I wish I could do that but… *insert excuse here.*
In 1998, I co founded Bloodfire Studios with a great friend of mine. Over the years, we predicted some pretty cool stuff… and made a ton of mistakes. But, we learned from them and moved forward.
Fast forward to 2014, and I took a huge leap of faith. I set up and launched Green Hills Entertainment. Each year since has seen positive growth in company, my skill, and my confidence. Within that, there has been a common underlying theme…
“I wish I could do that but…” *insert excuse here.*
I just laugh.
People come up to me at shows and say something along these line all the time. Lets just say, if I had a nickel for every time I heard a variation of this, the shows would be paid for without a single sale!
The problem is, I don’t believe it. Anyone is capable of doing something like this.
I chose the Indiana Jones image because it completely represents what we are talking about.
In order to reach your “grail”, you have to take a leap of faith and commit to a path. People don’t understand that you are playing a long game and need patience. You have to practice your chosen skill. Why is this any different than any other task in life. We have to practice writing, talking, reading, walking, etc, so why is this any different?
Everyone seems to think I have some innate talent that few possess. The only thing I possess is patience and an understanding of failure as a teacher. I have overcome my fear and am willing to put myself out there. I try to surround myself with honest people that are supportive yet aren’t afraid to call me out if they don’t like something. I try create something almost every day. That could be a few sketches in a book, a painting, a piece of jewelry, or a couple of hours taking pictures.
“But, I don’t have time.”
I have a full time job that can mean up to 60 hours a week, a wife, 2 kids, AND the company. I manage to find time to be creative and do everything else. Sure you have to prioritize things, but you can sneak in creative time. I take advantage of my commute to think of new ideas for paintings, jewelry, stories, etc. I have a little down time at work where I can draw or research. I get the occasional day of during the week and it is game on.
Whatever you can spare, do it. You will be very surprised with the gains you can make in just a year or two.