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Follow Your God-given Dreams

I guess you could say I’ve come a long way since I wrote my first article for Christian Video Magazine (now Christian Media Magazine). It was entitled something like “How to Make Great Work on Not-So-Great Equipment.” I remember the equipment I had at the time was a Sony Digital 8 handicam, flood lights, a shower curtain, and my work was not really “great.” But through writing and learning, and learning so I’d have something to write about, I got to the point where I am now a professional video editor at an international organization (www.gnpi.org). In my personal filmmaking, I have gone from making videos for churches to use on Sermonspice and WorhsipHouseMedia to having a one-hour documentary that will air on PBS stations in Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, Topeka, and the Ozarks on May 22nd, the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado in Joplin – (see www.vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast).

I say this not to brag. In fact, I can hardly believe it. I still have so much to learn and improve on! I say this only to motivate some of you who might have a dream and think you will never achieve it. I never went to school to study filmmaking. I learned by trial and error (and certainly more on the error side). I practiced and just kept creating.

I love this flowchart graphic because it’s so applies to my experience:

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I made lots of stuff I’d be embarrassed to show today. And that’s what everyone says! You’ve got to start somewhere. If God has given you a dream, you’ve got to follow it, or you’ll live forever saying “What if?” To get to a level where you are proud of your work may time some time, but it’s worth the courage it takes to push through. I still have dreams, and I’ll continue to pursue them. In the meantime, I’m going to keep practicing and creating.
Don’t be content just to dream. Work to achieve it. The world is waiting. Get out what God put in you.
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Quality vs. Perfectionism

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Perfection is the enemy of the good.” —Voltaire

I am sometimes a perfectionist. That’s no good. You might think that perfect is best. It is not.

Are you at times a perfectionist? How’s that working for you? When you get in the zone and you’re firing on all cylinders and working like a mad man/woman, you got the project in the can…well you thought, but there are some minor details, little tweaks that NEED to be made. How are your relationships affected when you are in this mode?

I’m just asking, because I’ve been there. And I know how limiting this state of being can be in those relationships most important to us.

But aren’t we supposed to bring our very best? Aren’t we to strive toward excellence? Is our work not to be quality?

Gary Molander, in his book, says

Perfect is a myth…Our lives are excellent. But they’re not perfect. Excellence requires that we take all of the ability given to us, and intersect that with all of the resources at our disposal. And we create from that exact intersection.”

Our best is good enough. As soon as those most dear to us go from supporting us to putting up with us, we’ve probably crossed the line into perfectionism.

Dr. Taylor Hartman sums this up wonderfully and arrives at the heart of the issue when he says

“[People] often ask me why [perfectionism] is a negative trait. The answer lies in the motive that drive perfectionism. Insecurity drives perfectionism, while quality originates from a legitimate valuing of excellence. The derivation of perfectionism and quality are exact opposites.”

Have you struggled with this tension? How do you know when you’ve wandered from quality into the wilderness of perfectionism?

Cited: Gary Molander “Pursuing Christ, Creating Art” and Dr. Taylor Hartman “The People Code”

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