Don’t Just Agree, Add to the Discussion

We try and find where we belong based on what we enjoy.

Whether that be entertainment, creating or some alternate mode of driving inspiration. But in the end, while we may want to add something of value, we may not always have something of value to add.

If you like podcasts, can you make one on your own? Better yet, will what you make add another place of value or just be another addition of a podcast you already enjoy?

Finding the edge that you hold is hard, it’s something I, myself, still haven’t yet figured out. But that doesn’t stop me from knowing that’s the key to becoming successful or at least being able to stand behind a driving force in the work that I want to be a part of.


Wanting it isn’t enough

We want what we want because we enjoy it. But enjoying it is one thing while creating alongside it is another.

Unfortunately, if we have nothing to add to what we enjoy doing, we won’t even be interested in what we have created.

Everyone takes angles and becomes successful because they had something to say. A true crime podcast is successful because the person creating and producing it had something to say about true crime or a story to add. They weren’t just a listener of true crime.

Then again, maybe they themselves don’t necessarily enjoy true crime in the way that their listeners or readers do. But they have something they can share and decided they wanted to share it.

Taking what we enjoy to be a passion of ours to go after means we need a backing or an edge that shows we have something no one else has said or a counterpoint and additional discussion to something previously said.


The addition

In this light, how this works sometimes sucks.

We enjoy what we enjoy and if we want to be a part of the producers of it, why can’t we if we are passionate about the stories being told?

We can’t be allowed in until we have our addition.

Let’s say someone had a giant sleeve tattoo with amazing art on it and cool placements of images.

They might get a crowd of people admiring it and curious about how painful it was, how they came up with what they wanted and what they had to do to make the decision to finally go through with it.

It might be inspiring and you might want to see the tattoo.

But then along comes someone with the same tattoo. They admired that first tattoo so much, they went through all the pain and commitment to get the tattoo they so admired.

Why would a group be interested in seeing that tattoo, when it’s the same one as the first tattoo?

There’s no addition. Sure the story might be a bit different, but it’s basically the same with the same end result and nothing new to look at.

Having a passion for what someone else has created and knowing how to create it yourself doesn’t mean you doing it will be anything special.


Separate yourself

We may have trouble with accepting this, especially when we have already dreamed big on what we would do if it worked out in our favor.

The image we have may be appealing, but the creation of our story will be what brings peoples attention.

If we are so committed to this though, the best course of action may be to follow what we enjoy until we finally do reach that point of saying, “I have something to add to that.”

I’m not advocating for trying to enjoy things less to be more creative alongside the process, but more to be open-minded and critical about what we enjoy and look at the weak parts that we can either improve or gain new ideas in place of.

Until those ideas spark and those additions exist, we can enjoy what we enjoy and accept the parts of it that we can’t do ourselves but see value in through someone else’s creative process.

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