It’s been a while since I first wrote that about myself.
The background was this – I’d been feeling constrained at work (as usual) and, as ever, was imagining what alternatives might exist where I could get paid for doing more of what I enjoy doing. Somebody asked me what my ideal job was.
It didn’t even take a moment before I said ‘Possibility Consultant’ – like writing a good song, it just appeared. It was just the perfect job. It is what I do best. Every day. Spot possibilities.
Very quickly after that, it became a very clear statement of what I’m about. And it fits me very well. It can be a curse of course – there are, after all, limitless possibilities available from most situations (and don’t believe those who try and persuade you otherwise – they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo) – and I find myself lost in too many options with my commitment spread too thin… And nothing happening.
This came painfully clear to me this week, when someone asked me: “so what’s happening with you?”
And boy-oh-boy didn’t that open the floodgates. All these projects in motion, moving forward on multiple tracks, none of them reaching the destination, all is transition. I didn’t stop speaking for nearly an hour. And it was all fairly well formed, integrated, moving forward… But I did feel the perceived randomness of it all. And wondered how it would feel to not be that person.
But I am that person.
Even now, I’m itching to fire up Dreamweaver to polish up http://www.strengthsspringboard.com which is nearing its full publication, but then there’s my latest novel which is in the final chapters of its first draft and which will, in about a month’s time be published live on the web (with full reader interaction) as I re-write it, and I’m thinking about speccing up the prospectus for my newly formed company, which will be a holding place for all these endeavours, to considering skeleton ideas for a potential live writing demo in September (via video-link to Vancouver while a good friend’s band plays in an art installation – my words forming live on a screen as I listen to the event 3,000 miles away), is that visual I just got in my head this morning for that event or is it another short story beginning to form, what about the idea of the live novel (social networking meets never-ending literature)? And the screenplay for ‘Team Building’ – do I really want to invest the time to chain that down from the clouds – it’s already half done, shouldn’t be too much to bring it home…
You get the drift – and that’s before I even get into the ideas sparking about work and the alternatives there and beyond.
There is a world of possibilities.
As random as that seems – and as threatening as it can seem to some – it’s quite comforting.
I’ve been writing a lot about strengths recently as I’ve been prepping the Strengths Springboard – the idea of doing what you do best for more of the time. That becoming better at what you do well will actually strengthen you, that your weaknesses can be managed but aren’t worth over-investment. Most people don’t feel like they get to do that most days – which is desperately sad because, like the above paragraph of what’s on my mind right now, when you’re doing what comes naturally and that you’ve honed and practiced, it feels fantastic AND is productive. It’s such a pity that so much of the energy in the world, be it work, marketing or social conformity, is pushing in the opposite direction.
I know what I do best.
I see only possibilities.
And my dream job, of doing that for a living, really doesn’t exist as a regular career track!
Which got me thinking.
As a musician I’ve had all the discussions about art and commercial success, of how the two are now almost always viewed as needing to be causal and correlative when nothing could be further from the truth. That is to say that making good art shouldn’t be judged by how commoditized it can be made. $$$-earned does NOT equal quality work. Some great artists go on to be fabulously wealthy thanks to their art – but many more great artists are still making art regardless of the fact that they’ll never make a penny (with many of them carrying a huge chip on their shoulder because of that fact).
I realized how often I immediately jump from an idea to how to commoditize it. Think up something. Patent it. Form a company. Try and build it. Sell it. Reap the benefits. Live the dream. Realize how hard it would be to do it. Don’t bother. Let the idea float off into the ether.
Because I’ve already done what I do best. Seeing the possibility that others couldn’t/hadn’t/didn’t/wouldn’t/shouldn’t. That’s what I do best.
This last week, I had a great idea.
No. Let me state that again, with more appropriate emphasis. This last week, I had a GREAT IDEA.
Like a multi-million dollar idea. Enormous. Huge.
A little bit of programming. A little bit of marketing. A little bit of selling.
And later this week, I’m going to give it away on this blog.
Because I see only possibilities.
And I’ve decided to share them openly in the hope that people will take them and make them real. That way I get to keep the ones I want to make happen and cut down on the randomness that gets in the way.
Hmmmm… That was longer than I thought it was going to be to make the point that I will openly be sharing possibilities, but hopefully it was interesting enough.
So, stay tuned – the sharing starts this week.