What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in everything.
~ Laurence Sterne
Welcome to the 52nd edition of the MayWeather Newsletter series, a weekly newsletter where I share my thoughts and new ideas on things that I learn on personal productivity; somewhere between due diligence, good thinking and note-taking.
<<First Name>>, we tend to undervalue creating only for ourselves and place excess value on creating for a huge audience. However, your audience of one will be there every day when you wake up.
If you think that you’ll step it up only when the audience is larger, the audience, in a mysterious way, won’t get any larger.
Many of us dream of the day when millions of people will listen to their shows, read their books, buy their products, or watch them perform. But what will you bring to the table when you’re performing only for an audience of one — yourself?
Forget about the metrics, bestseller lists, the gallery openings, and the shining lights. The beauty of a fulfilling creative work is the result of losing yourself in the moment. When the work is done, your role comes to an end. The moment you publish or share, the fate of a newsletter, an article, a book, a documentary or music album is ultimately out of your hands. That returns to the people.
You can’t control how the world responds. What you control in any creative endeavor is your effort. Your continuous and daily input to nurture your creativity and commitment to the process.
Weekly Thread of Wisdom
I'd close with a wise counsel from an author whose work has been translated into over 30 languages and has appeared almost everywhere, Ryan Holiday
One of the hardest things to do is separate your work and the effort that you put in from the results.
An actor doesn’t control the movie around them. They don’t control what the other actors do. They don’t control the marketing budget. They don’t control the distribution. They could do the role of a lifetime, but the director or editor could mess it up in postproduction.
If your happiness with your job and your career is dependent on how the movie does at the box office, or how the critics respond to your role, you have placed your happiness with your own life in the hands of other people, and that’s a recipe for profound disappointment.