What writing and creating (my passions) are really about for me:
Making impact. Causing people to think. Helping people. It comes down to world change.
Whether this happens on a large or small scale really doesn’t matter. At all. But if we’re going for raw authenticity (which is a requirement if we actually want to create lasting world change), here’s the truth: that’s hard to believe…for all of us. But it’s more than true. Too often we get caught up in the numbers, on how many people are paying attention, watching and listening to us. Numbers are deceptive. They can be skewed. Manipulated.
Trying to evaluate our true influence and impact based on numbers is like trying to judge an artist’s ability to paint a masterpiece based on how well he can solve an algebraic equation. It just doesn’t work.
Writing, creating, even living, are all forms of art. Art isn’t meant to sit and stagnate. Art is meant to inspire. To challenge. To propel us into something better than our current state. Art creates influence. And influence is an art. We, by nature, are artists. And artists can’t be evaluated by numbers. Only by depth. And by the artist’s willingness to step out, to risk, to intentionally create something that matters. You are an artist. So, create art. Let your art speak for itself. Just create. And don’t let the numbers distract you. Because (as stated by Jon Acuff) “Your ability to create art is not dependent on your ability to create fame.”
And remember this: When you create art, you are walking down the avenue of world change, no matter what the numbers look like.
When we change even one life, we change the world. World change is much closer and simpler than we often believe.—
BRANDON ROBBINS (@RobbinsBrandon) April 11, 2012