I trust you will enjoy report from one and only Linchpin Meet Up in Slovakia, which took place on 18th May 2011 in my home-town Poprad. I have to confess, that I have been deeply touched by Linchpins, which I have met last Wednesday. If I have been “high” after Linchpin meet up last year -> in 2011 I had to take few days to calm down, reflect & digest -> yeap, it had such a huge impact on me. Why so? What did blow my mind that much? Find out, bellow.
Preparation – preparation – preparation started on 4th May.
preparations for Linchpin Meet Up have started at the moment, when I have read Seth’s blog post about it. Yeah, two weeks before the gig. What the heck, did I prepare for informal meet up? Why did I bother? Is it not suppose to be just some conversation with coffee/beer in our hands? Yes, it could be, but those who know me, can tell that easy paths are not those which I walk on.
Slovak Linchpins traveled hundreds of km to come down to Poprad.
When I have realized (from emails, Facebook messages and tweets) that people are coming down to Poprad from distant towns (furthest travelers were from Zlate Moravce) -> responsibility to ship remarkable event for them was even more urgent. So, I did “paint” slide-deck bellow, which also includes Seth’s videos & helped to start lively Q&A part of our meet up.
From 7 to 19 Slovak Linchpins in One Year
In 2010, I have been bit sh*$ scared, when I was heading out for Linchpin Meet Up in Poprad -> I thought I will be there alone, but to my surprise 7 people showed up. So, therefore I had faith that it will be at least similar bunch of folks in 2011, too. My jaws dropped when I have seen full coffee shop of peeps, coming for Linchpin meet up. (I don’t dare to guess, how many Linchpins will come for next Meet Up.)
We have been “linchpinging” till 10 PM – luckily Groteska Art Cafe‘s closing time was at 10PM, otherwise we would hang out for much longer. I came home totally exhausted (those who think that public speaking is easy – try it out), but I was totally content & happy to confirm my belief, that there are so many remarkable people in this world. Thank you all!
Why does title of this shipment state -> Linchpins are everywhere?
3 hours before Slovak Linchpin Meet Up, I have been “virtual part” of the same meet up in Lahore – Pakistan. Our beloved #IS Ambassadors -> Sidra Qasim & Waqas Ali have organized Linchpin Meet Up in their home! (I am so proud of you, guys!) When they have asked me to be part of 30 minutes long Q&A Skype chat with Pakistani Linchpins -> I did not hesitate a minute and I said loud YES!. I was so honored to join them. (see screenshot bellow of what I have seen) -> 10 young Pakistani Linchpins were shooting question after question at me. They were so sincere, so alive, so eager to make difference, that I got wet-eyed shortly after the start of our chat…
Regardless of our geographical location -> We all have noisy lizard brain in our heads – screaming to discourage us from shipping our art = work, which matters.
Rule of thumb: loud lizard brain’s discouragement = affirmation that you must ship, what you are hesitant/afraid/not sure of to do/create.
Linchpins in Slovakia or Pakistan or anywhere else in the world have the same fears -> of failure, of being outcasts, of marching alone, of not being understood etc.
Failure is essential part of artist’s path -> fail often -> learn -> ship your art.
Energy of like minded people – Linchpins can create huge impact in the society/ community -> know each other, work with each other, hire each other.
Don’t wait for permission to create your art, it will never come from others -> its source is your own genius -> unleash it – manifest it in your actions -> ship!
World needs you & your art.
Stop reading this shipment now -> you don’t need more inspiration -> you know what to do -> go make your ideas happen!
Ship, ship, ship!
what about you – are you a Linchpin? Are you indispensable artist? Will you join us for next meet up? Will you have guts to march on & head own Linchpin Meet Up in your town/school/office like Sidra & Waqas did? What stops you from shipping remarkable work? Are you aware that failure is part of the artist’s journey?
March on, folks!