I consider my ego a tool, as opposed as to reflection of who I am. The sweet spot of my self confidence is strongly correlated within the function of my belief that I can do more than facts suggest. I’m waiting to see how this all turns out.
Of course this applies to music, the studio and related various projects.
Am I putting up a facade and hoping you buy it? Maybe. Inflating a version of my true self allows me to relax and play the style of my projected character.
I got that going for me, which is nice.
Does this make me a lot like you?
In the Wizard of Oz, did you notice the only person who knew the wizard was bluffing was Toto?
Because of his projection of confidence and power, all of Oz thought he was more than he was.
We are all deeply flawed. Pretending that it is otherwise would be silly. How many times have I been wrong in a situation where I thought I was dead to rights in my beliefs?
I’m really bad at predicting the future. That’s why we have experts and they, also, are usually wrong.
I have found asking a lot of questions lends to the appearance of having control of a situation. In this process, I think of things I’m good at, which is a reminder of my determination and abilities.
I truly enjoy people and their successes. The way I look at it, if you succeed in an endeavor, I win, because I can look at you and take notes.
Getting back to ego…as an artist it is super hard to separate myself from the implications of my craft. I want to hear that all my ideas are amazing, when they probably aren’t. I certainly don’t want my ego making decisions for me. That’s not practicable.
So I will continue this practice of dialing my ego up and down as the situation warrants. Sometimes people want to hear how good I think I am, but most times not. They want me to hear how good they think they are.
Blaze on warrior, and I’ll follow. Maybe you will have the giant’s shoulders I’ll stand upon.
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