"Participation is better than perfection."
–Bryan Odeen, 100 Days of Songwriting member
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After these words came out of Bryan's mouth, I thought to myself, "Oh my god, in five words, he summed up my entire philosophy behind 100 Days of Songwriting."
At the end of each 100-day challenge, I hand out awards, not for 'best song,' or 'most talented artist.' They are alumni badges, an acknowledgment of participation. The only requirement for becoming an alumni is that you make a single post of something you created during the most recent 100 days. That's it!
But don't underestimate the difficulty of that first post. If you have never shared something that wasn't perfect or ready-for-market, this simple act activates all sorts of convoluted rationalizations and inner defense mechanisms that will prevent you from posting. It can be terrifying. But that's what it takes to get the most out of our community—a simple act of sharing your creation. And the extraordinary thing about this community is that everyone is so dang encouraging. You will only receive positivity for stepping out on a limb with that first post.
How many groups are you a part of where people celebrate you for participating?
Does your school, company, family, or church emphasize perfection or participation? By today's standards, you would be lucky if one of them did.
100 Days of Songwriting is here to be that community in your life.
If you haven't made a post yet, I encourage you to do it. If you are in the membership, you will get an alumni badge at the end. If you are in the Facebook group, you will get an air-high-five! Either way, you will be stepping into a massive growth phase of your songwriting and development as a human being.
Don't hesitate to email me or contact us through Facebook if you have any questions about how to get started. It's never too late!
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