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Obvious to you, amazing to others

Obvious to you, amazing to others
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #15 • View online
Hello friends!
I want to share a post written by Derek Sivers talking about the value of sharing your ideas. Derek says:
“Any creator of anything knows this feeling: You experience someone else’s innovative work. It’s beautiful, brilliant, breathtaking. You’re stunned. Their ideas are unexpected and surprising, but perfect. You think, “I would never have thought of that. How do they even come up with that? It’s genial!” Then you think, “My ideas are so obvious. I’ll never be as inventive as that.”
I get this feeling often. Amazing books, music, movies, or even conversations. I’m in awe of how their creators think like that. I’m humbled. But I continue to do my work. I tell my little tales. I share my points of view. Nothing spectacular. Just my ordinary thoughts.
One day someone emailed me and said, “I would never have thought of that. How did you even come up with that? It’s genial!” Of course I disagreed and explained why it was nothing special.
But then I realized something surprisingly profound:
Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them.
I’ll bet even John Coltrane or Richard Feynman felt that everything they were playing or saying was pretty obvious. So maybe what’s obvious to me is amazing to someone else. Hit songwriters often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording. We’re clearly bad judges of our creations. We should just put them out there and let the world decide.”
My experience
Whenever I create a project, whether it be a YouTube video, album, concert, podcast, conversation, writing, I always try to remind myself not to judge the value of it, but simply share it. I believe that creativity doesn’t have a judgement tag. My job is to express and to create with an open mind. I’ve learned that the more I freely share my seemingly ‘ordinary’ insights with others, the more possibilities there are to reach my ideas for others to be amazing and interesting. 
What about you? 
Are you holding back something that seems too obvious to share? There might be a chance that your thoughts will be amazing to others. Don’t be a judge, but do your work which is to share. 😉 I am certain that there will be at least one person who will appreciate what you have to offer to the world. 
Have a wonderful week! 💕

This Week on Journey Through Classical Piano
Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.1
My favorite things this week
from "milk and honey"
from "milk and honey"
  1. A poetry book - Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It is a collection of poetry about love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing, and femininity. These poems might not be for everyone, but I find that the poet is on point for many raw human emotions. 
  2. A sunset - Last week I had a chance to sit through the sunset from the beginning to the end in beautiful southern California. I am amazed at how many shades of colors and emotions hide in these 30 minutes of stillness. Sunset takes place every day, why haven’t I done this more often? Food for the soul indeed. 
My favorite Music This Week
The 5 Browns – SLEIGH RIDE (arr. Greg Anderson) – Christmas With The 5 Browns
The 5 Browns – SLEIGH RIDE (arr. Greg Anderson) – Christmas With The 5 Browns
5 pianos and 5 siblings? Yes, that unusual combination is possible. Although I certainly don’t envy the practicing arrangements in their household when they grew up, I envy their close connection and fun through creating music as a family. This joyful rendition of the 5 Browns may get you in the mood for the holidays. 
Quote of the Week
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. -Socrates
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
I usually visit South Korea for Christmas and I can't do it this year. Mom said she would have loved to come to see me instead, but she is too scared to put her foot into America. Oh, that is true... I forgot that I am the one who is living in a more dangerous country than her.
This Week's Video to Highlight
Arabesque in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann (live performance)
Arabesque in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann (live performance)
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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