Monday, June 25, 2012
Summer Reading: The Creative Entrepreneur Chapter 2
Last week, I unrolled our 2nd annual Summer book club! This year I wanted to pick The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam as I've not been in the right place to travel down this road for a few years. Right now seems perfect as I find myself with enough business experience to look back and evaluate with a wide open road ahead with many paths to choose.
Chapter Two, part one, focuses on building a Mandala; I know it sounds terribly hippy-dippy but honestly, it's just a flower that you write on the petals...not scary, people...I promise. In each petal, we explore topics that help define our own contributions we make, i.e. why we work and then we get into the nitty gritty of managerial tools and leadership skills (creatives usually lag in these skill sets - and I am no different).
So what were my biggest revelations? Other than YES, I need to be more disciplined and refine my time management; I shocked myself by writing "I like there to be a PROCESS more than a RESULT". Maybe, this is why creatives never finish anything? But the fun for me is creating; don't get me wrong, it's a great validation for someone to purchase my work but the process is gold. I also, repeatedly remarked how much I need time off...or away from the churn of producing and producing and producing... I need to stop and fill the well creatively to envision new ideas and work.
Part two, asked that you identify mentors...these could be anyone from idols to your next door neighbor. Beam asked that you write a fictional letter to them and then respond as they would. I did a similar exercise in college and thought it to be a pointless and almost made me feel as if I had a split personality. I did lay out all the reasons I admired each person and then highlighted the commonalities. Most people had this amazing work/ life blend, they create meaningful work with exceptional craftsmanship and each had a book or two they had authored. All things I am work towards.
If you are joining in, next week is Chapter 3. I will break this into two parts since it is pretty meaty. Stop at page 59 and meet back here Monday for my latest digest.
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