Last month I had the privilege of speaking for the leadership team at Reach
. Reach is an organisation fronted by AFL legend Jim Stynes that helps youth to be the best they can be. Based in Melbourne, Reach is an amazing program run by an amazing group of young talented minds. I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with the guys talking about creativity and idea generation. At the end of my speech one of the guys made the comment that he had been wanting to be a songwriter for some time and the speech had given him the permission and the courage to do it. The thing that dawns on me quite often is that one of the barriers that stops us from pursuing our dream of creating is that we worry about what others will think. The number of times I have worked with authors, songwriters, entrepreneurs or corporates who won't move on their great idea for the fear of ridicule. My advice: do it for yourself and nobody else. Be selfish and write, record, produce, develop
or move forward purely for yourself. Let YOU be the only judge of your creative Mojo. In the words of well known movie director Quentin Tarantino "the more you worry about what they think, the more you create a they". There is no they, there is only you and YOUR opinion, you are the greatest judge or jury of your own creativity. If you want to be a songwriter then pick up the pen and start to put lyrics on the page. Should no one else ever see your lyrics don't worry about it, you wont die wondering what it would have been like to be a songwriter. The minute you commit the word to the page you are a songwriter in my book.