Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Reading: The Creative Entrepreneur Chapter 3 Part One

2 weeks ago (sorry I took a week off with the holiday) I finished off Chapter 2 of The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam.  This week gets a little meatier with The next Chapter 3.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"] Francesca Woodman[/caption]

Chapter Three, is vast, messy and I feel like it's going to take time to really digest it all.  I've broken it up in pieces with part one as the largest.  This chapter begins by sorting out Right Brain function from Left Brain and really delving into your strengths and weaknesses of each.  Beam still has this hippy-dippy language she writes in but its grounded enough to make you want to stay a part of the process of self-evaluation.  I found the exercises really helpfully; especially as I always thought of myself as left brained...after this, I realize, I couldn't be farther from it.  Probably I just tried to live in a left brain life for too long until a few years ago.  So, in that sense, things about myself I saw as deficiencies, now I can see more honestly and appreciate their benefit...the same is true for the left brain quirks that hold me back.

Another truth that Beam kept hitting on was the idea of forcing ourselves to do the things we find weakness in; i.e. you like to write all day and you stink at math.  Apparently, there is a good bit of study and thought that delving into those weak areas not only strengthens our weaknesses but doubly strengthens our gifts!  This past week I did take on a bit more detailed business work (stuff I loathe!) and I'm not sure if it gave me a push creatively in my other areas...but it did feel like it cleared away a lot of the minutia in my head and allowed myself to create without distraction.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450"] Francesca Woodman[/caption]

Also, this week, by a happy accident, I watched the documentary, The Woodmans on Netflix.  I was somewhat surprised to have never heard of this family of artists back in school; though it seems the daughter, Francesca, gained the most notoriety with her hauntingly beautiful photographs.  The thing that really got me though was their work ethic.  They just don't wait for inspiration; creating art is a job.  George Woodman, the father, makes a comment somewhere in the film that "if you don't have any ideas you go into your studio and sharpen pencils...eventually you might just get an idea!"  If you find yourself reading along with this book; now's the time to watch this film to enhance this chapter.

Next week, I'll focus just on pages 60-61, Mapping Your check back next week to find my progress.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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