Yesterday I had an idea that inspired me. In the last weeks and months it became more clear to me that sharing content with the world is as important as producing content in the first place. It’s easy to produce and produce and trying to become “perfect” before you actually show your results to the world but basically you waste a lot of learning potential while waiting for your work to become perfect.
When I looked back on what I published I now see that not only the results I got were largely positive but I also learned a lot in the process.
First there’s the completion: If you commit to delivering your work, you’ll have to complete it. Yeah, you probably knew that. But here’s the thing: Most of the work I begin I do not complete! Yes, I said “most”! That means more than 50%. It’s not that I’m procrastinating so much – it’s just that starting something is easier than completing something. We’ve all practiced starting things a lot more than finishing things. That’s just maths (you can’t finish 2 things for starting 1 thing). But if you never come around to complete something maybe it’s time to shift your focus from starting to completing.
The second thing to learn about is the effects of your work on the world. Here’s the truth: Your work probably won’t be loved by most people – no matter how incredibly good you are in what you do.
But what you will find out by sharing your work is who your “fans” are. Maybe they’re highly conscious, maybe they’re gothic metal listeners, maybe they’re single moms, maybe they’re female truck drivers.
You’ll also find out how to effectively communicate with your fans. That way you will learn how to market your content more effectively. You’ll learn which image you like being displayed of yourself. You’ll learn which people are the ones you most love to work with…
The bottom line is: There’s a lot to be learned from sharing your value with the world.
Since I’ve been publishing my content on the internet it has become easier for me to get clear on what I really want.
It’s becoming easier for me to see which projects inspire me long-term, which communication channels I prefer, where I can build connections and which parts of my work I enjoy most.
Sharing your value with the world is a big part of the actual work process. But it’s easy to hide behind the dogma of perfection and pretend that waiting some more is the reasonable thing to do.
So yesterday I had the idea to start an experiment: For the next 30 days I will daily share a piece of my work with the public. I won’t limit myself to only one form of expression (like a 30-day blogging trial). That means I probably won’t just publish articles, but also songs, videos and other texts. Offline value will also count. So I might act a play, participate in a public jam session, sing karaoke or perform some of my songs. The idea is to concentrate more on the completing and delivering the content that I’m inspired to work on.
My career has taken some interesting turns in the last weeks so I also hope to get more clarity by acting more on the delivery side.
The trial started yesterday, so this day 2.
If anything especially noteworthy happens in the next four weeks, I’ll let you know. Otherwise I’ll sum up my experiences in a blog post after the 30 days.