I had lunch with a friend the other day, and we were talking about my new job and some of my fears and hopes for it. I kept thinking and saying, “I want to be bold.” Typically this isn’t hard for me, but when you’re starting from scratch, fear can get in the way a little.
I’m going to figure out how to reclaim the bold. How to innovate and own it.
I don’t necessarily know the path to get there, but I want to share a few ideas along the way. For me, I realized what the first step is: allow the inspiration in. Your field may be fast-casual food or healthcare policy or e-commerce, but you’ll get stuck if you only learn within your sphere. Surround yourself with news and ideas about different topics and engage in them, talk to someone who is doing something you know little about, let yourself disappear into pinterest for an hour. These are things that I used to love and be good at, so now I’m relearning. I also think there’s a perception that these activities could be superfluous – that it’s all just fun and play, that there’s no direct result – but as I’m growing up professionally, I’m learning that this how I get creative and and eventually do bold things.
These inspiration activities take time of course, but if it’s important to you, make it a priority. And align yourself with people who will support you in doing it. As I’m starting to do this, not only do I feel happier, but I have more ideas and I’m motivated to work to turn them into reality.
So where to to start? Here are a few things that are inspiring me recently: breathing in yoga practice, Site Inspire, organizing, sunlight, conversations about building creative spaces, Art of the Menu, the simplicity of Kinfolk, sending handwritten notes, figuring out a CSS bug, cooking with new CSA vegetables, this Fast Company article.
Where are you turning for new inspiration? How else do you push yourself to be bold both personally and professionally? I hope to share more about this as I continue on this new path.