“This is a great idea!” – we have thought at one point or another. It may be a good idea, but good ideas are sometimes, not well received or are ahead of their time. Pride in what we do is great; however, pride should not block our vision, stalling our future. Simply put, “try it, give it some time, and if it doesn’t work, weed it out.” This is something that I’ve learned with time. The problem is when we are so emotionally and intellectually attached to our work/idea that we forget to evaluate its performance and choose to ignore the fact that it is not yielding the results we expected. You may spend years pushing a project, to find out that it was time to let it go, years back. Just because a good idea is not ready for the now, doesn’t mean that it is rendered obsolete or useless. It may have a good reception in the future. An idea or project may be ahead of its time, so if you have given a good and honest try to something and it is not working out for you, put it aside, and revisit it in the future, or not.
Weeding out all the dead stuff is a way of opening room for new ideas and opportunities. It hurts to let go of a project, especially when we spend a lot of time, energy, money, commitment, and emotional interest in it; however, not weeding out the dead stuff might end up crushing your spirit, impeding growth as an artist and as a human being. This is a death trap for the soul.
For many of us, letting go of a project or putting it aside is synonym of failure. I disagree; on the contrary, recognizing the need to move and rearrange ideas and projects will lead to success. Success is defined by how you feel about the results, and not by what society tells you success is - which is usually money or status. We are so conditioned to “the persevere-never quit mentality” that we fail to recognize when things are not working out. If you are passionate about something, pursue it, but keep your gardening gloves on, and weed out everything that is not contributing to that dream’s growth; only then, it can flourish. In the garden of your dreams, time is precious, don’t waste it trying to revive dead roses; instead, plant new ones. (Could not resist ending this post with that cheesy line).