As the year and the decade come to a close, it’s a natural time to reflect on the past and look expectantly towards the future. In that spirit, I’d like to offer a personal word - primarily that of gratitude to all of you. You are far more than an online rolodex, but rather the wind in the sails that pushes this endeavor forward.
This year challenged us to take risks. It challenged us to invest in authentic relationships and our community, to navigate new territory, and to lead and react with integrity.
The two words I would use to describe 2019 are *growth* and *foundation.* Every inch forward was fought for by a team to make a mile. Each move was made methodically with thoughtful intent. Together we learned the importance of endurance, the power of patience, and the value in sustainable strategy. These lessons did not always come easy, but the reward for hard work and committed investment is that of a firm foundation. Those who sow good seeds, bear good fruit. And I feel unshakably grateful that our tree has been rooted and is growing.
It’s been almost three years since the concept of MOXI took shape. I started this venture with the insatiable hunger to win and a pure intent to pursue purposeful, creative work. I also started MOXI with a healthy dose of naiveté. There was so much I didn’t know. And there is so much yet to learn. The journey has been - intense. The music industry (and management especially) is not for the faint of heart - as most of you know from your own experience. But I’m continually reminded that the joy and the wins are in the process, not the medal at the end.
2020 will start a new chapter. Some big changes are on the horizon, and I can’t wait to share the details at the top of the year.
In the meantime, I’ll sign off with a thought by author Steven Pressfield:
“The Ego doesn’t want us to evolve. The instinct that pulls us towards art is the impulse to evolve, to learn, to heighten and elevate our consciousness. The Ego hates this. Because the more awake we become, the less we need the Ego. The Ego hates artists because they are the pathfinders and bearers of the future.”
Whatever change we might be going through this season, let's embrace it and not let Ego rule the day. The true artist leans in and lets change create friction to kickstart momentum.
The true artist forges the way.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you and your loved ones, and a very Happy NEW Year!!
Photos by Zak Batstone (shot on 35 mm). Zak is the founder of Z Shoes (go check them out).