I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. ~Frederick Douglass
It isn’t going to be given to you
It’s up to ourselves to use our talents and create our personal contentment. No one is going to create the perfect position in the ideal company and throw money at us to entice us to work for them. In today’s work climate, we’d be lucky to be offered a horrible job for little pay… So, what to do?
We have to create a new set of rules for ourselves, and operate outside our zone of comfort. To be true to ourselves and our desires, we’ll have to strike out on our own… Be our own monkeys.
Identify the routine
Much of what we do in life is routine… It’s done the same way every time. We don’t get creative making the morning coffee…
Doug tried this once, and let’s just say that chicken flavored espresso is not as good as you might imagine… especially with the feathers getting stuck in your teeth…
Routine work gets routine rewards in the workplace. Creativity is often suppressed in the name of efficiency and standardization.
Creative workers can become liabilities in work situations where they aren’t appreciated.
Routine doesn’t warrant creativity, it demands the opposite. If you feel a sense that there is more to life, you’re right. You won’t be content with routine, once you realize that life can be anything but.
Discover where and how to be creative
It’s our responsibility to discover how to use our gifts in life and in work. Maybe you’re not ready to start your own business, but there is bound to be situations in your current job that can stand a bit of creative thinking.
Doug and I always injected our personal brand of monkey juice into whatever job we were doing in the past. Sometimes it caused us trouble, but often we discovered new and better processes that made our work better and easier.
Don’t settle for routine, just because “that’s how we do it”. Routine does not mean the best… It just means people stopped thinking about how something is done.
What do you do in life that is routine? What do you do in your work that is routine? You may be surprised when you realize how much of life is lived on autopilot.
Think about your day, from waking up to going to sleep. How much of the day have you given over to thoughtlessness? What in your life can be turned into routine to free up time for creativity? What is routine but should maybe be thought about a little more?
- Make Your Talent Feed You (careertempo.wordpress.com)