney to progress their art and talents: The people in thisgroup are doing something with their art and talents. They stillbelieve in the idea that they can become who they want to be --that life can be the way they once saw it, not withstanding allthe years of 'reality checks' that ensued. They may haveactually finished a painting, or have just sold one. They maybestrutting on a catwalk or maybe they are designing a client'slogo this very minute. Or perhaps, it could be somethingpreparatory like preparing the first exhibit in their portfolioor reading a book to learn how to protect their copyright.Regardless of what the effort is, big or small, as long as theyare taking active steps, a person will belong to this group.
In the first phase, we experience a very frustrating anddemoralizing event in our 'careers'. We cannot help but feeldefeated when our work does not get the reaction we have hopedfor or expected and perhaps we begin to believe that we are onlyfooling ourselves and that we should give up our foolish hopesand dreams.
However, doesn't it turn out that eventually, you start takingaction again (in the 3rd stage) after you have been brooding,perhaps even making tons of excuses for a while (in the 2ndstage)? You come to realize, time and time again, that no matterwhat, 'it' is still what you want to do regardless of what hashappened in the past and what may happen or not happen in thefuture.
After years of experiencing this cycle, I have decided years agothat regardless of what I was doing, and regardless of whatever'career' decisions I may have to make, it must be to advance orsupport my creative endeavors. It makes more sense because everytime I have tried to suppress it, tried to ignore it and triedto pretend that the urge is not there, all I ended up doing waswasting my time. I have learnt to embrace my urge to expressmyself in creative ways and have accepted that it is part of meand the less time I spend defeated, the sooner I could get towork towards what really matters. Perhaps you can use somethingfrom my experience and if what you are experiencing is the same,hopefully you would not spend too much of your life thinkingthat your 'passion' is not really what you want to do. Becausehonestly, what would be better than doing things to make yourlife happen the way you dream it?
About the author:Marquez Comelab is a private forex trader. He is the author ofthe book: The Part-TimeCurrency Trader. The book outlines the process of how youcan develop your own trading methodology that suits yourpsychology and financial circumstance to buy and sell currenciesin the forex market, while minimizing your risks. It can bepurchased from www.marquezcomelab.com.
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