In a series on Good Ideas, Our Flirtations with Them, and Our Commitments to Them. _________________________________________________________________________ So I want to talk about the role that advice plays in our decision making. Really, I should have brought this up before I told you to Just Pick One (a good idea, that is). Generally, the time to seek counsel is before a commitment! Oh well, better late than never, right?
You have your Big Idea. You’re mapping it out in your brain, doodling it in a sketch book, detailing it in your idea journal, making Excel spreadsheets (or not! 🙂 ), checking out your finances…
– Do you reach out and ask someone for their perspective on your dream? Why do you do this? Or, Why don’t you?
– Who do you typically talk to, if you’re one who’s inclined to seek advice from others?
– Who do you wish you could talk to?
– What do you hope to gain?
I feel like there’s a tension there for us creatives.
On one hand, as expressed by the comments on this very blog, we need people to help us filter our idea-prone minds. On the other hand, a creative can’t be successful if she is always waiting around for someone’s approval. (And we do want approval, don’t we!?)
And this, friends, is why life is challenging.
- We need both the tenacity to hold on to an idea in the face of dismissal, and the good sense to listen and let go of it if it isn’t quite right.
- We need the patience to see our ideas from many angles, over a period of time, through other’s eyes, and the decisiveness to act now, when the time is right.