Why take Chances? Comfort Zone?
I was and still am an introvert when I choose to be. May not make sense but generally, I am quiet. I observe, watch and listen. I like to write about what I see and feel. I like to take ideas to the next level and beyond. Much like a prototype car you see or a fashion show. Outrageous ideas, crazy stupid ideas. I was taught this in Industrial Design and I love it. Take ideas way out there, out in the future. This goes for planning a house, a plan for a business and seeing where you may end up. Go way, way out, then come back as far as you need to but take the trip.
This gives you the chance to brainstorm and see where the mindset of others is at.
Play well with others. Don’t give in.
Being on a team is an important part of anyone’s career. Yet one cannot always give in. Every team needs a captain. But most importantly, no business will succeed if you try to be a one-man micromanaging boss or person. Good business owners will hire staff to complement their weaknesses. We generally know our strengths and you know yours. Sales, presentations, photoshop, CAD, writing, accounting and so on. Unfortunately, many intelligent people may not speak up because they are scared, afraid of being shot down. Don’t be, be humble about it but have your say. Do not be pushed down, pushed aside, have your say.
This blog ended up much longer than I thought it would be. I guess I had more to say than I thought I would. The point of this is that I am not a lifestyle coach, a motivational speaker, though I may like that… Next career, maybe…
Life throws so much at us and sometimes you need to take a backseat and observe. During your observation, you will learn to see, learn to listen. You will be amazed at what you will learn. You will be amazed at what new topics interest you and how your skills can be used for other industries.
Ask why? Why?
I was given a tour of a furniture factory in Poland. We were there for a meeting and spent a week at what I called IKEA Idol. A competition to make a full-size sofa as flat as possible. This factory was amazing and during our time there we were surrounded by designers and manufacturers. The competition basically became co-workers during this workshop. Yet the company did so many things differently than us, even though the end product was the same. It was a great learning experience.
During the tour, we asked ourselves “why” a thousand times. Some processes were redundant to us. Others were innovative and smart. We thought we knew it all and we didn’t. In the end, we won the competition and if you see the fold-down neatly packaged Ektorp sofa, well that was a Zsemba design. We didn’t get the credit, yet the presenter/designer who claimed he designed it got a standing ovation from Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA. I guess that hurt… Sometimes life sucks… Our company closed and at that time I thought my world was over. Yet my life had just begun and took me on this amazing journey to selling/marketing villas in Bali.
Don’t be afraid of the future, take chances be brave, be bold and have fun.
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