I’ve been fortunate enough to do many creative things in my life including recording my own CD of songs I had written thru the years, publish a magazine for the Indian American community in GA called Khabar for about 22 years and most recently, write a book called “The Money Talk – Retirement and Estate Planning for Indian Americans.
Someone asked me the other day, which was harder? I thought about it for a while and quite frankly, they all were pretty difficult but in different ways. When I recorded a CD, that was after writing songs for many years and required a lot of talented musicians, engineers and producers. Not to mention the time and money needed to accomplish it.
When we published the magazine, we had different people slotted into different roles so things just happened as it was supposed to. I just had to navigate the company with good marketing and to make sure value was being given to the readers and the advertisers. Once the value was demonstrated on a consistent repeated basis, it was smooth sailing. But to launch a publication of any sort took a lot of effort. The effort of gathering a mailing list and gaining the trust of the advertisers as well as getting repeated readership.
Writing a book was a total different level of challenges because I had to come up with all of the content by myself and also figure out how to make it flow. I did have a great team of editors to help me thru the process but since most of the work required me to do the heavy lifting, it seemed much harder.
It is amazing how many different specialties and skill sets it takes to record a CD, publish a book or a magazine. There are very few people who can be their own one man band of a sort. Most of the time it takes a team! The more talented and efficient team you have, the easier the task becomes.
I have come to appreciate artists and craftsmen from all industries over the years. We sometimes forget that when we hire someone to do a task such as design a brochure, perform a song or even give us insurance advice, that the person we hired may have spent thousands of hours to learn their craft and they deserve our appreciation.
At the end of the day, you have to have some passion and desire to do the things mentioned above. Without it, you will never start. And if you don’t start, you will never finish. Your team will need your enthusiasm and direction to help you attain the results you desire.
Stay inspired my friends! Stay inspired!