As I meandered through the interwebs last night, I stumbled upon a fabulous (new to me) Tumblr: Slaughterhouse 90210. Wow. The concept: illustrate a classic (or contemporary) book quote with a pop culture screenshot (usually television shows, but sometimes movies) that perfectly aligns with the quote’s sentiment. It’s BRILLIANT– hands down one of my new favorite blogs. I’ve been scrolling through it for hours. Go. Now.
But this one in particular jumped out at me; it spoke directly to a feeling I’ve been struggling with all fall. Overbooking myself, putting too much on my plate, and scrambling to finish what I’ve started to the level of awesomeness I expected to finish… well, it’s a daily grind and one I’m not doing well. Yes, I staunchly believe that we CAN do it all– but doing it all well is another thing entirely. So often I’ve met with dear friends or role models and asked, “What am I doing wrong?” Every time I walk away hearing the same advice: do less and be AWESOME at it. I cannot physically do all I want to do as awesomely as I could if I took something off my to-do list (hint: even if you don’t get to it, the pressure and guilt of not completing a task you thought you could is sometimes more detrimental than doing it).
Have I taken this advice? Not really– not yet. And this is what I’ve had to struggle with: accepting “second-rate” work. Maybe my clients or my partners or my bosses or the world thinks what I produce is great, but in my heart, I know it’s not. And disappointing yourself is probably the worst feeling in the world.
So it’s time (well past time, actually) to do something about it. No more settling– ever. No more being satisfied with second-rate. What’s the point of producing work that you’re not passionately in love with?
image via Slaugherhouse 90210