When sharing your art, there are bound to be things you don’t want to do but are necessary to connect with your audience or create a product that resonates with them. Even if you aren’t sure of the importance, someone else, quite possibly a mentor, is sure of the impact it will have. We are often at a crossroads of trusting over knowing ahead of time if it will work. But it is impossible to know. We are just to follow someone who has more experience and insight.
Mentors are important to have if it’s nothing more than encouragement in pursuing your goals. If someone who has experience likes what you’re doing and is giving tips then they are, in essence, a mentor. I have had mentors, some of them friends of mine. But, often the kind of mentorship that we need might be someone with a lot more experience. What about mentors by way of reading? I wrote about one of my ‘author’ mentors a few days ago. You can read more about my real-life training in organization and the effect it had on my ability to focus and complete tasks here. Having mentors is not a novel concept. It’s one we use on a daily basis, but who mentors us can be really impactful. In the same way, if we trust the wrong mentors, it can have a negative impact. God even asks us for our belief in Him. He suggests in the gospel, 2 Cor. 4:18, that ‘the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.’ If you are focused on the wrong things as suggested by your mentors, those opportunities will be short-lived.
What is in your best interest is to accomplish the tasks you’ve been given in order to succeed in the long-term. Whether it’s your boss who’s providing an income for you to continue doing your art as a hobby or if you are provided the opportunity to share your art in your full-time job, you need to pay attention to the details that are important to continuing your platform to share your art. Work to find a process that allows you to get the things done for those who are providing the opportunities for you. I believe right now what you think is impossible to maintain, after submitting to the authority over you you will find that you are even more able to focus AND be creative. And you will be getting more things done too.
About this Series:
See the first post in the series on Sharing Your Music.