Your Timeline is Nonlinear
I think that a lot of people make a mistake when it comes Thio. They're sort of overall arc of their career, your creativity in thinking that it's going to be linear, that what you are doing is going from one step to the next step to the next step, and each one will build on itself, and eventually you will get to the top of the mountain because you've put 1 ft in front of the other. But of course, as we know from life in general, careers don't work like that. Art doesn't work like that. You will very, very frequently think that you're moving in a forward direction and then find that you were walking the wrong way the whole time. And you have to backtrack and you have to find a different thing to Dio. And this is natural because humans don't know what they're doing, like ever, And I will make this point several times because I really believe it. I have met people who I think are at the top of their game, people who are so professional and so amazing, and only to find that they don't rea...
lly know what they're doing either. and equally I have met people with no confidence. You think that they have no idea what's going on, who blow me away with their philosophies. So you never really know where you are on your timeline. A timeline on Lee works as a timeline when you're able to look back at it and you will always be on it. So never assume that what you're doing right now is the epitome of all the things you're going to do or the bottom of what you're going to dio. It's just a moment in time. So your timeline is nonlinear. See it that way. You can see it is a circle if you need to. If you're like a visual person and you're like Brooke, I needed a line. I need to see something here. You could make it a circle, Okay, but either way you were on a journey, and it's not going to be 1 ft in front of the other the whole time. It's gonna be an ebb and flow. And the problem with ebbing and flowing is that people quit that when you're in an ebb, you think Okay, I'm at the bottom, You know, I was riding the wave. Now it went down. Things are bad for me. And when you talk Thio, you know people own small businesses or people who do art of any kind and you ask them if there are in a creative slump, how much more willing are you to quit when you're in your creative slump than when you're at the top of your game? Of course, you're going to want to quit at that point when you're at your lowest. And I'm not trying to say that there aren't reasons to to pivot and shift and things like that. But this is when people start toe fail if you want to call it that in their artistic journey because they think that that failure defines the rest of their timeline. But it doesn't. Conversely, when you're in the flow, people become complacent, which is exactly what I'm describing. In the middle of my journey so far, I became really complacent. I thought people like what I dio. I'm finding success with this. Why should I push it any further? Why should I do something else? Why should I do something that will rock the boat and spill my followers over the edge so that no one is supporting me. And the problem with this up and down throughout your artistic career is that you either become addicted to the flow or you become depressed by the ebb and it happens, and it happens to everyone. But here's what I want you to think about. The timeline that we're talking about this squiggly, weird, dotted line whenever you want to call it of your journey is is it's time on a line and you have set that timeline for yourself. We go into our careers and our creativity, and we give ourselves deadlines. We say, Okay, I'm gonna in one year I'm gonna make this much money in one year. I'm gonna find the success in one year. I'm gonna do this. And I think that's great to set those goals, to have those moments in your mind where you want to achieve something. But if you don't achieve it by that time, you have to remember that your timeline is arbitrary, that whatever timeline you have put on yourself, whatever constraints you have put on yourself that is arbitrary. You did that to yourself. Nobody else is asking you to do that. So never ever see a missed deadline as a failed deadline. They don't exist. I think that in our timelines we have to consider wealth. And I talk about wealth because, ah, lot of people fail to see their timelines is wealthy. And when I say wealthy, I mean a few specific things. One might be money, one might be support, one might be re sources. And there are certain situations, periods of our lives, different circumstances that take away that wealth that we perceive or don't perceive in our timeline. So it's up to us to create it by giving to other people when we can, by supporting other people by being a resource for other people. And in my experience, I found that when I give wealth to other people, I received wealth in return. And that's why I think that wealth is such an interesting thing to think about in the journey of your own timeline and how you start to think about your journey. When you think about wealth as something that could be exchanged, then you will be more open to receiving it and toe letting that in. I have talked to a lot of people who are afraid of wealth, who are afraid of money, who don't think that they're worthy of those things. But the more you start to give it to other people, the more you find your own worth in those experiences of giving. So I want to encourage you to think of wealth as something that is a currency that you can give and you can receive, and that you are worthy of seeing wealth in your timeline in all periods of that timeline.