There have been times when I realized my idea was not good. There have been times when others around me have told me my idea was not good, and after further thought, I agreed.
There has been music I created I did not much enjoy after the fact. I’ve made attempts at writing song lyrics, poetry, and even a book that did not develop as I would have liked. I also tried painting. I have tried and will continue trying to be creative rather than regurgitative.
We ridicule people who bear their creative souls. We ignore things we are unfamiliar with. We mock the ones whose ultimate definition of success is being their own true selves. We dismiss change as being radical instead of creative.
The status quo pushes and I’m pushing back.
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Did you ever consider your success only pertains to what you’ve done, not to what you are doing? I mean at some point your skills take over and whatever it is you are doing becomes second nature. Like a reflex. Is that success or the benefit of repetition?
If you’re no longer learning about what you strive to be successful at, isn’t that falling short of true success? Surely, innovation and adaptation occur, but if you do not innovate or adapt to innovation, are you successful or simply existing in a window between must change game and game over?
When you’re learning, discovering, and changing, you are actively affecting your success. Success needs to be nurtured. If not, success becomes merely a talking point.
Your company’s culture. Do you ever think about it? Do others in your organization ever discuss it? I don’t mean when you have to attend a mandatory meeting about sexual harassment featuring 1970′s pseudo porn stars. Nor am I referring to the impromptu Wednesday Doughnut Day for everyone to be vaguely thanked for doing a swell job.
I’m referring to discussions about how individuals can best connect to and deliver successful objectives. Email exchanges about problem solving. Meetings, called by anyone for anyone, to pitch innovative approaches to help the business and each other. One on one conversations on a regular basis to ensure people are well-informed, well-resourced, and are feeling empowered.
Culture happens as a result of the people in the company. You can choose to ignore the importance of culture, and yet culture will still evolve – broken, disconnected, and full of animosity. Or you can proactively get involved to influence the culture to be supportive, empowering, and successful.
The culture is yours.
I attended a chat about community tonight. It was held at the Penn State Hazleton Campus and the topic was the future of Hazleton, Pa. The topic implies optimism, so that was pretty cool. I’ve attended other meetings and discussions in the area about the state of affairs in our small town, but this felt different. For the most part, it sounded different.
The dialogue was intellectual and thought provoking. That was a MUCH refreshing change from ignorance and old-timey.
Dr. Jamie G. Longazel, assistnat professor of sociology at the University of Dayton in Ohio, was incredibly captivating and interesting to listen to. He cited researched, fact-based information about society and the people who make up societies. He was very direct with his comments about the area too. I could almost hear the “wise up” tone in his voice. One of his most profound statements about the area was, “There is too much intolerance in this community.” That is precisely the issue. Not just intolerance of race, but also of the arts, business, and quite frankly, change. He stressed the 1950′s are over and are not coming back and that’s not a bad thing.
My biggest take-a-way was, change is growth and reliving the past does nothing but create false narratives.
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