Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Creative Girl Book Group: Chapters 5 and 6

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So here we are at Chapters 5 and 6 of the book Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career.

Here is the link to my friend Jane's blog to find her take on these two chapters.

The chapters offer practical journaling prompts which aid in your decision to make a move from your current job or stay put and start slow in your "off time" until you are sure you have a handle on how your lucrative your idea is. I am coming from a different perspective in that our family made the decision to live lean and get debt free while my hubby is deployed. So what I am prepping for is when my little one starts school in August. The reality is we have been treading water so our little one would not feel abandoned with one parent gone for months at a time and the other working full time. But the time is coming when that will all change.

That said, I did take VERY SERIOUSLY the prompt to list what you don't want in a job. The reality is that the struggle to find ANY job is one where we need to be grateful for what we are able to get. I think for me I took this exercise to mean if I am going to go through the trouble of starting my own business, pouring hours upon hours into its success, what am I willing to endure?

These three things I came up with for sure:

  • I need to create a business that thrives on innovation.

  • I cannot produce the same thing OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

  • I need to have social contacts; some outside connections with others who are involved in small business but also others who are completely UNRELATED to what I am doing so that I can take a mental break. A job that offers variety in its tasks so I am not constantly drudging through the tedious.

Another great question is what does success look like/what kind of life opens up for you when you make the plunge into owning your own business:

  • more calculated use of my time

  • becoming more strategic about where I want my business to go

  • less "busy" work

  • trust my intuition

Here is my friend Sonya's link

Feel free to add your links to your blogs if you are reading along with Jane, Sonya, Lisa and me. I would love to come by and see your thoughts on these or other chapters of the book.

-Robin Norgren

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