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"Don't Worry, Be Crappy!"​ Monday April 3, 2017

So said Daniel Wagner on a recording I was listening to yesterday. Have to confess - I burst out laughing!

This is typical of Daniel's humour and the skill he has with getting your attention! It worked! Daniel was using the power of humour linked to the power of association and emotion - a powerful cord of three strands. Like most people from my age group, the song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" has positive emotional resonance. Here is it for your delight...

Daniel effectively used what I call a 'Remora Strategy' to hitch a lift on those positive emotional highs, and then did an elegant Lateral Thinking twist like a linguistic Fosbury Flop to reframe it to land a very powerful point...

...and the point is?


I rarely use CAPITAL letters in any form of messaging - after all, it's a kind of textural SHOUTING! In this case, however, the message Daniel was sharing is worthy of a SHOUT OUT!

Way too many people are waiting...

...waiting for their work to reach some invented standard that matches the story in their head that it is finally good enough. Well, this simply isn't good enough!

No! It's time to


There, I've said it again!

Daniel's comment was particularly powerful for me because I really didn't agree and I really did agree at the same time!

I agreed with his assertion that, when it comes to Internet Marketing, it is better to get your message out there working for you, even if the audio and your website is a bit crappy. How many gems are hidden in people's heads because they are afraid or unwilling to 'ship' their 'art'? I don't want to die with my best work left unsaid, unpainted, unpublished!

If you ask Neil Gaiman or Seth Godin about writing, they will say,


...and Karen Carpenter sang,

"Sing, sing a song... don't worry if it's not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing..."

Write, sing, dance, paint, but above all things PUBLISH! Ship your art! Neil and Seth emphasise the importance of writing a lot before you can really expect to find your flow. There is no shortcut to this discovery, you must take massive, consistent action. And Karen's point is that there is value in the singing itself, whether or not it is good enough in anybody else's opinion - you sing for yourself first and foremost!

So what part of Daniel's, "Don't Worry, Be Crappy!" don't I agree with? Simply that compromise is not necessary anymore. Producing professional audio and a professional website is no longer prohibitively expensive or technically difficult. I don't think there is any excuse for amateur looking or sounding work. The key is to release that work, so ship that art, to publish that genius that, today, is still trapped inside you.


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Nicole Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 12:44am

I agree Lex, ACTION is good , make the work and get it out there.But isn't depression actually what can stop the action being take? For me it seems to be just that.
Making the work is the stuff that is the challenge in the first place , it feels like the issue for me is taking action not the fear of the end product, or is it just that , the fear of not being as good as i want to be or can be.
I am person who has bee creative all my life,an artist who sings, writes, dances,acts make and directs films and theatre work, to name some of what I have done and still want to to do ..yet to take action despite the biggest wish in the world,is the thing i cant seem to do for several years. Depression and anxiety can really mess with creativity,energy levels , motivation, physical health, sleep, confidence , finances, work ability, and social connections .For me it does any way. In the past I found ways to cope better , do more creative work and to get around my depression and anxiety, but those ways no longer seem to work. Although i still write and have ideas .the other focus,determination I need to take action to produce and get it out there as I once could is not happening at the moment.

Lex Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 7:10am

Hi Nicole... that's exactly why I'm encouraging that creative spark to follow Karen Carpenter's lyrical tonic, "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear... just sing (or dance, or paint, or write a poem). This isn't about art or work that impresses others - this is priming the pump so that it starts again.)

Molly Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 1:36am

Totally agree with you Nicole. I dislike positive posts to be honest, they make me feel like a complete failure. There are many things I want to do, and cannot do ! I feel it is totally unrealistic for people who suffer with depression and anxiety and if people are coping okay with life, then they wouldn't be on here would they? They would be getting on with things. We all know what would make us feel better, sometimes we are not able to do it. I would love to write more, and sing !! Lex, I will take the advice to try not to worry - but I will continue to feel crappy, that is the way it is....

Lex Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 7:11am

Hey Molly, it's about having a bash, regardless of how you feel... it's a tiny weeny have-a-go-anyway encouragement...

