OTHERS FIGURED IT OUT. YOU FIGURE IT OUT.

OTHERS FIGURED IT OUT. YOU FIGURE IT OUT.

[More thoughts on “Ignore Everybody”.]

Old timers in the creative game get asked a lot of questions from the young folk just starting out.

“How did you land your first job interview?”
“How did you find your agent?”
“How did you find your publisher?”
“How did you know when to end the book?”
“How do you know where your market lived?”
“How did you convince Ewan McGregor to accept the role?”
“How do you get the New York Times to cover your story?”
“How did you persuade your investors to back your company?”

As if there’s some sort of secret master blueprint all the big shots are using, and if only we mere mortals could get our hands on it…

Eventually the old timer, having given all the answers he can, will tell the young person, “I’m sorry, I really don’t know any more than that. I just figured it out. You figure it out.”

The fact is, the old timers made it the same way we all do. They just stumbled along, trying different things, until he found something that worked. Some of it was luck, some of it was skill, all of it was tenacity.

There is no secret blueprint. There is no secret recipe. There is no A-List tooth fairy. We’re all here for a very short time in the end, so time to get busy.

Others figured it out. You figure it out.