Posted by Kevin Kleitches on January 23, 2015
Inspiration, Pursuing Your Passion
… but don’t nobody want to lift no heavy-ass weight.
(If you don’t get this reference, just watch the first five seconds of this video)
Yesterday while writing at Port City Java, I overheard the two people behind me talking about comedy. I glanced behind me and immediately recognized them both. They do local stand-up every week; Rachel and I saw them perform a couple of weeks ago and it was a fantastic show.
And there they were at a coffee shop, getting together to hone their craft — going over their routines, giving feedback on each other’s one-liners, reviewing which jokes didn’t go over well from the last show.
Soon more people entered the coffee shop and headed straight to their table. Again, I recognized them immediately because I had seen all of them perform before. Suddenly, this wasn’t just a two-person pow wow. It was a congregation of creatives, meeting together to share their talent and appreciation of their art.
It was a beautiful sight to see, and a welcome reminder that the end-result, the final artwork that we consume, is but a fraction of the entire creative process. It’s easy to romanticize being a best-selling author, internationally-known comedian, or world-renowned painter. We all want the acclaim. But are you willing to do the work that it takes to get there?
Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody want to lift no heavy-ass weight. Want to be great? Put in the work.