Over the past few weeks I’ve been receiving emails from someone who offered me a free book (which I said yes to and received in 2 days). I have since unsubscribed to this person’s list. I have not had time to read said book. This person’s book shot up to number 1 on Amazon within days! Well, all because he offered free books to gullible folks like me, then others saw the book was #1, though hey this book must be amazing, so they purchased the book. I am not a fan of “pyramid schemes”, but I believe that is exactly what this author did in creating a base of fans by offering free books, then adding more fans by selling more books, then offering a video “free”, then selling it, and so on and so on. After the 4th email I felt as if the author had caught me up in a race that I really did not want to run, so of course I unsubscribed. The concept is all about numbers. Exponentially expanding your fan base and followers. It is too “Rah Rah” for me.
Initially I was interested because I have started a business and of course I want followers and a fan base. But I hope to gain friends as well. And I hope to get them by a gentle flow of waves lapping at the beach instead of a whirlwind hurricane approach.
Creativity is like that. I cannot be in creative mode always thinking about outcomes and followers and such. I want to create something useful, something fun, and something that I like and then hope a few other people like to too. I must tell my own story, and the audience for that may be very limited. I cannot create for the masses riding the waves on a surfboard at a frantic pace. I can only create for those enjoying the flow of the waves, the sunshine on the shore.
When you create, be it by writing, painting or such –
… how much of your brain is occupied by “outcomes” – sales, followers, fans, pleasing the masses?
… how much is occupied by pleasing yourself, the heart, the soul?
… how much is occupied by what works for you, and not so much thinking about pleasing someone else?
… how much is occupied by merely telling your own story?
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