You’ve probably had some successes in your past that helped you understand your place in the world. It’s through the value that we add that we discover how others receive us when we are at our best. However, those past successes can become a burden that we carry when we are afraid to venture outside of what we’re “known for”.
Pixar didn’t intend to make movies. They were a computing technology company. If they had remained stuck on their initial idea, the world would have missed out on Toy Story altogether.
How many potential Pixars exist out there, both as companies and individuals, who are so stuck on who they have been that they can’t see who they are becoming? Life is about growth, which is about change, which is about releasing what has been so you can embrace what is yet to be.
It’s only when you are willing to finish one chapter that the next one begins. Otherwise, you’re simply stuck in the same story loop over and over.
So, forget about who you’ve been as a creative, as a person. “Who are you becoming?” is a much more interesting question.
To continue to grow, you must let go of who you have been and embrace who you are becoming.
Question: Who you becoming through your work? Do you need to let go of something so you can embrace the next thing?