Ponder this – wedding flowers: Why is it that at parties people’s creative juices flow out the most when asked: “what would you do if money was no object?” Beyond the typical “quit my job”, “travel the world”, “pay my mortgage” answers, what typically emerges is a person’s inner passion. They say “I’d become a photographer”, “I’d open my own business and… (this is where you fill in the blanks….c’ mon….I’ know you’ve thought of this too!)
…And it’s when you enter this “entrepreneur-ish” realm that I really learn about what makes people tick. There’s something about passion that makes people’s eyes light up. They don’t only say “I’d start a restaurant”…they can tell you the theme, the location, the clientele, the menu, and the clincher: a creative, differentiating tidbit they believe will make them succeed.
So why is it that after the party, we all just go home and resume our fast-paced, hum-drum routine we call life? I think it’s a combination of fear and practicality. We can’t do much about practicality; we can’t just quit our 9-to-5 tomorrow (well at least some of us can’t). But we can do something about fear. Fear is stifling. It’s an obstacle that resides in our innermost thoughts, constantly reminding us of that infamous “F” word. Failure.
Ponder this: And so what if your big idea doesn’t turn into a multi-million dollar career? That is not a failure – that is motivation to move on to bigger and better opportunities. You’ll walk away confident and can say “I tried”. The great majority of people with brilliant ideas cannot even say that much!
Plus at the next party, you’re at, you’ll have lots to talk about. And if you meet me at that party….I’ll is inspired by you.