Molly Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 7:42pm

True x

Lex Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 7:19am

Hey lovely ones, I'm actually on holiday, so won't be checking in today after my initial comments here and above. I believe we are very good at looking after one another, so I'm confident any comments will be responded to by the kindness that is shared in this 'tribe'. Now, a word on positivity... I don't believe in it! Today's blog was about as far from an attempt to be Tony Robbins or any other big motivational speaker. It was about possibility thinking, not positive thinking. Is it possible that you could read today's blog and just have a bash at something as a result? Yes, that's possible. Is it possible that what you have a bash at might turn out to be not that great? Yes, that's possible too. And the message is: it's perfectly OK not to be perfect! The important step is to take a tiny, weeny step in a direction that releases some of the creative potential in you. Have a lovely day, folks. Sending love and only the gentlest of encouragements, no condemnation!

Isabella Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 7:31am

I agree Lex....I need to hear that it is going to be OK today, doesn't matter about tomorrow. 'Nothing bad will happen today' gets me through. At my worst, my husband took me to my singing group, I cried as well as sang and no-one minded. Now singing sustains me, lifts my heart. Life throws a lot at us and for me taking each day at a time and making the best of it, has always been my 'mantra'. It's almost like taking the future away, just live in the present. I don't always succeed but I do try. Small steps.....each day. xx

The Gardener Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 10:26am

Scream scream. Psychiatric nurse been in - sole purpose to maintain me in good a enough state to cope with Mr G. 3 years ago our Korean doctor's brother told me the diagnosis and said 'be kind'. I've tried, and am cracking under a fusillade of abuse. I don't sing alone - never have, sung in many choirs. Am singing, my signature tune - Lisa replying to Henry in 'there's a hole in my bucket' for Henry, substitute Mr G. I've used songs often as 'openers' to articles. 'Little boxes' on town planning. 'Stop the world, I wan't* to get off'. Blog to be written 'Another suitcase, another hall'. An aside - item on Radio 4 this morning about the self-confessed pedant who goes round removing apostrophes in the wrong place. I AM going to be active - it's a lovely day - means a risk - because Mr G will start screaming that I have left him - workman in room above, me across road with garden door open. A vicious attack on dandelions might stop the screaming. Isabella, so glad singing has done so much good - THE therapy for 'bad' places, stuck underground or in a lift most terrifying for me - if you sing you have to breathe out. Must stop rabbitting, it really has been a hell of a week-end. Thanks Lex for 'Don't worry, be happy' enjoy yourself xx

Mary Wednesday Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 3:29pm

Sending hugs. All I can do over here. But you remind me I have my own dandelions to sort. I should go out and wage war!

Mary Wednesday Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 3:34pm

I agree too. When I began writing this blog it would take me all morning to come up with something I was even half pleased with. Now, I know that I will have a spark of an idea and half an hour later I will have 500 polished words. Another half an hour later I will have a podcast to go with it - including appropriate image and piece of music (hint - if you don't listen to me on a Wednesday - please do: I have a mortifying feeling I am just speaking to myself at present!)It's just practise. But practise that must be fun. Produce something that is just about OK (or even crap) and it will be better next time and even better the next. Before you know it you will be an expert. We never see our own improvements - we are too close. But other people do!

Tutti Frutti Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 @ 4:06pm

Hi Lex
Thanks I like "Don't worry be crappy". The play on words tickles me but also I think I do sometimes get paralysed by perfectionism and worried about being judged. "Don't worry be crappy" sounds a bit easier to accept when you are down than something that comes across more positively like being told you may not be perfect but are doing well enough (which I always approach with scepticism) or even "don't let the best be the enemy of the good". I also agree that if you can get yourself into action when you are down it's really helpful. But it is also very very difficult and i have times when I can take that first step and times when I can't. Ok day today. Love TF x

LP Tue, Apr 4th 2017 @ 12:48am

Hi Lex,
Your title made me grin :)
Such an interesting idea. What is it that really holds us back?
I'm not ashamed of my thoughts. I don't think I'll offend people.
I know I dont have to come up with ground breaking ideas.
I guess I don't want to "preach" or "moan" but do want, like others, to share anything that has helped me, that might also help someone else.
I dont want to annoy anyone by stating the obvious to them, try to fix them or presume to know how they feel. So I stick to my own experience and am only talking for me.
Then I wonder whether I'm too self absorbed or too analytical. I do tend to go on!
Right so having got all the negative possibilities out of the way, it might be nice to have a go at writing something and sending in without too many changes thich were'nt done at the time.
You're right. If it seems ok it probably is, so better to go for it!
Thanks LPxx

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