Everyone Needs A Little Curation

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This little fella you see above is my own personal curator for the Denver City Courthouse. While I’m walking around lost with a flow of other traffic violators, this lil guy walks up and asks if he could help. He took me straight to the board to see what courtroom I needed, then walked around the corner to show me where to sit. When I asked him where the restrooms where just before sitting, he perked up to walk me over there.

We both noticed the bathrooms were closed for cleaning. He turned to me and said, “I know where you can go!” Three minutes later, I had new directions and a thorough understanding to why so many people were in the courthouse today. He told me all about the council meeting underway. Then he made sure I got to the elevator I needed.

What’s my point to this post? It’s not to just kill time while I wait to plead my case. As awkward as it first seemed, in the most unusual space, I realized that everyone needs a little curation. We need experts who know the surroundings. We need people who want to engage us to help and direct us in the right way! We need a curator who knows the who, what, where, and why.

In the world of digital marketing this is essential. The problem is we all live in digital spaces that are surrounded by noise rather than curation. The noise is filling these spaces like junk mail does our mailboxes. The true curators are in the right digital spaces because they care about the people and want to guide them. Just like the fella above, they want to get you to the right place.

Tonight I was reminded to curate and not just market. It’s too bad it took a trip to traffic court for it :)

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

Perspective On Errors

I had the opportunity to work with Brewster back in the Integrity Music days in Mobile, Alabama.  In that time we accomplished some great things, and along the way hit a few bumps. His post today on “What Do We Do With Our Errors” is spot on!  As with anything in life, if you are striving for excellence you will hit the highs, the lows, and errors.  The way you respond and learn is what defines you.  Below you’ll find some great insight and wisdom from Brewster on this. Enjoy,

We’ve all made errors. As much as we hate to admit it, errors often lurk in our past attempting to keep us from creating our absolute best art. Novelist James Joyce once said:

A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.

In order to overcome excessive obsession with our errors, we have to learn how to transition our mistakes into opportunities. In his book, The Musicians Way, Gerald Klicstien shares three assets of making errors:

1. Errors Are Not Failures – Failure is a lasting loss. Errors are not permanent unless we give them permission to be so. As much as errors try to be more than errors, we have to keep them in perspective.

2. Errors Are Not Shameful – Errors only become shameful if we allow them to live with us and do not move past them. Shame says that we’ve placed our value in our art and not in who we’ve been created to be. When we believe our errors change our value or cause us to be inferior, we’ve forfeited our true identity for a counterfeit. Errors tells us what we need to learn, not who we are or who we should be. We need to use our errors to make us better.

3. Errors Are Information – Once we move past the emotion and negativity of an error, we can then clearly see that errors provide data. Errors, in their natural form, have no emotion – but as artists, we often project emotion on our errors. When this happens, we devalue the data that is waiting to be discovered.

As artists, we tend to agonize over our mistakes rather than using them to make ourselves better. We need to make sure that we’re leveraging our errors, not giving them strongholds over our lives, emotions, or ability to produce. We are more than our errors or successes.