My Scribbled Secret Notebooks

Some pages from the not so secret online journal of Lynna Goldhar Smith artist and writer.

If you are like me then you have heard the lectures.

You have to focus on one thing if you ever want to get anywhere. 

You can’t do everything.

But for some of us we can’t do just one thing.

It’s not how we roll.  We want to do everything.

We have more than one passion.

More than one talent.

Of course I have learned that there is truth to the advice, when it comes to being a pro and  having a career– and when you are not  singularly-focused with laser like intent on building the skills and experience and contacts etc on that one thing– then you can get  a bit lost and worse. People-as in clients, contacts, lose track of you.

There will be missed opportunities for example, because people aren’t sure what you actually do,  and they won’t think of you for a job or invite you to participate in something because they haven’t got  your  artistic identity clear

.And for sure if you spread yourself too thin over too many projects all at once–you can’t move as quickly as you might like

Anyway as a person who writes, paints and  directs theatre, I have learned the hard way how to  aim my focus on one one of my many passions at a time.

So that’s why I am setting out to help other  multi-passionates and creative dreamers who feel a bit lost how to move forward on one path despite the call to go in too many directions.

So stay tuned to this site. I will be blogging about it here.

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Now one thing for sure that I know– you absolutely can do more than one thing.

but you can’t do everything you want to do.  This is the key lesson in all of this.

So the trick is to narrow down your creative dreams and dedicate yourself to them at least until you have made some of these creative dreams come true. And that means choosing what to do until its done and then moving on to the next thing.

So if you want to write a book,  and a screenplay and a play and a nonfiction memoir and be an actor and open a restaurant you are going to get lost trust me.

So stay tuned if you are interested in this subject because I plan to write a lot more about it.

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