So you’ve got this business. Maybe you love it, maybe you don’t. Maybe it’s just kind of the thing you do so that you can put food on the table. Or maybe it’s the thing that springs you out of bed every morning because you’re so excited to work on it.
… or maybe it’s a little bit of both.
Either way, your business is the way you contribute to the world. It’s the way you give back.
Now, you can read that sentence and take a woo-woo spiritual approach to it, or you can simply look at the world in terms of commerce and realize that, truly, in order for anything or anyone to be nourished and happy in life, they must give back.
Do you ever have the feeling that there are too many things to do every day but there simply isn’t time to do them all? Or the energy to do them all well? I hate that feeling, and yet, the older I get the more I realize that it’s kind of a reality of life.
One of my mentors, Dallas Travers, says, “You can have it all, but you can’t have it all at once.” I am definitely a “want it all at once” kind of girl. I want to write a book, write a play script, produce a film, and cook great food all at once – and I want it done yesterday!
This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Read the original version HERE.
We love to think of “creativity” as something that’s reserved for the arts industries, crafters who spend most of their time on the weekends at Michael’s, and our children. Finger painting! How creative!
But creativity runs deeper than that, and one could argue that it actually is the backbone of our success in the workplace as adults. Sure, typing up a memo for the office might not feel very creative – but if your memo is interesting, well-written, concise… that takes creativity, my friend, whether you want to admit it or not.
To me, there are two pieces of creativity: the dreaming up of the idea in the first place, and the energy/enthusiasm with which is it executed. I can sit here and throw out one hundred ideas for television shows (“A man who gets hit by a bus and realizes that he’s been dead for 20 years and nobody even noticed…” “A woman who lives in a field in Norway and raises killer bees to be her own personal military…” etc.) or other creative endeavors.