Amy Mantis


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The Art of Doing

I was talking with a friend tonight.  She's one of the most talented writers I know.  Puts me to shame.  Except for on execution.  Although lately that's debatable.

I believe in inspiration and striking when the iron is hot.  But how does the iron get hot?  Waiting? No.  Not by waiting.  By doing.  I write every day.  I may not always write here, but I always start or edit a song and I keep a journal in which I rarely miss a day.  By no means am I a perfect writer, but I like to think that I increase my chances each time I put pen to paper.  Or fingers to a keyboard.

I'm an advocate of doing.  Always.  Like Seth Godin says, always be shipping.  These posts are me shipping.  Are they perfect?  No.  Are they done?  That's debatable too.  But they get shipped.  Same with songs.  I played a song that was less than three hours old a couple of weeks ago.  Risky?  You betcha.  Worth it?  Absolutely.

Start Now

August 24, 2013

One thing I saw and still see far too often at Berklee is people waiting to start their careers.  As if you need a degree to start doing what you want to do.

Your college life and “real” life can happen at the same time.  It makes things much easier once you’re done with your college life if you already know what you want, and, more importantly, are already doing it.

Upon graduating, I was doing exactly what I wanted.  Unfortunately, some of my friends in Canary didn’t know what they wanted so I had to take a few steps back.  But it’s okay.  I’m still here.  I’m still standing.

Just think about that.  Especially if you’re still in college.  Start now.  It makes your life easier.  Take a night off from partying and get started.

The Dips

January 22, 2013

Alright - back on track.

I forget who said it - it may have been Bob Lefsetz, Seth Godin, Hugh MacLeod, Derek Sivers, Sunny Bates, all of them or someone else entirely, but someone (several people probably) said something along the lines of, when things are out of control or when you’re not sure what to do and feel like quitting (that’s Seth and the Dip - I feel I’m in the dip right now), or when you have no idea what you’re doing, keep doing it.

In his book The Dip, Seth Godin talks about leaning into the dip and how so many people quit when they’re in the dip.  He goes on to say how most people don’t realize everything they want lies just beyond the dip.  It was a very eye-opening book to me, and I read it when I wasn’t in the dip - I was about two months away from it.

I feel like it’s been a very very very strange time for Canary.  Starting from last May right on through to now.  It’s been a series of mini dips.  In the end, I’ll look back on these dips and smile and talk about them almost fondly.  I’ll mention their importance, but more importantly, I’ll be able to say I leaned into all of them and made it out to the other side.

I caught up with my mentor/coach today.  His unwavering confidence gave me a boost I think I needed.  I tend to overanalyze a lot of this stuff whereas he doesn’t and offers that view.  I like that view better.  From his view, I bet my dips don’t look like the deep valleys I think they are.

They’re probably just speed bumps.