Thursday Thought #147: Front Stage vs Backstage

As a performer, or anyone who’s lived long enough to become familiar with the theater of life, you become intimately aware of the idea of the front stage vs backstage. We often think of it as the highlights and milestones of people in feeds and the fact we benchmark our success based on our perception of their lives (and ironically they do the same for us).

But there’s another idea of front stage and backstage that I have found equally insidious. It’s the idea of showing up with commitment to your community.

Every week people get pulled into how many sales someone has made or how many commas are in their bank account, or how many followers are on their social media page. But people don’t often think to take a look behind the curtain.

What is that person’s commitment in their heart? Are they committing to giving an experience to their audience with every ounce of their being?

Are they treating their followers or subscribers with respect and giving them value rather than using their trust as leverage or vanity? Are they fulfilling their orders and providing a quality product to people who have agreed to trade their hard-earned money for what is being offered?

We so often get caught in the frontend metrics when we aspire to a goal or look up to someone. But what’s going on behind the scenes?

Do we have the grace to be patient with ourselves and build something of quality — even if it doesn’t provide droves of followers or 17,000 commas?

Can we hit our pillow at night knowing that we served people with heart and integrity?

Can we rest knowing that if people wanted to look in the back stage they could, because we have nothing to hide? Except a commitment to transparency and a belief in those who have placed their trust in us.

The front stage is easy. But for every quality minute of front stage is a weeks and weeks of backstage work. Any that commitment to the back stage that builds a reputation. And that keeps the people coming.

So the next time you get caught in the view of someone who’s promising the golden key — ask yourself: have I peaked behind the curtain?