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21 Days #BackToBusiness – Infinite Thinking


Today’s morning search for inspiration fond me trolling through motivation and reimagining the future of #GigCulture and taking control of what that is. We cannot allow circumstances to shape our future. On LinkedIn, I found this powerful video by Simon Sinek, which I shared with my team. This leads to stumbling upon this video and the concept of finite vs infinite thinking.

As explained by Simon Sinek

In, finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified.

In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind.

Know Your Value

Another video, which has resonated with me this week, is to overcome and define your worth. This analogy of no matter what happens to you, you are still worth your worth.

In my conversations this week, I engaged Marlijn Knol, from iSupport. I’ve always been in awe of this initiative and engaged with Marlijn over email and telephone, however, I’ve never met her.

As affected as we are right now, this got me thinking. About the work I have done and the relationships that have been established, thanks to the use of technology. Here is what Marlijn has to share about the future of her work in the industry.

Moving online

We are working on a small campaign to create awareness of jobs lost in the creative industries and ask people for their support. Additionally, we partnered with the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at UKZN to still broadcast monthly gigs on YouTube, especially to support the musicians that need a little income. Availability of data is a huge challenge though, therefore we are sharing a mix of both new and archived material for this one.

On Collaboration

Collaborations are golden, when we are able to assist each other to get further together, then we are the strongest. It opens up the mind and makes one look further. Beyond what one thinks was possible.

Beyond borders

We had some exciting international tours and collaborations planned in the coming months. Hopefully, we will be able to postpone most of it. One of the things we are definitely looking forward to is the participation of Ponte Maputo Durban. At the National Arts Festival – which is now going virtual. The project is a collaboration between timbila player Matchume Zango from Mozambique and pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane from Durban. It will be exciting to see how it will work out in the virtual space.

Industry Advice

As much as this causes much anxiety and some musicians and industry-related professionals, are not able to put food on the table, I hope it is somewhat comforting to know that we are not alone in this and that it will come to an end. Please let’s keep one another in mind and support each other where we can, even by helping in the smallest way. I also would like to ask lovers of music, books and the arts to assist where they can, by a download, like, share or by buying some extra groceries for the ones who can’t afford.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

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