So Much on My Mind, That I Can’t Design…
I, like many Americans, suffer from a plague of distraction that’s squatting in my brain. There are diverse forms of distraction and diverse reasons for their existence. I’ll speak on a few forms, and speak on one under-analyzed cause for its existence.
It becomes clearer to me as I get older and more involved with developing pathways to be an artist and an educator that fear is a sickness with many symptoms, with one of those symptoms being distraction. I say this in hindsight of course, but I can’t count how many times I’ve told myself “Yo I should use this time to write this…record that…read this…start on that…study that…make this…,” just for the fear virus to encourage me to sneeze and cough up time offerings for Youtube and Facebook. This fear virus congests productivity and pathways to chase dreams (hold ya head Meek), and nudges me toward Netflix to feed somebody else’s passions and creative output. This fear of having failed plans aborts success before it can even become embryonic. So, fear manifests distraction, which breeds inconsistency, which cultivates failure.
I’ve decided to take this truth (a truth of which I know I don’t stand alone in), and hold it; as my palms burn, and the embers fade. In Complex Hustle’s Blueprint Series I heard Jimmy Iovine (who I have admittedly criticized, but what can I say) say his fears of failure are converted into action challenges. In his book From A to Zay: The Indie Guide to Music Production, producer Zaytoven speaks about how what you choose to believe about yourself can weigh way more than standard fears parading in your mind. These are a few of the jewels I needed to educate, create, and emancipate! You’ll be hearing from me more. Even though this was very specific to my experiences and work, I hope it encouraged you to look at the possible moments of distraction and its root causes. I’ll be back! Peace and Progress.