The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
I’ve found in my travels that I’ve forgotten some important simple lessons I’ve learned over the years. I met a new friend recently who’s reminded me of common sense you just grow into the more you’re exposed to the collaborative world we live in. To the point: it’s that networking makes the world go round.
It’s hard to believe that such a simple notion should ever be forgotten, but sometimes in the throes of the politics of a difficult environment, one becomes blinded by the day to day with defensive maneuvers. This friend has recently completed filming a short film. A collaborative effort for sure. Filmed on a tight budget, one finds ways to get the job done. He described how a community of his friends and acquaintances have helped him along the way. In particular something that caught my attention is that now that filming and editing is complete and he’s in post, he’s recruited the help of a friend who does finishing (color correction, etc) professionally. Having worked in post production, I know first hand how much post production artists and companies charge. They run well upwards of $10,000 a day given a certain level of skill. A personal project like this, my friend couldn’t afford such astronomical prices. Having friends gets the job done.
I’ve done my job a long time now. Doing great work, both personal and professional requires a certain level of sacrifice to see the finish line. Budgets are tight, time is always constrained for this reason or another; you have to pull in favors or bleed a good portion of your soul to open the next door. In my latest trials and tribulations I’ve found myself becoming more introverted and have slowly but surely crafted my workflow to solely depend on myself. This was not a conscience effort, but a defensive mechanism for several reasons that aren’t quite fit for this forum. As it happens, I’m the only person who has had my back. So this was a natural progression. Yet building the walls that keep certain issues at bay, I’ve come to realize, cloud some lessons you learn throughout your career and life. Sometimes simple conversation outside of yourself will remind you of such lessons.
One of those lessons is keeping every avenue open. To put it in tangible terms, as a martial artist I believe in never committing to one style. It hamstrings you. It closes you off from the opportunity of thinking differently. Believing differently. Or simply being open to something new. Closing yourself off from the world, or closing certain doors, because of a few bad seeds you may come across will only make your world harder.
Most times, those bad seeds may not be bad at all, they just may have good intentions that they can’t see through. Doing everything yourself may bring you certainty of your exact direction, but it will close you off from the opportunity of the spontaneous. It will close you off from the help and lighter load friends will bring to you if you let them. The conversation I had today in my current state left me with this thought in some ass-backward fashion: trim the bad, keep the good, stay nimble, do it with a smile, and stay open.