In Spite of Because

When we do something with help from an outside source, it is “because” of something. Because a band is funded on Kickstarter, they can go on tour.

When we try to do something regardless of the tension from an outside source, it is “in spite of” of the thing that we do it. In spite of insufficient funds, a band goes on tour.

“Because” and “in spite of” can be odd dance partners. The question can become who is leading who. Let’s take an example: In spite of insufficient funds, a band goes on tour and because the band goes on tour, they enlarge their fan base. The “because” is led by”in spite of”.

While “because” can sometimes be in our control, it is dependent on an outside force acting upon us. Only in our hands can “in spite of” nurture and grow into a useful asset.

Then again, sometimes things are not as black and white. Sometimes “because” can actually advance our careers or give opportunities that were not there to begin with.

Yet we have to step back and assume that “because” will not always be there for us. That record label. A host of venues will not pick us to play. Classical music concerts will not all of a sudden be sold out everywhere.

So, in spite of all of that, let us make change happen.

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