Eye of The Storm

What a week it’s been!  On top of the awards ceremony, there were many positive developments with the Mother’s Day Game.  The pitch went very well, and two of the panelists expressed an interest in working with us on our project.  I don’t want to get into details but we just received one giant shot of momentum.  The potential of our project just got many times bigger than we ever imagined.  Our next steps could dramatically affect the next two years’ worth of production.

I’ve spent the last two days looking in the mirror after Wednesday’s developments.  I’m not vain, I’m just searching.  It’s a continuation of the searching I’ve been doing all year in the mirror.  What kind of a person do I want to be?  What do I want my career and my lifestyle to look like?

The last year has been both the hardest, and greatest year of my life.  A world-wide recession and completely handicapped Canadian television industry led to a very slow year business wise.  I’ve had a lot of time on my hands, and I used it to focus on one thing at a time, one day at a time.  The last 12 months have seen many accomplishments.

InJustice was completed.  I have developed four projects that are international in scope, with great commercial potential.  I have continued to educate myself, attending university classes, as well as doing a lot of reading and thinking.  I completed an important phase of my play.  I travelled, and I crossed paths with some very special people.  I learned a lot about myself and I discovered the richness of living a balanced and simple life.  I am truly happy.

But now business is picking up and I need to check in with myself once more.  It’s really easy to live a simple and balanced life when things are slow.  For most of the year, I’ve had all the time in the world to do one thing at a time.  The seeds I planted earlier in the year are now bearing fruit, and things aren’t so simple anymore.  I now am faced with multiple priorities at the same time.  The potential is there for things to get even more hectic, with more projects coming to life, more money coming in, and more responsibilities to accept.  How do I nurture a successful business with lots of projects and still maintain a simple and balanced life?

I’m not complaining mind you.  I’m just saying that without a steady hand on the rudder, I could quickly fall out of balance and become lost in the demands of competing priorities.  Being lost amidst competing priorities has always been a problem for me.  It’s easy to make critical mistakes in the middle of a storm.  I am not keen to forget the hard earned lessons of my ‘slow period’.

It seems to me that the simplest solution is to make sure I do not sacrifice my time for the sake of productivity.  I think I am at my best when I do one thing at a time, one day at a time.  This process also requires a lot of time.  If other demands cut into that time, then I need to add more people to the team to handle the demands.  If every project comes with a proper budget, then this shouldn’t be a difficult solution to implement.

That’s the theory anyway.  We’ll see how it goes in practice.

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