Monday, August 23, 2010
Every day I read about people in business, people in creative endeavors, people in social media, people in mundane jobs, people that are successful, people who worry too much or people who have been so fortunate to make it to a ripe old age with their wits intact. It's not so much what they do, but what they decide on how to live their life, or how to react to their circumstance, that make them so special.
Once thing that I have discovered, and that has again become amazingly apparent of late is that: being a blend in figurine is not getting you the attention you require to increase your street-cred, your pay rise or your business expanding capabilities. The irony is that we become more successful, or better at what we do by being funny idiosyncranized beings who become ourselves. Fitting in does NO wonders, as it's not miraculous. At times it can be smart to lie low and fit in, but when you're in business: all that sets you apart is what makes you exceptional. Being our nutty special selves is what actually matters.
The key to exploring this yourself is to find a Partner in Crime. They understand perfectly and are ever so helpful in pointing hiccups out. I have a friend who is reminding me and teaching me at the moment. She can be loud, she can be crazy and most of all: she is so talented it's coming out of her ears. She knows what she's is talking about especially when it comes to her profession and she speaks like she thinks. There is no polished fluffiness to cover the rough edges. I appreciate that. I think that this genuine-ness and happiness about daring to be the rough cut diamond is what business nowadays is about too. When you have your own business especially, and when you have a product that has a great story. (Big cooperates can go back to their long term planning now. Thank you.)
I tried to explain to someone very dear to me that it would make no sense for me to do the blending in things, the being too careful things, the over thinking and waiting forever to see how things pan out things, because when you're in business: taking the risk and going with your guts, having that momentum far outweighs the cautiousness. Naturally one ways pros and cons as we're not stupid, but when the gut says GOOO we are out the door.
The truth is that if we wait for things to happen, to become clear to us, they never will. Time is now. Sitting on your arse and thinking till your blue in the face will not make a difference. And I have to say: I rather get on with it. And I can happily say that I am. Life is good!
(Sorry I still can't tell you about the great projects and new websites and products that will be launched, they are all in the making. Shhhhhhhh.)
picture by Hugh MacLeod: Gapingvoid