It seems like this has been a big year of milestones. Wrestling Mayhem Show met it’s 10 year anniversary. We just filmed the International Wrestling Cartel’s 15 year celebration show over the weekend at IWC Fifteen.
So much of Saturday’s wrestling event threw back to the past. A massive 3 way tag team wrestling threw back to a group of guys that were tearing it up 7 years ago when I first started going as a fan to these shows. But as we looked back, we looked forward, featuring new talents that are what we hope to be the future of wrestling for the promotion, and maybe some you could see on your television like past IWC talents like DJ Zema Ion of Impact Wrestling (who returned this show), “The Drifter” Elias Samson in NXT or that guy names CM Punk.
When we hit our 10 year mark on Wrestling Mayhem Show, it didn’t mean we’re good and we should stay on our trajectory and keep business as usual. Our show has changed multiple times from host lineups to formats. This was a notice to me to kick things into high gear. We aimed to get more people involved in the show from other venues to get more voices on the show, and pushing to grow the show further.
Looking at a company or project that hits a milestone isn’t a sign that they’ve made it. It’s a sign the the work has just started.
The whole talk and break down is great. But here’s what struck me.
Give yourself time. Creativity doesn’t happen on a schedule. Or easily when squeezed into a few moments between meetings. What Cleese described on giving yourself a chunk of time and breaking through the anxiety that would come from feeling that you had more important things you should be doing made me think of some other work that I produce Podcasts on. Mindfulness.
With Mindfulness, there are thoughts, but not always, on meditation. Taking time to work in your own mind and find a center. This idea seems similar. You need time to let your brain, or your unconscious mind, and let that open up.
IQ Doesn’t Matter. An early portion of this talk was about how it doesn’t matter how smart you are. I find that relieving, at least. Creativity comes from a different part of your brain. I’d wager it’s a right/left brain difference. So if you don’t feel like the brightest bulb among your colleagues, you may not have to be. Just more determined and more applied.
Check out the video and let me know what you think. What struck you from John Cleese’s talk?
On Fridays I try to have lunch with my good friend that works on the North Side to keep connected and keep some good ideas flowing as we’re both creatives that have been involved in this Podcasting and creating thing for longer than people watching Pewdiepie may have been alive. We had a cameo by another friend that hasn’t known me all that long that seems fascinated by the variety of things I’ve been involved with in the past, oddly proclaiming that I’m “the real Dos Equis Beer guy”
Well, it’s too late for some of us for that notion. Kind of.
I worked through my twenties. Hard. And mostly didn’t settle on what I did in my 8-5. Or 8-8. Or 8-???? (Man. Salary work.) I was creating Podcasts, working with clients on videos that weren’t the day job, and trying to put together a special music performance with my friends.
We look at Podcasting and Blogging and think “That’s the new thing. I have to be right on top of it!” But maybe you don’t like doing it for that fun thing. Try a little bit of all of it.
I won’t get into the ideas of how to find the time, or motivation, but you need to try it. Your creative center, if you will. If you still can’t figure out what you want to be when you grow up, and you’re way past the grow up part of that, it may be time to broaden your horizons.
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