This week's retro wednesday post is from last year. It's all about checking in with yourself. Enjoy!
May 18, 2011
Know when you're bleeding
Producing is not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination. Chances are that if you are involved in any show, you are most likely doing multiple jobs, losing some sleep, and hustling. In fact, I would argue that if you are not hustling and things feel easy, that it's only a matter of time until things become ridiculous.
There is a major flip side to this though and that is not paying attention to pain or problems.
I once had a really great professor who told us that pain was a wonderful thing because it lets us know that something is wrong and that we need to make some changes. Without pain we would continue on and have no idea if something really serious was happening.
Your business is the same way. It's taken me years to learn this and I still fight with it from time to time, but it's very important. You are no good to anyone if you can't function at a healthy level. That means knowing when you're bleeding. If your days are too long, it's time to sit down and take a hard look at why they are that way. If you hate a certain part of the job, perhaps someone else could do it?
Bottom line is if you are getting overwhelmed, chances are you're bleeding.
Stop for a second.
Figure out where that blood is coming from.
And DO SOMETHING about it.
We all would love to believe we are invincible and I am often the most guilty of this, but the thing that has saved me more times than I can count is being able to acknowledge that I am human and that I have vulnerability.
You bleed too.
As long as you don't ignore it.
Do you know what the five most dangerous words in the English language are?
"Maybe it will go away"
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