The voice in my head is likely a podcast.
Whether driving to find some waves to play in or washing dishes there is always someone in my ear.
Sam Harris is a favorite of mine.
Recently on his Making Sense Podcast1, Sam hosted Will Storr. The focus of their discussion was on status games. I hate status games. I refuse to play them. This, according to Storr is just another status play. It’s a way of saying - I have so much status that I don’t need it. Though Storr, looking for status games will likely find them everywhere, he has a point.
Peeling back the onion on myself, I’ve realized I have a particular blind spot around just how status obsessed I am. A simple look at how and what kind of status games are played in the circles that I travel has been a big ‘ah-ha’ for me lately.
The three main spheres of status games according to Storr are 1: Spiritual, 2: Virtue based and 3: Success focused.
What really shines in this is that all three are necessarily relational. Who defies spiritual growth, virtue or success? These are all deeply subjective and depend on the group.
Our primary relationship is with ourselves. Having a felt sense of ‘being successful’ or ‘having agency’ in our lives begins with our relationship with ourselves.
The last couple of days, I’ve been writing about the Akimbo workshops, with a particular focus on The Creatives Workshops. I found these through another podcast. The Akimbo Podcast hosted by Seth Godin has been incredible in my journey as an artist.
Seth has over ten thousand blog posts. He has been blogging daily since before there were blogs. He had perhaps the first daily email newsletter. He looks at things like status and attempts to understand what’s it for?
Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves. It’s our status with ourselves. This foolsletter allows me to have daily success. I write and share daily. In doing so I get a small win every morning.
The effects of this have been cumulative. I’m more secure with myself. I’m more optimistic about the future. I experience freedom to act based on my choice to restrict myself to delivering these messages daily to you.
And you can do this too.
Fundamental for my journey was The Creatives Workshop. There, in addition to discussing voice, genre, form, taste and style, we learned how an overnight success takes three years.
The foolsletter is nineteen months old. So, only seventeen months to go?
You’ll all be able to tell ‘em you knew me when I was merely successful to myself, a legend in my own mind.
And, if you have something to say, something creative to launch into the world, it helps to have others around. You’ll find them in The Creatives Workshop.2
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up. You can do that here.
Subscriber content - there is a paywall, I subscribe. I love podcasts enough to pay for them.
I don’t get paid by the louts over at Akimbo for flogging their wares. I just loved it that much. Also? It was really helpful. And overwhelming. And fun. Expect to spend between seven and ten hours per week on it. That’s a lot. And it’s enough to get you started.