Knocked Down, But Not Out

This week could easily be called one of "those" weeks. I'm referring to those weeks when the things you think you do right, aren't. Those weeks that the things you know are right, end up being wrong. And to top it all off, something is said that makes you question your level of creativity.

Yes. This week, this four-day week, was one of "those" weeks.

Do you ever have that type of week? When you want to throw up your arms? Give up? No matter what you do, it's not good enough? Give in to whatever demand has been made, finish the job and go home?

That's how I felt. Defeated. I wasn't the creative person I thought I was. I didn't care about what the final product was going to be because it wasn't how I intended it to be. I felt like giving up.

Then something inside me clicked. It said to let go of the ego, just for a while. It assured me that I tried everything I could to explain why it should be the way I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, this time, it didn't work out. Big deal. Let it go. Make the changes that have been requested. But don't stop there. Instead of just making the changes on the list, make it better. In spite of your frustration, this project still needs to be finished, it's still going to be seen by many eyes... and it needs to be the best it can be. This project isn't for me. Let it go.

I did just that. I stayed later than usual to make my design the most it can be. Tomorrow I may try to make it even better. It may not be exactly what I wanted, but it's going to be good. And I'll be damned if it's going to be sub-par just because I decided to pout about it.

You may never seen eye-to-eye with everyone you work with, but I implore you to NOT give up if this happens. Let go of the ego for a little while and make it the best that you can, even if it's not what you think it should be. Today, I found out that I really appreciated myself for doing just that.

+ original post date: June 3, 2005 05:52 PM
+ categories: All About Seth


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