Saturday, May 14, 2016

Please feel free to argue with me, but I'm growing to HATE this idea, that...
 "once you get your foot in the door, then you can...(insert idea here)..."
It's like a reasonable fashion for giving up on your ACTUAL goals. It's always been a suggestion that uses a vehicle of settling for less, rather than following through to the end.
I know you want to be a film director, but maybe you should just start here as a janitor, and then, once you get your foot in the door, you might be able to pass along your resume to the right people"
I typed in the phrase "Get your foot in the door" on face book, and EVERY result was an advertisement saying something like this:
Do you have a dream? Buy our product or use our service and we'll show you how to get your foot in the door.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I know it all, or that I know better (well, maybe that last part), but this seems to me like the most indirect way of approaching the life you want. It's like putting your dreams and work on hold, to do something else that has little to nothing with what you actually want to do. Let's look at the other side of the "Door".

If someone is closing a door, it's to keep you OUT of the room.  You're not being invited in.  So you stick your foot in the door, to keep them from closing it. Now you've forced your way into a room where you're not welcome. How is that helpful? Wouldn't that just annoy the people who don't want you there. Now take it a step further.  Who's closing that door? Is it the people who are trying to monopolize the business for themselves? Is it someone who wants to charge you for services that you can do yourself?  Is it God, trying to protect you?

An either of these scenarios, I only see an opportunity to grow and learn. If someone is closing the door on your art or work, and your work sucks, what would happen if your work improved, and people started to take notice? What if the door is closing because it's not the door for you?  What if you're being invited into a different room?

It always amazes me that we would rather try to take a shortcut to get what we aren't invited to have, rather that to take what is being offered to us. Maybe it would be better to walk through the open doors instead.

Now that I've said my piece, you might want to read this other article that I read on Time Magazine's website.  Maybe they are better at articulating the point I'm trying to make.

So, instead of forcing your way through a closed door, what are some other ways to get into the business, career, or ministry that you are aiming for?


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